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    Friday, October 29, 2004

    Kids acting up? Blame John Edwards! 

    At a question-and-answer session with Vice President Cheney in Sioux City, Iowa, Thursday afternoon, a high school student asked how the No Child Left Behind education law could be improved.

    Cheney, as he usually does on such questions, deferred to his wife Lynne Cheney, perched on the stool next to him.

    That's when things got weird.

    In an unusually forthright admission, Lynne Cheney said "I'm not going to answer your question exactly, because I'm going to talk about how No Child Left Behind has really benefitted our schools."

    After not answering the student's question, Lynne Cheney then said, "I hate to blame the trial lawyers for everything," then blamed them for driving up medical malpractice costs, product liability costs, and, yes, bad behavior in the schools.

    "Trial lawyers are also part of the problem in not putting teachers in control of their classrooms,” Lynne Cheney said. "So I say don't vote for John Kerry and John Edwards."

    - Matt Stearns, Kansas City (Mo.) Star

    posted by Ellen Dunkel at 7:07 AM



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