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Dick Cheney Slated for 10-Stop Speaking Tour

Former Vice President Dick Cheney at the National Press Club in Washington, Monday, June 1, 2009. AP

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is out of the hospital and hitting the road.

After a five-week stay at the hospital this summer during which he had a heart pump implanted in his chest, Cheney is resuming work on his memoir and planning a 10-stop speaking tour, Politico reports.

The former vice president, who has been an outspoken critic of the Obama administration, has reportedly booked 10 paid speaking appearances for this year. He is also expected to go on a book tour after his memoirs are released next year.

Cheney, who is 70 years old and has suffered five heart attacks, recently appeared at a business convention in Bakersfield, Calif. along with his wife Lynne Cheney, Sarah Palin, Karl Rove and other Republican leaders. More than 11,000 reportedly attended the Bakersfield event, where the former vice president was described by the Bakersfield Californian as "frail looking." Cheney reportedly lost about 25 pounds in the hospital.

While the former vice president has been out of the spotlight for some months attending to his health, his daughters have remained heavily engaged in politics. Mary Cheney helps oversee three groups slated to spend $12 to $15 million in the 2010 campaign cycle, while Liz Cheney chairs Keep America Safe, a group that regularly criticizes the current administration's national security policies.

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