WASHINGTON — Minutes after George W. Bush announced his running mate, Democrats were up with a Web site detailing Dick Cheney's conservative voting record.
The Democratic National Committee gobbled up the site, http://www.bush-cheney.net, late Sunday, and by Tuesday afternoon had posted scores of votes he cast as a member of Congress, where he served in the 1980s.
The site is also sprinkled with quotes from politicians and the media describing Cheney as ultra-conservative, anti-abortion and opposed to affirmative action. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is quoted as saying: "Cheney's voting record was slightly more conservative than mine."
The Bush campaign said Democrats were trying to deceive Americans by making the site appear to be generated by Bush-Cheney supporters. "This is exactly the type of attack politics that has characterized Vice President [Al] Gore and his allies," said spokesman Ray Sullivan.
It is not unusual for opponents to snag Web sites that appear, at first, to represent the other side. In this case, the site is clearly labeled as a DNC project.
Detailed sections feature Cheney's votes on family issues, civil rights, education, health care, labor and the environment.