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kskiska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-19-04 10:10 PM
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Has Bush*s Running Mate Gone Lame?
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Halliburton and health troubles leave Cheney vulnerable as election approaches

His staff dwarfs those of his predecessors. Al Gore had one foreign policy adviser; Mr Cheney has more than a dozen. In the White House he has an influential - some believe decisive - say on the strategic issues of the day, from long-term energy policy to invading Iraq.


A Time/CNN poll this month found that only 43% of Americans thought Mr Cheney should be on the Republican election ticket. A recent Fox survey found his popularity trailing 10 percentage points behind that of Mr Bush. According to a former official who follows political strategy in the White House, the president's election guru, Karl Rove, has conducted similar polls of his own, with worse results.


Thomas Schaller, a University of Maryland political scientist, pointed out that dropping Mr Cheney would not make dynastic sense for the Bush family, which is widely believed to be grooming the president's younger brother Jeb, who is governor of Florida , to stand in 2008.

"Replacing Cheney with someone like Frist or Giuliani would create an heir apparent. Replacing Cheney is no way to run a proper monarchy," Mr Schaller said.

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