Reporting from Washington — In an interview Tuesday, former Vice President Dick Cheney said he would consider seeking a heart transplant and maintained that President Obama would be voted out of office next year.
Cheney, 69, has suffered from heart trouble for most of his life. His most recent of his five heart attacks was in February 2010. Last summer, he had a heart pump implanted in his chest to keep blood flowing to his vital organs.
In an interview with NBC's "Today" show, Cheney, who is noticeably thinner than during his vice presidency, said the pump was a temporary measure and that a decision on seeking a new heart hasn't been made. "I'll have to make a decision at some point whether or not I want to go for a transplant," he said. "But we haven't addressed that yet."
Asked if he still believes that Obama will be a one-term president, Cheney responded, "I do."
"He embarked upon a course of action when he became president that did not have as much support as he thought it did," Cheney said. "I think his overall approach to expanding the size of government, expanding the deficit, and giving more and more authority and power to the government over the private sector is a lack of — sort of a feel for the role of the private sector in — in creating jobs, in creating wealth and getting our economy back on track. Those are all weaknesses, as I look at Barack Obama."