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Edwards attacks Cheney's Halliburton ties

Oct. 5, 2004 at 10:51 PM

CLEVELAND, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Sen. John Edwards charged Vice President Dick Cheney with doing business with two U.S. enemies -- Iran and Libya -- when he was was the head of Halliburton.

"While he was CEO of Halliburton, they paid millions of dollars in fines for providing false information on their company, just like Enron and Ken Lay," Edwards said Tuesday during the vice presidential debate in Cleveland.

Even though the company is under investigation for bribing foreign officials, Edwards said, Halliburton still received a $7.5 billion no-bid contract in Iraq. "The rule is that part of their money is supposed to be withheld when they're under investigation, as they are now, for having overcharged American taxpayers."

Cheney said that the Democrats have been using Halliburton as a "smoke screen."

"They know the charges are false," said Cheney. "It's an effort that they've made repeatedly to try to confuse the voters and to raise questions, but there's no substance to the charges."

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