July 8th, 2007
04:48 PM ET
7 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. Pixie, Murfreesboro, TN

    Well I have mixed feelings about Sheehan, but if she truly wants to run to try and make a difference, well then go for it.

    July 9, 2007 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  2. Thomas, in enemy territory liberalville

    Well an inpeachment trial would give congress something to do. If they are busy with that, they can do less harm. That & what they do best, make meaningless speaches.

    July 9, 2007 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  3. Dan, Highland, N.Y.

    I'm sorry Cindy lost her son in the war. However that is a risk our military personell assume when they enlist.

    She surely has the right to run for Congress. But if her only purpose is to avenge the death of her son I don't think her campaign will be effective.

    July 9, 2007 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  4. William Wallley Madison MN

    This is directed to all those who posted comments that are derogatory to Cindy.

    You should all get your heads out of the sand or wherever you keep them and take a realistic look at what is going on in this country today. She has stepped up and is about to take action to move forward the will of the majority of are citizens want. Recent polls show that over 50% of the population would like to see both Bush and Chaney impeached for their criminal activities.

    As psychologist I believe those of you who question her mental state suffer from some form of mental impairment and should seek professional help.

    July 9, 2007 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  5. Dianna Flower Mound, Texas

    I'm excited that Cindy has come back to keep the pressure on our republicrats to do the right thing. Bush is the worst president in history, he should be impeached for the crimes he has committed against American and Iraqi peoples. Those of you who believe that she doesn't have a chance against the republicrats, then quit posting here! You've already given up. Go home and get a box of tissues!

    July 9, 2007 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  6. Tom Zientarski, Richland, Mississippi

    If this is the best you can do for important news, I won't waste my time visiting your website again!

    July 9, 2007 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  7. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    For you looney lefties that love to spew that Bush lied and he fooled everyone in going to Iraq, you need to get real.

    Russia, China, Germany, The U.N., Kennedy, Kerry, BOTH Clintons all believed that he had weapons and was an ACTUAL THREAT.

    They are all quoted long BEFORE and AFTER Bush got elected and did so because it appeared to be true based on all of the intel from various sources.

    Unlike Billy Boy, this knucklehead didn't mess around and took action because by not doing so, more 9-11's may have occured and you would all be whining that he didn't do enough.

    The moron did poorly execute the war, but this Bush lied BS is a lie in itself.

    Sheehan was used up by the liberals and now they have no use for her and she is a disgrace to her HERO son.

    July 9, 2007 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  8. Scott, Atlanta, GA

    If it takes one distraught Mom to make all our cozy career politicians sit up and realize they're actually supposed to *DO* something for the good of the people they represent, then so be it.

    Go Cindy. You have more courage than the rest of that sorry bunch put together. Your actions speak louder than any amount of political doublespeak. You are a true American: You actually give a damn.

    July 9, 2007 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  9. wishful

    Doesn't like Bush and doesn't like the war in Iraq: I guess that qualifies another 30 million unnannounced candidates for Congress.
    Wish she would move and take on Harry Reid.
    Wish Cheney would retire and Bush resign.
    Wish no one had lost a child, parent or spouse in Iraq or Afghanistan.

    July 9, 2007 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  10. Terry from Wichita Falls, TX

    My Gosh! This Sheehan just keeps on coming back for more! How dare she blame Bush for Katrina! She is finally showing her instability!

    July 9, 2007 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  11. WLF Huntsville, AL

    While Sheehan's not terribly qualified to hold office, there are others who've been elected with less experience and have caught on to how government works. Besides, faltering steps in the right direction are better than nothing at all.

    On impeachment: Just as with Clinton, there's no chance Bush will actually be convicted. The Republicans have painted themselves into a corner, and have no choice but to stand behind Bush.

    But impeachment proceedings will air Bush's dirty laundry for all to see, something that needs to be done.

    To those who are saying that Sheehan is dishonoring her son by criticizing the war in his name: Members of the armed forces put their lives on the line for the country. They do this, however, with the trust that their lives won't be spent for frivolous and unnecessary ends. The Army does not work if soldiers can't trust their commanders. Bush has betrayed that trust, and calling him out for it is not dishonorable.

    It's not Sheehan who is dishonoring the Army; it's Bush.

    July 9, 2007 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  12. Anonymous

    "Swearing off public life earlier this year?" Wasn't it just earlier this summer? Sheehan was a propaganda tool for the Democratic agenda leading up to mid-term elections. Now it seems they have left her to go her own way. But like most people who have too much attention paid to them, she has decided that common sense and a little dignity are a small price to pay for having a camera and microphone in her face. When she made her pilgrimage to Crawford Texas a few years ago, I could accept it. Now, it's just a shame that she is abusing the legacy and memory of her son in this manner. She's worn out her welcome.

    July 9, 2007 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  13. Bill Halm Le Roy Illinois

    Sheehan acheived national attention because of the liberal minded media that thought this was news. I was hoping she had finally gone away like a bad cold. Sheehan and only Sheehan has destroyed her life since her son's death. Her son did not die for nothing but has since Sheehan let his death consume her life. At one point, she had more children. Where are they now?

    July 9, 2007 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. Bill, Hartford, CT

    I would bet that most people don't know what "impeach" means in our Constitutional context. It does not mean to throw out of office. It means a trial: and, frankly, Bush's misbeggoten war, and all of the methods he and the administration have employed to fight it, have been investigated to death both in Congress and the media.

    I find Sheehan a very unfortunate creature, one whose grief has been manipulated for politics. I've never understood why she has any political following at all. To lose a child has to be the most unbearable fate known to us–but that grief, and the effects it's been having on her, does not give her any more political rectitude than somebody, who has also lost a child in this awful war, who might advocate using nuclear weapons to flatten the middle east. I feel terribly sorry for her, but I am more frightened of the whackjobs who use her as a cudgel–on the far left and the far right. It's pitiable and embarassing.

    Pelosi has a safe seat. To speak to her effectiveness, or lack thereof, it must be remembered that the Democratic party encompasses the far left as well as moderates. They are notoriously hard to rally. The GOP long ago jettisoned its moderates in any significant numbers–which is why the hard right, which raises all the money, held sway for so many years. I despise Pelosi, but I can't judge her too harshly for being an ineffective Speaker.

    July 9, 2007 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  15. Cleveland Ohio

    She is doing something and trying to make a difference, you people are writing comments in a blog. Which one is more honorable. Are you doing anything to fight for what you believe is right, like defend your son's honor and name? Bless you Cindy Sheehan and thank you for your attempts to keep the focus on this unfortunate and misguided administration and to insist on accountability from public officials. Thank you also to your son who fought and died for this country. Bless you and your family.

    July 9, 2007 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  16. Conrad Conero, Rougemont, NC

    Good for her. Somebody's got to do something about this mess since the cowardly Democratic congress won't carry out their mandate.

    July 9, 2007 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  17. Pete, Tarpon Springs, FL

    The hate on this blog is unreal. Here is an AMERICAN exercising her right as a citizen and you attack her like she was a rabid animal.

    Those 29 percent who still believe Iraq attacked us 9/11 and that the war is justified keep on attacking. You are exercising your right as well. By next week you will be down to 27 percent……..

    I’d like to know how many of you have actually read our constitution, served your country and get your news from more than one source?


    July 9, 2007 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. Jack Heim, Fort Worth, Texas

    Cindy Needs money. The cash ran out on the War Protest gig. So now why not milk the Political Lefties for a while?

    July 9, 2007 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  19. Greg. G.

    Every action by America to oust this criminally treasonous and incompetent, self-serving administration and congress that we have now, should be met with support. The American people are ants taking on the elephants of Washington politicians – but it's the consistancy of pressing attack that eventually wins: a colony of ants can defeat the elephant.

    Whether Cindy has a chance or not, I will support her, and the next person, and the person after that, who tries to wrest this country from the grip of those clearly so unfit to lead us.

    July 9, 2007 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  20. Brandon, New Prague Minnesota

    What a joke, this lady needs to go back to her day to day life.

    July 9, 2007 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  21. Bishop, Iowa

    I can not believe some of you people. You guys are condemning her and calling her a wacko for excercising the very rights that GREAT men and women have died to provide and up hold for us.

    This woman has done more to voice her opinion than many of us will do in our lifetime. Whether you agree with her motives or not, she is more patriotic than most of us are or will be.

    I applaud her for sticky to her guns and standing up for what she believes in........funny, isn't that how our country came to be? A group of men standing on a grassy knoll ready to fight for what they believed in?

    July 9, 2007 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  22. Richard Welling, Austin Texas

    I sure am glad the so called leaders in the government(more dems than rep) were not in office during WWII, we would be goose stepping and eating fish and rice, i have never seen more cowards in my life, have you people forgotten the sacrifices that our grandparents and parents made to make this country the greatest on this planet, if we had this run and hide attitude that our so called leaders we have now this country would not exist. As for Cindy Sheehan, she couldn't even save her marrage and she thinks she would be a better speaker than Nancy Pelosi, I agree with another reader that the government is not the place to seek revenge. Go home Cindy.

    July 9, 2007 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  23. Brad

    Oh man... what a crock of crap. However tragic it may be, how does losing a son in war qualify someone to run for congress? What a tired game.

    July 9, 2007 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  24. Joe Shepard, Spring Lake North Carolina

    Oh–I can already see it–Sister Nancy is shaking, quakeing, and exuding serious beads of moisture on her brow...

    July 9, 2007 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  25. Tom, NH

    Impeach Bush? Why, for doing what he had the power to do as granted by congress? If you impeach anyone it should be congress for giving him the power to go to war; they refused to vote on the issue and gave him the power to make the choice. Those that voted this way should be the ones that are held accountable, not the President.

    July 9, 2007 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
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