|Dick Cheney says Clinton would be easier to work with.|
WASHINGTON - Dick Cheney, former vice president, said yesterday that if Hillary Rodham Clinton were in the White House rather than Barack Obama, then things might be different today in the country.
In an interview on “Fox New Sunday,’’ Cheney didn’t get into specifics, but he said “perhaps she might have been easier for some of us who are critics of the president to work with.’’
Cheney said it is his sense that the secretary of state is “one of the more competent members’’ of the Obama administration and it would be “interesting to speculate’’ about how she would have performed as president. He said Obama has not been very effective in stimulating the economy.
Clinton lost the 2008 Democratic nomination to Obama, who went on to beat Republican John McCain in the general election. Obama named Clinton as the country’s top diplomat.
During the interview, Cheney agreed that his own clout was diminished during the second term of President George W. Bush. He said he disagreed with Bush’s decision to take Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s advice and focus more on diplomacy in dealing with North Korea.