VP Dick Cheney -vs-
Senator Patrick Leahy
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Jun 24, 2004 5:48 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) Vice President Cheney cursed at Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy during a
confrontation on the Senate floor while members were having their annual group picture
taken earlier this week, Leahy and Senate sources said Thursday.
Senate aides with knowledge of the encounter Tuesday said the vice president confronted
Leahy about some of the Democrat's criticism about alleged improprieties in Iraq military
contracts awarded to Halliburton Co. Cheney, who as vice president is president of the
Senate, is a former CEO of Halliburton.
Leahy responded by saying the vice president had once called him a "bad"
Cheney then responded, "F--- off" or "F--- you," two aides said, both
speaking on condition of anonymity.
Leahy, D-Vt., confirmed that the confrontation took place but would not provide details.
"I think he was just having a bad day," Leahy said. "I was kind of shocked
to hear that kind of language on the floor."
Cheney's office also wouldn't go into detail, but confirmed the two men traded remarks.
"That doesn't sound like language that the vice president would use, but there was a
frank exchange of views," said Kevin Kellems, a spokesman for Cheney.