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'60 Minutes' grills Dick Cheney

Former Vice President Dick Cheney in April, a

Former Vice President Dick Cheney in April, a little more than a year after he received a heart transplant. (April 17, 2013) (Credit: AP)

If Dick Cheney thought if he was going to get a cozy, free promotional ride on "60 Minutes" for his new book, "Heart: An American Medical Odyssey,"  he must have been surprised by the final product Sunday night.

It was tough, extremely tough, to the point where CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, who conducted the interview, actually accused him of lying during his vice presidency about his heart condition. (About five minutes into the clip below.) 

Obviously, whether you are a Cheney supporter or not, it was inspired to put Gupta on this story because just about anyone else would have been lost at sea. Gupta knew what to ask, how to ask, and how to pursue. It was very good. Not, by the way, that Cheney came off looking particularly bad -- he didn't.

He showed that old Cheney irascibility and obduracy the world came to know, and to either love or loath and fear, for more than eight years. But he was forced to address questions that he might normally not have cared to address, and apparently did not confront in the book either.

Some could argue that Gupta -- whom the Obama administration had once nominated for the position of surgeon general -- had some sort of political agenda, except the questions he raised were valid. Or that Gupta, a neurosurgeon at Atlanta's Grady Memorial in his spare time, isn't a heart specialist. That would also seem a stretch.

In any event, a tough, interesting "60" interview. Watch here if you haven't already.  Newsday app readers go to http://bit.ly/174hlN2 if you want to hear Dick Cheney call himself Darth Vader.

Tags: Dick Cheney , Sanjay Gupta , CNN , 60 Minutes , CBS

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