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Former Defense Secretary Dick Cheney Accepts V.P. Job on Bush Ticket

Aired July 25, 2000 - 7:58 a.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

CAROL LIN, CNN ANCHOR: This just in to the CNN Center: Governor Bush has made his choice for his vice presidential running mate.

We go now to Jonathan Karl who is standing by in Austin, Texas outside the governor's mansion.

What are you hearing, Jonathan?

JONATHAN KARL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, that's right, Carol. The call has been made. Governor George W. Bush has called former Defense Secretary Dick Cheney and offered him the vice presidential nomination and Cheney has accepted. It's official now. Well, it will be totally official shortly when Bush makes his formal announcement. We've not been told the timing of that announcement, but we have been told the call, in fact, as expected, has been made to former Defense Secretary Dick Cheney and he has accepted the spot on Bush's ticket.

LIN: All right. And we understand that Dick Cheney is expected to travel to Austin this afternoon, is that right, Jonathan?

KARL: That's right. We're expecting the announcement sometime today. The campaign, interestingly enough, has still been treating this as a tightly guarded secret. They have not even told us the location of that announcement yet, but we will expect to hear that shortly, and we expect that announcement to be today.

And then we are also told there are tentative plans for a trip to the running mate's home state now that we know that it's Cheney. That would mean a trip tentatively scheduled to Wyoming tomorrow. Cheney, of course, from Wyoming.

LIN: Thank you very much, Jonathan Karl, for reporting that news.

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