Mary Cheney, Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife Lynne's openly gay daughter, announced her pregnancy with partner Heather Poe in December — but the media can't seem to make it "old news."
In an interview on Wednesday, Vice President Cheney told a reporter that he was "out of line" after repeated questions about Mary and her pregnancy.
CNN's Wolf Blitzer asked Cheney for a reaction to a statement by Focus on the Family, which said, “Mary Cheney’s pregnancy raises the question of what’s best for children. Just because it’s possible to conceive a child outside of the relationship of a married mother and father doesn’t mean it’s best for the child."
Blitzer tried to console clearly insulted Cheney, by saying he liked both of his daughters, but that his previous question was responsible and fair. Cheney responded that he, too, thinks the world of his daughters and added, "I think, frankly, you’re out of line with that question. ... I just fundamentally disagree with your perspective.” READ MORE
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Here's What FOX Fans are saying:
"Dick Cheney's response to Wolf Blitzer's question on his daughter was priceless. But Cheney did bite his tongue — the retort 'None of your business' was in his eyes." — Rosie
"Off limits? Are you serious? The VP should have been called out from the start on this one. What do you all think would happen if Chelsea Clinton was the one having a baby with her lesbian partner? Do you think those type of questions would be 'off limits' to right wing fanatics, who so vehemently oppose such behavior? Absolutely not! It would be the only topic of discussion for months and you can bet Hillary would not be a presidential possibility. The only reason this line of questioning is 'off limits' is because it's a perfect example of the hypocrisy that exists and we see everyday coming out of the Republican party." — Ben (Minneapolis)
"It was terribly irresponsible for Wolf Blitzer pose a question like that to a father. What business is it of the American people that Mary Cheney and Heather Poe are going to have a baby? If Americans would mind their own business, we wouldn't have nearly as many economic, social, religious and political problems as we do. I am a heterosexual female in my late 40s. My two sons were raised in a home where they were taught to respect everyone, not just people who lived like we did." — Elizabeth (Greenville, NC)
"The question is very fair. Mr. Cheney can not be on both sides of this issue. I understand how difficult it must be for the Cheney family. However, he has yet to give an explanation of his views." — Juan (Atlanta, GA)
"The Bush Administration, which includes Dick Cheney, made a point of attacking gay people raising children and how awful that would be. Why is Dick Cheney's daughter any different? Their ignorance , when confronted by these questions, is met with unmitigated gall. So on one hand, it's okay for the Vice President's daughter to raise a child without a father, but the rest of the nation should live by a different code. This is just one of a myriad of issues that are coming back to haunt the White House." — Dan
"Questioning Dick Cheney about his daughter's pregnancy is out of line. If he wasn't the vice president of the United States, her pregnancy wouldn't be news at all. But because of his position, and because the media have been biased against this current administration since its initial election, the media are trying to annoy and, perhaps, even provoke the VP in order to 'create a controversy.' It's time for the media to return to the ethical business of reporting the news as accurately and truthfully as possible instead of engaging in tawdry business." — Max (Michigan)
"Why should that be off limits? There's no such thing as privacy in this country and never will be again. The press routinely reports on the sex lives of 'celebrities' and keeps abreast of the unusual goings ons of any John or Jane Doe they consider newsworthy. The underlying current here is that homosexual goings ons are off limits because of some special status they think they deserve. Dick Cheney is a good man, who is unafraid of reporters, but he is way off base here. He can certainly refuse to answer any questions about this or any other situation, but he cannot demand privacy. His daughter and her lover have come out of the closet; they must now live in the public glare just like everyone else." — Jack
"No, it was not out of line. She has put herself in the limelight of politics. She is an adult worked in campaigns actively and wrote a book. You can not put yourself in the limelight and expect to be off limits." — Judith
"I think in the context of Wolf's interview it was out of line. He was discussing the war in Iraq, so that was an unnecessary question had nothing to do with the topic." — Mary Jane
"Absolutely. The media allows Clinton to avoid valid questions on the work he did or didn't do — and then, the media goes after Cheney on a topic they have no business asking about. I'd like to see someone ask Hillary topics about Chelsea's sex life and see how she responds." — Tim
"I fully support Dick Cheney's comment to Wolf Blitzer. I dont like Blitzer or his news program or his arrogance. Mary Cheney is a private citizen." — Lynn
"No, the media is not out of line in this matter. If Bush's daughters were pregnant, it would be discussed; if Chelsea were pregnant, it would be discussed. It's clear the VP is embarrassed, as I would also be, that his gay daughter has chosen this path. However, it is not Cheney's fault what his daughter does — we can only raise them to the best of our ability and then they go on their own and do their own thing." — Joyce (Florida)
"To state that the 'two' parties are expecting a baby is erroneous to begin with. Mary Cheney has been impregnated by artificial means or by a male participant. She alone is "expecting". Her female partner had nothing to do with it. By referring to such births as an "expecting", we are placing two female deviates on the same level as a legally married man and woman. The female couples' lifestyle is a shame and disgrace in the eyes of sound minded people." — John (Mississippi)
"Mr. Blitzer has no respect and any boundaries. As a representative of the news media, he should show some respect to the vice president of the United States of America. His daughter's pregnancy has no impact the VP's role or duties. Mr. Blitzer was only trying to get a bad reaction, and obviously felt stupid after his out of line question." — Jerry
"I don't think the question is out of line at all. The fact that Vice President Cheney takes such a defensive and almost hostile position when questioned about it shows the world that deep inside he knows it is wrong. The only reason he will condone it is because it is his daughter, and he feels he is being loyal. He is looking at the small picture of his family instead of the big picture of America in a few years when a much larger percentage of kids will be raised in same-sex parent households. So much for Republican Family Values." — Marci
"Dick Cheney and his daughter Mary have the right to live their private lives without the constant scrutiny of the media. Tabloid tactics during interviews with high profile personalities is nothing short of sensationalism and invasion of privacy hiding behind the badge of 'the media.' Would Wolf like his life and the lives of his children laid out before America on CNN Headline News? My advice to the media, legitimate, tabloid, or paparazzi, is to give people in this world the simple respect that they deserve regarding their private lives and try to report on the good that people, organizations, and countries do to improve the lives of others and give opportunity to succeed." — Kirk
"Privacy does not exist anymore. Mary Cheney's father is the vice president of the United States. The media reports on the number of bowel movements a "celebrity" has daily. Mary Cheney is definitely at the top of the gossip list." — Jim (Georgia)
"Yes the questions are out of line. When you interview someone about their professional life, to inject personal questions isn't just rude, it's unprofessional. Basically the question is asking how one man's daughter's pregnancy is going to affect the world/ It's time people grew up and stopped falling for sensationalized sleaze. What's best for any child is to have a loving home that can provide emotional, physical and even financial support. It doesn't do much to love your children if you can't feed them. How about focusing on people in that situation?" — James (Nashville, TN)
"Wolf Blitzer has free speech to ask invasive questions, and Mr. Cheney has free speech to tell him he's out of line for asking them. As to Mary's ability as a parent, I think she's gone to a lot more effort to have this child than most 'untraditional' Moms today, and that speaks volumes for her readiness to be a good mother. A reporter wouldn't ask a politician about the sex life of a heterosexual child, so, yes, this entire discussion is inappropriate." — Beverly (Ringgold GA)
"I agree that this question to the vice president was out of line. Would the same question had been asked if the daughter was married to an alcoholic, drug addict or a man addicted to pornography? I think not. Vice President Cheney is expecting another grandchild. The only control he has over the situation is his own reaction. In this case, he and his wife choose to love the grandchild unconditionally." — Deb (Pennsylvania)