HH: So pleased to welcome to the program former Vice President Dick Cheney and Liz Cheney, former senior State Department official. Together, they are the authors of a brand new book, Exceptional: Why The World Needs A Powerful America. If you were up this morning, I was holding the book up on Morning Joe saying I think this might change the arc of the campaign. Welcome to both Cheneys. Mr. Vice President, if I can start with you, was it your intention to impact the 2016 campaign on both the Republican side and in the general election?
DC: Well, at the time that we got involved with this project, we thought about it, oh, over a year ago. We actually signed a contract last October. We didn’t know what all was going to be involved in a 17 person field and so forth. What we did want to do was make sure this issue, the national security issues facing the United States, the rising threats and our capacity to deal with them, was front and center in this year’s campaign, that it got addressed. We always kind of felt looking at the last election that national security hadn’t played the role it should. And given our level of concern, we thought the contribution we could make is to do this book, to make certain that the nation and obviously the voters were aware of these issues before they vote. Continue Reading
Senator Ted Cruz joined me on the program today to discuss all things 2016:
HH: So pleased to begin this hour with United States Senator Ted Cruz. Senator Cruz, welcome back, it’s always a pleasure to talk to you.
TC: Hugh, it is always great to be with you. Thank you for having me.
HH: Can I assume that John Boehner’s not going to be your running mate?
TC: (laughing) I think that is a fair inference. I appreciate, by the way, you asking folks about that comment. That was very kind of you.
HH: Well, I don’t understand it, and I’d like to expand and not limit it to the Speaker. But what in the world is the upside of any Republican slagging another Republican, especially when the other Republican is running for president and might be our nominee?
TC: Well, look, unfortunately, I think an awful lot of folks in politics, they get personal and they engage in insults and ad hominem attacks. And there’s far too much of that that goes on. And my approach consistently is that I don’t reciprocate. The Speaker is entitled to express whatever views he likes, but I’m not going to respond in kind. And I think the American people are not remotely interested in a bunch of politicians in Washington bickering like schoolyard children. I think what they’re looking for is serious leaders who will address and provide real solutions to the very real problems we’re facing right now. Continue Reading
It is Exceptional: Why The World Needs A Powerful America by former Vice President Cheney and his daughter Liz Cheney, a former senior State Department official.
They will join me later today for an in-depth interview on the new book in hour three of my program.