Election 2000: Man In Charge

While Bush lies low and Gore spins madly, Dick Cheney is the most presidential guy around

In his first television interview as George W. Bush's running mate last July, Dick Cheney had to endure a prime-time grilling. Larry King wanted to know if voters should worry about his history of heart attacks, and gave his conservative voting record in Congress a thorough going-over. A disabled vet called in to make a crack about his lack of military service. Watching from the Texas Governor's mansion, Bush wasn't fazed. He turned to an aide and said, "Mark my words. Dick Cheney is the type of man you want around when a crisis develops."

Bush didn't have to wait long...

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