Vice President Cheney Responds to Wife Lynne’s ‘Slapdown’ on CNN Last Week

Vice President Dick Cheney was Neil Cavuto’s guest on Fox News Monday, and he responded to his wife’s stellar performance on CNN’s the Situation Room last week (hat tip to Ian at Hot Air). Cheney told Cavuto that they refer to the interview “around the house as the ‘slapdown.’” The Vice President said his wife “was very tough, but she was very accurate and very aggressive.” After she was done, Cheney told his wife he “thought it was a sterling performance.”

What follows is a full transcript of this segment. Those interested can watch the video here.

CAVUTO: Your wife, Mr. Vice President, created a little bit of a stir in an appearance on a rival news network last week, taking exception to the way that network portrayed the economy, the government, that things are going to hell in a hand basket. I’m sort of paraphrasing here. Actually, she was much more to the point that I’m being. What did you think of that?

THE VICE PRESIDENT: I thought it was great. We refer to it around the house as the “slapdown.” And she was very tough, but she was very accurate and very aggressive. And of course, she was in the business for a while. There was a time on that network when she used to host the show they had on for a long time called “Crossfire,” on Sundays for a couple of years. So she spoke her mind, and I thought it was perfectly appropriate.

CAVUTO: Did she go into that kind of ticked off because she saw this week-long series on — one day a time — everything that’s bad with America, and she just said, you know what, I’m going to let it rip?

THE VICE PRESIDENT: I’m sure she’d seen part of it, but, no, I think she just responded to the moment. But she’s pretty tough and pretty aggressive, and that’s exactly the way it ought to be. She presented, I though, a very strong case.

CAVUTO: Did you talk to her prior to her going on?

THE VICE PRESIDENT: No.

CAVUTO: Did you talk to her afterwards?

THE VICE PRESIDENT: I did.

CAVUTO: What did you tell her?

THE VICE PRESIDENT: I told her I thought it was a sterling performance.

Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard, Associate Editor of NewsBusters, passed away in March of 2014.