On this day in 2000, Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush announced former Wyoming congressman and Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney would be his running mate. Bush announced Cheney as the vice presidential candidate during a rally in Austin, Texas.
"Early this morning, I called and asked him to join me in renewing America's purpose together," Bush said. "So I'm proud to announce that Dick Cheney, a man of great integrity, sound judgment and experience, is my choice to be the next vice president of the United States."
Below, Cheney crosses his fingers as he's announced as the "next Vice President of the United States":
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