April 4, 2007 / 6:30 PM / 13 years ago

Cheney: age, ex-wives, religion no problem in race

U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney listens to President George W. Bush make a statement about the war supplemental funding bill and then answer questions from the press in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington April 3, 2007. John McCain is 70, Rudy Giuliani has been married three times and Mitt Romney is Mormon -- not a problem for being president, Vice President Dick Cheney says. REUTERS/Larry Downing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - John McCain is 70, Rudy Giuliani has been married three times and Mitt Romney is Mormon — not a problem for being president, Vice President Dick Cheney says.

But while age, multiple marriages and religion don’t matter, Cheney said, he wouldn’t predict which of those Republicans may be his party’s nominee for president in the 2008 election.

“I’m, at this point, scrupulously neutral in the competition,” Cheney told ABC News Radio on Wednesday.

Cheney, 66, married his high school sweetheart Lynne in 1964.

The vice president, likewise a Republican but one who is not running to succeed President George W. Bush, knows a bit about troubles facing potential candidates.

Spending most of the past 40 years in Washington, Cheney had a series of heart-related problems, most recently he was treated for a blood clot in his leg. He also is a favorite target of Bush administration critics.

“I’ve loved it, it’s been a great career,” Cheney said.

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