Cheney backs Capito

Vice President's wife speaks at fund-raiser

Vice President's wife speaks at fund-raiser

August 21, 2002|by DAVE McMILLION

The threat of terrorism is a daily issue at the White House as the country continues to deal with the fallout from Sept. 11, Lynne Cheney, the wife of Vice President Dick Cheney, said at a fund-raising luncheon here Tuesday.

Cheney said she watches her husband get up every morning and learn of the "threat assessment of the day" before moving to his other duties.

Cheney, who was on hand for a fund-raiser for U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, said the terrorism threat concerns her because it is like nothing the country has faced before.


When the United States and the Soviet Union were enemies, the Soviets had geography they had to protect, Cheney said.

The terrorists associated with al-Qaida do not have any land to watch over, Cheney said.

"We can't use reason. We can't sign a treaty," Cheney said.

Despite the threat, Cheney said she is comforted by the "sure-footed" leadership President Bush and her husband have demonstrated.

"I know I wake up grateful every day knowing they are serving our country," said Cheney.

Cheney spoke to about 90 people who paid between $125 and $1,000 a plate at the fund-raiser at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center.

It the first major fund-raiser for Capito, R-W.Va., as she begins preparing for her showdown with Democratic challenger Jim Humphreys in the November election.

Cheney has a love of history and has spent much of her professional life writing and speaking about the importance of knowing history and teaching it well.

As past chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Cheney published "American Memory," a report that warned about the failure of schools to pass on history to future generations, according to the White House Web site.

She is the co-author of six books, including "Kings of the Hill," a book about members of the House of Representatives that she wrote with her husband.

Cheney praised Capito for the intelligence she brings to her job and for the record Capito has established for public education.

Capito stands for the right issues in public education, such as teaching the basics, using teaching practices that are supported by research and holding schools accountable, Cheney said.

Cheney said she has been around Washington, D.C., politics for years and there are lawmakers who are "pretty good. But then there is a category of people who have the capacity to be great and Shelley falls into that category," said Cheney.

Cheney did not stick around after her speech. She was quickly escorted from the ballroom.

Capito said after the luncheon that she felt good about her campaign, although she expects it to go "down to the wire" just like it did with her first race with Humphreys two years ago.

Capito squeezed past Humphreys in that race by a 108,769 to 103,003 vote margin.

At the luncheon, Capito helped announce $54.4 million in federal funding for 29 public water projects across the state.

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