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With new heart, Cheney speaks over an hour in Wyoming

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Her own father died in need of a heart transplant and she knows what’s involved in recovering from getting a new heart, she said.

Others at Little America — a vast hotel, golf, convention and truck stop complex off the intersection of Interstates 25 and 80 — had no idea the former vice president was close by.

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"I don’t know what he would have to say that I would find particularly encouraging," said Weston McCary, of Fort Collins, Colo., after a big birthday breakfast with his family.

His mom lit up at the news Cheney was near.

"Is he really? How cool is that!" said Sharon Leavey, of Wellington, Colo.

The family didn’t plan to stick around to see the former vice president. They had young children in tow and said they might visit a museum.

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