Letter From Vice Preaident Dick Cheney

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This week Democrats have gathered in Boston to attack our President and nominate the most liberal ticket in history. As they spread their pessimistic message we need your help to set the record straight.

When you talk to your friends and neighbors about this campaign, remind them that President George W. Bush has led us from a recession to the fastest growing economy in the world and 1.5 million new jobs. Remind them that when terrorists brought war to our homeland, President Bush has led a relentless campaign against the enemies that struck our homeland.

These last three-and-a-half years have brought some serious challenges to our nation. We are meeting those challenges with strength and resolve. And today, the American people can be confident of a better future, a stronger economy, and a nation that is more secure, because of the character and the leadership of George W. Bush.

John Kerry and his allies will spend over $500 million in negative advertising and get out the vote efforts this election year. The President and I need your help to counter their efforts. Will you help us spread the President's positive message and the truth about his record of accomplishment by making a contribution of $1000, $500, $250, $100 or even $50 today at http://www.GeorgeWBush.com/Cheney/?

President Bush has led this nation with strength and resolve as we confront the terrorist threat. In the war on terror, we will always seek cooperation from our allies around the world. But as the President has made very clear: There is a difference between leading a coalition of many nations and submitting to the objections of a few. The United States will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our country.

These are not times for leaders who shift with the political winds -- saying one thing one day and another, the next. Senator Kerry's position on big issues often depends on when you ask him.

When Congress voted to authorize force against Saddam Hussein, Senator Kerry voted yes. This year, when it served his political purposes, he described himself as an opponent of the war.

When it came time to fund our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, for body armor and other vital support, Kerry and Edwards both voted no, even though Senator Kerry said such a vote would be "irresponsible." Senator Kerry then explained that, "I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it."

We need a President who will back our troops 100 percent, and that's exactly the kind of President we have.


There is no doubt that great events will turn on this election. The leader who sits in the Oval Office will set the course of the war on terror, and set the direction of the American economy. Strong, consistent leadership is required.

Our economy has been tested these past three-and-a-half years, and we have responded with strong, decisive action. When we were elected to office, the economy was sliding toward recession. Then, on 9/11, terrorists struck our nation and shook our economy once again. We faced a basic decision -- to leave more money with families and businesses, or to take more of your tax dollars for the federal government. President Bush made his choice. He proposed and delivered tax relief -- not once, not twice, but three times.

As a result, America has had the fastest growing economy in the world. Individuals and families have received an average of $1,500 a year in tax relief. You're using that money far better than we would have in Washington, and we did the right thing by returning it.

Quality jobs have been created for 10 consecutive months, adding more than 1.5 million new jobs. National home ownership is at a record high. Productivity is high. Incomes are rising. Inflation is low. Interest rates are low. And in the last year, our economy has grown at a rate of nearly 5 percent. The American people are proving the pessimists wrong, and the Bush tax cuts are working.


We recognize there are still challenges, and we'll keep moving forward with a comprehensive pro-growth, pro-jobs agenda.

Our opponents have a different vision for the economy. They talk a lot about jobs, yet they never explain how they would put a single American back to work. Their big idea for the economy: raise our taxes.

In fact, they would repeal many of the Bush tax cuts within their first hundred days in office. This isn't surprising when you consider their record. Over the years, Senator Kerry has voted over 350 times for higher taxes on the American people.

On issue after issue, the choice on November 2nd will be clear. On national security, it's a choice between our President, a man of steadfast resolve, and his opponent, who wavers with the political winds. On the economy, it's a choice between our President, who has taken action and led America to days of progress and opportunity, and his opponent, who would take us backward. On the values of this great country, it's a choice between our President, who has fought for and supported these values, and his opponent, rated as the most liberal member of the United States Senate.

On all these issues, we welcome the contest ahead, and we know, with your help, it is a contest we will win.


Dick Cheney

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