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Bush Considered Dropping Cheney From Ticket In 04

Former President George W. Bush at a speech last month. His memoir will be released Nov. 9.  Dr. Scott M. Lieberman/Dr. Scott M. Lieberman hide caption

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Well, with all the politics today, let's just throw in some old stuff, shall we?

Former President George W. Bush's memoir "Decision Points" will be coming out next week, so expect a lot of talk about the Bush presidency in the coming days. But a few tidbits have been leaking out from various people they sent review copies to, not I alas, but others. The Washington Post this morning has one interesting revelation, Bush considered dropping Vice President Dick Cheney from the ticket in 2004.

Bush says he considered dropping Cheney in favor of then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) but appreciated the fact that Cheney helped him "do the job" at the White House. The two men disagreed over Bush's decision to fire Rumsfeld because the war in Iraq was going badly, and over Bush's refusal to pardon Cheney deputy I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby after Libby's conviction for lying about his role in the Valerie Plame affair. But Bush said they have patched up their friendship since then.

According to the Post, Bush still feels the Iraq war was justified and has made America safer. But he does acknowledge some doubts, "He said that the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq gave him a "sickening" feeling that persists."

He also talks about personally approving the water boarding of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and what he says is one of the low points of his presidency, being accused of racism in the wake of Katrina.