Dick Cheney's Alternate Universe, Part III
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Dick Cheney says he is angry at Sen. John Kerry for invoking their lesbian daughter during the final presidential debate. Kerry, the Democratic nominee, says he was just trying to say something nice about how the Cheneys have dealt with the issue and meant no offense.
"We're all God's children," Kerry said. "And I think if you were to talk to Dick Cheney's daughter, who is a lesbian, she would tell you that she's being who she was. She's being who she was born as. I think if you talk to anybody, it's not a choice."
But the vice president went after Kerry with strong words.
"You saw a man who will do and say anything to get elected," Cheney told a rally in Fort Myers, Fla. "And I am not just speaking as a father here, although I am a pretty angry father." He later told a local TV station: "I thought it was totally inappropriate."
And now, we take a closer look at:
Unidentified Ohio Home
Oct. 17, 2004
Lynne: What are you watching, honey?
Dick: Oh, just the news. They're talking about those awful things John Kerry said about Vice President Cheney's daughter.
Lynne: About her being ... a lesbian?
Dick: Yeah. It's just like the Democrats to try to score points over someone's gayishness.
Lynne: Yeah, if the Cheney girl wants to be a ... lesbian, that's her business. She should keep that to herself. The rest of us shouldn't know about it.
Dick: It's not like Vice President Cheney has tried to score points over her gayfullness.
TV (shows clip of Cheney): "Lynne and I have a gay daughter, so it's an issue our family is very familiar with."
Lynne: Well, he was probably answering a question. After all, he's proud of his daughter, even if she is a ... lesbian.
Dick: Yeah. Nothing wrong with that. He was being honest. Just like he was being honest when he said how mad he was at Kerry.
TV (showing clip of former Republican presidential candidate Gary Bauer): Social conservatives like Gary Bauer, who ran for the Republican presidential nomination four years ago, complain that Mr. Cheney's public support for his daughter "demoralizes some sections of the base that they need in an election where we could all be counting chads again."
Lynne: Huh. I wonder if Vice President Cheney got mad at Gary Bauer?
Dick: Maybe he didn't hear Bauer say it.
TV (showing clip of Republican Illinois Senate Candidate Alan Keyes): "The essence of family life remains procreation. If we embrace homosexuality as a proper basis for marriage, we are saying that it's possible to have a marriage state that in principal excludes procreation and is based simply on the premise of selfish hedonism. ... (That means) Mary Cheney is a selfish hedonist. That goes by definition. Of course she is."
Lynne: Wow. That was pretty strong.
Dick: Well ... the vice president has more important things to do than listen to Alan Keyes. I mean, John Kerry said what he said on national television.
Lynne: You're right, honey. I can't wait to re-elect Bush and Cheney!