July 8th, 2007
04:48 PM ET
4 years ago

Cindy Sheehan considering run against Pelosi

Cindy Sheehan is considering a run for Congress

(CNN) - Despite swearing off public life earlier this year, peace activist Cindy Sheehan would run against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as an independent in 2008 unless the speaker moves to impeach President Bush, a Sheehan spokeswoman said Sunday.

Sheehan, a northern California resident, is taking part in a protest caravan from President Bush's home in Crawford, Texas, to Washington, which is scheduled to arrive July 23. Spokeswoman Tiffany Burns told CNN that Sheehan would challenge the speaker, who has held her San Francisco-area seat since 1987, unless Pelosi introduces articles of impeachment before then.

There was no immediate reaction from Pelosi's office to Sheehan's threat. The speaker said in November that calls for impeaching Bush were "off the table," but that Congress would push for an end to the widely unpopular, 4-year-old war under Democratic control.

Sheehan achieved national attention when she camped outside Bush's home throughout August 2005 to demand a meeting with the president over her son's death. While Bush ignored her, the vigil made her one of the most prominent figures among opponents of the war.

But in May, after congressional Democratic efforts to set a March 2008 goal for a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq failed in the face of a presidential veto, Sheehan quit the anti-war movement in disgust and declared that her son Casey - a U.S. soldier killed in Baghdad in 2004 - had died "for nothing."

She said she was exhausted by the personal, financial and emotional toll her campaign had taken, disillusioned by the failure of Democratic politicians to end the war and tired of a peace movement she said "often puts personal egos above peace and human life."


Filed under: Iraq • Nancy Pelosi • President Bush
soundoff (198 Responses)
  1. Alexis, Pittsburgh, PA

    Ok, so she was lying when she said she was retiring from being an anti-war activist. Great way to start a campaign for a house seat.

    July 8, 2007 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. SJPS NJ USA

    LOL

    She has a chance to win, as House has a lower poll reading than Bush.

    LOL, :) LOL

    July 8, 2007 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    I'm sorry she lost a child in the war, but so have many of us and that is the price for freedom. Her move to run for office would be sad. I can see it now: She loses her son, her life, and now all her money as she tries to run. She would basically loss all hope at that point. She should really give up as both Republican and Democratic parties are no more different than they are the same. Our country needs a new strong party and not run by an emotional women. We need strong men to lead this country just like the men who founded this great nation.

    July 8, 2007 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  4. SF, Arlington, VA

    She will lose so fast it will be funny to watch.

    July 8, 2007 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  5. John, St. Louis MO

    So was running for Congress what she meant when she said she was returning to the private life after her fight with the system???

    Still, she would be much better than "Speaker" Pelosi...

    July 8, 2007 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  6. Ashen Shard, Chambersburg, PA

    Posted By Anonymous : July 8, 2007 5:21 pm

    Women are just as capable of running this country as men. Men are just as susceptible to being effected by emotions, and women are as capable of being as strong as men. Also, you forget that women also helped in the founding of this nation, and their participation in the founding was just as important as that of men.

    July 8, 2007 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. Dan, Stow, Ohio

    Cindy Sheehan vs Nancy Pelosi? WOW! Talk about the American people having to choose among slim pickings! Both are enamored with an enormous false sense of self-importance. Please, please give us some true leaders of vision and strength. We are quite tired of these charlatans who speak on behalf of lunatic minorities. Can we respect some of their ideas? Yes. Should we turn society upside-down in order to placate social deviants? No. The needs of the many exceed the needs of the few.

    July 8, 2007 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  8. Shawnie - Grants Pass, OR

    I feel sorry for her.

    She seems drunk on all the publicity/attention she got before. She is running for the wrong reasons, revenge and retribution.

    Hatred attacks from the left she says? She is not anyone I'd want in any office regardless of my affiliation, she is either delusional or perhaps stuck in martyr/victim mode. Like a rebel, just for the sake of being a rebel. We don't need emotional pot stirrers with a grudge to lead our country.

    July 8, 2007 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  9. Jennifer, Flemington NJ

    Wow. I can't even believe I'm reading this – very few people take Sheehan seriously, and, tragic though her son's death may be, it does not qualify her in any way, shape, or form, to become the speaker of the house. Furthermore, what gives Ms. Sheehan the authority to question Speaker Pelosi, the audacity to believe that her threat will work, and the megalomaniacal belief that she can win over Pelosi in an election? I suspect Speaker Pelosi is laughing her head off right now, and rightfully so.

    July 8, 2007 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  10. Achmed Mohammed, San Francisco, CA

    Go Cindy, Go! This would be great – I always enjoy watching Cindy talk. Her incoherence is hysterical!

    July 8, 2007 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  11. Andre Courtemanche, Wyandotte, MI

    It's about time someone started pressuring these democrats to begin impeaching the Bush crime family. GO CINDY!!!!

    July 8, 2007 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  12. Shawnie - Grants Pass, OR

    Whoops, most of my comment didn't take. Oh well, don't agree with the woman identical to man argument. It is scientifically and logically not true.

    July 8, 2007 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  13. Shivam, Bay Area California

    good luck to her. if there's anyone san franciscans love, it's our lady Pelosi. And as long as pelosi wants to run, there's not a chance in hell that the bay area will want anyone else in charge.

    July 8, 2007 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  14. Jeanne, Heavener, Oklahoma

    I think that Cindy Sheehan would do a heck of alot better job than Pelosi and any other person, she's got what it takes, guts and brains, that is what we need. It is time for our country to make a turn around, for the people and by the people, as things are going in the wrong direction since 2001, we as Americans deserve leaders that do what they say they are going to do, not what their lobbying people tell them, see us people that don't have 50 or 60 thousand to throw around to buy someone off can't get anything done but if you do, you can get any law or bill passed that you want. I think that they should do away with that too.
    I really believe that Mrs. Sheehan will be the answer for this party, she is a real go getter and there are alot of people that will back her if she decides to run, so she will have no problem there. Go Cindy Go!!!!

    July 8, 2007 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  15. J. Sandoval, San Jose, CA

    I'd be very energized if Cindy Sheehan runs for office against Pelosi. She's right – democratic leaders aren't taking our demand to leave Iraq yesterday seriously. Go Cindy!

    July 8, 2007 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  16. Scott Klausman, Topeka Kansas

    Obviously Cindy is a confused woman, first she lost her son, then her money, and now her identity. She is nothing more than a puppet for the far left, who are supporting her both financially and morally. That combined with the media which for some unknown reason continues to feed her ego by consistently reporting her efforts of futility. Cindy Sheehan has become nothing more than a freak in the media sideshow. Cindy, your fifteen minutes has come and gone....so should you.

    July 8, 2007 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  17. Ken, Sudbury, Ontario

    Wow, a potential race with no one to cheer for.

    July 8, 2007 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  18. DAN BOONVILLE NC

    I DON'T KNOW WHY PELOSI DON'T WANT TO IMPEACH BUSH HE HAS MORE CAUSES THAN CARTER HAS PILLS TO BE IMPEACHED HE SHOULD BE IN JAIL. A GOOD 3RD PARTY SOUNDS GOOD TO ME THERE ARE NO DIFFERNCE IN THE OTHER TWO ,MORE POWER TO WHO EVER RUNS TO BEAT PELOSI I THINK SHE IS AFRAID THE DEMOCRATS HAVE A GOOD CHANCE TO WIN IT ALL IF THEY WOULD GET TOUGH WITH BUSH!!!!!!!

    July 8, 2007 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  19. Aaron, Providence, Rhode Island

    Well, I doubt she'd win, but the more public outcry versus this tragedy of a war, the better.

    July 8, 2007 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  20. Seesler, Sierra Vista, AZ

    Qbviously she's suffering from media withdrawal...why doesn't she take on Hillary while she's at it?

    SLS, S.V, AZ

    July 8, 2007 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  21. Cliff Erickson, North Wales, Pennsylvania

    Even if Sheehan were to defeat Pelosi she would not become Speaker of the House. The majority party chooses from their ranks.

    July 8, 2007 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  22. Paul Burton, Oakland Cali

    It's not about Cindy Sheehan, it's about upholding the US Constitution and holding Bush and Cheney accountable for high crimes and treason. The simple fact is that by not impeaching Bush-Cheney, Congress has sentenced hundreds, if not thousands, more American troops to die in an illegal war and occupation. Not impeaching Bush has already caused death and suffering. One hundred troops were killed last month because Bush and Cheney aren't being held accountable. Impeach, prosecute, throw Bush Cheney in jail and make them clean bed pans at Walter reed hospital.

    July 8, 2007 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  23. Kerri, Bloomingdale, IL

    Ultimatums are an incredibly childish way to get something done....Is she even trying to be taken seriously anymore?

    July 8, 2007 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  24. Ryan, Washington, D.C.

    Whatever is necessary to impeach Bush, the country should support her efforts 100%.

    Remember, Republicans are starting to come around to realize that LEFT equals the RIGHT thing to do today on every issue with regards to HUMANITY.

    The Smart ones will vote for the best outcome for all people, not the highest 3% of the country.

    July 8, 2007 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  25. Mary Anne, Longmont, CO

    Has she utterly lost her mind? Does she remember who would become president if Bush were impeached and removed?

    July 8, 2007 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
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