August 31st, 2015
09:43 AM ET

Former Vice President Dick Cheney to CNN's Jamie Gangel: "I’d love to see Joe get in the race."

In her first interview conducted for the network, CNN’s new Special Correspondent Jamie Gangel sat down with former Vice President Dick Cheney and daughter Liz Cheney for a wide-ranging interview scheduled to air on Anderson Cooper 360, Tuesday, September 1st.

In an excerpt that aired on this morning’s New Day, Dick Cheney stated that Hillary Clinton’s handling of her emails was, “sloppy and unprofessional.” When asked if he’d like to see Joe Biden run for president, Cheney responded, “I’d love to see Joe get in the race.”

Text highlights and transcript available below.

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS:

On Hillary Clinton’s handling of her e-mails: “Well, I think it was sloppy and unprofessional, that it reflect a lack of understanding about how easy it is for adversaries to tap into communications, to get involved, for example, obviously in reading e-mail, as we know - is now - it’s very extensive.  The Chinese recently picked up the files of everybody who is currently working for the federal government. Now, the situation strikes me, she - maybe she went into it ignorant, but I find that hard to believe.  She’s an intelligent woman.  She spent a lot of time in the White House.  You should not operate in the way she did.”

On Joe Biden possibly entering the race: “I’d love to see Joe get in the race.”

TRANSCRIPT:

Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Hillary Clinton’s email scandal: I found it surprising that somebody as high-ranking as Secretary of State who’s dealing with classified and sensitive information all the time would think that it was OK to have a private server in your home where you put, you know, information and so forth, or you send e-mails.

GANGEL:  So how would you describe her handling her e-mails this way?  In a word?

CHENEY:  Well, I think it was sloppy and unprofessional, that it reflect a lack of understanding about how easy it is for adversaries to tap into communications, to get involved, for example, obviously in reading e-mail, as we know - is now - it’s very extensive.  The Chinese recently picked up the files of everybody who is currently working for the federal government. Now, the situation strikes me, she - maybe she went into it ignorant, but I find that hard to believe.  She’s an intelligent woman.  She spent a lot of time in the White House.  You should not operate in the way she did.  And I’ve got to believe it was not consistent with the U.S. State Department personnel.  It certainly wasn’t consistent apparently with the way we handle classified information in the federal government.

 GANGEL:  She should have known better?

CHENEY:  I think she should’ve known better.

GANGEL:  You think the Russians and the Chinese have her e-mails?

CHENEY:  They’ve gotten my personnel records.  How can they not have her e-mails?

GANGEL:  Do you think this undermines or disqualifies her candidacy?

CHENEY:  I think there’s a very real possibility of that.  

GANGEL:  I know you’re not in the business of giving the Democratic Party advice, but what do you think of Joe Biden?  And do you think he should get into the race?

CHENEY:  I’d love to see Joe get in the race.

GANGEL:  Because?

CHENEY: Well, go for it, Joe.  He’s tried twice before.  He obviously is interested.  I think there’s a lot of support for him in the Democratic Party.  I think it would stir things up.  They’re short candidates on their side, so, you know, Joe, have a shot at it.

GANGEL:  Who do you think is a more formidable candidate, Biden or Clinton?

CHENEY: There was this notion that Hillary sort of had inherited the nomination, that nobody could really challenge her for the nomination.  I think that’s now pretty well gone by the boards because of her problems, and I think that’s why there’s potential support out there. And so she does have some opposition now, and my bet is Joe’s going to run.

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CREDIT FOR REFERENCE AND USAGE:  “CNN’S New Day"


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