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Cheney Said To Be Bush’s VP Pick

July 22, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Nearing a final decision, Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush is seriously considering selecting as his running mate Dick Cheney, the former Defense Secretary heading up Bush’s vice presidential search team, two highly placed Republican sources said Friday.

One of the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Cheney has changed his voter registration from Texas to Wyoming to make him eligible to run with the two-term Texas governor. The source called Cheney the leading candidate and said Bush is ``very, very close″ to settling on Cheney, but stressed that no final decision has been made. The job could go elsewhere before Bush makes his decision, expected as early as Monday, the source said.

A second official, also familiar with Bush’s decision-making process, cautioned that other candidates remain in the mix and said the Texas governor has not tipped his hand to more than a handful of people. ``He doesn’t deal in rankings,″ the source said, cautioning against calling Cheney or any other candidate a front-runner.

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