April 6th, 2009
01:42 PM ET
13 years ago

Gingrich: Cheney 'clearly right' that America is less safe

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/09/art.newt0209.gi.jpg caption="Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich agrees with Dick Cheney."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Newt Gingrich said Monday that former Vice President Dick Cheney was "clearly right" to suggest that the country faces a greater threat of terrorist attacks with President Obama in the White House.

In an online Q&A session with Politico, Gingrich was asked: "Do you agree with Dick Cheney's assessment that we are less safe under the Obama administraion?"

"Dick Cheney is clearly right in saying that between the Court decisions about terrorists and the administration's [sic] actions the United States is running greater risks of getting attacked than we were under President Bush," Gingrich responded.

In a March 15 interview on CNN's "State of the Union with John King," Cheney said the Bush administration's anti-terror strategies "were absolutely essential to the success we enjoyed of being able to collect the intelligence that led us to defeat all further attempts to launch attacks against the United States since 9/11."

"I think that's a great success story," Cheney said. "President Obama campaigned against it all across the country. And now he is making some choices that in my mind that will in fact raise the risk to the American people of another attack."

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