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June 12, 2004 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
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 | From Associated Press
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.
April 14, 2004 | Doyle McManus and Mark Magnier, Times Staff Writers
Vice President Dick Cheney arrived in China on Tuesday for a two-day visit aimed at nudging the country's leaders toward greater democratization and cooperation with the United States on Asian security issues, including the standoff over North Korea's nuclear ambitions. U.S. and Chinese officials indicated that they did not expect breakthroughs on the issues that divide the two governments, including Taiwan, human rights and trade. But both sides noted that the overall U.S.
April 13, 2004 | Doyle McManus, Times Staff Writer
Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday that the United States is doing "everything we can" to help secure the release of three Japanese civilians held hostage in Iraq, and warned that insurgents may seize even more captives as the June 30 target approaches for the launch of a new Iraqi government.
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.
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