Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney tells CNN's Erin Burnett the Republican frontrunner in the 2012 campaign, Newt Gingrich, is not a candidate to be taken likely. "I wouldn't underestimate him."
The former Vice President who spoke exclusively with OutFront also shared his thoughts on President Obama's response to the CIA drone that went down in Iran, the future of Iraq, Syria, and the Arab Spring.
Former U.S. vice president Dick Cheney says President Obama failed to take appropriate action to protect American spy technology when a CIA drone went down in Iran. In an interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, Mr. Cheney said the downed drone, which is believed to have landed largely intact, should never have been allowed to fall into the hands of the Iranian government. "The right response would have been...to go in immediately after it had gone down and destroy it," Cheney said. "I was told the president had three options on his desk. He rejected all of them."
President Obama has asked for the drone's return–amid concerns the radar-evading technology onboard could end up in the hands of the Chinese or even the Russians, as former defense secretary William Cohen said on OutFront. Cheney mocked the president's request. "He asked nicely for them to return it and–they aren't gonna do that."
The full interview airs tonight at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. on CNN's Erin Burnett OutFront.
Tyler Clementi's parents talk to CNN's Jason Carroll about the struggle to understand their son's suicide. Dharun Ravi, Clementi's former roommate at Rutgers University, has turned down a plea deal and will instead go to trial in February. Ravi faces a 15-count indictment involving hate crime charges for allegedly using a web cam to stream video of Clementi"s sexual encounter with another man. Clementi later jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge between New York and New Jersey.
Watch the full interview tonight on AC360° at 8 p.m. ET.