Cheney defends use of profanity

June 26, 2004 at 8:00 AM

WASHINGTON, June 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. vice president is defending his use of profanity during a sharp exchange with Sen. Pat Leahy, D-Vt., the Washington Post reported Saturday.

Dick Cheney said he "probably" used an obscenity during an argument Tuesday on the Senate floor with Leahy, after Leahy apparently needled him about his relationship with the scandal-plagued Halliburton Corp.

"I expressed myself rather forcefully, felt better after I had done it," Cheney told Neil Cavuto of Fox News.

Cheney said those who heard the putdown agreed with him.

"I think that a lot of my colleagues felt that what I had said badly needed to be said, that it was long overdue."

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