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Cheney Rolls With The Global Test

REMARKS BY THE VICE PRESIDENT

FOLLOWING A PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE WATCHING PARTY

Denver Marriott City Center

Denver, Colorado

7:57 P.M. MDT

AUDIENCE: Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Good evening.

AUDIENCE: Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Thank you, thank you. (Applause.) Well, we’re

delighted you were here tonight. I thought the President did a great job.

(Applause.) I was fascinated to watch on the one hand John Kerry saying that

he’s committed to winning the war on terror, and to winning in Iraq, and then he

turns around and is unrelentingly negative about the proposition, the decision.

AUDIENCE MEMBER: Useless.

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Useless was your comment. (Laughter.) But I thought

it’s — the President made several very good points, especially saying how can

you expect to get support from our allies when you consistently trash our

allies’ efforts? (Applause.)

And the real bottom-line decision in terms of what this election is all

about is who is going to be Commander-in-Chief, who do we want to have in the

Oval Office making those life decisions — life-and-death decisions for the

United States, for our people, and the man who makes the decisions about when

we’re going to send troops in harm’s way. And I don’t think you can look at

that debate tonight and conclude anything other than on the one case we’ve got

in George Bush a man who has done it, who has been there, done it four different

– for four different years now, and done a superb job, made the right decisions

for America; is absolutely committed to taking offensive action whenever it’s

necessary in order to defend the United States of America, and the wanna-be

Senator who says — (laughter) — says that in response to the question on

preemptive action, he would support it as long as it passed some kind of global

test.

AUDIENCE: Booo!

THE VICE PRESIDENT: What George Bush has made clear repeatedly is that

we’re perfectly prepared to seek international support for international

efforts. We’ve got a great alliance — we’ve got 30 countries fighting

alongside of us in Iraq. And we’re prepared to work to lead a coalition, but we

will never submit to the objections of a few. We will never seek a permission

slip to defend the United States of America. (Applause.)

So I want to thank all of you for being here tonight. I’ve got to go do

some interviews. And of course, I would invite all of you to watch next Tuesday

when we’ll do it all over again from Cleveland. (Applause.) John Edwards and

myself — I’m very, very proud to have had the privilege of serving alongside

this President. And I’m delighted that the American people are going to give

him four more years to lead this nation. (Applause.)

AUDIENCE: Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!

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