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

    You have Dick all wrong,hes just a big lovable teddy bear and loves us all.He would never lie,cheat or steal.He a theodore nuggent hunt together for those rascally wabbits.

    March 9, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  2. Simon

    Why isn't this man in prison for treason and war crimes yet???

    March 9, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  3. E

    Why keep giving face time to the biggest CROOK in America. He started a war in order to feed his retirement accounts and openly supports TREASON (as defined by George Bush Sr.) This man should be imprisoned, not interviewed as if he were still valid. Discusting.

    March 9, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  4. Whatz up

    John King has proven he's nothing but a joke with his bias journalism theatrics. John King is nothing but a Republican operative at CNN. If you watch his interviews of Eric Cantor, etc. You could see the signs of his bias, in the questions being asked, etc.

    The fact that John King is giving this mad-man any air time at all is mind boggling!! WHY in the world would you interview this idiot? WHY? Chenney was the most despicable and disgraceful Vice President in history. He allowed the Justice Department to corrupt and abuse the laws governing our country by any means necessary.

    If the average Joe Schmoe did 1/8 of what Chenney did as Vice President, he wouldn't live to see daylight!!

    Dick Chenney needs to be SILENCED by any means necessary.

    March 9, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  5. sandee in Portland

    and this coming from one of the biggest crooks we've ever elected. Will I watch? NOT!

    March 9, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  6. Peter

    I have a dream. Dick Cheney, Tom Delay and Karl Rove in orange jump suits.

    March 9, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  7. the idiot

    Look at the comments by the lunatic left "fair & balanced" is an alien concept, but then again we know it is look what they voted for in congress and president. Guess they all watch to much SNL and think it is real. We are getting the message from them "NO ONE SHOULD BE LISTENED TO EXCEPT OBAMA." Very, Very Stalinist.

    March 9, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  8. kevincollins

    And, of course, Dick "Five Deferments" Cheney knows a lot about preventing terrorist attacks being that the worst one on U.S. soil happened under his and Bush's woeful watch...

    March 9, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  9. Joe Torregano

    Still fear-mongering, trying to ad doubt. Still the prototype for an authoritarian in waiting. Still defending the bankrupt and internationally repudiated Bush policies on torture and war strategy. Still being a jerk.

    March 9, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  10. Theother 49

    John King we know you are a Rebutican but do you have to stoop this low?OMG

    March 9, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  11. cnnnewser

    Don't expect John King to ask any hard questions – Cheney will run over him the same way Lindsey Graham did last Sunday.
    John King and Campbell Brown are worthless.

    March 9, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  12. Kim

    This man should be in prison. Why is he still roaming around giving interviews?

    March 9, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  13. Eric in Atlanta

    That sound you're hearing is the value of your life savings going down the drain. The Dow lost ANOTHER 80 points today. More job losses will follow–and the vicious cycle continues due to Obama's raising taxes on: capital gains, dividends, income, social security–and a new energy tax.

    But Democrats hate Dick Cheney more than they love capitalism and freedom. So they'll keep a lip lock on Obama and continue to bash Cheney. Congratulations.

    March 9, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  14. republicans hate america

    spare me we heard enough of him for eight years

    March 9, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  15. Joshua College Station Texas

    The legal clock is ticking on Cheney. Continued feedback from the outraged, resentful, and still unsatisfied public is finally making headway in Congress and the White House under the new administration. Soon Cheney will either be indicted, on trial and on his way to prison, or dead of a heart attack. The public wants him to answer for his crimes!

    March 9, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  16. Suzanne

    What makes you think anybody wants to listen to what this war criminal has to say. Does anyone at CNN ever get out of the office and talk to the real people in this country and if so what on earth are you thinking. Cheney is one of the most hated people ever in the US government and we are glad to see him go.

    March 9, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  17. Pam for America & Obama

    Does anyone care what this liar will say? His should be speaking from prison. Until he is locked up I don't want to hear a word he has to say.
    Good God...look at what he has done to this once great Nation.

    March 9, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  18. Arzell

    He suggested Obama was irresponsibly adhering to “campaign rhetoric,”
    It's not adhering to campaign rhetoric. It's called KEEPING YOUR WORD TO THE PEOPLE!

    March 9, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  19. Simpliticus

    Cheney is about as believable as a dog which won't hunt! To be sure the vice president certainly can honor Bush's decision NOT to pardon Libby because this would make Libby available for comment into other intransigent situations in that government while not pardoning him makes the case mute. So, Cheney is merely appearing to posture for something that he himself really doesn't want. Therefore, Cheney's comments are untenable at best and garbage at worst!

    March 9, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  20. Marty

    Maybe former Vice President Cheney should give up his pardon for Mr. Libby. I will not be watching. Vice president Cheney has done enough to this country. We do we need to hear anymore from him now ? He should go back into hiding and sty there.

    March 9, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  21. Len in Washington


    We want the truth. We'll probably never hear it from him but we still want it.

    March 9, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  22. Kris Worcester,MA.

    Look at his eyes he's so mad at everything lighten up guy! You aren't in office and when you were, we were so messed up. Retire already.
    Grasping at straws are you?

    March 9, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  23. The Last Patriot

    This man would not try to negotiate with the Taliban, unlike some naive politicians...

    March 9, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  24. Fred

    The likes of Cheney have seen their better days. Dinosaurs one and all. Though the evils he perpetuated still live on.

    March 9, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  25. Eric

    Why would I want to watch one of the most corrupt and callous men alive spin and lie to John King's face?

    No thanks.

    Cheney belongs in a courtroom being tried, not walking free.

    March 9, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
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