Dick Cheney makes surprise CPAC stop

The former vice president strolls on stage during his daughter Liz Cheney's speech

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Dick Cheney makes surprise CPAC stopFormer Vice President Dick Cheney addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)(Credit: Associated Press)

It was almost as good as Ronald Reagan himself showing up.

Dick Cheney just made a surprise appearance at CPAC, strolling out to the stage after his daughter Liz Cheney finished speaking and said she’d brought him along. Check out the ovation he got:

“A welcome like that is almost enough to make me want to run for office again,” he said, drawing more cheers. “But I’m not gonna do it.” He did offer a prediction, though: “I think 2010 is going to be a phenomenal year… and I think Barack Obama is going to be a one-term president.”

And with that, he vanished backstage again.

Mike Madden is Salon's Washington correspondent. A complete listing of his articles is here. Follow him on Twitter here.

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