In his first television interview since he underwent heart surgery last summer, former Vice President Dick Cheney says rebounding poll figures haven’t changed his mind on President Obama. In the interview, set to air Tuesday morning on TODAY, Cheney tells NBC News national correspondent Jamie Gangel “I think he’s enacted a program that a great many people are very worried about.”
Cheney, who talks about his recent surgery and weight loss, said he believes the president has “learned a lot” since he entered office, but not enough to earn him a second term:
I think his overall approach to expanding the size of government, expanding the deficit, and giving more and more authority and power to the government over the private sector is a lack of– sort of a feel for the role of the private sector in– in creating jobs, in creating wealth and getting our economy back on track. Those are all weaknesses, as I look at Barack Obama. And I think he’ll be a one term President.
Cheney also weighs in on the debate over political rhetoric in the wake of the shootings in Tucson, saying there’s merit to toning it down, but he won’t go as far as others in linking violence to strong words:
I’m reluctant to judge our politicians based upon the act of what appears to be a lone, crazed gunman. Who perpetrated the crime.
An excerpt of the interview will air tonight on NBC Nightly News.
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