WASHINGTON (AP) -- Over and over, President Bush has proclaimed fierce loyalty to Dick Cheney as his running mate for a second term but questions stubbornly linger about whether the vice president will remain on the Republican ticket.
Cheney's approval ratings have plummeted amid persistent questions about his role in promoting the Iraq war and in handling the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
Some prominent Republicans grumble -- in private -- about Cheney's behavior and his dominant role in administration decision-making. There also is unease in GOP circles about comparisons between the youthful, energetic John Edwards, the Democratic vice presidential candidate, and Cheney, a veteran of decades of political wars who seems uncomfortable on the campaign trail.
Bush goes after Edwards
Los Angeles Times
YORK, Pa. -- President Bush on Friday took his most pointed swipe yet at the Democrats' new candidate for vice president, chiding Sen. John Edwards for his career as a trial lawyer.
The president drew boisterous cheers and laughter when he included his dig at Edwards as he talked of the need to control frivolous lawsuits.
"You cannot be pro-small business and pro-trial lawyer at the same time," Bush said. "You have to choose. My opponent has made his choice, and he put him on the ticket."
Debate over values turns personal
BEAVER, W.Va. -- The growing debate over the presidential candidates' values turned personal Friday, as John F. Kerry blasted President Bush for laziness and lax pursuit of Enron Corp.'s Kenneth Lay, while the Bush campaign accused the new Democratic ticket of condoning a "star-studded hatefest."
Kerry, who is trying to make values a centerpiece of his campaign, unexpectedly found himself on the defensive after he praised performers who called the president everything from a "thug" to a killer during a Democratic fund-raiser Thursday night at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
Friday's debate demonstrated not only how personal the attacks have become, but also the aggressiveness of both campaigns as they move toward their national conventions.
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