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Since Senator Robert Byrd's release from the hospital, his spokesperson, Jesse Jacobs, says the Senator asked if Vice President Dick Cheney apologized for his remarks about West Virginia.
"He noted that the apology was issued from the Vice President’s office on behalf of the VP, not directly from the VP himself – noted it was a start but reiterated he should not have said it in the first place," said Jacobs.
Cheney was explaining how he is a distant cousin to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
"We'd always known about the Cheney family line on my father's side of the family, back to Massachusetts in the 1630s. My grandmother was named Tyler but it turned out she was descended from a Richard Cheney, same last name, who landed in Maryland in the 1650s," Vice President Cheney said. "So I had Cheneys on both sides of the family -- and we don't even live in West Virginia. You can say those things when you're not running for re-election."
Those in attendance at the National Press Club and Mr. Cheney laughed at the joke.
The issue has been a sensitive one for many who live in West Virginia.
Earlier this year, Governor Joe Manchin criticized a casting call for a Hollywood movie set in West Virginia that looked for children with other worldly features and encouraged regular looking children to not apply.
Years ago, West Virginia Governor Bob Wise publicly admonished Abercrombie & Fitch for making shirts that said "It's all Relative in West Virginia" and West Virginia : "No Lifeguard at the Gene Pool."
WSAZ contacted Vice President Cheney's office via e-mail and requested an interview. Lea Anne McBride, responded to the email with an apology.
"The Vice President's offhand comment was not meant to hurt anyone. On reflection, he concluded that it was an inappropriate attempt at humor that he should not have made. The Vice President apologizes to the people of West Virginia for the inappropriate remark," said McBride.
"West Virginia is home to some of the most patriotic people in the nation and our sons and daughters have answered the call to duty every time a president has needed their service. They deserve better from the vice president, and so I would simply ask for his apology."
STATEMENT FROM SENATOR ROBERT BYRD (D-WV):
"This pitiful comment is not entirely surprising when you consider the source. Vice President Cheney’s words reflect the attitude of an administration and a party that says what they must to get elected and then turns their backs on those they promised to represent."
STATEMENT FROM REP. SHELLEY MOORE CAPITO (R-WV):
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