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Bush Pushed Cheney As Quayle Replacement

December 2, 2010

It seems George W. Bush really wanted Dick Cheney to be vice president. Anybody's vice president.

In "Decision Points," Bush's memoir, the 43rd president says he tried to help George H.W. Bush shake up his re-election bid in 1992 with a hail mary.

"I told Dad he ought to think about a bold move to shake up the dynamics of the race. One possibility was to replace Vice President Dan Quayle, whom I liked and respected, with a new running mate," the younger Bush writes. "I suggested to Dad that he consider Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney."

That, of course, didn't happen. "Dad said no. He thought the move would look desperate and embarrass Dan. In retrospect, I don't think Dad would have done better with someone else as his running mate. But I never completely gave up on my idea of a Bush-Cheney ticket."

Thanks to Hotline pal Carl Leubsdorf for pointing out the passage, which is on page 49 of Bush's memoir.

By the way, Bush is doing a pretty good job selling the book. It's at no. 1 on both the New York Times and Amazon.com bestseller lists. Bush's book even beat out Sarah Palin's book, "America By Heart," which debuted this week at no. 2. Of course, Palin's book got some help; Sarah PAC spent $64,975 on copies of the book she could send to donors.

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