Daily Show: Did October surprise turn out to be 'sickly' Cheney tape?
David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Tuesday November 4, 2008

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In 2004, a bin Laden video tape denouncing George Bush, which was released just four days before the November election, was credited with helping Bush eke out a narrow victory. Some observers even wondered if the effect had been deliberate.

Now The Daily Show's Jon Stewart believes something similar may be in play in 2008. "The evil mastermind has resurfaced to release another grainy, disturbing videotape featuring his sickly image," Stewart began.

He then showed Vice President Dick Cheney saying on November 1, "I believe the right leader for this moment in history is Senator John McCain."

"Clearly trying to influence the American election," Stewart commented. "But which way?"

Stewart then ran an extended version of the same clip to show the unhealthy-appearing Cheney coughing immediately after saying McCain's name, then repeated the cough again in slow motion.

"Dick Cheney coughing in slow motion may be the unhealthiest thing you will ever watch on television," Stewart commented.

In Cleveland the next day, Barack Obama told a crowd, "John McCain worked hard to get Dick Cheney's support." He also pointed out that it had just begun raining and suggested, "You notice what happened when I started talking about Dick Cheney."

"Talking about Dick Cheney made God cry?" Stewart wondered.

This video is from Comedy Central's The Daily Show, broadcast November 3, 2008.

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