ABC News’ Karen Travers Reports: Vice President Biden says that his predecessor Dick Cheney is "dead wrong" in his claim that the Obama Administration’s foreign policies have made the U.S. less safe and said the nation is safer now than at any time in the last eight years.
"I don’t think he is out of line, but he is dead wrong," Biden said to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Gloria Borger. "The last administration left us in a weaker posture than we’ve been any time since World War II: less regarded in the world, stretched more thinly than we ever have been in the past, two wars under way, virtually no respect in entire parts of the world."
In an interview with CNN last month, Cheney said that Obama has made national security choices that have put Americans at risk.
"President Obama campaigned against (some Bush administration national security policies) all across the country and now he’s making some choices that in my mind will in fact raise the risk to the American people of another attack," Cheney said on March 15.
In the first weeks of his presidency, Obama ordered the closing of the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; suspended the trials of terrorist suspects by military commissions and banned some interrogation methods.
In the interview airing tonight, Biden said he guarantees the United States is safer today than under the Bush Administration.
"[O]ur interests are more secure today than they were any time during the eight years," Biden said. "Not just at home, but around the world."
Unlike Cheney, former President Bush has refrained from publicly criticizing Obama and said last month that he wants his successor to succeed.
"I’m not going to spend my time criticizing him. There’s plenty of critics in the arena. I think it’s time for the ex-president to tap dance off the stage and let the current president have a go at solving the world’s problems," the former president said in Calgary, Alberta on March 17. "He deserves my silence. And if he wants my help, he can pick up the phone."
Speaking after the president wrapped up his first overseas trip, Biden said the Obama Administration is "rebuilding America’s ability to lead."
The always-loquacious Biden told a story of being in the Oval Office with then-President Bush who told him, "Joe, I’m a leader."
"And I said, Mr. President, turn around and look behind you. No one’s following. People are beginning to follow the United States again as a consequence of our administration," the vice president said. The full Biden interview will air tonight on CNN on "The Situation with Wolf Blitzer."