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Bloomberg asks Cheney not to come to WTC ceremony

Vice President Dick Cheney won't attend New York's 9/11 ceremony Thursday.
Vice President Dick Cheney won't attend New York's 9/11 ceremony Thursday.

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NEW YORK (CNN) -- Citing security precautions, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has asked that Vice President Dick Cheney not attend the city's Thursday ceremony on the second anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks.

"We didn't disinvite Vice President Cheney," Bloomberg said Wednesday in New York's Herald Square. "I think the vice president is coming to New York tomorrow, and I'm going to be with him as well as the governor as he pays his respects.

"In the morning, it just ... turned out to be so complicated to provide the security that the vice president's Secret Service agent wanted that in the end he thought that it would take away from the families, the family focus and the families' ability to mourn."

Bloomberg said he asked Cheney to attend a memorial service later Thursday honoring employees of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Cheney was to have led New York in a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the time American Airlines Flight 11 slammed into the first tower.

A representative from Cheney's office said the vice president understood and accepted the mayor's recommendation.

CNN Senior White House Correspondent John King contributed to this report.


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