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Cheney Takes Anti-Terror Talk to Colorado

Vice president says the administration is 'doing everything' possible to protect the nation.

August 03, 2004|From Associated Press

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Vice President Dick Cheney told nearly 1,000 military personnel Monday that the Bush administration was "doing everything" it could to protect the nation against terrorists and other threats.

"I am grateful to stand before so many who defend our homeland so well," Cheney told the camouflage-clad airmen and a handful of civilians gathered in a hangar. "Your mission here is nothing less than the defense of America's land, sea and airspace."

Cheney, who has been campaigning throughout the West, was addressing members of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the U.S. Northern Command, which was set up here to coordinate the military response to threats to North America after the Sept. 11 attacks.

"It's been almost three years since the terrorists brought war to our homeland," Cheney said. "We saw a foe whose hate for us is limitless. This is, to put it simply, an enemy we must vanquish. And we will vanquish this enemy."

He added: "President Bush is determined to remove threats before they arrive.... All Americans can be certain we are doing everything we can to protect this nation."

It was Cheney's sixth visit since last fall to Colorado, a state with two congressional seats left open by the retirement of Republicans. Bush and Sen. John F. Kerry, the Democratic presidential nominee, have run ads in the state, battling for its nine electoral votes in November's election. Bush won the state in 2000 after both political parties largely ignored it.

In June, Cheney spoke to 300 workers and their families at Adam Aircraft Industries in Englewood, Colo., about the economy, saying voters should reject any attempt to roll back tax cuts.

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