Cheney Speech To Emphasize National Security, Tweak Kerry
Vice President Cheney will address the GOP convention tonight. His speech according to "campaign sources" cited by the Washington Post , "will talk about the historical context for the war on terrorism and how Bush is best equipped to lead the nation during these times." Cheney will also make the point, adviser Mary Matalin said, that "there is a judgment issue and a consistency issue with Senator Kerry, and that it's worth looking at." The New York Times , meanwhile, said Cheney "will talk, in a broad historical sweep, about America as a country of opportunity, stressing the importance of leadership at crucial moments and why Republicans believe that President Bush's qualities as a leader are perfectly suited to fighting the war on terrorism." A Cheney confidante said, "And, of course, there will be a little bit about our Democratic opponents and the choice that they offer in terms of comparing leadership skills."
Would-Be Cheney Assailant Posed As GOP Volunteer.
The AP reports today that a 21-year-old Yale student, posing as a volunteer at the Republican National Convention, "got within 10 feet of Vice President Dick Cheney and shouted anti-war statements before being dragged away, authorities said Tuesday." Secret Service Agent Shannon Zeigler "said Cheney 'was never in any harm or danger' during the incident Monday night in Madison Square Garden."