February 19, 2006 - Posted at 12:48 p.m. CST
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Former President Clinton has weighed in on the
hunting accident involving Vice President Cheney.
Clinton says there was such a strong reaction because of what he
calls the Bush administration's ``enormous penchant for secrecy.''
Clinton says he thinks the White House should have said
something about it sooner. But he told ABC that hunting accidents
are common and he didn't feel the need to ``get into the pile-on.''
Cheney has been criticized for not disclosing that he had shot
Texas lawyer Harry Whittington until the day afterward.
The shooting hasn't really affected public opinion about Cheney.
A Time magazine poll found 29 percent of those surveyed approve of
the job done by the vice president, compared to 32 percent who felt
that way in November.