AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ Texas Gov. George W. Bush introduced his running mate Dick Cheney to a cheering crowd of supporters Tuesday, calling him an ``outstanding individual who is capable of serving'' as vice president.

Turning to the man who headed his three-month search process, Bush said, ``I was impressed by his thoughtfulness and the way he approached his mission and, gradually, I realized the person who was best qualified to be my vice president was working by my side.''

``I saw first hand Dick Cheney's outstanding judgment,'' Bush said, urging delegates to nominate the former defense secretary.