Nightly News   |  February 14, 2010

Biden, Cheney spar across networks

Viewers of the Sunday morning talk shows watched an unprecedented exchange as Vice President Joe Biden and his predecessor, Dick Cheney, faced off on a number of issues. NBC’s Mike Viqueira reports.

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>> overseas. jim, thanks.

>>> viewers of the sunday talk shows witnessed a remarkable vice presidential face-off of sorts this morning. current vice president joe biden and his predecessor dick cheney tangled on dueling networks over terrorism, iraq, and more. it all started with vice president biden 's appearance with david gregory on "meet the press." our coverage tonight from nbc's mike viqueira at the white house .

>> i don't think the former vice president, dick cheney , listens --

>> reporter: it was awn precedented exchange, unfolding on three network talk shows . first on "meet the press," the sitting vice president hit back at the man who preceded him. after months of charges that the obama white house is soft on terror.

>> he either is misinformed or he is misinforming. but the facts are that his assertions that are not accurate.

>> reporter: then it was cheney 's turn. appearing minutes later on another program. he ridiculed biden for his claim that iraq is an obama administration success story.

>> if they're going to take credit for it, fair enough for what they've done while they're there. but it ought to go with a healthy dose of thank you, george bush up front.

>> reporter: cheney once again accused the administration of holding what he called a pre-9/11 mindset and lashed out at biden for playing down the possibility of another massive attack.

>> you don't want the vice president of the united states running around saying it's not likely to happen.

>> reporter: biden appearing for a second time this morning quickly answered back.

>> that's why you're seeing al qaeda metastasize into smaller-bore operations coming out of the arabian peninsula not directly coordinated by them. i don't know what dick doesn't understand.

>> reporter: cheney had more criticism, accusing the administration of botching the interrogation of failed christmas day bomber abdulmutallab. in response biden noted that shoe bomber richard reid got the same treatment on cheney 's watch.

>> it's almost like dick is trying to rewrite history. i can understand why that would be, you know, an impulse.

>> reporter: today cheney acknowledged that he also disagreed with many on the bush team on issues like waterboarding terror suspects, a practice he still supports.

>> i can remember a meeting in the roosevelt room in the west wing of the white house where we had a major shootout over how this was going to be handled.

>> reporter: and brian, another major point of contention today, where and how to try alleged 9/11 mastermind khalid shaikh mohammed . it's already common knowledge the administration will move that trial from lower manhattan . and today the vice president said they're also considering moving that from a civilian to a military court . brian?

>> mike viqueira at the white house . mike, thanks.

>>> still ahead, as we continue