CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Former Vice President Dick Cheney walked onstage without any assistance and spoke for an hour and 15 minutes without seeming to tire in his first public engagement since he underwent a heart transplant three weeks ago.
He sat in a plush chair throughout the long chat with daughter Liz Cheney and looked decidedly healthier than recent appearances where he has been gaunt and used a cane.
He said the presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is going to do a “whale of a job.” He said it’s never been more important than now to defeat a sitting president and the Republican Party should unite behind Mr. Romney.
“He has been an unmitigated disaster to the country,” Mr. Cheney said of President Obama.
The Wyoming Republican Party chose 14 delegates Saturday to this summer’s Republican National Convention and all of them are committed to support Romney. The state will send a total of 29 delegates to the convention.
Mr. Cheney’s heart transplant in Virginia on March 24 initially canceled his trip to the state party convention but he got last-minute medical clearance to go.
“I’m not running any foot races yet but it won’t be long,” he said.
He owed a “huge debt” to the unknown donor of his new heart, he said, and to medical technology. He did not take the opportunity to weigh in on health care politics.
He didn’t stumble in his words and his voice was clear.
“I was amazed he was able to say so much over the whole course of an hour,” said one delegate to the convention, Helen Bishop. “I thought it would be a really brief, ‘Hi.’ “
Scott Brown, wife in auto accident; nobody hurt
The spokeswoman for Sen. Scott P. Brown says the Massachusetts Republican, his wife and a Senate aide were involved in a two-car accident, but nobody was injured.
Spokeswoman Marcie Kinzel says in a statement that Mr. Brown and his wife, Gail, were passengers in a Jeep Grand Cherokee that was involved in a two-car accident in Dedham, Mass., on Friday night. The accident occurred as the couple was en route to a Best Buddies charity fundraiser.