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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-05-04 12:30 PM
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Cheney May Help or Hinder Bush's Chances
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Vice President Dick Cheney, enormously popular with conservatives, will be key to turning out the Republican base this November. But campaign officials say they will use Cheney to persuade undecided voters as well.

Democrats delight in the prospect, saying the vice president is so divisive that they hope swing voters hear his name again and again. Even some delegates to the GOP convention fear that Cheney's personal style and his reputation as a resolute conservative will turn these voters off. The Bush campaign replies that Cheney has the stature and experience to discuss national security, a central issue in this campaign, and that voters know he could step seamlessly into the Oval Office if needed.

``We're not limiting him,'' said Bush strategist Matthew Dowd. ``He's respected. Whether or not some Democrats like him or dislike him, he's respected.''He took a prime role at the Republican National Convention, kicking off the event at an Ellis Island rally, attending festivities in the hall each night and delivering a searing indictment of Democrat John Kerry in his own nationally televised speech.

Over the next two months, Cheney plans to travel as many as five days each week to battleground states. Sometimes he will go to conservative areas where President Bush runs strong, and sometimes to areas where the race is tighter, Dowd said. Bush and Cheney will travel separately -- for security reasons, the campaign says. And planners will make sure they do not overlap their visits to an area, to maximize crowds and local media coverage. Cheney will visit some remote areas where airports cannot accommodate Air Force One.
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