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July 16, 2004

Dump Cheney? Not likely

In response to my blog and Joni's blog on the idea that President Bush might dump Vice-President Cheney from the Republican ticket, one reader writes:

"The President is exceedingly loyal to his own people and engenders fierce loyalty from his subordinates by being loyal to them. His dropping Cheney for political expediency would signal a huge crack in that loyalty and would be the equivalent of throwing red meat to the media and his detractors to try to find out why Cheney was dropped. This would only serve to distract from the campaign and would undermine confidence from the American public..."

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Posted by Bruce Ramsey at July 16, 2004 03:22 PM



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