March 9th, 2009
04:51 PM ET
12 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. Luke Brown

    Thanks for reminding me about this ... I'll be sure NOT to watch.

    March 9, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  2. Kaye -Jacksonville FL

    Oh God – why?? America has had more than enough of this man and I for one wouldn't tune in to watch this interview for a million bucks – and considering my economic situation these days, that says a LOT about how much distain I have for Dick Cheney.

    March 9, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  3. Danny in Chicago


    John King's State of the Union is definitely no Meet the Press.....

    Who are you for CNN? Are you with Rush or Obama? You should make yourself clearer because you sure seem to ask Obama to be so, and yet you seem to support the pubs an awful lot!

    March 9, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  4. arithmetic is liberal

    Well, maybe John King can fawn all over him like he did with Cantor on Sunday...

    March 9, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  5. California Gold

    "I don't remember."
    "I have no independent recollection."
    "That is confidential, privileged information."
    "I refuse to answer that question based on my Fifth Amendment Rights."
    "I am innocent of any wrongdoing" (credit given to Blagojevich as the author of this excuse)

    Ought to be a quick interview.

    March 9, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Save your breath Dick. We all know you're lying.

    March 9, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. Otto

    Hey John, be careful Dick Cheney might give you his famous that guy...he is crazy!

    March 9, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  8. Bob


    March 9, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  9. Saifur Rahman

    Dick Cheney-on John King!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! waste of time.

    March 9, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  10. Griff............... on The Truth...

    Happy Birthday to the "Lady in the Lake". CNN...

    March 9, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. Jo

    Wonder how soft his questions will be. Another reason not to watch the show.

    March 9, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. Time for Term Limits

    There will be one telltale sign to see if Cheney is lying: if he opens his mouth. Maybe he will agree to be waterboarded in order to prove his interrogation technique is not turture. Too bad Saddam wasn't one of Cheney's hunting buddies, or maybe we wouldn't have had to go to war and occupy a country indefinitely.

    March 9, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  13. Had It

    Why would anyone want to listen to that? Just more Limbaugh/Rove style snide remarks, snarky attitude, and lies.

    Thanks for the warning.

    March 9, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  14. Joe American

    War Criminal!

    March 9, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  15. Lesley

    What on earth for? Haven't we had enough of Mr. Cheney and his views and policies to last a lifetime? What could he add to the public discourse that would matter in the least?

    March 9, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  16. Veronica Richmond, VA.

    Who cares? He should be under the jail house!

    March 9, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  17. yuri

    The erstwhile veep may try not to act vehemently, when viewed by the veteran news vendor, John King. Actually, it will be a vivacious interview, in our prediction, but then again, it may turn out to be dry and drab, too.

    March 9, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  18. Sandy

    Dick Cheney certainly made HIS money during the Bush years – BILLIONS, as we're all jobless and watching our economy crumble around us. Be sure to ask him about that.

    March 9, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  19. Alex

    If next Monday doesn't see headlines about John King's hardline, insistent questioning of Cheney on issues like torture, warrantless wiretapping, suppression of domestic political dissent, the whitewashing of 9/11 and the manufacturing of "intelligence" in build up to the Iraq Occupation, that will be a sign that we're dealing with another non-journalist. Almost as much as the Cheneys, Addingtons, Yoos and Bushes that have gutted the Constitution, the air-brushed stenographers that make up our national news media are true enemies of democracy. Does John King care about actual journalism? Or is he simply another lapdog for those in power, eagerly panting for the privilege of access and attention, like David Gregory, Brian Williams, Charlie Gibson, Katie Couric, Wolf Blitzer and the late Tim Russert?

    March 9, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  20. Jetty

    Ihope JOHN KING would search for better questions rather the negative questioning he is locked up with the current administarion. Obama has barely a couple of months in office. With the spirit of the American people and hope to improve the standard of live of the American, Obama would succeed big time to the detriment of the object skeptic of his administartion.

    What has JOHN KING to gain for sitting with a war mongera like Dick Cheney who spear headed the Iraq war and left American in a pathetic war cost that would change the living standards of many American for years to come.

    John King Lover

    March 9, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  21. anything but ~ california hugh

    What's this world coming to? Dick Cheney must be the worst vice-president in American history. He "don't" shoot straight at all–crooked with a flag pin on his lapel and no bid contract money in his pockets. CNN what's up with this? I can't wait to watch–NOT! I'll tune into MSNBC for this event. I suppose having the spawn of Satan on your network makes it fair and balanced. "I'm shocked" would put it mildy.

    March 9, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  22. Jack in Freeport, NY

    I agree that we should't care; on the other hand, perhaps Mr. Cheney is ready to tell all, in which case, he can name the members of the secret energy council meeting that he chaired shortly after he took office.

    March 9, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  23. Jerry Houston

    I'm about as interested in hearing with Cheney has to say as I am about the Octumom and her advice on parentage. Thanks for the heads up, now I'll deprogram my Tivo for this Sunday.

    March 9, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  24. Scott, Tucson

    who wants to see what a war criminal like him has to say?? I guess Jon King (pseudojournalist).

    March 9, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  25. Scott, Tucson

    jon king is irrelevant

    March 9, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
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