Barack Obama Congratulates John McCain
on Cheney's Endorsement of McCain and Palin
Dick Cheney flew to his home state, Wyoming, to speak at the Laramie rally in support of the Republican ticket.
Dick Cheney told a rally in Laramie on Saturday:
The endorsement may help McCain among loyal Republicans, but not with Americans disenchanted with the Bush-Cheney administration, or among independents angry over the stewardship of the past eight years.
"He's a man who has looked into the face of evil and not flinched, he's a man who is comfortable with responsibility, and has been since he joined the armed forces at the age of 17.
He has earned our support and confidence, and the time is now to make him commander in chief.
I'm pleased that he has chosen a running mate (Sarah Palin) with executive talent, toughness and common sense."
McCain has been at pains to distance himself from the administration, pointedly saying in the final presidential debate that he was not Bush.
Obama's team, whose campaign theme is that McCain would represent a continuation of the Bush-Cheney administration, put out an ad within 90 minutes of Cheney's endorsement, as well as placing a clip of Cheney's speech on YouTube. The 30-second ad says:
"Barack Obama. Endorsed by Warren Buffett and Colin Powell. And John McCain's latest endorsement?"Cheney had announced his endorsement for McCain before, but, like Bush, had been largely absent from the campaign trail during the past two months. His decision to participate in the Laramie rally at the weekend was prompted partly by a desire to speak on behalf of Republican congressional candidates and to deliver what amounted to an emotional look back on his career. He will retire from politics on inauguration day, January 20.