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Protesters and Supporters Anxious to Hear Topic of Cheney's Speech

Protesters and Supporters Anxious to Hear Topic of Cheney's Speech



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Sam Penrod ReportingThe long-awaited speech by Vice President Dick Cheney takes place tomorrow at BYU, but will he actually say anything that will be perceived as controversial?

It's politics that has drawn criticism to the speech, and people are anxious to hear what the vice president's speech will be actually be about. Will it focus on the war in Iraq or be your standard college graduation speech?

Protesters and Supporters Anxious to Hear Topic of Cheney's Speech

The war in Iraq and the Bush administration's policies on the war seem to be the leading factors in criticism for Vice President Dick Cheney. His speech tomorrow in Provo is attracting two protests and one rally of support.

Wayne Parker, Provo City chief administrative officer, said, "We've got a number of public demonstrations planned by people on all sides of the issue. We're anxious to have the debate and looking forward to the events of tomorrow."

We do know that two former graduates of BYU who are now speechwriters in the White House have helped to craft the vice president's speech and give it local flavor.

Protesters and Supporters Anxious to Hear Topic of Cheney's Speech

Meanwhile, crews are cleaning and shining up the Marriott Center for a full house. Some 2,000 will attend the speech, and that requires very early arrival.

The vice president will be honored during the ceremony by receiving an honorary doctorate degree of public service before he addresses the 6,000 new BYU graduates.

Protesters and Supporters Anxious to Hear Topic of Cheney's Speech

The vice president arrives in Utah tomorrow afternoon at 2:00. Commencement starts at 4 p.m. and by 6:00 tomorrow night he will be on his way home.

We'll have complete coverage on the vice president's visit all day Thursday on Eyewitness News.

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