Defense Secretary Dick Cheney said Monday he would consider a presidential run in 1996, adding that he worried about U.S. military cuts planned by President-elect Clinton in the face of instability in Russia.
"Obviously I disagree with the positions put forth by Gov. Clinton with respect to the overall size of the defense budget," Cheney, 51, said.
Cheney, White House chief of staff under President Gerald Ford in the mid-1970s and a former Republican congressman from Wyoming, said he looked forward to a possible return to politics after he is replaced by Clinton's nominee for defense secretary, Rep. Les Aspin (D-Wis.). Clinton takes office Jan. 20.