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Transition of Power: Cheney Emphasizes Inclusiveness of Coming Cabinet

Aired December 18, 2000 - 4:32 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

JOIE CHEN, CNN ANCHOR: Just a few hours from now, other new faces -- well, this one's a familiar new face with a new program on CNN. It's "WOLF BLITZER REPORTS," debuting at 8:00 tonight Eastern.

And joining us for a preview, now, is Wolf.

Hey, Wolf; a little bit nervous about this new debut?

WOLF BLITZER, ANCHOR, "WOLF BLITZER REPORTS": You know, I am a little bit nervous, Joie. This is exciting, this is going to be a big-time job for me, I guess -- "WOLF BLITZER REPORTS" every night, 8:00 Eastern. And we're starting off with an important interview with the Vice President-elect Dick Cheney.

I had a chance to catch up with him this morning over at the Madison Hotel in between his meetings with potential Cabinet members, other Bush transition officials. We did sit down, we did talk about tax cuts, international issues. But he also spoke about his desire and the desire of President-elect Bush to make it clear that the Cabinet is not simply going to be ideological. There's going to be room for a lot of different people in that Cabinet, despite some concerns being expressed by some of the more conservative members of the Republican Party.

Listen to this excerpts, when I asked him about the inclusiveness he planned to seek in that cabinet.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

DICK CHENEY, VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT: Folks, governors like Christie Todd Whitman and Pataki and many others didn't ask to say to say, well, what's your stand on abortion or what's your stand on gun control; they just pitched in and helped when we needed help.

And I think what we what and what President-elect Bush has made very clear we want is a broadly representative Cabinet that is inclusive, that takes in the broad sweep of the Republican Party. And there ought to be a place in our party and in our administration for people of a variety of views and backgrounds, and that's what we'll have.

(END VIDEO CLIP) BLITZER: He was expressing his appreciation to New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman and New York Governor George Pataki for their help over these past several weeks in making sure that the Republican side of the story and the voting counting in Florida came to Governor Bush's side. And he was saying that, even though they may have different positions on abortion rights, gun control, affirmative action than others in the Republican Party, there's going to be a big tent, there's going to be an opportunity for all sorts of views to be expressed.

On that issue of a $1.3 trillion tax cut, he echoed what President-elect Bush said in "Time" magazine this week, Joie; that there's really no room for compromise, at least not now -- Joie.

CHEN: All right, Wolf, I'll be home to watch you tonight at 8:00 Eastern.

Wolf's entire interview with the vice president-elect will be seen on the new "WOLF BLITZER REPORTS." That's coming up tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern, right here on CNN.

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