The GOP vice presidential nominee did so by hitting on popular conservative themes such as tax cuts and military readiness in a state that hasn't voted to put a Democrat in the White House since 1976.
Standing with a local family during an airport rally before a $1,000-a-plate luncheon, Cheney said families would double their $500 per-child tax exemption under a Bush-Cheney tax proposal.
He was joined by Jamie and Julie Craft and their four young children.
Cheney says Craft earned $62,000 and paid $1,800 in federal income taxes last year. Under the GOP tax plan, he would pay nothing.