Cheney to campaign Monday in Columbia

Friday, July 16, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 12:39 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

Vice President Dick Cheney will visit Columbia on Monday to tout the administration’s agenda and shore up support in a presidential battleground state.

Cheney will speak at a campaign event at Boone County Millwork showroom and production facility on Vandiver Drive, according to a news release issued Thursday by the Bush-Cheney campaign. “The vice president will talk about the importance of continuing the administration’s optimistic agenda and the progress being made as a result of the president’s leadership,” said Tracey Schmitt, a Bush-Cheney spokeswoman.

Missouri has long been a bellwether in presidential elections. Bush carried the state in 2000.

“We’re working hard in Missouri. We expect to be competitive, and we feel it’s important the people of Missouri hear directly from the president and vice president,” Schmitt said.

Columbia Police Chief Randy Boehm said he met Thursday with Secret Service agents who confirmed the vice president’s visit. Boehm said 30 to 40 Columbia police officers will likely be involved with the security details, although their exact role is still being planned.

Boehm said the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Boone County Sheriff’s Department will also assist with security during the visit.

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