WASHINGTON (AP) _ Vice President Dick Cheney is apologizing
after a joke he made about West Virginia.
During a question and answer session at the National Press Club in Washington, Cheney talked about how he's distantly related to Senator Barack Obama. Cheney also noted he has Cheneys on both sides of his family, and added ``we don't even live in West Virginia.''
He then said, ``You can say those things when you're not running for re-election.''
West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin called for an apology from the vice president, saying it was a ``derogatory statement.'' West Virginia Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito calls the remark ``disrespectful,'' and ``certainly not funny.''
West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd is harsher. He calls Cheney's joke an insult to all Americans.
A Cheney spokeswoman says the vice president has ``concluded that it was an inappropriate attempt at humor that he should not have made.''