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Karl Rove: I Did Not Want Dick Cheney To Be Vice President (VIDEO)

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First Posted: 05/25/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 04:55 PM ET

Karl Rove, chief adviser to former President George W. Bush, didn't want Dick Cheney to be Bush's running mate, he said in a CNN interview Thursday.

"He was set on Cheney for vice president, and I thought it was a bad idea," Rove told CNN's John King in an interview on "John King, USA" at 7 p.m.

Rove told King that he argued to Bush that the campaign did not need "Wyoming's three electoral votes" and would be better off not worrying about "Cheney's voting record, and Cheney's health, and the fact he'd been Bush 41's Secretary of Defense - and we were trying to develop a separate image for 43," Rove continued.

Cheney, himself, seemed reluctant to take the position, according to Rove's book released earlier this month. In Rove's memoir, "Courage and Consequence," he wrote that he had seen Cheney "squirm as Bush pressed him to accept" the vice-presidential selection.

"Cheney had a clear understanding of what John Nance Garner, FDR's first vice president, had said about the office -- that it was 'not worth a bucket of warm piss,'" Rove wrote, but "Cheney was too much of a patriot to act on that knowledge."

Watch Rove's interview on CNN's "John King, USA":

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