Vice presidential expert Dick Cheney has offered his perspective on selecting a running mate to Mitt Romney and Beth Myers, who is heading Romney's search. While Cheney wouldn't divulge what he told the Republican candidate, he did offer one clear message: don't pick another Sarah Palin.

When asked by ABC News about John McCain's decision to pick Palin in 2008, Cheney was direct — "That one, I don't think was well handled."

To many, this seems like common sense, but few Republicans have been willing to publicly speak ill of Palin. McCain even said Sarah Palin was a better choice than Mitt Romney.

As Cheney explained, "The test to get on that small list has to be, 'Is this person capable of being president of the United States?'" Palin's lack of foreign policy knowledge and her limited experience were two major strikes against her during the 2008 election.

It's not personal, Cheney insisted.

I like Governor Palin. I've met her. I know her. She [is an] attractive candidate. But based on her background, she'd only been governor for, what, two years. I don't think she passed that test … of being ready to take over. And I think that was a mistake.

The interview will air tomorrow on ABC.

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