Clinton on Cheney’s Terror Comments: ‘Unfortunate Language,’ Rejects It Completely

By Kate McCarthy

Jan 19, 2011 7:00am

Almost biting her tongue, Hillary Clinton told me that Dick Cheney should not worry about President Obama’s “absolute commitment” to fighting terrorism. 

“I was certainly taken aback by it. I don't know how anyone who was in the White House, before or now, could doubt any president's absolute commitment to stopping the terrorists from attacking us,” the secretary of state said.

In an interview with NBC News the former vice president said he hopes Obama has the same level of commitment to preventing another 9/11 as the Bush administration did, but “we might never find out until there's actually another attack."

Clinton told me she “completely” rejected Cheney’s “unfortunate language,” adding that President Obama’s “entire team is single-mindedly focused” on preventing another terror attack.

“We've had some successes in preventing terrorists from you know, wreaking havoc on our country and working with our friends and allies around the world.  I don't think it's useful to make such a statement,” she said.

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