Vice President Dick Cheney is scheduled to deliver what is being described as a significant foreign policy announcement at 11:30 a.m. Monday in Fulton, the same site of Winston Churchill’s famous “Iron Curtain” speech in 1946.
Westminster College officials confirmed Friday that Cheney will give a 45-minute speech Monday morning in the Westminster College Historic Gymnasium. About 500 to 600 people are expected to attend.
A news release issued by the university characterized the speech as a “major U.S. foreign policy announcement, including issues about Iraq.” The speech will be Cheney’s second at Westminster since 2000, when he made a campaign stop there on his way through Missouri.
“My understanding is that the vice president likes the history and location of the place,” Westminster spokesman Mike Odneal said.
Tickets are being distributed primarily to party volunteers and Westminster students, faculty and staff by the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign, Odneal said. Specifics of the event were embargoed until late Friday for security reasons, as the vice president normally announces his visits only 48 hours in advance.
Monday will be Cheney’s third visit to Missouri in the past year, highlighting the importance the Bush-Cheney team is placing on the state, which is known as a bellwether in presidential elections.
The vice president was in Kansas City on Friday, stumping for U.S. Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo. He also delivered the commencement address for MU’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources last May.
The speech is not part of Westminster’s prominent John Findley Green lecture series, which has featured dozens of internationally renowned speakers, including Churchill, Mikhail Gorbachev and Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, since its establishment in 1937.