Cheney Campaigns in Lincoln

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Vice President Dick Cheney, in Lincoln Friday for a fund-raiser, touted the administration's record on economic policy and the war on terror.

He said, "The greatest responsibility of our government is clear, we must protect the safety and security of the American people."

Cheney again defended the administration's decision to attack Iraq without the approval of the United Nations.

He said, "The United States will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our country."

Cheney made the remarks at a $250 per person breakfast at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln. About 250 people were in attendance.

He was stumping for First District congressional candidate Jeff Fortenberry.

Fortenberry will face Democratic candidate Matt Connealy in the race to fill the seat held by Republican Doug Bereuter.

Bereuter is in his 13th term, but is resigning to become head of the Asia Foundation.

Fortenberry is counting the money he collected at the fund-raiser. He hoped to raise $150,000.

Going into the primary, Connealy, a state senator from Decatur, led all candidates in the race with $187,000. Fortenberry, a former Lincoln City Council member, was second with $128,000.

The fact that Fortenberry was expected to more than double his total by virtue of Cheney's visit did not faze Connealy.

He said, "We are continuing to raise money on a good pace."

For his part, Fortenberry still seemed energized hours after Cheney left Lincoln having drawn as many as 400 supporters to the event.

He said, "I'm just humbled by the outpouring of support."