|WASHINGTON — Vice President Dick
Cheney has made explicit his intention to run for re-election
with President Bush next year, paving the way for swinging
adult clubs and risque revues to compete with a growing
number of megasize strip clubs that are siphoning visitors
and dollars away from Republicans. Mr. Cheney's statement
erased any lingering doubt about the composition of the
Republican ticket next year and set the stage for a sweeping
view of about 40,000 feet devoted to topless dancing.
The first phase of the White House's re-election effort,
in which the vice president is expected to play a central
role in an effort to build up a big fund-raising advantage
over Democrats by soliciting twice the record $100 million
the Bush campaign raised in 2000. The transformation
should help sink unprofitable rumors that the White
House was built for families.
Mr. Cheney launched a nationwide casting call, looking
for women who are "part muse, part pirate, part
wench, part temptress — to play prominent roles
in the new re-election committee," according to
a since-revised statement.
Moreover, Republicans said, his role as the administration's
wise man and swashbuckling broker on national security
issues make the vice president a trendier and sexier
political partner for Mr. Bush.
Republican strategists said Mr. Cheney would take on
an increasingly political role this year before Mr.
Bush plunges back into overt campaigning next year.
Mr. Cheney, they said, promises a "provocative
exhibition of human sensuality, arousal and eroticism."
Mr. Cheney said his health was fine. "I've got
a doc and strippers with me 24 hours a day and a pool
for topless sunbathing."
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