One person Biden will not be modeling his vice presidency on is his predecessor, Vice President Dick Cheney. "I don't agree with the vice president," Biden said. "I think the recommendations, the advice that he has given to President Bush -- and maybe advice the president already had decided on before he got it -- I'm not making that judgment -- has been not healthy for our foreign policy, not healthy for our national security, and it has not been consistent with our Constitution, in my view."
"His notion of a unitary executive, meaning that, in time of war, essentially all power, you know, goes to the executive, I think is dead wrong. I think it was mistaken," Biden said.
Biden said that unlike Cheney, he and Obama believe the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, should close.
"I have been getting what they call that presidential briefing you get every morning from the intelligence community since the day we have been -- since the day we were elected, not sworn in. I have learned nothing thus far that would change my view," he said.
"Nothing thus far that would change my fundamental view that Guantanamo should close, No. 1, that, No. 2, the way in which we have conducted our policy, in terms of both surveillance as well as the detainees, has hurt our reputation around the world," Biden told Stephanopoulos.
Quoting from a previous national security report put out by the intelligence community, the vice president-elect said, "we have created, not dissuaded, more terrorists as a consequence of this policy. Nothing I've learned thus far has changed my fundamental view on the constitutional as well as the practical positions we should take relative to the issues of torture and others."
When asked if he thought high-ranking Bush Administration officials should be prosecuted for the prison abuse scandal at Abu Ghraib, Biden didn't rule it out.
"The questions of whether or not a criminal act has been committed or a very, very, very bad judgment has been engaged in is -- is something the Justice Department decides. Barack Obama and I are -- President-elect Obama and I are not sitting thinking about the past. We're focusing on the future," he said.
Biden argued it's up to the Justice Department, under Attorney General-designate Eric Holder, to determine whether the case should be reviewed.
"I'm not ruling it in and not ruling it out. I just think we should look forward. I think we should be looking forward, not backwards," Biden said.
Biden refuted a New York Times report that said U.S. military commanders argued at Biden's national security meeting this week that they could not meet the 16-month U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq deadline called for by Obama.
"I'm not going to get into detail, but the answer is, nothing was that stark at all. There is -- there isn't any -- there isn't any conclusion reached or presentation made that suggests that we cannot rationalize the -- the status of forces agreement terms and the objectives of the Obama-Biden administration," Biden said,