November 14, 2004 |
Vice President Dick Cheney, who has had four heart attacks, underwent three hours of tests at a Washington hospital Saturday after suffering shortness of breath but went home when doctors found no abnormalities. "I feel fine," Cheney, 63, said as he walked out of George Washington University Medical Center and waved to reporters. "Sorry we ruined your Saturday," said his wife, Lynne.
November 14, 2004 |
Given Vice President Dick Cheney's history of heart problems, even his brief trip to the hospital Saturday after suffering shortness of breath raised questions about what would happen if he were forced to step aside for health reasons. Under the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, President Bush would nominate a replacement who would have to be confirmed by the House and Senate. There is no timetable for selecting a replacement.
July 16, 2004 |
"I have Millard Fillmore's hat," Dan Johns says with pride. Johns is executive director of the United States Vice Presidential Museum, a treasure trove of memorabilia of some of America's most forgettable political figures. It is housed at the Dan Quayle Center and Museum in Huntington, Ind., Quayle's hometown. Quayle, of course, was vice president under President George H.W. Bush.
July 15, 2004 |
Vice President Dick Cheney said Wednesday he cannot envision any circumstance in which he would not run for a second term, saying President Bush has been "very clear he doesn't want to break up the team." There has been persistent speculation that Cheney would step down for political or health reasons. "He's made his decision," Cheney said of Bush. "I've made mine.
July 10, 2004 |
President Bush on Friday took his most pointed jab yet at the Democrats' new candidate for vice president, chiding Sen. John Edwards for his career as a trial lawyer. The president drew boisterous cheers and laughter when he included his dig at Edwards as he talked of the need to control frivolous lawsuits. "You cannot be pro-small business and pro-trial lawyer at the same time," Bush said. "You have to choose. My opponent has made his choice, and he put him on the ticket."
July 3, 2004 |
A campaign manager has been selected and office space cleared at Sen. John F. Kerry's election headquarters. The Secret Service is standing by. All that remains is for the Democratic presidential candidate to end months of speculation by choosing his running mate and revealing his choice. On Friday, Kerry said he plans to do so in novel fashion: by e-mailing the information to subscribers to his campaign website.
July 2, 2004 |
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on Thursday took himself out of consideration to be Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kerry's running mate, saying he wanted to fulfill his commitment to serve a full, four-year term as governor. Richardson told Kerry of his decision in a phone conversation Thursday and followed that up with a letter, according to aides to both men.
June 21, 2004 |
Sen. John F. Kerry has divulged little about his process of selecting a running mate. But if past behavior is a guide, he will spend the coming days immersing himself in information and debating the merits of contenders with a disparate group of confidants. The Democratic presidential hopeful will make the case against his favored choice just to test the strength of his own arguments.
June 12, 2004 |
John F. Kerry had more than half a dozen conversations with Sen. John McCain about the prospect of him joining the Democratic presidential ticket, but the Arizona Republican repeatedly told his longtime friend that he was not interested, according to an associate close to McCain. The Massachusetts senator broached the idea with McCain at least seven times, first raising it about 2 1/2 months ago, the source said Friday.
June 5, 2004 |
Sen. John F. Kerry's joking over his vice presidential choice caused some confusion Friday. Shortly after the presumed Democratic candidate jokingly told a Detroit radio interviewer that he had come on the show to announce his running mate, rumors flew that he said he would pick a running mate in a matter of days. The Kerry campaign made things worse when it released an inaccurate transcript of his interview with WJR.