COLUMBUS, Ga. – Vice President Dick Cheney (search), who has had four heart attacks, called former President Clinton on Saturday to wish him well with his upcoming heart bypass surgery.
"I just called to let him know we were thinking about him," Cheney told reporters aboard Air Force Two (search). "I've been through a similar experience before. The key was to have the good sense to go get checked if you thought you had a problem, which he obviously did."
Cheney said he told Clinton about having undergone a quadruple bypass 16 years ago.
"I was living proof of the wonders of modern medicine," Cheney said.
Clinton was expected to undergo heart bypass surgery as early as Monday.
The vice president spoke to reporters before attending a ball for the U.S. Army Rangers (search) in Columbus, Ga. Earlier, he was at a campaign rally in Roswell, N.M. The vice president was returning to Washington before heading on a campaign swing through the Midwest on Monday.