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ABC's Compton: Cheney doesn't make mistakes?
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Ann Compton of ABC News got in bit of a zinger during Friday's White House briefing with Press Secretary Tony Snow.

When asked whether Vice President Dick Cheney endorsed water boarding when he agreed with an interviewer that it would be OK to dunk terrorists in water to save lives, Snow said "you got Dick Cheney, who had been head of an intelligence committee. He's been the Secretary of Defense. He's been the Vice President. He's not a guy who slips up, and he's also not a guy who does winks and nods about things that involve matters that you don't talk about for political reasons."

That led to this exchange between Snow and Compton:

COMPTON: To say that Vice President Cheney doesn't make mistakes like this, he did go up and curse a senator to his face on the Senate floor, and accidentally shot his friend, so he's not perfect. (Laughter.)

(To which Snow responded)

SNOW: No, I mean, it's just -- that's -- that's a great line, but it's not germane. Yes, Helen.

Compton was referring to a June 2004 incident in which Vice President Cheney told Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont to "F--- yourself" on the Senate floor and a February 2006 incident in which the vice president shot a friend while hunting for quail on a South Texas ranch.
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