Cheney Likens Meg Whitman to Reagan in California Gubernatorial Endorsement

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney endorsed California gubernatorial candidate and ex-eBay CEO Meg Whitman on Sunday, writing in an op-ed in the Orange County Register that she reminds him of another Golden State Republican hero – the late President Ronald Reagan.

Cheney added that he believes Whitman can bring the state back from the brink of collapse while upholding conservative principles.

Cheney, who took the Tea Party route in endorsing Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul in Tuesday's primary, went more mainstream in supporting Whitman, who was a co-chair to Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign. Whitman is in a three-way race for the nomination against state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner and Tea Party favorite Chuck DeVore. A state assemblyman.

While Cheney noted that it was not like Reagan to speak ill of another Republican, he had no love lost for Poizner who endorsed Vice President Al Gore in the 2000 election that sent George W. Bush and Cheney to the White House and campaigned with Bush administration critic Richard Clarke when Poizner was running for the state Assembly in 2004.

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