Cheney to Skip Convention
Posted on Aug 4, 2008
The vice president has no plans to attend his party’s convention in September, the American Spectator reports. Apparently Dick Cheney and John McCain are less than BFFs, and while conservatives still are warm to former oilman Cheney, independents and women tend to find him unappealing.
(h/t: the Page)
The McCain campaign has not gone out of its way to reach out to Cheney, though a segment of conservative Republicans had been pressing the campaign to include Cheney in the convention agenda.
“Conservatives still think highly of him and are enthusiastic supporters whenever he speaks,” says a leading conservative who has spoken to the campaign about Cheney. “For a campaign that has largely failed in reaching out to conservatives, reaching out to Cheney wouldn’t be a bad idea.”
McCain and Cheney famously do not get along, and with McCain’s focus being almost exclusively on attracting independents and women to the polls, it’s not a surprise that engaging Cheney isn’t on the top of his list.
White House / Karen Ballard