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The evening breaks with tradition and feature the acceptance speech of George W. Bush's running mate, former U.S. Secretary of Defense, Richard Cheney.
On Wednesday night, Bush's hand-picked running mate, Dick Cheney took the spot light at the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia. The former defense secretary and Wyoming congressman wasted no time in delivering a hard-hitting speech slamming the Clinton and Gore administration for turning Washington into "a scene of bitterness and ill will and partisan strife."
Now is the time to restore decency and integrity to the Oval Office and rid the country of the Clinton-Gore years, he said. "The wheel has turned. It is time. It is time for them to go."
The phrase echoed Vice President Al Gore's words from the 1992 Democratic convention when he said the same thing about the Reagan and Bush administration.
The GOP vice presidential candidate said that if elected, Bush will immediately repair "what has been damaged. He's a man without pretense, without cynicism, a man of principle, a man of honor."
Hear Dick Cheney's entire speech at the Republican National Convention and/or read the transcript.
A loyal Republican, Dick Cheney served under President George Bush as U.S. Secretary of Defense during the Gulf War. He is now ready to serve again, this time as the vice presidential candidate with Bush's son. He brings to the ticket a long political career that began 35 years ago. He served as White House chief of staff under President Ford and then represented Wyoming for six terms in the House of Representatives. Although he was part of the House Republican leadership, Cheney resigned from Congress to serve as defense secretary under President Bush.
After attended Yale University for more than a year, he transferred to Casper College and then the University of Wyoming where he earned a masters degree in political science. He studied for a doctoral degree at the University of Wisconsin from 1966-68, during which time he received draft deferments because of his studies and his wife and children. Cheney married his high school girlfriend, Lynne, a well-known Republican conservative who headed the National Endowment for the Humanities. Cheney became chairman and chief executive officer of Halliburton Corp., a leading oil services firm based in Dallas, in 1995.