September 14, 2004 -- Posted 4:45 p.m. CDT
Blytheville, AR -- A heavy presence of security at the Blytheville Airport awaited Air Force 2 on Tuesday, just as Republicans cheered on Vice President Dick Cheney.
The Vice President made his 4th campaign stop in Arkansas, addressing 1500 supporters at a G.O.P. rally at the Staplcotn warehouse in Blytheville.
Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee wasted little time getting Region 8 Republicans energized about Dick Cheney's visit; telling a crowd of supporters the Vice President is a friend of the Natural State and a frequent duck hunter.
"I'm proud to be in the land of the mighty Mississippi and I'm proud to be in Bush/Cheney country," said Cheney.
The Vice President devoted much of his 30 minute speech to issues of national security, mentioning the changed American foreign policy since 911, and reminding the audience of old and young Republicans that the Bush administration will never seek a permission slip to defend the United States.
"This is an enemy quite simply put that we must destroy and with George W. Bush that's exactly what we're going to do," said Cheney.
On the issue of the economy, Cheney emphasized a pro growth and pro job agenda, saying the economy is rebounding due to the Bush tax cuts.
"Our farm income is up, our farm economy is strong, and that's good for the entire nation," said Cheney.
Cheney's opposition to abortion drew the largest response from the crowd, as did his take on other social issues. Cheney did however neglect to discuss his take on same sex marriage; a hot button issue the President is against, and it's known Cheney's daughter is a lesbian.
But Cheney and Bush are in full agreement about their opposition to Democratic rival John Kerry. The Vice President used a majority of his speech attacking Kerry, saying he continues to flip-flop on issues.
"His back and forth reflects a habit of indecision and sends a message of confusion," said Cheney.