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March 11, 2004 | From The Baltimore Sun
It was one of the shorter political flirtations in memory. But with speculation over who will be No. 2 on the Democratic presidential ticket intensifying, Sen. John McCain, a maverick Republican who took on President Bush for the White House in 2000, seemed briefly Wednesday to bat his eyelashes at John F. Kerry. By the end of the day, McCain was animatedly swatting down some Democrats' dreams of a Kerry-McCain ticket. "I will not," he declared, "be a candidate for vice president in 2004."
February 9, 2004 | Scott Martelle, Times Staff Writer
Sen. John Edwards, who had insisted that he would not accept an invitation to run as the Democratic vice presidential candidate in the fall, appeared to crack that door open a bit Sunday -- one day after rival John F. Kerry cemented his status as front-runner with victories in Michigan and Washington state. Appearing on ABC's "This Week With George Stephanopoulos," Edwards repeated his statement that there were no circumstances under which he would campaign as vice president. But then he hedged.
February 7, 2004 | James Rainey, Times Staff Writer
In another mark of the changing tenor of his campaign for president, Howard Dean said Friday in a radio interview that he would be willing to accept the Democratic vice presidential nomination if it would help oust President Bush. Only a month ago, Dean stood atop polls in key states in the nominating process and pundits were beginning to speculate whom he might choose as a running mate. But on a morning talk show in Milwaukee, Dean was asked if he would accept a vice presidential nomination.
December 5, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
New York Atty. Gen. Eliot Spitzer said Thursday that he was flattered to be mentioned by retired Gen. Wesley K. Clark as a possible vice presidential running mate, though Spitzer said he was focused on his state job. Clark, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, made comments about Spitzer on Wednesday during a call-in program on C-SPAN, the public affairs cable TV network.
September 17, 2003 | From Reuters
Vice President Dick Cheney, a former CEO of Halliburton Co., has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the company since taking office while asserting he has no financial interest in the company, Senate Democrats said Tuesday. The Democrats demanded to know why Cheney claimed to have cut ties with the oil services company, involved in a large no-bid contract for oil reconstruction work in Iraq, when he was still receiving large deferred salary payments.
July 8, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Vice President Dick Cheney, who has a history of heart trouble, will undergo what his office describes as a routine heart examination today. Cheney, 62, will undergo a physical examination, an electrocardiogram, an echocardiogram and a stress test, said his communications director, Cathie Martin. Two years ago, doctors implanted a device to monitor Cheney's heart rhythm and act as a pacemaker in the event of an abnormal heart rate.
September 14, 2002 | By a Times staff writer
Doctors who examined Vice President Dick Cheney on Friday reported that the vice president's implanted defibrillator-pacemaker was functioning properly and had not been activated to treat an abnormal heartbeat. The 61-year-old vice president, who has had four heart attacks since 1978, underwent a semiannual cardiovascular exam. His counselor, Mary Matalin, said Cheney's doctor, Jonathan Reiner, reported Cheney could "continue to live a vigorous lifestyle."
Vice President Dick Cheney cast his first tie-breaking vote in the Senate on Tuesday, rescuing President Bush's budget plan from a Democratic effort to scale back the administration's $1.6-trillion tax cut proposal in order to increase funding for a new Medicare prescription drug benefit. Cheney cast his vote during debate on a budget resolution that includes the outlines of Bush's fiscal policy, including his tax cut plan.
Is it time for Vice President Dick Cheney to lighten his workload? Not if you listen to Dick Cheney. "I've been living this way for 25 years," he told an aide this week after he underwent a procedure to reopen a narrowed artery. "I've been dealing with this for decades." Despite chronic heart disease and four heart attacks, Cheney says he has no desire to slow down. "He was dismissive" about the idea, said Mary Matalin, the aide who raised it with him.
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