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VP's wife says Webb 'full of baloney,' won't discuss her own salacious novel

Mike Sheehan and David Edwards
Published: Friday October 27, 2006

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Lynne Cheney appeared on CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. She dismissed Virginia Democrat Jim Webb as being "full of baloney" but was uncooperative when Blitzer questioned her on her own book.

Cheney, wife of the Vice President, was remarking on US Senate candidate Webb's response to charges last night that novels he has written are "pornographic," with excerpts released by GOP Sen. George Allen's camp and posted by the Drudge Report, as RAW STORY reported earlier.

The Vice President's wife had published a book of her own in the 1970's that, according to a press release today from the Democrats, "featured a lesbian love affair, brothels and attempted rapes," but as Blitzer highlighted the contradiction, Cheney became evasive. Pressed further and visibly agitated, she finally remarked that "Jim Webb is full of baloney," whereupon Blitzer changed the topic.

A portion of the transcript follows...

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CHENEY: Jim Webb is full of baloney. I have never written anything

sexually explicit. His novels are full of sexual explicit references to

incest, sexually explicit references -- well, you know, I just don't

want my grandchildren to turn on the television set. This morning, Imus

was reading from the novels, and it -- it's triple-X rated.

BLITZER: Here's what the Democratic Party put out today, the

Democratic Congressional -- Senatorial Campaign Committee: "Lynne

Cheney's book featured brothels and attempted rape. In 1981, Vice

President Dick Cheney's wife, Lynne, wrote a book called "Sisters",

which featured a lesbian love affair, brothels and attempted rapes."

CHENEY: No.

BLITZER: "In 1988, Lynn Cheney wrote about a Republican vice

president who dies of a heart attack while having sex with his

mistress." Is that true?

CHENEY: Nothing explicit. And actually, that was full of lies.

It's not -- it's just -- it's absolutely not a...

BLITZER: Did you write a book entitled "Sisters"?

CHENEY: I did write a book entitled "Sisters".

BLITZER: It did have lesbian characters.

CHENEY: This -- no, not necessarily. This description is a lie.

I'll stand on that.

BLITZER: There's nothing in there about rape and brothels?

CHENEY: Well, Wolf, could we talk about a children's book for a minute?

BLITZER: We can talk about the children's book. I just wanted to...

CHENEY: I think my segment is, like, 15 minutes long and we've had

about 10 minutes of...

BLITZER: I just wanted to -- I just wanted to clarify what's in the

news today, given -- this is...

CHENEY: That's lies and distortion. That's what it is.

BLITZER: This is an opportunity for you to explain on these

sensitive issues.

CHENEY: Wolf, I have nothing to explain. Jim Webb has a lot to

explain.

BLITZER: Well, he says he's only -- as a serious writer, novelist,

a fiction writer, he was doing basically what you were doing.

CHENEY: Jim Webb is full of baloney.

BLITZER: We'll leave it at that.

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