November 6th, 2007
07:17 PM ET
6 years ago

Third time's not the charm for Kucinich

Rep. Dennis Kucinich would like to have the House debate impeaching Vice President Cheney.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The House voted Tuesday to stop Rep. Dennis Kucinich's, D-Ohio, effort to bring up a debate on impeaching Vice President Dick Cheney.

Kucinich, who is vying for the Democratic presidential nomination, has tried to bring up the issue on three separate occasions. The House voted 218-194 to send it to committee, effectively killing it.

On the House floor, Kucinich said Cheney "acted in a manner contrary to his trust as vice president." Kucinich also said Cheney harmed national security by openly threatening Iran.

"Vice President Richard B. Cheney by such conduct is guilty of an impeachable offense warranting removal from office," Kucinich said.

White House spokeswoman Dana Perino criticized Democrats in Congress for spending time on this debate rather than focusing on health care for children and veterans.

"This Congress has not sent a single appropriations bill to the president’s desk this year – a new record of failure," Perino said.

"Yet, they find time to spend an entire work period on futile votes to impeach the vice president or to pass contempt citations against the president’s chief of staff and former counsel. It is this behavior that leaves the American people shaking their head in wonder at this Congress,” Perino added.

–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

Filed under: Dennis Kucinich • Dick Cheney
soundoff (376 Responses)
  1. michael brace kirkland washington

    More Democrats should support Kucinich in general but especially on this point.Shame on the Demo's that voted to shelve the matter.

    November 6, 2007 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  2. Mike Jackiw, Fox River Grove, IL

    "...futile votes to impeach the vice president or to pass contempt citations against the president’s chief of staff and former counsel. It is this behavior that leaves the American people shaking their head in wonder at this Congress,” Perino added." You know that's just funny, because when the Republicans were trying to impeach Clinton over a personal dalliance he lied about they thought that we should spend millions of dollars on it and hundreds of hours of Congressional time. At least this time it's to remove someone who wants to turn the nation into a Fascist state and who ranks as the lowest approved VP (and Pres) in all history.

    November 6, 2007 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  3. I B Shameful, Aspen, Colorado

    Can't believe this is not top of page one. What happened to real news.

    November 6, 2007 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  4. Mac, Severn, Md

    Kucinich has had his 15 minutes of fame. Exit stage left.

    November 6, 2007 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |


    November 6, 2007 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  6. J, Western North Carolina

    The voters will remember this and it only fires up the base of the Republicans! I believe the house will go Republican and the Senate will see lib gains.

    November 6, 2007 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  7. JD Rugby ND

    I support Mr. Kucinich in his efforts to start impeachment proceedings. I would like to see other members of Congress have the same backbone as Mr. Kucinich to hold Cheney responsible for his repugnant actions in leading the United States to invade Iraq, and for not knowing to which branch of government the office of the Vice President belongs.

    November 6, 2007 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  8. Archie Kearney Ne.

    Kucinich must be the designated democrat impeachment rabble rouser;either that or he needs a leash or counseling for anger and hate!

    November 6, 2007 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  9. Dave in Abingdon, MD

    How does Dana Perino say that stuff with a straight face? Bush will veto anything on healthcare that comes his way, especially kid's healthcare, and if I recall the rightwingers in Congress spent quite a bit of time passing a contempt citation against when they got oh so offended about their ad. Too bad it turned out to be spot on – General Betray-us was out introducing a disgraced Chalabi to the troops recently, just another embarassment. How do Republicans sleep at night? For that matter, how do Democrats still manage to not get anything done w/such incompetents on the other side of the aisle? I give up.

    November 6, 2007 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  10. Steve, Chicago, Illinois


    Would it have been too difficult to add a short paragraph reflecting the reality of the situation on Capitol Hill? That the Republicans, including the President have refused to negotiate in good faith and have used every tool available to the minority to scuttle every significant bill that has been discussed in Congress. You do your readers a disservice by not including this context.

    November 6, 2007 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  11. CJ, Kentucky

    Ms Dana Perino, I wonder what planet you are on. As one of the many Americans who is thoroughly disgusted with this administration, I would welcome impeachment proceedings for the entire "kit and kaboodle" in the White House. Where is the ACCOUNTABILITY? Most of us born and bred in this country abide by the laws of the land. For the few who do not and are granted immunity for their wrong doings, it leaves the rest of us with a longing for JUSTICE. It is simply too bad that it appears the majority of Congress lacks the back bone to stand up for the American people. As for health care for American children, where have you been? Do you not realize that every time Congress has sent a bill for children's health care, it has been vetoed by none other than George the Weasel. In my opinion this administration has made a major contribution to threatening our national security by leaving our borders open, invading another country, tarnishing our peaceloving reputation around the world, and the list goes on and on. Worse administration in the history of the USA, this one takes the cake!

    November 6, 2007 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  12. frances, wdc

    I hope it's introduced it again. And again. And again. Speaking the truth is not a waste of time. The criminals in the White House need to go. And the VP definitely needs to go before Bush!

    November 6, 2007 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  13. Stacy - Kansas City, Missouri

    I am horrified by this misleading tripe. CNN – I expected better of you, but should know by now not to.

    November 6, 2007 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  14. Chris, Scranton, PA

    Too bad... he should be impeached – along with the President!

    November 6, 2007 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  15. Diane Los Angeles, CA

    Cheney should be impeached and Bush too. They have commited multiple offenses worthy of impeachment.

    November 6, 2007 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  16. Rose Donohue, Dorchester, Massachusetts

    I say put impeachment on the table and let's get rid of the worst administration in this country's history. We need to fight to return our constitution to the place of honor it deserves. Bush/Cheney plan not to allow our election on November 8, 2008 and naming themselves King and Queen.

    November 6, 2007 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  17. Jack

    They filed because we the people demanded they do.

    The Admin can cast blame all they want. Nobody is listening to them anyways.

    Failure of congress? Heh....

    November 6, 2007 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  18. Jeff, Salt Lake City, UT

    In response to the statement of Dana Perino's criticism of Congress not working on health care for children, Congress did, the President vetoed the bill(s). The entire Bush administration is a record for failure. That is not the fault of Congress.

    November 6, 2007 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  19. Mildred Spencer

    How is this KILLING IT?

    It's going to a committee headed by John Conyers, who has maintained an impeachment website since the Downing Street memo surfaced.

    No, CNN, it's not effective killed.

    The battle to save our republic and our Constition has just begun with this vote.

    November 6, 2007 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  20. Daniel, NY

    Republicans evidently think that things like this are going to help them next year... but given how far behind they are in Senate races and in the presidential race (a new poll even has Clinton being very competitive in Texas of all places) they have a lot of work to do!

    November 6, 2007 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Good lord. I detest the current incarnation of the Republican Party, and I've been a Republican for my entire life. But please, don't the Democrats have something better to do? Immigration reform? Bringing down No Child Left Behind?

    The behavior of both parties is just disastrous.

    November 6, 2007 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  22. Josh, Pittsburgh, PA

    More like it is the actions of our President and his staff that leaves the American people shaking their heads in wonder.

    November 6, 2007 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  23. Todd, Jasper, KS

    Good job, Dennis! Someone needs to show the prez and vp are accountable to the people!

    November 6, 2007 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  24. Helen, Largo, Florida

    AMEN to Kucinich!!! Cheney's activities while in his VP role have been definitely impeachable, if not criminal. If Clinton's blue dress escapades (which only hurt him, Monica and their families) got him pretty far along in the impeachment process, it's unbelievable that all of the lies and unconstitutional activities Cheney has executed while in office doesn't get him so much as a slap on the wrist by his fellow politicians, the media and our apathetic citizens of the US. I really do fear for our democracy not surviving much longer under these conditions.

    November 6, 2007 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  25. S. Wedding, Freeport, NY

    The article is incorrect. The motion to impeach Cheney will be taken up by the Judiciary comittee, headed by John Conyers.(About time too!!!)

    November 6, 2007 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
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