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Dick Cheney talks some more, voicing support for gay marriage and denying Iraq was involved with 9/11

Dick Cheney was largely silent on the issue of gay marriage during his eight years as vice president under George W. Bush. In a 2004 vice presidential debate with Democratic candidate John Edwards, for example, Cheney wouldn't say what he thought about a constitutional amendment that would limit marriage to a woman and a man.

But in a speech today at the National Press Club, Cheney supported gay marriage, saying,  "I think people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish, any kind of arrangement they wish."

Cheney, who has a gay daughter, said he thought states should get to decide what constitutes marriage. For more on what he said, check out our colleagues at The Swamp

During the Bush years, Cheney made most of his political maneuverings behind the scenes. But he's been a veritable chatter-box since leaving office.

In a Fox News interview that will air tonight, Cheney dropped a few other lines that are sure to generate buzz. Among them: his denial that Iraq was involved in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The Bush White House, you may remember, used Iraq's supposed ties to Al Qaeda as one of its justifications to invade the country in 2003.

The rest of the interview will air on "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren" at 7 p.m. Pacific.

-- Kate Linthicum

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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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