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My Sit-Down with Dick Cheney

I’m down in D.C. where I just wrapped up a one-on-one interview with Vice President Cheney.

We started off by talking about what seems to be on everyone’s mind of late — oil. I asked the vice president about the White House’s stiffer financial sanctions on Iran, and whether this might lead to a boycott or stoppage of Iranian oil exports. He left that door open. He didn’t want to speculate, but he did leave the clear impression that if it leads to that, so be it. I followed up by asking whether the Strategic Petroleum Reserve could come into play. He said only in the event that there were oil disruptions. We also talked about what oil price could potentially affect the economy.

We also discussed Charlie Rangel’s new “mother of all tax reform” bill, as well as Hillary Clinton’s “trap-door” campaign message that the middle class is being squeezed. (He was not keen on either.)

Overall, Mr. Cheney seemed rather optimistic and upbeat about the state of the U.S. economy.

The full interview will be aired on Kudlow & Company at 7 p.m. ET on CNBC. 


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