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. tax the churchs

    I wish he would take John hunting,he is so last year.

    March 9, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. Cindy

    I suspect he'll sound a lot like Newt Gingrich... old, same'ol, negative and divisive.

    March 9, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. Jason

    watch out john he has been known to bite the heads off of little children. are they going to roll him in in a giant birdcage?

    March 9, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  4. rachel

    I do beleive he is the scariest man in the world.

    March 9, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  5. Moonbeam


    March 9, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  6. paulina


    March 9, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  7. Michael

    we know what Cheney will say. The important thing is – what questions are asked. What answers are accepted.

    March 9, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  8. Gracie



    Why this idiot is even being interviewed is beyond me. He's done nothing but ABUSE the laws of this country to suit his selfish political ambition and give George W. Bush lead way in breaking the laws siting "executive previlege" or "national security".

    I swear, if anyone should be tarred or feathered, it should be this fool!!

    I would rather get a root canal then listen to one word this bigot has to say after running our country into the ground!!!!

    March 9, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  9. Ottahear

    Who is John King? Did he go hunting with Cheney sometime in the past? Does he know about Dick's temper?

    March 9, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  10. A tired American

    When Cheney breaks down crying and begging forgivness, send me an email. Otherwise if he just accepts responsibility for the mess that the country is in, I'll catch it on my local evening news.

    March 9, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  11. Ellen

    It shames me that this man, who single-handedly corrupted the Bush government more than anyone else, is given an audience. The real miscarriage of justice is that Cheney will never be prosecuted for his blatant self-dealing and corruption. He makes all the conspiracy theorists look sane...

    March 9, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  12. Otto

    CNN rating for this interview will be ZERO. Why on Earth are you guys going there? It's about time he is in prison and not the half way house either but hard time; breaking stones with a hammer.

    March 9, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  13. chuck

    This shows how desperate CNN is getting . John King alone cannot run a show from nine to one o'clock. He does a good job as a reporter but is not the right man for host. CNN shoud utilise Suzanne Malveaux and and young Abbie Tatton a bit more.

    March 9, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  14. Ray Fisher

    I was hoping after leaving office, we wouldn't have to see or hear this meglomaniac again or his mutant little buddy!!! CNN must be desparate!!!

    March 9, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  15. Squigman

    Here's a program I'll be sure to miss.

    March 9, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  16. C.J. Williams

    This man is totally irrelevant! He needs to go into seclusion and never come out.

    I bet everythng he says will be against the Obama Administration and he will alienate most Americans like he always does.

    March 9, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  17. Thomas

    Ask Dick Cheney if he is one of the rich investors that Newt Gingrech is referring too ? Dick and Newt are good ol buddy's on K street !

    Please John King !

    March 9, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  18. Oliver Klozoff

    DICK CHENEY? Are you kidding? The only interview I want to see this man give is in front of HAGUE for WAR CRIMES.

    HE IS A CRIMINAL and no patriotic american when you steal from the treasury in support of his own GREED.

    March 9, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  19. Bret

    Hey John-
    I bet you don't have the guts to ask him about the bogus story that he leaked to the NY Times about aluminum tubes that Iraq supposedly possessed. He then quoted that same bogus story when he was on Meet the Press to "convince" the American people that Iraq was developing WMD's.

    Hey Dick, you are no patriot, no hero, no nothing. You have no shame and hopefully someday you find yourself behind bars where you belong.

    March 9, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  20. moderate

    I can not beleive that this GUY still has the nerve to show up in public. This thug should be in jail with his brainless so called president.

    March 9, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  21. TanM Boener, WaxBrow

    is someone going to ask him if he's a socialist?

    March 9, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  22. Do The Limp, Obsequious, Crack-licking Rushpublicans Have A Boehner Over Limbaugh Yet?

    Will John King write the script as he's been doing for all the other Republicans who come on his show without a clue, any new ideas or new, plausible talking points?

    March 9, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  23. Ron L

    This is a HUGE waste of time. He is not going to say anything new at all. CNN you really need to get a little out side the box. So many of your interviews are borderline boring because many of the tough questions are never answered. Additionally your Anchors or your personnel that come up with the questions seem to have minimal information or knowledge. I just wonder..DO YOU HAVE TO BE NICE..OR THEY ( the Senators or Congress Members) WON'T COME BACK ??? Thats what it seems like.
    ..One of the BIG problems with our country is the news media. They will spend more time on a comment that they know is a distortion or lie, then they will take time to prove that it is just that. A clear example, when the Republicans complain about how HIGH Obama is raising taxes. The actual amount of tax increase on many Americans would be 3% to 5%. Not enough to BREAK a person earning $250,000 a year. How seldom does the media mention that??
    It is pretty pathetic!!

    March 9, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  24. Andy

    Given how hard Bush administration officials worked to corrupt American laws and values, the least G.W. could have done was grant a pardon to Libby. Maybe Cheney knows why he didn't and is not saying, but is willing to bemoan the oversight publicly.

    March 9, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  25. Melody Chapin

    Why is Dick Cheney getting more publicity? He is not a credible person regarding any presidency.

    March 9, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
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