Mike Pence looks at Dick Cheney as a role model for vice presidency

Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence holds a joint news conference with U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) (not pictured) following a House Republican party conference meeting in Washington, U.S. September 13, 2016. 

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GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence said Sunday that his role model for the vice presidency is Dick Cheney​.

“I frankly hold Dick Cheney in really high regard in his role as vice president and as an American,” Pence said in an interview with ABC’s “This Week” that aired Sunday.

Asked if that’s the kind of vice president he aspires to be, Pence said he wants to be “very active” just like Cheney.

“Vice President Cheney had experience in Congress as I do and he was very active in working with members of the House and the Senate,” he said.

Host Martha Raddatz, however, pointed out that Cheney was often criticized for “being too much of a force over the president.”

“Well I think that what I admire most in vice presidents is when they’re able to take the vision of the president and champion that on Capitol Hill. And I would hope that my relationships over my 12 years in Congress and my four years here as governor of Indiana would help carry Donald Trump’s vision to make America great again. To people who would be crafting the legislation to put that into practice,” Pence said.

Cheney served under President George W. Bush, during which time Pence served in the House.

  • Rebecca Shabad

    Rebecca Shabad is a video reporter for CBS News Digital.