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Vice President Cheney Visits Springfield for a Talent Fundraiser

Vice President Dick Cheney was in Springfield Monday evening for a fundraising event for Senator Jim Talent. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

Senator Jim Talent introduced Vice President Dick Cheney to about 200 people at University Plaza Hotel in Springfield.

Cheney began his remarks by telling the crowd about his connection to Southwest Missouri.

But it didn't take Cheney long to move on to more serious matters.

He talked about what he described as the importance of having U-S troops in Iraq.

Cheney also addressed the need to build up an Iraqi security force.

The U-S presence in Iraq was an issue that was on the minds of protestors outside University Plaza Hotel.

About two hours before Cheney's speech, between 20 and 30 people stood along McDaniel Street holding signs.

One of them was Laura Nagley, a student at Ozarks Technical Community College and the mother of a toddler.

Nagley says Iraq is a distraction for lawmakers and the public.

She says there are domestic issues that need to be addressed...like healthcare.

During his speech at the fundraiser for Senator Jim Talent, Cheney did address some domestic issues...like the economy and jobs creation.