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Cheney Speaks to Virginia Republicans

Anita Kumar

Almost 500 Republicans from across the state gathered in downtown Richmond tonight to hear Vice President Dick Cheney speak at the party's annual fundraiser. Cheney, who plans to build a house in McLean after he leaves office in January, encouraged those in the audience to vote for Republicans in November, including Sen. John McCain for president in November.

"You and I belong to the party of limited taxes, limited government and free enterprise,'' he said to applause. "We understand that government exists not to be the people's master but rather their servant."

Tickets for the fundraiser started at $150 per plate with others paying thousands more to attend a private reception with Cheney. Guests at the dinner included several members of the Virginia congressional delegation and the General Assembly.

The Republican Party of Virginia kicked off its annual state convention Friday. It will continue tomorrow with a speech by former governor and senator George Allen and the selection of a U.S. Senate nominee.

The first floor of the Richmond convention center was filled with signs of those running for office including Senate candiates James S. Gilmore III and Robert G. Marshall.

Outside, a small but vocal group protested Cheney's brief appearance in Richmond. "Arrest George Bush. Arrest Cheney first,'' about 15 people chanted at they held up signs with "Impeach" on them.

By Anita Kumar  |  May 30, 2008; 6:43 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Election 2008/President , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , Election 2009 , James Gilmore III , Mark Warner , Robert F. McDonnell  
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