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The Cheney Factor

By ThinkProgress on June 11, 2008 at 4:19 pm

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Never fear, though, John McCain is in no sense offering a third Bush term:

In an interview he gave to the Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes in 2006 for Hayes’s biography, “Cheney: The Untold Story of America’s Most Powerful and Controversial Vice President,” McCain said: “I will strongly assert to you that he has been of enormous help to this president of the United States.”

Going further, McCain even told Hayes in comments heretofore unpublished that he’d consider Cheney for an administration post.

Asked whether he’d be interested in Cheney had the vice president not already have served under Bush for two terms, McCain said: “I don’t know if I would want him as vice president. He and I have the same strengths. But to serve in other capacities? Hell, yeah.”

McCain’s just a guy who wants to continue most of Bush’s policies and admires Bush’s key henchmen and wants to keep them serving in government office. But that doesn’t mean he represents more of the same. It’s just a different kind of change — hell yeah!

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