Friday, October 1, 2004

Portman to help Cheney prep



Next up: the vice-presidential candidates.

Vice President Dick Cheney and Sen. John Edwards will meet Tuesday at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland for their only debate before the Nov. 2 election.

Neither has campaign events scheduled this weekend. Instead, both candidates will spend a few days preparing for the debate and relaxing, their campaigns said.

Cheney will head today to his home in Jackson, Wyo., to spend the weekend fishing and sparring with Rep. Rob Portman, the Terrace Park Republican who will play Edwards during mock debates.

Edwards, who was in Ohio Thursday and today, will spend the weekend at a 130-year-old arts and education retreat in Chautauqua, N.Y., where he will be coached by Washington lawyer Robert Barnett. Four years ago, Barnett played Cheney during debate preparations for vice-presidential candidate Joseph Lieberman.

The Associated Press




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