Lynne Cheney angry over Kerry’s remarks about her daughter
October 14, 2004
CORAOPOLIS, Pa. (AP) – Lynne Cheney accused Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry of pulling a “cheap and tawdry political trick,” apparently for invoking her daughter’s sexuality in his debate with President Bush.
Asked Wednesday night whether homosexuality is a choice, Kerry noted that one of Vice President Dick Cheney’s daughters is a lesbian, and said she would probably affirm that she was born that way.
“We’re all God’s children,” Kerry said during the debate in Tempe, Ariz.
Mrs. Cheney made clear she thought Kerry had crossed a line into family privacy when she introduced her husband to a supportive crowd of 800 after a debate-watching party in the Pittsburgh suburb of Coraopolis.
“Now, you know, I did have a chance to assess John Kerry once more and now the only thing I could conclude: This is not a good man,” she said.
“Of course, I am speaking as a mom, and a pretty indignant mom. This is not a good man. What a cheap and tawdry political trick.”
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She was not more specific. The vice president did not raise the matter in his remarks.
In his earlier debate with John Edwards, the vice president expressed no objection when the Democrat brought up his daughter, Mary. Edwards expressed “respect for the fact that they’re willing to talk about the fact that they have a gay daughter, the fact that they embrace her. It’s a wonderful thing.”
Cheney thanked his opponent for the “kind words he said about my family and our daughter. I appreciate that very much.”
Bush said in the debate he did not know whether homosexuality was a choice or fate.
He and Kerry both spoke of their belief that marriage is the union of man and woman, but the president supports a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and the Democrat does not. Kerry supports giving gay couples many of the civil rights that come with marriage, while stopping short of conferring that status on same-sex couples.