Hillary Clinton Praised As "Competent" By Dick Cheney
Hillary Clinton was praised by former vice president Dick Cheney yesterday, who said things might be different in the country if she were in the White House.
In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,’’ Cheney wasn’t very specific, but he said “perhaps she might have been easier for some of us who are critics of the president to work with.’’
Cheney said it is his sense that the secretary of state is “one of the more competent members’’ of the Obama administration, AP reports.
He said it would be “interesting to speculate’’ about how she would have performed as president. Cheney said Obama has not been very effective in stimulating the economy.
Clinton lost the 2008 Democratic nomination to Obama, who went on to beat Republican John McCain in the general election. Obama named Clinton as the country’s top diplomat, reports AP.
Mr Cheney was asked in an interview with Fox News whether the Democrats would have been better off with Mrs Clinton than Mr Obama as their candidate in 2012.
"Well, I certainly wouldn't want to discourage good primary contest on their side, but I don't want to be the position of endorsing Hillary Clinton. That might be the kiss of death for her," he said.
During the interview, Cheney admitted that his own credibility was diminished during the second term of President George W. Bush, AP reports.
He said he disagreed with Bush’s decision to take Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s advice and focus more on diplomacy in dealing with North Korea.