McClellan dodges Lynne Cheney question

By Les Kinsolving

Editor’s note: Each week, WorldNetDaily White House correspondent Les Kinsolving asks the tough questions no one else will ask. And each week, WorldNetDaily brings you the transcripts of those dialogues with the president and his spokesman.

At today’s White House news briefing, WND asked presidential press secretary Scott McClellan about Lynne Cheney’s disagreement with President Bush on the Federal Marriage Amendment.

WND: A two-part. Today, The Washington Post had a page 1 Style section report on the attempts by homosexual militants to “out staffers and members of Congress.” But the Post did not mention what The Washington Times reported as their attempt to out Sen. Mikulski of Maryland, whose press secretary called this “garbage,” and Sen. Brownback added that this borders on blackmail. And surely, the president doesn’t disagree with Sen. Brownback.

McCLELLAN: Les, I think you’ve heard the president and you’ve heard me talking about in this briefing how this president is committed to elevating the discourse in this country and committed to being an inclusive leader, and he has been very clear in saying no matter where you stand on this issue that we should be civil in this discussion and civil in this debate. And that’s what –

WND: So he agrees with Sen. Brownback?

McCLELLAN: That’s what he remains committed to doing. And that’s what the president will continue to do. What is your second question?

WND: The president’s strong support for the marriage amendment was publicly opposed by the vice president’s wife. And my question, does the White House know of any other instance in U.S. history where a vice president’s wife has publicly and openly opposed what the president –

McCLELLAN: Well, I would encourage you to go and look at exactly what she said. But the president’s views are –

WND: Are you saying that she was in favor of the –

McCLELLAN: The president’s views are very well-known on this issue. The president believes, as do most Americans, that marriage is an enduring institution that should be protected and defending – and defended. And that’s what this president has worked to do. Unfortunately, you have some activist judges and some local officials in different communities in the country who are seeking to redefine marriage on their own terms. And that’s why the president felt that the constitutional process was the only alternative available –

WND: I agree, I agree, but what about –

McCLELLAN: Jeff, Jeff. You’ve had your two questions. You’ve had your two questions.

WND: What about my question? You never answered my question. Has any other vice president’s wife ever publicly opposed a president’s –

McCLELLAN: Two questions a day. Go ahead, Jeff.