WASHINGTON -- Republican vice presidential candidate Dick Cheney, said by his doctor to be recovering well from a mild heart attack, could be released from the hospital Friday.
The 59-year-old Cheney's examining physician said the patient was in good condition and that he looked great while resting up and enjoying Thanksgiving at George Washington University Hospital.
"If Cheney continues to do as perfectly as he's doing now, he could be discharged as early as tomorrow," hospital spokeswoman Lisa Saisselin said Thursday.
His recovery allowed him to share "turkey and all the trimmings" with his family, Saisselin said.
Joining him for Thanksgiving dinner at the hospital were his wife, Lynne, his oldest daughter, Liz, her husband, Phil, and three granddaughters, Kate, Elizabeth and Grace.
Cheney said in a statement that he and his family "appreciate all the kind thoughts and good wishes he's received from Americans across the country."
Democratic vice presidential nominee Joseph Lieberman and Cheney spoke by telephone Thursday morning, with Lieberman wishing his Republican counterpart a speedy recovery and a happy Thanksgiving, said Kathleen Shanahan, Cheney's chief of staff.
Despite the extraordinary presidential election legal contest taking place in Florida, the two had a "very cordial" conversation and both vice presidential candidates said "they would like to get together when this is all resolved," Shanahan said.
Aides to GOP presidential nominee George W. Bush said Cheney will be able to resume his duties with the campaign as it fights Democrat Al Gore for the clinching electoral votes in Florida.
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