Tuesday, October 03, 2000

Cheney here for debate, ribs


Plans to watch Bush, Gore on TV at Montgomery eatery

By Howard Wilkinson
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        When George W. Bush takes the stage in Boston tonight for a head-to-head debate with Al Gore, his running mate, Dick Cheney, will be cheering him on in suburban Cincinnati.

        The former defense secretary and GOP vice presidential nominee is expected to join several hundred Hamilton County Bush-Cheney volunteers for ribs and 90 minutes of debate-watching at the Montgomery Inn in Montgomery.

        “It will be a treat for the people who have been working so hard for the ticket here,” said Ohio Treasurer Joseph Deters, who is also Hamilton County Republican Party chair man.

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        Mr. Cheney is expected to arrive at the Montgomery restaurant shortly after 8 p.m. and stay through the Gore-Bush debate, which runs from 9 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.

        After the debate, Mr. Cheney is expected to provide his own spin on the first of three presidential debates via a satel lite hook-up with national television networks.

        Mr. Deters said the party is inviting volunteers who have worked on the party's Victory 2000 get-out-the-vote drive.

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        About 800 people have volunteered to help the local effort, which is aimed at driving up voter turnout in heavily Republican Hamilton County to offset an expected heavily Democratic vote in northeast Ohio.

        “This campaign has generated about four times as many volunteers locally as the last two presidential campaigns,” Mr. Deters said. “There's real enthusiasm here for the Bush-Cheney ticket.”

        Local Democratic campaign workers are holding two debate-watching parties tonight — one at Crowley's in Mount Adams and another at Integrity Hall in Bond Hill.

        Mr. Cheney's stop in Montgomery tonight for the debate-watching party will be in the congressional district of Rep. Rob Portman.

        Mr. Portman spent the weekend with Mr. Cheney in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, playing the part of Democratic vice presidential nominee Joseph Lieberman in prep sessions for the vice presidential debate.

        Thursday night, Mr. Cheney will go head-to-head with Mr. Lieberman in the only vice presidential debate, to be held about two hours south of Cincinnati at Centre College in Danville, Ky.

        After tonight's presidential debate in Boston, Mr. Gore will head out on a swing through several key Great Lakes states, including a stop Wednesday in Warren in northeast Ohio.

        Also, on Wednesday, Hadassah Lieberman, wife of the Democratic vice presidential candidate, will attend a private Democratic Party fund-raiser at the Amberley Village home of lawyer Stanley Chesley.

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