Former vice president Dick Cheney Sunday praised Hillary Clinton as one of the more competent members of President Barack Obama‘s administration, saying it would be “interesting to speculate” on how she would perform as president.
“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,” Cheney said.
Clinton ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in the 2008 elections but lost to Obama, who made her his secretary of state. She has shown no interest in challenging Obama in 2012.
But Cheney, who has made numerous television interviews in recent days promoting his memoir and defending his own controversial performance during the Bush administration, was happy to stir the Democratic pot.
While he wouldn’t say Clinton would have made a better president than Obama, he said, “Perhaps she might have been easier for some of us who are critics of the president to work with.”
“I have a sense that she’s one of the more competent members of the current administration and it would be interesting to speculate about how she might perform were she to be president,” he said.
He said Obama “has been not very effective, frankly, especially in the economic arena.”