Charlie Rangel: Cheney a 'Sick Man'
Newsmax | August 29 2005
Top House Democrat Charles Rangel suggested Friday that Vice President Dick Cheney may not be healthy enough to continue in office.
"He [Cheney] is a sick man, you know," Rangel told the Manhattan news network NY1. "He's got heart disease."
In quotes picked up by the New York Post, Rangel insisted, "Sometimes I don't even think Cheney is awake enough to know what's going on. [Defense Secretary Donald] Rumsfeld is the guy in Washington . . . running the country."
The Harlem Democrat claimed that Cheney's heart disease "is not restricted to that part of his body. He grunts a lot, so you never really know what he's thinking."
Rangel offered no specific evidence to counter a pronouncement from Cheney's doctors last month, who gave the VP a clean bill of health.