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Former VP Draws ‘Run, Cheney, Run’ Chants at Conservative Gathering

WASHINGTON - Liz Cheney brought a surprise guest to her speech at CPAC on Thursday: Her father.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney, who wasn't expected to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference, appeared on stage to broad cheers and a few chants of "Run, Cheney, Run" after his daughter had delivered her scheduled remarks. He said jokingly that his daughter said he could come along "but I had to be arm candy."

When someone in the crowd shouted "Cheney 2012," he shot back, "Knock it off."

"A welcome like that is almost enough to make me want to run for office again," he said, then let applause rise before he added, "But I'm not a-gonna do it."

An ad hoc group had urged convention-goers to write in Cheney's name in the straw ballot of presidential contenders.

"There comes a time when those of us of our generation need to move on and make certain that the younger generation has an opportunity to step up and take the responsibilities that are so important," he said. Cheney, who has been one of President Barack Obama's fiercest critics, said victories in the New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial races in November and in the Massachusetts Senate rate this year were "enormously encouraging."

"The sky's the limit here," he said. "I think 2010 is gong to be a phenomenal year for the conservative cause. And I think Barack Obama is a one-term president."

That got a big response, too.

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