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Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Dick Cheney Is a Lying Liar

Dick Cheney lies. A lot. Tuesday's debate with John Edwards is a good example, because Cheney and the truth were not in the same room. Here's a great example:

Dick Cheney: I've never met John Edwards

Cheney seemingly landed a blow against Edwards when he made this statement:

"Now, in my capacity as vice president, I am the president of Senate, the presiding officer. I'm up in the Senate most Tuesdays when they're in session. The first time I ever met you (Edwards) was when you walked on the stage tonight."

One problem with that: it's a lie. Cheney and Edwards, among others, participated in the National Prayer Breakfast on February 1, 2001. In a speech, Cheney said:

"Thank you. Thank you very much. Congressman Watts, Senator Edwards, friends from across America and distinguished visitors to our country from all over the world, Lynne and I honored to be with you all this morning. I've always counted myself fortunate to have been raised in a part of the country where the Almighty chose to do some of his finest work."

Now, in case you might think Cheney was referring to a different Senator Edwards, the photo below should clarify which Senator Edwards Cheney was talking about:

Dick Cheney and John Edwards at prayer breakfast, Feb. 1, 2001.

Cheney continues to insist he's never said that there was a connection between Iraq and the attack on Sept. 11, 2001. From Tuesday's debate:

"The senator (Edwards) has got his facts wrong. I have not suggested there's a connection between Iraq and 9/11, but there's clearly an established Iraqi track record with terror."

Oops. Another lie. Cheney, appearing on Meet The Press on Sept. 14, 2003, said:

"If we're successful in Iraq . . . then we will have struck a major blow right at the heart of the base, if you will, the geographic base of the terrorists who had us under assault now for many years, but most especially on 9/11."

That sounds like a connection between Iraq and the attacks on Sept. 11. Perhaps Cheney's memory is faulty?

Regardless, we do know that Cheney lied, frequently, in his debate with John Edwards. Not that I expected Cheney to tell the truth, as that would get in the way of his attacks against John Kerry.




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