Sources from within the McCain camp have suggested that Vice President Dick Cheney will not be given a speaking slot at this years Republican National Convention.
Acutely aware of the toxic reputation of the Vice President, the McCain camp is going to great lengths to put some distance between the two.
One GOP official told CNN there's a "mutual understanding" between Cheney's office and the McCain camp that he is "unlikely" to attend the convention.
The conservative American Spectator first reported Monday Cheney, who has low national approval ratings but is still popular among conservatives, is not expected to attend the convention.
With the all indications up to this point being that McCain wants to keep the Bush administration as far away from his campaign (at least publicly) as possible, it will be interesting to see what role will be carved out for President Bush at the convention. Side-by-side photos of a grinning McCain and Bush will be potent ammunition for the Democrats, seeking to portray the two as one of the same.