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Cheney Sees GOP Winning Midterm Elections

The Associated Press
Thursday, June 15, 2006; 5:10 PM

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Dick Cheney said Thursday that the Republicans will prevail in the midterm elections because of a strong economy and the ability of the Bush administration to prevent another terrorist attack.

Polls show voters favor Democrats taking charge in November, but Cheney said the GOP will maintain its majority control in the Senate and House. He cited an economy that's "kicking along in very good shape" and President Bush's record in the war on terror.

"And we protected the United States against further attack from the terrorists," Cheney said in an interview on Sean Hannity's radio show. "You can't guarantee there won't be further attacks, but I think the track record is remarkable."

At his news conference Wednesday, Bush also predicted Republican victories in November, saying the GOP "philosophy is one that is forward-looking and optimistic and has worked."

Last week, the Associated Press-Ipsos poll found that only 24 percent of those surveyed approve of the way the Republican-controlled Congress is doing its job. Fifty-two percent said they want Democrats to capture control of Congress in November, about the same as in last month's survey.

© 2006 The Associated Press