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Will Bush drop Cheney ?

by Mary Kay / July 9, 2004 4:01 AM PDT
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I wouldn't bet on it
by Josh K / July 9, 2004 4:08 AM PDT

Bush I wouldn't drop Quayle even though just about everyone (himself included) wished he could. Dropping a running mate is seen as a sign of desperation. That's why Nixon went after McGovern's first running mate, forcing McGovern to drop him. McGovern's campaign never recovered.

And besides, who cares what Al D'Amato thinks nowadays anyway?

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Re: I wouldn't bet on it
by Mary Kay / July 9, 2004 4:29 AM PDT
In reply to: I wouldn't bet on it

I wasn't suggesting he would or should just and in to the story

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Re: I wouldn't bet on it
by Josh K / July 9, 2004 4:32 AM PDT

Don't worry, I knew that. Besides, if Cheney gets indicted before the election, woooo hooooo!!!!


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Just my uneducated opinion......
by Del McMullen / July 9, 2004 5:10 AM PDT

The only way this could possibly work is for Cheney to
bow out claiming medical reasons.

I don't think McCain is seen by too many as having a strong
enough personality as a VP. I also don't think Powell
has acquited himself overly well as Secretary of State.

With the election 3 months away no one would attempt a shuffle
in the Cabinet. The Congress wouldn't confirm replacements,
if in fact anyone would accept a nomination to a position
that might not have tenure.

Very few good people are willing to put themselves and
families on the firing line with the media, regardless
of length of appointment. Sad statement for our political process.

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Re: Just my uneducated opinion......
by Josh K / July 9, 2004 5:13 AM PDT

And of course McCain has had his own health problems, though they're not the kind that could cause sudden death.

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More to the point
by Dan McC / July 9, 2004 5:29 AM PDT

There's no way that McCain or Powell would agree to be bush's running mate.


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Just a thought, Del...
by J. Vega / July 9, 2004 5:53 AM PDT

Just a thought, Del. What if Cheney had another serious heart problem, withdrew from politics for health reasons, and we had a Bush/Powell ticket? Could that have a factor in the "black vote", which the press says is extremely Democratic (up to being called "a given" by some)? Consider that the press would sooner or later bring up the fact that if the Bush/Powell ticket won, Bush couldn't run for a 3rd term as President and in 2008 Powell would probably be a "slam-dunk" as the Republican canidate, being the sitting Vice President. Just a thought, and one I just happened to have mentioned before. Needless to say, a 2008 Colin Powell/whoever vs. Hillary Clinton/whoever would be a quite lively campaign.

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Re: Just a thought, Del...
by Josh K / July 9, 2004 6:18 AM PDT
In reply to: Just a thought, Del...

Hi J:

I think there are two problems with your scenario:

1. Powell wouldn't do it in a zillion years.

2. Most black voters aren't going to abandon their political views and vote for Bush just because his running mate happens to be black. Give them a little credit.

A legitimate health event would be the only way Cheney could withdraw at this late stage without hurting Bush even more than he'll hurt him by not withdrawing IMO.

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It would be nice to see Bush being that flexible! (NT)
by gearup / July 9, 2004 6:22 AM PDT


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Re: Just a thought, Del...
by Dan McC / July 9, 2004 6:30 AM PDT

It would be pretty close to the first legitimate event either of these two bums has been involved in.




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