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How far can McCain distance himself from Cheney?

There are reports that McCain has been trying to distance himself from president Bush, because of Bush’s record-breaking unpopularity. But the only person less popular than Bush is his vice president, Dick Cheney. McCain hasn’t said much about Cheney recently, but if you go back to 2004, when McCain was campaigning for Bush, he called Cheney “one of the most capable, experienced, intelligent and steady vice presidents this country has ever had.”