The former vice president's comment on Monday came in response to a question by Politico's Mike Allen about if he was worried about where the GOP is among Hispanic voters.
"I am one of those people who believes that the party ought to be doors wide open for everybody," the former vice president said at the Politico event. "And I see a lot of folks in the Hispanic community. Those are people who ought to be conservative — religious. And are here in many cases because they worked very very hard to get here and because they care about those things."
On the larger point of Allen's question Cheney said he disagreed. Allen, in posing his question, said "it's a mathematical certainty that if the Republican Party doesn't increase its base, it's not going to win the presidency without a new message for young people, for gays, for minorities."
The former vice president said Allen "made a lot of assumptions there."
"I think it's a little premature at this point ... to call out what the results are going to be in 2016," the former vice president said.