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Dick Cheney Accepts His Party's Vice Presidential Nomination

Aired August 2, 2000 - 9:59 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

BERNARD SHAW, CNN ANCHOR: The governor of Texas and Mrs. Bush watching proceedings on the floor as this rolling roll call proceeds, inching him over the top for his party's presidential nomination.

JUDY WOODRUFF, CNN ANCHOR: They are in their suite at the Wyndham Hotel in Philadelphia, and you're watching as we get ever closer to the magic number. There are the governor's parents, former President George Bush, and his wife, Barbara.

SHAW: There's no mystery here, just anticipation of confirmation.

JEFF GREENFIELD, CNN SENIOR ANALYST: If there is any mystery, it is how Dick Cheney, the vice president, who actually is now the official vice presidential nominee of Republican Party, will do in just about 25 or 30 minutes when he steps to a podium and delivers his acceptance speech, a man who was generally thought of to be a governing kind of pick rather than a political pick. A man who was almost deliberately noncharismatic now steps into the center spotlight and has to deliver a speech that introduces him to most of the country, who it is fair to say has at best a vague impression of who Dick Cheney -- the former congressman, former chief of staff, former defense secretary -- is and what he's all about.

SHAW: And for a large paragraph in American political history, the Republican Party, for the second time, is about to have a Bush as a presidential nominee.

WOODRUFF: A different Bush, that is right. A Bush in 1988, a Bush in 1992, and certainly a Bush as the vice presidential nominee in 1980 and 1984.

GREENFIELD: It's only happened once before that a father and son have both served as president of the United States, and we are about to see the son be the official Republican nominee.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Wyoming, will you cast your 22 votes.

GOV. JIM GERINGER (R), WYOMING: Madam Chairman, Madam Secretary, we know that Wyoming is the smallest in population of all 50 states, but just as with American Samoa, no voter should be left behind. We noticed that Bill Clinton has never visited Nebraska -- well, Al Gore has never visited Wyoming. We also know that with three electoral votes, picking Dick Cheney wasn't politically correct, but it was leadership correct!

(APPLAUSE)

And in the state of high altitudes and low multitudes, we have great attitudes. We are the equality state -- the first to grant women the right to vote.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Wyoming, cast your 22 votes.

GERINGER: I'm getting to that, Mr. Secretary, I'm getting to that. You have to understand that in Wyoming they're bouncing off the mountaintops right now, because some of those mountains were in the first national park. We had the first national monument, the first national forest. But we also had the first public library and the first to elect a woman governor. In 1776, here in Philadelphia, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence...

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Wyoming, will you cast your 22 votes.

GERINGER: I'm getting to that, Mr. Secretary.

(APPLAUSE)

I'm not from Wisconsin, but I'll milk this for all I can get.

WOODRUFF: The party is in a hurry here, because they want to get the vice presidential nominee, Dick Cheney on and off in primetime.

GERINGER: The Declaration of Independence inspired the patriots and provoked King George III, so on November 7, 2000 we will adopt a new Declaration of Independence that will again inspire our patriots and provoke King William and Prince Albert.

KING: Just as the governor was preparing to speak, one of the floor whips came over and urged him to rush through his remarks, saying they needed to get Secretary Cheney on in primetime and that the other states had run over their schedule. So Jim Geringer, here, obviously quite proud tonight as they put Governor Bush over the top.

GERINGER: ... and unanimously casts its 22 votes as our gift to America for George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney!

(APPLAUSE)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Wyoming casts 22 votes for Bush.

CROWLEY: Standing here in the Texas delegation, I don't suppose there is any happier delegation than those from the governor's state. They have been waiting for this moment now for three days, clearly the highlight. We have got some of the confetti coming down, but I can tell you they are saving the bulk of the balloons for tomorrow night. This obviously is a part of the crescendo to tomorrow night, when we finally see George Bush accept his nomination.

But right now, this is as big a celebration as they have had on this floor, they have acted -- with people with these name tags around them just says "rally," a lot of young people they moved into the aisles to pack it so that you can get the kind of picture that you are getting now. The Texas people, most of them with their hats off, waving the signs that we've seen most of the time, "W is For Women" is one of the favorites down here of the Texas delegation, they are all over the place, standing on their chairs, throwing beach balls around.

The last time I saw them do this was at a high school graduation, but they have learned something from their kids obviously, because there are lots of beach balls going up and down. They have noisemaker balloons, they're tapping together makes that clunking sound. It is crazy here in the aisles, I can tell you that. They have also put into the aisles any number of people with -- sorry, just got hit with a beach ball-- they have also put into these aisles a number of white young children that were standing out in the hallways before coming into this. What they really would like to do is get this, as John mentioned, get this floor demonstration over so that they can then bring out Cheney and he can give his speech in primetime.

Back to you in the booth.

SHAW: Thanks very much, Candy Crowley.

GREENFIELD: And I'll bet if that Wyoming chairman plans on a federal appointment, he may be in trouble for pushing them over the primetime.

SHAW: In 1975, Donald Rumsfeld from Chicago, Illinois became the 13th and youngest, secretary of defense. He is a guest of Dick Cheney, they are very, very good friends.

He joins us now as we observe what's going on the floor.

First of all, how do you feel about your buddy?

DONALD RUMSFELD, FORMER DOLE CAMPAIGN NATIONAL CHAIRMAN: Oh, I think it is just wonderful, it's wonderful for the country. He is an enormously talented person.

SHAW: Question, Don Rumsfeld, in this speech tonight, Dick Cheney says for eight years, Clinton and Gore have extended our military commitments, while depleting our military power. A president of the United States, a commander in chief, depleting his nation's military power?

RUMSFELD: Well, there is no question, but that during the past eight years we have seen a significant drawdown in many categories of military capability and, simultaneously, there have been more world involvements on the part of the United States of America during this eight-year period than we have seen in any probably 20 or 30-year period in our history.

WOODRUFF: And yet defense spending during this administration has leveled off. I talked to a senior Gore official yesterday, who anticipated some of these criticisms, who said, defense authorization spending was going down during the years of Reagan and Bush, and has been slowed, leveled off under Clinton. RUMSFELD: Well, the -- when the Cold War ended, the drawdown began, and during the past eight years, the drawdown continued for a significant portion. And in the later portion, it doubled off. However, the procurement accounts have not leveled off, there is still declines, because in the totality of the defense budget, of course, you have a lot of money for personnel, and the budget for actually buying capabilities for the future has been dry compared.

WOODRUFF: You -- go ahead, Bernie.

SHAW: I was just going to say, Americans feel pretty good about themselves, they feel almost supremely secure about themselves. How does Dick Cheney make the American voter feel that he and she are threatened?

RUMSFELD: Well, first we have to -- you know, I think the way you do it is with the truth, and the truth is that we have a very different world today than we had when there was a Soviet Union that was threatening Western Europe and much of the world. That threat has receded significantly. There is just no question about that, and that is a wonderful thing for the world.

Simultaneously, with that relaxation we have seen the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and the ability to deliver those weapons, ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, terrorists, and with the relaxation and the availability of these capabilities we have seen a new threat, so-called asymmetrical threats, threats that are different from a threat across Western Europe, or a strategic nuclear exchange, or something like that. Those threats are in the past, but the newer threats are there, and the United States has to be arranged so that we can continue to contribute to a stable and peaceful world.

GREENFIELD: Mr. Secretary, you have a lot to say about defense policy, we are told that George W. Bush listens not just to Dick Cheney but to you. In some sense, are you another example of what we might call a restoration of the Republicans that were? That is, from the Ford administration, Bush administration, a little bit from the Reagan administration, that these are the folks that George W. Bush is going to be relying on to a great extent should he be elected?

RUMSFELD: Well, if you think about it, the -- we have had Republican presidents, Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush, and during those administrations there have been a lot of very talented people who served in government, in significant positions. And there is no question, but that that is a fine pool for Governor Bush to draw on, and he has. He has Paul Wolfowitz, Condi Rice worked in the administration, and Steve Hadley (ph) -- there is a whole host of people -- George Shultz is on the floor here -- people who have served with great distinction in government and have backgrounds and interests and capabilities. And I think it is a prudent thing for any president of either party to draw on capabilities of the past.

SHAW: I suspect you are going to peek at your watch, because you want to get back down to the Cheney box.

RUMSFELD: He is good friend.

SHAW: Thank you -- and impose on your time. Thanks so much. Good to see you.

RUMSFELD: Thank you very much.

SHAW: There is lots more to come. Cheneys in the hall tonight: Lynne, the wife, Dick, the vice presidential candidate. We will hear remarks from both of them when CNN's live coverage from Philadelphia resumes in a moment.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

WOODRUFF: George W. Bush has been nominated, just moments ago, by this Republican Convention. The delegates are cheering right now, applauding a pretty remarkable young woman who was born with Down Syndrome and who wrote Governor Bush a letter. And she was invited to this convention to read that letter to the delegates.

And we were not able, up here in the booth, to hear very much of it, but we know they were moved by it, because they rose up and cheered.

REP. HENRY BONILLA (R), TEXAS: ... "wonderful letter. Maybe, I will be able to thank you in person, perhaps in Washington. Best always, George Bush. P.S., I love you, too." This note is for you,

SHAW: One of the convention co-chairmen, Congressman Bonilla there, reading the response note from Governor Bush. The tone is going to change at that podium, markedly, in matter of moments.

GREENFIELD: Because the next person up is Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, who is used to political combat. And indeed, we may start to be hearing the first signs that the Republicans want us to think that the Democratic Party is deserving of criticism.

To the floor, and Jeanne Meserve.

MESERVE: Jeff, I'm down with the Florida delegation. They, of course, went wild when the ticket went over the top, because they have a Bush as governor, too. That is Jeb Bush. But there was little distraction here. Ralph Nader, Green Party candidate, came right out on the floor right next to the delegation to talk to the press about the need for campaign finance. And right now, let's listen to Trent Lott on the podium.

LOTT: Thank you, Wendy (ph). We are very proud of you, and of your parents, too. What an exciting night. We just nominated the next vice president of the United States!

(APPLAUSE)

But I want you to listen to this, now, just in case you forgot. The current vice president of United States voted to raise taxes on seniors' retirement income.

(BOOING)

He did. He voted to raise gas taxes.

(BOOING)

He voted to make the death tax retroactive! That is right. He voted to reach back to take more money from those who had already died. But even, worse, he proudly calls this the best vote he ever cast.

(BOOING) Now is there any wonder Americans don't want this vice president to be the next president?

AUDIENCE: No.

LOTT: Meanwhile, the Republican Congress has delivered on our commitment to improve education by restoring local control, requiring accountability and giving parents the right to determine their own children's future.

(APPLAUSE)

We have begun to repair our defense capabilities, but we have a lot more work to do -- and to protect our allies from missile attacks from rogue nations.

And on taxes, we propose changes to the tax code that are simply fair for the American people.

(APPLAUSE)

The Democrat leaders say no to these changes. So let me ask you, do you want to end the tax on marriages?

(APPLAUSE)

Good. Do you want to end the death tax?

(APPLAUSE)

Do you want to end the 100-year-old Spanish-American telephone tax?

(APPLAUSE)

Then send us a vice president who will work with George W. Bush to cut taxes not to raise them.

(APPLAUSE)

One that will restore parental control to education instead of Washington interference. We still believe that the local people know what's best for their children...

(APPLAUSE)

And one who will proudly renew America's promise and renew America's prides.

Our new century offers us the opportunity, in partnership with George W. Bush, to save Medicare and to provide needy seniors with prescription drugs...

(APPLAUSE)

... to protect Social Security for our seniors like my mother, God bless her, and for our young like my son and daughter and grandson. That's what it's really all about. And to make our schools simply the best in the world.

(APPLAUSE)

George W. Bush will settle for no less than the best schools in the world.

(APPLAUSE)

We need new leadership and new policies for our new economy and our new millennium. George Bush, the governor of Texas, is the man for the job...

(APPLAUSE)

... along with his partner and our great friend, the next vice president, Dick Cheney.

(APPLAUSE)

GREENFIELD: As Trent Lott gives these delegates their first reason for some hearty boos, we are going down to the floor and I believe John King.

JOHN KING, CNN CORRESPONDENT: That's right, Jeff. A lot of happy delegations on floor tonight. As you mentioned, they are getting their first little slice of red meat from the podium -- among the happiest of the delegations here in Wyoming. Not only is the new Republican vice presidential nominee from this state, but Governor Bush allowed Wyoming to put him over the top tonight.

Joining us is the governor, Jim Geringer. Governor, how did that feel at that moment, putting Governor Bush over the top?

GOV. JIM GERINGER (R), WYOMING: That was sky-high. We just couldn't believe that we had opportunity and the privilege to make this first-of-a-lifetime vote. So we are still bouncing off the ceilings here. And I can imagine what's it like in Wyoming.

KING: Now, just before you started, one of the floor whips came over and tugged at your shirt, asked you to hurry up a little bit. During your remarks, the secretary tried to speed you up a little bit. What was that all about? GERINGER: Well, of course they try to keep on a script, and as other states were announcing their votes, they kind of went on, and on and on, and I thought, you know, why should we give up any of Wyoming's time to make up for our schedule? This is a chance of a lifetime. This is an election of a lifetime. This election will make more difference to the people of America than any i anybody's memory. The direction that we take after this election will dramatically affect the direction of country. That's why we needed this vote.

Thank you very much, governor. Now we go to podium for the wife of the Republican vice presidential nominee, Lynne Cheney.

GREENFIELD: Lynne Cheney a formidable political figure in her own right, former head of the National Endowment for the Humanities, former host of weekend "CROSSFIRE" actually, to introduce her husband.

LYNNE CHENEY, DICK CHENEY'S WIFE: Well, thank you so much. It is such an amazing thing to stand here before you.

It was just eight -- eight -- just eight days ago that Dick and I embarked on this campaign, and the enormity of the honor that you have bestowed upon him is still sinking in. It is such a proud moment for our family.

Hello, family.

(APPLAUSE)

My task tonight is to introduce Dick, and I could start with his resume. It is a pretty spiffy resume: White House chief of staff, congressman, defense secretary, distinguished business leader. But since I have a unique perspective on Dick's life, I want to spend most of my time telling you things you may not know.

For example, when he was growing up, one of the most important adults in his life was his grandfather who was a cook on the Union- Pacific Railroad.

I have heard Dick talk about visiting his grandparents, staying with them in the railroad car in which they lived, and traveling up and down the line as his granddad cooked for the section gangs. This was not only an enormous adventure for a boy of 9 or 10, Dick learned from his time with his grandfather that cooking is an honorable male occupation.

(APPLAUSE)

And this is the lesson for which our two daughters and I have been extremely grateful.

Dick and I've been married for almost 36 years, and I'll tell you, it has never yet been boring, and not just because of all the shifts and turns in our lives, but because the man I married has a very interesting mind.

Conversations with Dick have a way of taking unexpected turns; problems get redefined and you find yourself thinking about things in new ways. I cannot imagine the discussions that would not benefit from his presence. He will be a very good vice president.

(APPLAUSE)

Let me just say that he is also a fabulous father. Although he has always been very busy, he has always made time for his family.

When we lived in Washington and our daughters were young, he would take them on weekends to visit battlefields or sometimes to watch a battle re-enactment. Liz and Mary love spending time with him, but on occasion they were heard to beg for relief, a trip to the zoo maybe. But he kept up the history lessons, to wonderful results, and today both our daughters would rather read history than anything else.

Now, I confess, I like a good mystery novel now and then, and my daughters are always shaming me with the seriousness of their reading list.

Our children also learned the art of fly fishing from Dick. He loves the streams and rivers of this great country and he has passed that love along to them. Indeed, I would say one of the keys to understanding Dick Cheney is understanding fly fishing. It is not...

(APPLAUSE)

It is not a sport for the impatient. And most of all, it is not a sport for chatterboxes.

(LAUGHTER)

Ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great pride and great personal honor to introduce to you my husband Dick Cheney, the next vice president of the United States.

(APPLAUSE)

RICHARD B. CHENEY (R), VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Thank you.

(APPLAUSE)

Thank you. Thank you very much.

(APPLAUSE)

Mr. Chairman, delegates and fellow citizens, I am honored by your nomination and I accept it.

(APPLAUSE)

Before proceeding, I want to say a special word to President Ford. I wouldn't be here tonight if it wasn't for him and the trust and confidence he placed in me 35 years ago. And I know all of you want to join me in wishing him a very a quick and speedy recovery.

(APPLAUSE)

I want to thank you for giving such a warm welcome to Lynne and me and to our family.

And to my friends in the Wyoming delegation, I especially want to thank you for your support.

(APPLAUSE)

The first campaign stop that Lynne and I were privileged to make with Governor and Laura Bush was in our home town of Casper, Wyoming, where Lynne and I graduated from high school some 41 years ago. The love and support and enthusiasm of people of our home state have buoyed our spirits and strengthened our resolve. We are going to win this election.

(APPLAUSE)

We will prevail.

(APPLAUSE)

I have to tell you that I never expected to be in this position. Eight years ago when I completed my service as secretary of defense, I loaded a U-Haul truck and drove home to Wyoming. I did not plan to return to public office. Lynne and I settled into a new, private life.

There was time for fishing and grandchildren, and we were very content.

But now I am glad to be back in the arena, and I want to tell you why.

(APPLAUSE)

I have been given an opportunity to serve beside a man who has the courage and the vision and the goodness to be a great president, Governor George W. Bush.

(APPLAUSE)

I have been in the company of leaders. I was there on August 9, 1974, when Gerald Ford assumed the presidency during the gravest constitutional crisis since the Civil War. I saw how character and decency can dignify a great office and unite a great nation.

(APPLAUSE)

I was a congressman when another man of integrity lived in the White House. I saw a president restore America's confidence and prepare the foundation for victory in the Cold War.

(APPLAUSE)

I saw how one man's will can set a nation on a new course. And I learned the meaning of leadership from President Ronald Reagan.

(APPLAUSE)

I left Congress to join the Cabinet of President Reagan's successor. And I'm proud to say that I'm not the only man on this ticket who has learned from the example of President George Bush.

(APPLAUSE)

I saw resolve in times of crisis, the steady hand that shaped an alliance and threw back a tyrant. He earned the respect and confidence of the men and women of America's armed forces.

(APPLAUSE)

I have been in the company of leaders.

I know what it takes. And I see in our nominee the qualities of mind and spirit our nation needs and our history demands.

(APPLAUSE)

Big changes are coming to Washington.

(APPLAUSE)

To serve with this man, in this cause, is a chance I would not miss.

(APPLAUSE)

This country has given us so much opportunity. When Lynne and I were growing up, we had so many blessings. We went to good public schools, we had fine, dedicated teachers. Our mothers, like our fathers, worked outside the home so we could go to college. We lived in a caring community where parents were confident that their children's lives could be even better than their own. And that is as it should be and as it can be again.

(APPLAUSE)

We can make our public schools better. We can reform the tax code so that families can keep more of what they earn, more dollars that they can spend on what they value than on what the government thinks is important.

(APPLAUSE)

We can restore the ideals of honesty and honor that must be a part of our national life if our children are to thrive.

(APPLAUSE)

When I look at the administration now in Washington, I am dismayed by the opportunities squandered, saddened by what might have been but never was. These have been years of prosperity in our land, but little purpose in the White House.

(APPLAUSE)

Bill Clinton vowed not long ago to hold onto power until the last hour of the last day. That is his right. But, my friends, that last hour is coming.

(APPLAUSE)

AUDIENCE: Bush-Cheney, Bush-Cheney, Bush-Cheney.

D. CHENEY: That last day is near. The wheel has turned and it is time -- it is time for them to go.

(APPLAUSE)

AUDIENCE: Go, go, go, go, go.

(APPLAUSE)

D. CHENEY: George W. Bush will repair what has been damaged. He's a man without pretense, without cynicism, a man of principle, a man of honor. On the first hour of the first day, he will restore decency and integrity to the Oval Office.

(APPLAUSE)

He will show us that national leaders can be true to their word and that they can get things done by reaching across the aisle and working with political opponents in good faith and common purpose.

I know he will do these things because for the last five years I've watched him do them in Texas.

(APPLAUSE)

George W. Bush came to the governor's office with a clear view of what he wanted to achieve. He said he would bring higher standards to public schools, and he has.

(APPLAUSE)

Walk into those schools today and you will see children with better scores, classrooms with better discipline, teachers with better pay. He pledged to reduce taxes, and he has.

(APPLAUSE)

He did it twice, with the biggest tax reduction in state history, and not only is the budget in balance, it's running a surplus of more than a billion dollars.

(APPLAUSE)

He promised to reform the legal system, to get rid of junk lawsuits, and he has. (APPLAUSE)

Today, the legal system serves all of the people, not just the trial lawyers.

(APPLAUSE)

None of these reforms came easily. When he took office, both houses of the legislature were controlled by Democrats and the House of Representatives still is, but Governor Bush does not accept old lines of argument and division. He brings people together, reaching across party lines to do the people's business.

He leads by conviction, not calculation.

(APPLAUSE)

You will never see him pointing the finger of blame for failure; you will only see him sharing the credit for success.

(APPLAUSE)

That is exactly the spirit that is missing from Washington today. In the last eight years, that city has often become a scene of bitterness and ill will and partisan strife.

American politics has always been a tough business, even in 1787, here in Philadelphia, when George Washington himself wondered if delegates could ever agree on a Constitution. They did agree, as Americans always have when it mattered most, guided by the public interest and a decent regard for one another.

But in Washington today, politics has become war by other means, an endless onslaught of accusation, a constant setting of groups, one against another. This is what Bill Bradley was up against and others before him. The Gore campaign, Senator Bradley said, is a thousand promises, a thousand attacks.

We are all a little weary of the Clinton-Gore routine.

(APPLAUSE)

But the wheel has turned and it is time.

It is time for them to go.

(APPLAUSE)

In this election, they will speak endlessly of risk; we will speak of progress. They will make accusations; we will make proposals. They will feed fear, and we will appeal to hope.

(APPLAUSE)

They will offer more lectures and legalisms and carefully worded denials. (APPLAUSE)

We offer another way, a better way and a stiff dose of truth.

(APPLAUSE)

For eight years, the achievement gap in our schools has grown worse, poor and disadvantaged children falling further and further behind.

For all of their sentimental talk about children, Clinton and Gore have done nothing to help children oppressed by bureaucracy, monopoly and mediocrity.

(APPLAUSE)

But those days are ending. When George W. Bush is president and I am vice president, tests will be taken, results will be measured, schools will answer to parents, and no child will be left behind.

(APPLAUSE)

AUDIENCE: Cheney, Cheney, Cheney, Cheney.

D. CHENEY: For eight years, Clinton and Gore have talked about social reform -- Social Security reform, never acting, never once offering a serious plan to save the system. In the time left to them, I have every confidence they'll go right on talking about it.

(APPLAUSE)

Those days are passing, too.

(APPLAUSE)

There will be no more spreading of fear and panic, no more dividing of generations against one another, no more delaying and excuse making and shirking of our duties to the elderly.

(APPLAUSE)

George W. Bush and I, with a united Congress, will save Social Security.

(APPLAUSE)

For eight years, Clinton and Gore have extended our military commitments while depleting our military power. Rarely has so much been demanded of our armed forces and so little given to them in return.

(APPLAUSE)

George W. Bush and I are going to change that too.

(APPLAUSE) I have seen our military -- I have seen our military at its finest, with the best equipment, the best training and the best leadership.

I am proud of them. I have had the responsibility for their well-being. And I can promise them now, help is on the way.

(APPLAUSE)

AUDIENCE: Send them home. Send them home. Send them home.

D. CHENEY: Soon our men and women in uniform will once again have a commander-in-chief they can respect...

(APPLAUSE)

... a commander-in-chief who understands their mission and restores their morale.

And now, as the man from Hope goes home to New York...

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

... Mr. Gore will try to separate himself from his leader's shadow. But somehow, we will never see one without thinking of the other.

(APPLAUSE)

Does anyone, Republican or Democrat, seriously believe that under Mr. Gore the next four years would be any different from the last eight?

AUDIENCE: No.

D. CHENEY: If the goal is to unite our country, to make a fresh start in Washington, to change the tone of our politics, can anyone with conviction say that the man for that job is Al Gore?

AUDIENCE: No.

D. CHENEY: They came in together, now let us see them off together.

(APPLAUSE)

AUDIENCE: Time for them to go. Time for them to go. Time for them to go.

No more Gore. No more Gore. No more Gore.

D. CHENEY: Ladies and gentlemen, the wheel has turned, and it is time. It is time for them to go.

(APPLAUSE)

AUDIENCE: Send them home. Send them home. Send them home.

D. CHENEY: This campaign will not be easy. Governor Bush and I face a real fight. We're ready for it.

(APPLAUSE)

We know the territory, we know the opposition, and we know what's at stake. We will give all we have to this cause.

And in the end, in the end with your help, George W. Bush will defeat this vice president and I will replace him.

Ladies and gentlemen, we are so privileged to be citizens of this great republic.

(APPLAUSE)

I was reminded of that time and again when I was in my former job as secretary of defense. I traveled a lot, and when I came home, my plane would land at Andrews Air Force Base and I'd return to the Pentagon by helicopter.

When you make that trip from Andrews to the Pentagon and you look down on the city of Washington, one of the first things you see is the Capitol, where are the great debates that have shaped 200 years of American history have taken place.

You fly down along the Mall and see the monument to George Washington, a structure as grand as the man himself. To the north is the White House, where John Adams once prayed that none but honest and wise men may ever rule under this roof.

(APPLAUSE)

Next, you see the memorial to Thomas Jefferson, our third president and the author of our Declaration of Independence. Then you fly over the memorial to Abraham Lincoln, this greatest of presidents, the man who saved the Union. And then you cross the Potomac on approach to the Pentagon.

And just before you settle down on the landing pad, you look out upon Arlington National Cemetery, its gentle slopes and crosses row on row.

I never once made that trip without being reminded of how enormously fortunate we all are to be Americans and what a...

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I never made that trip without being reminded of how enormously fortunate we are to be Americans and what a terrible price thousands have paid so that all of us and millions more around the world might live in freedom.

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This is a great country, ladies and gentlemen, and it deserves great leadership. Let us go forth from this hall in confidence and courage, committed to restoring decency and honor to our republic. Let us go forth knowing that our cause is just and elect George W. Bush the 43rd president of the United States.

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WOODRUFF: Dick Cheney has just delivered a speech that has brought this crowd to its feet.

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