Cheney 'surprised' by public spat between daughters
December 3rd, 2013
10:01 PM ET
11 months ago

Cheney 'surprised' by public spat between daughters

Washington (CNN) – Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Tuesday evening he was taken aback when his daughter Mary and her wife took to social media to rail against his other daughter Liz's stance on same-sex marriage.

"We were surprised when there was an attack launched against Liz on Facebook and wished it hadn't happened," Cheney told the audience at a National Press Club event.

Cheney, at the venue to promote he recently released book, "Heart: An American Medical Odyssey," expressed regret that his daughters aired out their grievances in public.

"It's always been dealt with within the context of the family, and, frankly, that's our preference," Cheney said.

Cheney sisters spar over same-sex marriage, parents weigh in

When moderator Barbara Cochran, president of the National Press Club's Journalism Institute, attempted to press Cheney to elaborate, he balked.

"I've gone as far as I'm going to go on the subject," Cheney said, before adding a final word of caution. "Don't waste your time."

The feud between Cheney's daughters was sparked when Liz, who is challenging incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi in Wyoming, told Fox News' Chris Wallace in November that she does not support same-sex marriage. The interview prompted a vitriolic series of Facebook posts from her sister Mary, who is gay, and her wife, Heather Poe.

"Liz – this isn't just an issue on which we disagree – you're just wrong – and on the wrong side of history," Mary Cheney posted on Facebook.

Dick Cheney's remarks at the Washington event echoed his comments last month to CNN's Jake Tapper. The former vice president told Tapper that his position on this issue is "well known" and he would "let (his) daughters speak for themselves."

In a statement to Tapper, Liz Cheney did not waver from her stance while insisting she's always treated her sister's family with kindness.

"I love my sister and her family and have always tried to be compassionate towards them," Liz said. "I believe that is the Christian way to behave."


Filed under: Dick Cheney • Liz Cheney • Mike Enzi
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  1. YUCK

    Yawn,who cares about his daughters.

    December 3, 2013 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  2. luke,az

    The devil speaks.

    December 3, 2013 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  3. just me

    Liz, your sister's family does not need or want your Christian compasion. They deserve your respect, though. Give that a shot.

    December 3, 2013 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  4. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Who cares about ADolph Cheney? Liz walks the plank in Wyoming.

    December 4, 2013 06:08 am at 6:08 am |
  5. James Napoli

    Liz is not genuine and simply caters to the tea party. It shows she has no real values because for the sake of votes she has abandoned her sister. She calls that family values. Not what I would look for in a sister.

    December 4, 2013 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  6. Marie MD

    The zombie makes an appearance again. Put hmi back in his coffin and this time nail it shut!

    December 4, 2013 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  7. Gurgyl

    USA hates this guy. Do you know?

    December 4, 2013 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  8. JacobV

    There is no "right" or "wrong" when it comes to same-sex marriage. It's purely an opinion. Some people think it's a natural result of genes (like some believe crime to be) while others believe it's mislead and damaging to society. Both sides have good points... it's been proven that genes can affect sexual preference, it's also been proven that people who practice same-sex relationships (at least male) have a significantly higher rate of sti's including HIV that eventually get spread to the rest of society. Others believe that the legal benefits that gay marriage couples receive is hurting benefits that ought to be going to the reproductive parts of society. Straight parents and children, whom after all, will make up the future generations of human beings. And after all, weren't we all children at some point? straight or gay?

    December 4, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  9. longtooth

    I've never been a fan of Cheney. Maybe he'll change if they install a real heart. Beyond that, as a father, I know where he's coming from. It's a family matter, and should be treated as such, as none of our business. Of course, he himself used a woman's secret job as a CIA operative as a weapon against Obama when he outed her in public, which is a form of treason. On second thought, let him fry.

    December 4, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  10. 2013

    It will be nice when the public no longer forced to hear about the Cheneys. These articles about he Cheney family are not by public demand. There is no question about that.

    December 4, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  11. Greenspam

    And Cheney's daughters' qualifications are.....

    December 4, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. Kelcy

    He is probably genuinely surprised. He just doesn`t get it. He and his wife probably present the same attitude to Mary and wife that I see in my own family. "We love you because you are our daughter but we cannot tolerate your homosexual behavior. We`ll be polite to her wife but it is a matter of toleration and not acceptance since they cannot accept the homosexuality." Liz just articulates what her parents are feeling and saying to her. She probably believes it too. To people like that I say.....well, I won`t really type it (just think of the line in Argo and you'll get it). They do not love Mary. They love a notion of Mary..... a notion where she is their daughter/sister and she is not homosexual. That kind of conditional love is all about the "giver" and has nothing to do with the "receiver." It's not love. Mary and Wife...... minimize your contact with your family. They are toxic to your well beings.

    December 4, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  13. Thomas

    Thanks for the bad memories !

    December 4, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  14. Name

    Keep your family values to yourself and you will remove the chance of looking hypocritical.

    December 4, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  15. Dennis

    There is probably as much contempt for Cheney as their is for the current President.What a waste of humanity!

    December 4, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  16. Andy

    While I agree Cheney should hide under a rock, i completely agree with him on how he's handling this issue. Btw, his daugher Liz has EVERY right to express her views on same sex marriage as the other sister does. Liz does not have to accept her sister's views. In no way does that mean she disrespects or does not love her sister.

    December 4, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  17. Larry B.

    Why is he still given coverage? Cheney and his family are entirely irrelevant to our country. Sure wish they'd go away.

    December 4, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  18. Larry B.

    Ahh. The viper family returns.

    December 4, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  19. Bill

    "Who knew gay marriage was such a divisive issue?" – Dick Cheney

    December 4, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  20. Whatever man....

    as a progressive, I couldn't be more against whatever Dick Cheney is for but as a parent, he has my sympathy..anyone who has children should be able to understand how painful a spat between siblings can be for parents...

    December 4, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  21. olepi

    Classic Cheney: denigrate a family member in order to get elected.

    December 4, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  22. tino

    chaney the "dark fader" resurfaces from his sombie existence with his evil face and opinions. he should be banned from public opinion.and viewing.

    December 4, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  23. DC1973

    Parents are supposed to stay neutral, so I do kind of have to respect him, as a parent, for trying to do that. But ...

    "We were surprised when there was an attack launched against Liz on Facebook and wished it hadn't happened."

    That's not staying neutral. That's saying that Mary "attacked" Liz on Facebook. Well, some people – most notably, Mary herself – would probably say that Liz "attacked" first, by saying that she thinks her sister and sister-in-law shouldn't have had the right to get married.

    December 4, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  24. chet

    I guess the gay daughter doesn't get it – her sister is against marriage between the same sex – but that does not mean she doesn't care for her. A God/moral belief has been twisted by the gay sister. I have many gay friends and they never question my caring for them and they understand my belief that a marriage is between a man and a woman, but I also understand that if the law allows marriage by the same sex partners then who am I to challenge their happiness!

    December 4, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  25. me

    It's no surprise that Cheney was "surprised"... the man lives in a world he's created in his mind, rather than the real world we all live in... and he's raised his children to either defend living in a made up world, or defend the choice to live in the real world. What a pathetic father.... when one daughter can't side with another over a a natural thing such as love, it speaks volumes as to just how pathetic the parenting was...

    December 4, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
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