Cheney Makes Fund Raising Stop in Utah

Cheney Makes Fund Raising Stop in Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Vice President Dick Cheney made a campaign stop in Utah on Monday speaking at a luncheon that raised more than $300,000 for the Bush-Cheney 2004 ticket.

The $1,000-a-plate lunch, held at the Grand America Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, was attended by about 250 people, according to event organizer Allyson Bell.

Among those in attendance were all of Utah's Washington Republicans -- Sens. Robert Bennett and Orrin Hatch and Reps. Chris Cannon and Rob Bishop. Also attending were Gov. Mike Leavitt, Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and other notable Utah Republicans.

Following introductions by Hatch, Bennett and his wife Lynne, Cheney took the podium calling for continued support of a Bush White House and pointing out the successes of the administration.

"We achieved our two biggest goals, tax relief and income tax reform," Cheney said.

He went on to speak about how the administration's focus changed after the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington D.C.

"This is a new posture for our nation, one that recognizes that defense is not enough," Cheney said. "No treaty or weapons control agreement ... will end this conflict. We need to go on offense."

Following the luncheon, Cheney was scheduled to travel to Bellevue, Idaho, south of Sun Valley, for a $2,000-per-person afternoon reception at a private home.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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