WASHINGTON – Although Lynne Cheney spoke Tuesday about two issues that could be central to her husband and President Bush's re-election – Iraq and the economy – she failed to elaborate on another.
Cheney said Sunday that states should have final say on marriage laws,which is in direct opposition to Vice President Dick Cheney's support of a constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union between a woman and a man.
But Tuesday,Lynne Cheney did not address her stance on gay marriage,which has been a hot topic lately because of her differing views from her husband's. One of the Cheneys’ daughters is gay.
The amendment is being debated in the Senate,which may take a procedural vote Wednesday.
Cheney spoke Tuesday at the Hispanic Leadership Summit but did not take questions. Instead,she spoke of the transformation that has occurred since the Bush administration took office.
Cheney highlighted the Taliban's fall from power in Afghanistan as a central accomplishment.
“It was a regime of unimaginable cruelty,” Cheney said.
Cheney cited Iraq as another example of the Bush administration's foreign success stories.
“Three-and-a-half years ago,Iraq was governed by a man who had murdered thousands upon thousands of his own people,” Cheney said.
In line with her husband and the president's stance,Cheney also said Saddam Hussein “cultivated and used weapons of mass destruction.”
Cheney said the economy is no longer “sliding into recession” as it was in January 2001.
“Now we see our economy growing bigger and better,” Cheney said.
Cheney said recent economic growth has been the fastest since Ronald Reagan was in the White House.
In addition,Cheney expressed disbelief at statements from the “other side” that this administration hasn't funded education.
“I can't imagine what universe they're reporting from,” Cheney said. She said the Bush administration has increased funding by 49 percent for elementary and secondary education since 2001.
Cheney referred to the Bush administration's No Child Left Behind Act as a “landmark piece of legislation” and said there has been significant progress across the nation for all groups of students.