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VP Cheney makes quick trip to Utah to address secretive conservative policy group

Published September 28, 2007 12:28 pm

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Updated: 12:11 PM- Vice President Dick Cheney has departed Salt Lake City today after making a quick speech before a super-secret conservative policy group.

Air Force 2, a blue-and-white 757, took off about 2 p.m. - just about two hours after he landed. A small group of dignitaries greeted Cheney upon his arrival, including Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. and family members.

Cheney made no public appearances.

The purpose of the trip - which is privately funded - was to speak to the Council for National Policy, a private group that permitted no press coverage. The four-day event that began Thursday is being held at a downtown Salt Lake City Hotel.

The Council's self-described mission is to promote "a free-enterprise system, a strong national defense and support for traditional Western values."

The organization -- made up of few hundred powerful conservative activists -- holds confidential meetings and members are advised not to use the name of the group in communications, according to a New York Times profile of the group.