If asked to choose between the politics of Rush Limbaugh or Colin Powell, former Vice President Dick Cheney wouldn’t hesitate to choose Rush.

“I didn’t know he (Powell) was still a Republican.” Cheney quipped Sunday on CBS’s Face the nation.

He also cited Powell’s backing of candidate Barack Obama over GOP nominee John McCain: “I assumed that that is some indication of his loyalty and his interests.”

For months, Powell has urged Republicans to reject Limbaugh. “I think what Rush does as an entertainer diminishes the party and intrudes or inserts into our public life a kind of nastiness that we would be better to do without,” Powell said.

Limbaugh, in return, called Powell “just another liberal” and said Powell should “close the loop and become a Democrat.”

Cheney and Powell served under the first President Bush and worked closely to manage the Gulf war in 1991, Powell as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Cheney as defense secretary. Their relationship has become increasingly strained.

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