Sunday, October 31, 2004
Cheney to woo Aloha State
By Richard Benedetto
Gannett News Service
NAZARETH, Pa. - Hawaii, which has voted for the Democratic presidential candidate in each of the last four presidential elections, will get an previously unplanned visit tonight from Republican Vice President Cheney. The GOP hopes the Aloha State's four electoral votes can be tucked into the Bush column on Tuesday.
And with everyone expecting a neck and neck finish, every electoral vote is going to matter.
"I wouldn't be going that far if I didn't think it was worth it," Cheney said Friday on the Rush Limbaugh radio show.
A stop for a rally in Honolulu was hastily tacked onto the vice president's travel schedule Thursday night when polls there showed the race between President Bush and Sen. John Kerry to be surprisingly close.
As he traveled in Wisconsin and Michigan Friday and in Pennsylvania Saturday, Cheney told his crowds that the polls in Hawaii look so good that "we're going to drop in."
The remark elicited huge cheers each time.
The last member of a presidential ticket to campaign in Hawaii was Republican Richard Nixon. The last Republican to win Hawaii was Ronald Reagan in 1984.
Cheney's Hawaii trip will not be a vacation stop. He will fly seven hours to Honolulu this evening after a full day of campaigning, stay two hours for the rally and fly seven hours back to resume a full day of campaigning Monday morning.
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