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  Bush Uses Profanity About Reporter

The Associated Press
Monday, Sept. 4, 2000; 10:02 p.m. EDT

NAPERVILLE, Ill. –– George W. Bush made a disparaging remark Monday about a reporter from The New York Times that was picked up by a live microphone.

As Bush stood on the podium waiting for music to finish, he turned to running mate Dick Cheney and used an obscenity to describe reporter Adam Clymer in the nearby press area. Cheney agreed with Bush's assessment. Both men thought their remarks were off-mike.

When asked about the comment at a brief airport news conference in Allentown, Pa., late Monday, Bush said, "I regret that a private comment I made to the vice presidential candidate made it through the public airways."

Asked if he felt he owed Clymer an apology, Bush did not answer directly, only saying, "I regret everybody heard what I said."

Karen Hughes, Bush's spokeswoman, said the remarks were "a whispered aside to his running mate. It was not intended as a public comment."

Clymer said, "I'm disappointed in the governor's language."

Cheney refused to discuss it. "The governor made a private comment to me. It was a private comment, and I don't plan to say anything about it," he told reporters later in Chicago.

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