Tuesday, August 28, 2001

VP Cheney set to visit Kentucky

Energy policy an issue at governors' meeting

By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Vice President Dick Cheney will make his first visit to Kentucky since last year's presidential campaign when he delivers a Sept. 10 speech to the Southern Governors Association's 67th annual meeting in Lexington.

        According to a program for the meeting, Mr. Cheney “will share his thoughts about energy policy in this country and related issues important for the South's future.”

        Jen Weller, a spokeswoman in the association's Washington office, had no other details Monday about Mr. Cheney's visit.

        “We're just really excited to have the vice president at our annual meeting,” Ms. Weller said.

        Kentucky Gov. Paul Patton, chairman of the association, said two major reports will be released during the conference, which runs Sept. 9-11 at Marriott Griffin Gate Resort Hotel in Lexington.

        One report is on energy policy in Southern states, the other is on the impact of research, development and technology on the region's economy.

        Mr. Patton said in a statement that Mr. Cheney will discuss the Bush administration's proposed energy policy.

        “The governors will highlight their energy priorities as well by releasing an in-depth comprehensive report on energy policy in the South,” Mr. Patton said.

        “The meeting agenda is crowded with names of people who are leaders in their field; and for me, the most rewarding part of the (Southern Governors Association) meetings is the interaction with my fellow governors,” he said.

        “We gain practical ideas for problems we face everyday in our respective states and also develop synergy around new opportunities.”

        Mr. Cheney was last in Kentucky in October, when he campaigned in the western part of the state.

        The Republican ticket of Bush/Cheney carried Kentucky in the presidential election in November.


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