Biden Will Counter Cheney on Sunday Shows

Vice presidents will make separate appearances
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 13, 2010 1:14 PM CST
Vice President Joe Biden watches a ski jumpingcompetition at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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(Newser) – It won't exactly be a face-to-face showdown, but Dick Cheney and Joe Biden will engage in a sort of vice presidential debate on the Sunday talk shows. When the White House learned that Cheney will appear on ABC's This Week—presumably to bash the Obama administration as soft on terror—it lined up Biden to appear on NBC's Meet the Press and CBS' Face the Nation, reports Politico.

The timing will go something like this: Biden will tape his NBC interview this evening in Vancouver, and excerpts will be released. Cheney appears live at 9am tomorrow on ABC, and Biden will then have the last word when he's interviewed live at 10:30 on CBS. "If the former vice president wants to discuss the record on fighting al-Qaeda and keeping America safe, then we thought it made sense for the current vice president to make the case for what the Obama administration has succeeded in doing," says a White House official.

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