Kern County Fairgrounds
12:50 P.M. PDT
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you very much. (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you very much for that warm welcome. It's great to be back in the Central Valley, and to stand next to the next congressman from 20th district of California. (Applause.) Roy.
I'm also honored that our Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate is with us today, Bill Jones. (Applause.) And I know you'll send Roy and Bill to Washington on November 2nd. (Applause.)
I always -- well, I'm always a little nervous when Lynne introduces me because I never know for sure what she's going to say. (Laughter.) But I -- when I think of Bakersfield, it's a lot like our hometown of Casper, Wyoming. We've got a fair amount of agriculture -- been heavily involved in the oil and gas business over the years, and a lot of similarities, if you will. One of my best friends during my time in Congress was Bill Thomas, because we went to Washington together and have done a lot of business together over the years. It's always a delight to be back in Bill's part of the world, as well.
Lynne and I were just back in Casper a couple of weeks ago to mark our 45th high school reunion, which was great fun. Some of them remembered us. (Laughter.) There were a few there who said, gee, what ever happened to you, Cheney? (Laughter.)
But we had a great time. And I often explain to people that Lynne and I got married because of a great Republican victory in 1952 when Dwight Eisenhower got elected President. In 1952, I was a youngster living in Lincoln, Nebraska with my folks. Dad worked for the Soil Conservation Service. Eisenhower got elected, he reorganized the Agriculture Department, Dad got shipped to Casper, Wyoming. And that's where I met Lynne. We grew up together, went to high school together, and we'll mark our 40th wedding anniversary next month. (Applause.) And I explained to a group the other day that if it hadn't been for Dwight Eisenhower's victory in 1952, Lynne would have married somebody else. She said, right, and now he'd be Vice President of the United States. (Laughter and applause.) So it's always important to remember you get put in your place.
But we're having a great week. We're traveling around the West, this part of the country. Yesterday, we were in Oregon and Washington. Today, we've been here in California, started the morning down at Camp Pendleton with the United States Marines. And I've got to tell you there's -- (Applause.) There's no more inspiring group of people than the men and women in the United States Marine Corps who put their lives on the line every day for each and every one of us. We're enormously fortunate that they've answered the call. Later today, I'll be over in Riverside to do an event for Bill Jones. Tomorrow, we'll be in Utah. Thursday, we'll take the day off and be home in Jackson, Wyoming, and then back on the road again the end of the week in Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico before the week is over with. Lynne said it sounds like fun, and it is.
But I want to bring good wishes to all of you from our President, George W. Bush. (Applause.) We're grateful for our many supporters in this state. And it's an honor, as well, to be in the state led by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. (Applause.)
I'm really looking forward to the campaign this year, especially now that I know who my opponent will be. (Laughter.) People keep te ...
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