ABC’s Ann Compton makes Dick Cheney want to hide in the shrubbery.
Q Alan Simpson is your good and dear friend, many, many years.
THE VICE PRESIDENT: He is.
Q And former senator from Wyoming, wrote about two weeks ago in The Washington Post that he has changed his mind on “don’t ask, don’t tell.” He wrote, “My God, we’d better start talking sense before it’s too late.” Has your thought on “don’t ask, don’t tell” evolved and changed at all?
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Not really. My view of it is, more than anything else, determined by what our senior military leadership thinks is required, that the task of the military specifically is to fight and win wars. And the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy is one that was devised with the leadership of the Pentagon some years ago. It’s worked reasonably well, and I have not advocated changing it.
Q You are about to have a grandchild born next month, I think —
THE VICE PRESIDENT: I am.
Q — into a family that won’t necessarily have the same legal standing in every state, in every legal respect. Do you think there will be changes or that, or should there be changes, legal changes in some of the laws around the country to better provide for a family?
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, I think traditionally these have been issues that have been managed or regulated by the states, and that’s the way I think it ought to be. I think each state ought to have the capacity to decide how they want to handle those issues. Obviously we love our daughters, both of them, Liz and Mary, very much. I’m delighted I’m about to be a grandparent for the sixth time. I’m looking forward to the arrival of a new grandson. And I obviously think it’s important for us as a society to be tolerant and respectful of whatever arrangements people enter into.