UPDATE 1-Cheney, Romney rally Republican conservatives

(Adds Democratic reaction)

WASHINGTON, Feb 18 (BestGrowthStock) – Former Vice President Dick
Cheney rallied fellow Republican conservatives on Thursday,
predicting gains in November congressional elections and
declaring that Barack Obama will be a “one-term president.”

Cheney was a surprise speaker at the Conservative Political
Action Committee conference in Washington, joining his
daughter, rising Republican star Liz Cheney, on stage.

Conservatives believe they will make solid gains against
Democratic majorities in the U.S. Congress in November
elections when all 435 seats in the House of Representatives
are up for grabs and more than a third of the Senate.

Republicans were heartened victories in governors’ races
last November in Virginia and New Jersey and by winning the
Senate seat in January long held by Democrat Edward Kennedy in
traditionally liberal Massachusetts.

Cheney, who served as vice president to President George W.
Bush from 2001 to 2009, said this year would be “phenomenal”
for conservatives and flatly declared Obama would not win
re-election in 2012, calling him a “one-term president.”

Since leaving office, Cheney has frequently verbally
sparred with the Obama administration by raising questions
about its commitment to fighting terrorism.

Another conference speaker was former Massachusetts
Governor Mitt Romney, who lost the 2008 Republican presidential
nomination to John McCain and appears to be plotting another
campaign for 2012.

Romney was sharply critical of Obama’s proposed healthcare
overhaul and said the President has too often blamed Bush for
the problems he inherited.

“After all the finger-pointing is finished, it has become
clear who is responsible for President Obama’s lost year, the
10 percent unemployment year — President Obama and his fellow
Democrats. So when it comes to pinning blame, pin the tail on
the donkeys,” Romney said.

The Democratic National Committee rejected Romney and
Cheney’s criticisms.

“The Republican Party still pines for the very leadership
that bankrupted this country financially, with their reckless
economic policies, and ethically, with their allegiance to
special interests over the American people. And that’s what
real failure looks like,” said DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse.

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(Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Alan Elsner)

UPDATE 1-Cheney, Romney rally Republican conservatives