Whopper: Dick Cheney

Low-hanging fruit edition.

“The first time I ever met you was when you walked on the stage tonight.”

Vice President Dick Cheney to Sen. John Edwards in the vice presidential debate, Oct. 5, 2004. Cheney said this to illustrate his point that Edwards has a bad attendance record in the Senate.

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Photograph of Cheney sitting beside Edwards at a Senate prayer breakfast, Feb. 1, 2001. C-Span image reprinted by the Washington Post.

“Thank you very much. Congressman Watts, Senator Edwards, friends across the country, and distinguished visitors to our country from all over the world, Lynne and I are honored to be with you all this morning.”

—Cheney’s speech at the Senate prayer breakfast, Feb. 1, 2001, as reported by Knight Ridder, Oct. 7, 2004.

“On April 8, 2001, Cheney and Edwards shook hands when they met off-camera during a taping of NBC’s Meet the Press, moderator Tim Russert said Wednesday on Today.”

Liz Sidoti, Associated Press, Oct. 6, 2004.

“On Jan. 8, 2003, the two met when the first-term North Carolina senator accompanied Elizabeth Dole to her swearing-in by Cheney as a North Carolina senator, Edwards aides also said.”


Whopper Archive:
Sept. 3, 2004: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Sept. 2, 2004: Zell Miller
June 17, 2004: George W. Bush
June 4, 2004: George W. Bush
April 11, 2004: Condoleezza Rice
March 15, 2004: John Kerry
Feb. 7, 2004: George Soros
Jan. 30, 2004: Howard Dean
Jan. 10, 2004: President Bush
Jan. 5, 2004: Laura Bush

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