Saturday, October 16, 2004


John Kerry should not have brought her up; Yet, he also spoke on her behalf

Obviously, the Kerry-Edwards campaign found some utility in twice mentioning, during the debates, that Vice President Dick Cheney's daughter is a lesbian. The Wall Street Journal's John Fund said on John Batchelor's radio show, Friday night, that Kerry's advisers PLANNED on bringing up Cheney's daughter but decided against it. However, John Kerry went ahead and did so. This shows a premeditated forethought on John Kerry's part. Her name didn't pop into his head. He intentionally brought up Dick Cheney's daughter. Kerry's campaign manager, Mary Beth Cahill, said the opposing vice president's daughter "is fair game."

John Kerry could have brought up fellow Massachusetts congressman, Barney Frank. If he wanted to talk about someone's daughter he could have brought up Dick Gephardt's daughter. And, he could have brought up the most famous, and powerful, gay person, New Jersey governor James McGreevey. But, they are all Democrats. Kerry saw fit to drag his Republican opponent's daughter into a political debate.

Kerry couldn't help but speak on behalf of Cheney's daughter, Mary Cheney. By refuting what President Bush had to say, Kerry became her spokesman and acted as if he knew what she would have to say to the president. That is a cheap and tawdry political trick.

John Edwards: "Now, as to this question, let me say first that I think the vice president and his wife love their daughter. I think they love her very much. And you can't have anything but 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. And there are millions of parents like that who love their children, who want their children to be happy. And I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, and so does John Kerry."

John Kerry: "We're all God's children, Bob. 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."

Elizabeth Edwards: "She's overreacted to this and treated it as if it's shameful to have this discussion. I think that's a very sad state of affairs. ... I think that it indicates a certain degree of shame with respect to her daughter's sexual preferences. ... It makes me really sad that that's Lynne's response."


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