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Vice President-Elect Cheney Among Speakers at Ceremony Honoring U.S. Veterans

Aired January 19, 2001 - 2:36 p.m. ET

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

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: Well, the parade, of course, is only part of it. The inaugural activities last evening, for instance, you may have picked some of that broadcast here on CNN. Today, there's a couple of more. Vice President-elect Dick Cheney will be taking part in two of those events this afternoon. He's a former defense secretary, as you know. He is playing host to a tribute honoring the nation's veterans, and CNN's Patty Davis is covering that aspect of the inaugural story.

Patty, what's it about?

PATTY DAVIS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Lou, luckily this one is inside for these inaugural attendees. This is, as you said, Vice President-elect Dick Cheney honoring U.S. veterans. There are about 2,000 of them here. Bob Dole, a former United States senator; also a former veteran, a wounded veteran in World War II just got done speaking.

Soon to speak, John McCain and we will soon hear from Dick Cheney as well. Presidential-elect George W. Bush due to make a surprise appearance here as well. As I said, McCain as well as Dole just did. Ninety-eight of 108 Medal of Honor recipients, that is the highest military award; they are also here at this event.

Now, the man of the hour, though, is Dick Cheney. Not only is he honoring American veterans, they are honoring him. Cheney has a special connection, of course, to the U.S. veterans. He, of course, was secretary of defense under former President Bush from 1989 to 1993, and this incoming administration has made a pledge to spend more on the U.S. military; beef up the U.S. military -- Lou.

WATERS: OK, Patty, we'll be back to you. Patty reporting, in deference in the speaking going on around here. John McCain at the podium. We'll be checking in when the vice president.

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