March 9th, 2009
04:51 PM ET
14 years ago

Cheney to be interviewed live on CNN's State of the Union


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(CNN) - In his first television interview since leaving the vice president’s mansion, Dick Cheney will be interviewed live this Sunday on State of the Union with John King.

In his few statements since leaving office, the former vice president has been critical of both former President George W. Bush and the man who replaced him.

The same week President Obama was inaugurated, Cheney said publicly that Bush should have pardoned I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

"He was the victim of a serious miscarriage of justice, and I strongly believe that he deserved a presidential pardon. Obviously, I disagree with President Bush's decision," Cheney told Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard.

Libby, Cheney's former chief of staff, was convicted of obstructing a federal investigation into the revelation that Valerie Plame Wilson was a CIA agent. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison and fined $250,000. Bush commuted the sentence, which he called "excessive," so that Libby served no jail time, but did not pardon him, much to the aggravation of many influential conservatives.

Last month, Cheney said the Obama administration's new policies on Guantanamo Bay prison and the treatment of detainees make it more likely a terrorist attack against the United States will succeed.

The blunt comments came two weeks after President Obama issued executive orders that will close Guantanamo Bay within a year, and shut down secret CIA prisons abroad. Obama also signed an executive order calling on U.S. personnel to follow the Army Field Manual's guidelines when it comes to interrogation.

In an interview with Politico, the former vice president issued a stringent defense of the Bush administration's record on the war on terror, and said he worried the President Obama has already made the country more vulnerable.

“When we get people who are more concerned about reading the rights to an Al Qaeda terrorist than they are with protecting the United States against people who are absolutely committed to do anything they can to kill Americans, then I worry,” he said.

Cheney also predicted the Obama administration was likely to backtrack on its pledge to end coercive interrogation techniques, since the protection of the United States from terrorists is a "tough, mean, dirty, nasty business.”

"These are evil people. And we’re not going to win this fight by turning the other cheek," he said. He suggested Obama was irresponsibly adhering to “campaign rhetoric,” and called Guantanamo Bay a “first-class program.”

Watch John King's full interview with the former vice president this Sunday on State of the Union, from 9 am to 1 pm ET.

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  1. Proud American in Florida

    Why, oh why would CNN bother interviewing this individual? He is no longer relevant and his opinions most certainly are not. Is this supposed to entertain us or something? Try again.

    March 9, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  2. Jeff in Houston

    CNN, I know you need to cover both sides. BUT, this country is doing its best to recover from eight years of Bush and Cheney. Bush was too stupid to be evil. Cheney was too evil to even be comprehended. As much as I despised these two men, and still do, I would be absolutely against any action being taken against them for anything they did.

    We need to heal.

    Do not put this malignant man on TV. Do not give him a forum of any kind. Just let him stew in his own poison. We have a country to rebuild right now.

    March 9, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  3. Mike

    Cheney, Bush, Libby and the rest of their crew should all be behind bars. But our timid press will continue to lick their boots. It's pathetic.

    March 9, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  4. Gail

    We the people have been the victims of a serious miscarriage of justice, Mr Cheney is not in jail.

    March 9, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  5. Ron Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

    Are you ready for the most laughable interview in history well here it is.This will be meaningless and empty.Do you really think hes going to tell any truth to what he has to say.He has benefited the most out of this mess and had been the most secretive.He will not talk about any involvment he had at all here.He needs to go hide in a hole.

    March 9, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  6. Give me a break

    All we have going on and Cheney appearing? Let's see if John King hold him to the fire and the Bush Administration. They are the ones to blame for this mess in the first place. Get your questions answered John

    March 9, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  7. Dianne

    Can't he just go away? He has done more harm to this world with his psychotic paranoia. i really wish John King would interview someone else. We need some posiitve news so badly.

    March 9, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  8. BooStinky

    If I could ask Cheney two questions, they would be:

    1) What was the nature of your five military deferments; and
    2) Were the lives of over 4,000 (and counting) American Servicemembers killed in the Iraq War worth it?

    Simple questions. Can we get simple answers?


    March 9, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  9. Jane

    Dick Cheney is probably one of the smartest men in America today. You better listen to him. He knows more than all the Obama administration put together. He is fair and honest and a very good man and the rest of you need to shut upl You don't have to listen to him – listen the GREAT ONE – that cannot even do an interview, without a teleprompter. Get real – who cares if you listen are not. All of the rest of us will be. Way to go Mr. King.

    March 9, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  10. JD Anaheim, CA

    I hope you have some dignity and cancel this interview.

    March 9, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  11. nadinewi

    Way to go John King. This will be a scoop interview. I don't care for Dick Cheney but how you managed to get this man to come on CNN with you is interesting. You're a great reporter and I will watch this interview because you are doing it and to see what crazy thing Dick Cheney has to say. Keep you friends close and your enemies closer.

    March 9, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
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