Thursday, February 01, 2007
Cheney's daughter: My baby 'is not a prop'
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- In her first public remarks since news surfaced she was pregnant, Mary Cheney, the openly gay daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney, Wednesday defended her decision to have a baby with her partner and called it a "blessing from God" and "not a political statement."
"It is not a prop to be used in a debate by people on either side of any issue," Cheney said during a Glamour Magazine panel on successful women.
"We have a loving, stable relationship, a loving, stable home," Cheney added. "We can give a child a good home, and we want to have a child."
Cheney also brushed aside criticisms about same-sex parenting from James Dobson, founder of the influential conservative group "Focus on the Family."
"James Dobson is not someone--- you know, he's entitled to his opinion, but he's not someone whose endorsement I have ever drastically sought," she said.
Cheney's comments come a week after the vice president told Wolf Blitzer he was "out of line" for asking him to react to his daughter's conservative critics.
"I'm delighted -- I'm delighted I'm about to have a sixth grandchild, Wolf, and obviously think the world of both of my daughters and all of my grandchildren. And I think, frankly, you're out of line with that question," Vice President Cheney said when asked what he thought of the criticisms.
Regarding the upcoming presidential election, Mary Cheney said she doesn't plan do endorse any candidate running.
"My position has always been let's have the most capable, most qualified person be the president," Cheney said. "
-- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
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