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From: "William E. Anderson" <>
Subject: Re: [SMITH]
Date: Sun, 30 Jul 2000 14:36:02 +0900
What has this got to do with genealogy. Let's keep politics out of our way.
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From: "Hugh Smith" <>
Sent: Sunday, July 30, 2000 9:03 PM
> The Man Who Would Be Veep
> Say what you will about George W.'s pick for vice president. Come to think
of it, why not listen to what he has to say for himself?
> Dick Cheney holds a Bart Simpson doll dressed in Desert Storm fatigues in
> You may know him as a Texas oil tycoon. Or perhaps you remember his days
as George Bush Sr.'s Secretary of Defense; or as vice chairman of the
Iran-Contra hearings; or even as Gerald Ford's chief of staff. More likely
than not, you don't remember him at all. Yet, as of today, Richard "Dick"
Cheney stands a better than 50-50 chance of replacing Al Gore as Vice
> President of the United States. Throughout his quarter-century of public
service, Cheney has earned a reputation as a thinking-man's conservative --
not to mention as a short-tempered hawk. We offer this primer on the man who
reminds us of the last Vice President Dick (Nixon, that is). Herewith,
Cheney in his own words:
> On ambition:
> "I set out to be a political science teacher. My years in Washington sort
of got in the way of that, but it all ties in. What I want to do is
> -- The Washington Post, Aug. 28, 1978
> On compromise:
> "Confrontation fits our strategy. Polarization often has very beneficial
results. If everything is handled through compromise and conciliation, if
there are no real issues dividing us from the Democrats, why should the
country change and [vote us into office]?"
> --The New Republic, June 3, 1985
> On patriotism:
> "I had other priorities in the '60s than military service."
> -- The Washington Post, April 5, 1989
> On defense:
> "Denuclearization is not a good idea."
> -- UPI, May 8, 1990
> On the bloated defense budget:
> "Threats have become remote. So remote that they are difficult to
> -- Mother Jones, Sept./Oct. 1993
> On the importance of education (specifically, his at Yale):
> "I flunked out."
> -- The Washington Post, April 3, 1991
> On style:
> "I don't tend to pound on the podium and drool."
> --AP, October 10, 1994,
> On his similarity to Popeye:
> "I am what I am, and if people aren't willing to accept me on that basis
then, hell, vote for somebody else."
> -- U.S. News & World Report, Oct. 25,
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