Vice President Talks Iraq During Lansing Stop

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Vice President Dick Cheney said Tuesday he will urge interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi to stick to a timetable that calls for national elections in January.

Cheney's comments came during a campaign stop at a family restaurant on the outskirts of Lansing. He made his remarks just hours after President Bush defended his Iraq policies during a speech at the United Nations in New York.

“Allawi has indicated repeatedly he wants to keep that January deadline,'' Cheney said in answer to a question asked by one of the roughly 100 people invited to attend the campaign event.

“We agree wholeheartedly. It is important to remember this is an Iraqi decision, (but) were there a delay on the election, it would simply encourage the terrorists. We can't allow that to happen.”