Saying something like this should instantly disqualify you from ever becoming president.

The former Massachusetts governor told a town hall in Sun Lakes, Arizona he would pick someone who "could be president" like former Vice President Dick Cheney.

"I think it was last weekend I was watching C-SPAN, and I saw Vice President Dick Cheney and he was being asked questions about a whole host of issues -- following 9/11, the affairs in various countries in the world," Romney recalled, according to NBC's First Read.

"And I listened to him speak and said whether you agree or disagree with him, this a man of wisdom and judgment, and he could have been president of the United States," he said, adding, "That's the kind of person I'd like to have -- a person of wisdom and judgment."

Heinrich Himmler Dick Cheney. A beacon of wisdom and judgment?

If by "judgment" you're referring to the Old Testament, yes.

Was it his good judgment that ordered civilian aircraft shot down on 9/11? Apparently the Pentagon didn't think so.

Was it his good judgment to out Valerie Plame? An undercover CIA agent keeping tabs on nuclear safety.

Did his infinite wisdom tell him Iraq had WMDs?

This is an ill-advised pander on Romney's part. Nothing will scare away independents and swing voters quicker than telling them you would select someone "like Dick Cheney" as your vice president.