(WASHINGTON) — Dick Cheney has plans for the end of August, but those plans don’t include going to the Republican convention in Tampa.
In fact, while his party gathers to formally nominate Mitt Romney for president, Cheney will be out of the country. He tells ABC News’ Jonathan Karl he is going fishing – in Canada.
“I’ve got a fishing trip planned that week,” Cheney said. “I’ve done a lot of conventions over the years, and — but this is a special trip I’ve been planning on for a long time.”
Cheney, an avid fly fisherman, has been a fixture at Republican conventions since the 1970s, but this won’t be the first one he’s skipped. He didn’t go to the 2008 convention in St. Paul, Minnesota either.
Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush have also indicated they won’t be attending this year’s convention.
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