Cheney Sees Nothing Stopping Palin From Doing Job

ROME (AP) - There's nothing stopping Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin from being an effective vice president, according to a man who would know.

Vice President Dick Cheney told reporters in Rome on Monday that he "loved" Palin's speech to the Republican National Convention. He laughed when he recounted her line about the difference between hockey moms and pit bulls being a coat of lipstick.

"I thought her appearance at the convention was superb," Cheney said. Asked whether he thought Palin could handle the No. 2 job under a president John McCain, he added:

"Everybody brings a different set of experiences to the office and also a different kind of understanding with whoever the president is," Cheney said during remarks at the residence of U.S. Ambassador to Italy Ronald P. Spogli.

"Each administration is different. And there's no reason why Sarah Palin can't be a successful vice president in a McCain administration," he added. Such a White House, he said, "won't look exactly like the Bush administration or the first Bush administration, the Ford administration. It'll be relatively unique to this president and this time that they're in office."

Cheney said he watched Palin's speech "with great interest" Thursday morning during a visit to Baku, Azerbaijan. A spokesperson said Cheney had met Palin before and called to congratulate her shortly after McCain named her as his running mate.