Election 2000: Heart Murmurs

Dick Cheney's brief but sudden hospitalization raises questions about fitness and truthfulness

As Defense Secretary for the father of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney has already spent a lot more time in the Oval Office than the man he would like to serve as Vice President. If the younger Bush eventually enters the White House, Cheney promises to be an even more influential Vice President than, well, Al Gore. As head of the informal transition team, Cheney has been making regular trips to Bush's ranch outside Austin, Texas, to start shaping a potential Cabinet. In the excitement about the vote in Florida, he and James Baker are George W.'s chief strategists. It was...

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