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For Immediate Release
Office of the Vice President
July 1, 2006

Vice President's Remarks to the Traveling Press After the Postponement of the Launch of Space Shuttle STS-121 Discovery
Observation Support Building II
Kennedy Space Center, Florida

3:46 P.M. EDT

Q Disappointed?

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Sure. I was down here -- when I was a member of Congress, early in the program in the '80s -- really looking forward to today; especially looking forward to having my grandkids here. But it's not to be today, and maybe it'll work tomorrow.

Q What was their impression so far, the girls?

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Very impressed. They're all walking around with patches from the mission, got the mission design on them and are very excited. But we'll have to bring them back another day.

Q They were asking some good questions on their tour?

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, they're all good questions. I'm no expert by any means, but -- no, it's a great program. And it's important we keep going, and keep our space program going. And this, of course, is a continuing part of that. We got to see a tour of the Atlantis, which is the next ship they're getting ready to launch. So at least we got to see that.

Q And you get to see NASCAR, right?

THE VICE PRESIDENT: And we get to see NASCAR. That's the next stop.

Q Will this be your first NASCAR race?

THE VICE PRESIDENT: It will be, as a matter of fact, yes -- first time I've actually attended a race. I've been to tracks before, but it's the first time I've been to an actual race.

Q Well, ride on Space Mountain and you get the Florida experience right there in one trip.

THE VICE PRESIDENT: All right, see you later.

Q Thanks, Mr. Vice President.


END 3:47 P.M. EDT

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