For weeks, political insiders have speculated that President George W. Bush, sagging in the polls, might eventually send Vice President Dick Cheney back to his Wyoming pastures in favor of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Pundits have pointed to Cheney's dour image, his four heart attacks and the general agreement that he's not a viable 2008 presidential candidate as reasons he might step aside for someone with a personality.
On Feb. 9, in town to announce his support for Sen. Arlen Specter's reelection, Giuliani was asked by City Paper whether he had ruled out joining Bush on the Republican ticket should Cheney bow out. "I haven't ruled it out, because it's not an issue of any kind," Giuliani said. "My strong hope is that Dick Cheney will be on the ticket. I think he's very important to both the president's reelection and to the administration. He's an integral part of the ticket that has very effectively led the country through the worst attack that we ever faced in our history. And I don't think anyone should contemplate any change in that. I think that part of this is wanting to continue what both President Bush and Dick Cheney have been dedicated to, which is the effort against terrorism and many other things."
At which point Specter declared their press conference over.