GOP plays to veterans’ concerns

V.P. candidate Cheney strikes patriotic chord with first visit

By SUSANNA RAY

Herald Writer

EVERETT — A patriotic crowd turned out Monday, on the eve of the general election, for Snohomish County’s first visit by a vice presidential candidate this year.

Republican Dick Cheney’s comments on bolstering the military were well received as he spoke in this Navy town to a group of about 1,500 people, including a heavy presence of veterans. Cheney was defense secretary under former President George Bush.

"The best way we know to get results is … (to) get ourselves a new commander in chief," Cheney said, encouraging everyone to vote today.

His wife, Lynne, spoke of a "new era of brotherhood from sea to shining sea," as the crowd waved red, white and blue pom-poms.

Republican organizers chose a medley of patriotic songs, including several played by the Snohomish County Christian School band, rather than the loud rock music Democrats favored for Al Gore’s rally in the same hangar two weeks ago.

Cheney also talked up the tax cuts he and running mate George W. Bush are proposing, a theme shared by Republican gubernatorial candidate John Carlson, who emceed the event.

When his 5-year-old son asked him what taxes are recently, Carlson said, he told him, "Taxes are when you have to give your money to the government instead of buying hamburgers and toys."

Carlson is running against incumbent Democratic Gov. Gary Locke.

U.S. Rep. Jack Metcalf, R-Wash., appeared at his last-ever campaign event. He’s retiring this year to honor his commitment to term limits.

The Republican who hopes to succeed him, state Rep. John Koster, R-Arlington, spoke of a GOP "tsunami" and "tidal wave" that he expects to sweep the country today. Koster’s competing against Democratic Snohomish County Councilman Rick Larsen for Metcalf’s spot.

U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton, R-Wash., who’s running against Democrat Maria Cantwell, appeared with his wife, Sally, and led the crowd in a chant of "One more day. No more Gore."

Although it was the first stop in the county by a vice presidential candidate, presidential hopefuls have been here a handful of times. Bush has visited three times and Gore once. Washington has voted Democrat in the past three elections, but it’s considered a swing state this year, which has increased its national importance in the close race.

Talk to us

> Give us your news tips.

> Send us a letter to the editor.

> More Herald contact information.

More in Local News

Snohomish residents Barbara Bailey, right, and Beth Jarvis sit on a gate atop a levee on Bailey’s property on Monday, May 13, 2024, at Bailey Farm in Snohomish, Washington. Bailey is concerned the expansion of nearby Harvey Field Airport will lead to levee failures during future flood events due to a reduction of space for floodwater to safely go. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Harvey Field seeks to reroute runway in floodplain, faces new pushback

Snohomish farmers and neighbors worry the project will be disruptive and worsen flooding. Ownership advised people to “read the science.”

Grayson Huff, left, a 4th grader at Pinewood Elementary, peeks around his sign during the Marysville School District budget presentation on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023 in Marysville, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
State OKs Marysville plan with schools, jobs on chopping block

The revised plan would mean the loss of dozens of jobs and two schools — still to be identified — in a school district staring down a budget crunch.

IAM District 751 machinists join the picket line to support Boeing firefighters during their lockout from the company on Thursday, May 16, 2024, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Amid lockout, Boeing, union firefighters return to bargaining table

The firefighters and the planemaker held limited negotiations this week: They plan to meet again Monday, but a lockout continues.

The Trestle’s junction with I-5 is under evaluation (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Here’s your chance to give feedback on the US 2 trestle and its future

Often feel overwhelmed, vulnerable and on shaky ground? So is the trestle. A new $17 million study seeks solutions for the route east of Everett.

John Pederson lifts a flag in the air while himself and other maintenance crew set up flags for Memorial Day at Floral Hills Cemetery on Friday, May 24, 2024 in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Volunteers place thousands of flags by veterans’ graves in Lynnwood

Ahead of Memorial Day, local veterans ensure fellow military service members are never forgotten.

Brian Hennessy leads a demonstration of equipment used in fire training at the Maritime Institute in Everett, Washington on Wednesday, May 22, 2024. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
‘Ready to go full sail’: Maritime Institute embarks at Port of Everett

The training facility offers Coast Guard-certified courses for recreational boaters and commerical vessel operators.

George Beard poses for a photo outside of the the Stanwood Library in Stanwood, Washington on Wednesday, May 8, 2024.  (Annie Barker / The Herald)
From sick to the streets: How an illness left a Stanwood man homeless

Medical bills wiped out George Beard’s savings. Left to heal in his car, he got sicker. Now, he’s desperate for housing. It could take years.

Logo for news use featuring Snohomish County, Washington. 220118
Lawsuit says Snohomish County deputies not justified in Sultan shooting

Two deputies repeatedly shot an unarmed Sultan man last year, body camera video shows. An internal investigation is pending.

An airplane is parked at Gate M9 on Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois. (Jordan Hansen/The Herald)
Good luck to Memorial Day travelers: If you’re like me, you’ll need it

I spent a night in the Chicago airport. I wouldn’t recommend it — but with flight delays near an all-time high, you might want to pack a pillow.

toon
Editorial cartoons for Friday, May 24

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Cascade’s Mia Walker, right, cries and hugs teammate Allison Gehrig after beating Gig Harbor on Thursday, May 23, 2024 in Lacey, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Seniors Wilson, Tripp power Cascade softball past Gig Harbor

The pair combined for three homers as the Bruins won the Class 3A state softball opening-round game.

The original Mountlake Terrace City Council, Patricia Neibel bottom right, with city attorney, sign incorporation ordinance in 1954. (Photo provided by the City of Mountlake Terrace)
Patricia Neibel, last inaugural MLT council member, dies at 97

The first woman on the council lived by the motto, “Why not me?” — on the council, at a sheriff’s office in Florida, or at a leper colony in Thailand.

Support local journalism

If you value local news, make a gift now to support the trusted journalism you get in The Daily Herald. Donations processed in this system are not tax deductible.