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.