November 6th, 2007
07:17 PM ET
3 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. Damian Stone, Minneapolis, MN

    I don't expect much from CNN anymore and ceased watching its cable program years ago. I frequently rail against it to family and friends for the betrayal of the public trust it represents–media at its most abject.

    November 7, 2007 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  2. Sophie, Dallas TX

    Impeach that war criminal!

    MOST AMERICANS ARE AGAINST THE WAR.

    Cheney should go to prison for a long time!

    November 7, 2007 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  3. John smith, valencia CA

    It sickens me that our congress is not following the will of the people. Cheney should be tried for war crimes.

    November 7, 2007 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  4. Paul B. Wimberly, Lafayette, LA

    Liberals,democrats,non-conservative thinking people,basically children!

    Please....go about your wayward ways and let the mature adults of this civilization handle the tasks at hand.

    Your inability to understand the complexity of the world is understood on the part of us adults and realize your rights need to be protected and accounted for. Afterall, you may decide not to abort the precious life you conceive after commiting an act of love and not lust, and your offspring may be the future leader this country so desperately need. (hopefully an adult like us .............)

    Please go about your daily important lives thinking about what you normally think about and leave the important decisions to .......

    November 7, 2007 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  5. mike,maryville,tn

    he is a liar and a cheat remove him

    November 7, 2007 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  6. Rahiim Pittsburgh PA

    That kook Kucinich is the one who should be impeached.

    The man is a traitor and a whackjob.

    November 7, 2007 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  7. Mike, Columbus, Georgia

    Thank you Mr. Kucinich.

    November 7, 2007 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  8. Mark Harrison; Johnson, VT (Hiroshima, Japan)

    Not only is this NOT "effectively" dead. CNN is simply ignoring it. Shameful, inexcusable act by the "Most trusted name in news".

    How do your broadcasts ignore the biggest political story since the stolen elections of 2000 and 2004?

    November 7, 2007 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  9. A Patriot from Tampa Bay Florida

    Wow – Thanks CNN for DELETING MY POSTED COMMENT.

    IT IS NOT OKAY THAT OUR GOVERMENT IS DECEIVING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND STEALING MONEY FROM THE TREASURY. THIS CALLS FOR IMPEACHMENT.

    If you are a real reporting agency, then stop deleting what the American People want to communicate.

    November 7, 2007 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  10. One_American

    THIS MUST BE WHAT THE LIBERAL VOTERS REFERRED TO AS THEIR "MANDATE"...

    ...LOSING BATTLE AFTER BATTLE, AND GETTING ABSOLUTELY NOTHING DONE.

    THAT'S WHAT YOU GET WHENEVER FOOLS VOTE FOR DEMOCRATS!

    November 7, 2007 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  11. Melissa, Tucson, AZ

    This is appalling. Kucinich is the only candidate with the guts to do his job and this is how it's interpreted by a supposed leading news network... as if he "failed" at what he set out to do? How could something like this be so grossly misinterpreted?

    I suppose it would hurt revenue streams for major media outlets if someone like Kucinich, (that is, someone with a spine) were elected in 2008. What I'd like to know is where all this negative spin was for the Bush administration when they decided to go to war based on completely false intelligence. At the most basic level, that is a criminal act.

    Luckily, readers are far more media savvy now and can read right through this. You're counting on them not to, but I'd like to believe that I'm not surrounded by completely apathetic Americans.

    Kucinich is the answer to America's current set of problems, period.

    November 7, 2007 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  12. David Oceanside,CA

    Whats the most common denominator when considering the behavior of politicians whether democrat or republican?
    They are corrupt and OLDER AMERICANS.
    Yes you can fault most if not all the failings of corrupt America on OLDER AMERICANS.
    Generation X is NOT from that old mold.
    Better get ready for some serious resistance from Gen X.

    November 7, 2007 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  13. Derrick Martin

    I'm not sure anyone from the Bush Administration should be throwing around phrases like, "...a new record of failure." When it's all said and done, it will not be possible to view the years from Jan. 2001 to 2009 as anything other than a complete failure by a President who surely should rank as one of the worst in our nation's history.

    November 7, 2007 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
  14. Michael, Los Angeles CA

    Good for Dennins! I'm proud that someone is actually listening to us and aiming for Dick's impeachment. I can't believe that Cheney is even still in office. And what's with Perino? I mean what's more important... getting a guy out of office who helped ruin our nation's reputation by his lies and actions, OR having Bush veto another health care bill that the Dems and Congress are spending more time than they should have in the first place because of Bush's veto? It seems to me that Bush and Co. are the one's wasting everyone's time. Not Kucinich.

    November 7, 2007 03:43 am at 3:43 am |
  15. Totally Infected, PA

    We need impeachment. It's cathartic! The democratic leadership says we need to move past it and let the healing begin. That’s what Johnson was thinking, but that was after Nixon was out. Bush and Cheney are still there tearing it up. The idea that we can heal while they are still in in office without confronting them is ludicrous. The notion that impeachment proceedings would divide the country and tear us apart, at a time when we need to come together is comical; Bush and Cheney’s actions over the last several years have been and continue to tear us apart and decimate our national fabric. Trying to heal our nation without confronting one of the most egregious sources of division would be like telling a shooting victim that we should just tie-off the wound and allow him to heal while leaving within him the bullet to continue to spawn a toxic infection. We need to cut out the infection before we can successfully heal. That’s just how it works, and that how the founders imagined it.

    November 7, 2007 03:51 am at 3:51 am |
  16. T.H., California

    Forget impeaching Cheney, how do we remove that moron Perino from being White House spokesperson? Sows you what a degee from an Ivy league school really mean: jack.

    November 7, 2007 03:54 am at 3:54 am |
  17. Mina Yamashita, ALbuquerque, NM

    Nice try, Perino, but so wrong! Impeachment of both the president and vice president of this administration would be the first/best thing any thinking American could ask for. THEN, we could get on with the business of real government by and for the people.

    Health care, education, and disaster relief, are all taking a back seat to the military/industrial and commercial interests of Bush, Cheney, and their ever-shrinking band of chohorts. (read: greed and power). I can hardly wait for the coming election!

    November 7, 2007 04:03 am at 4:03 am |
  18. Matt, Chicago, Illinois

    Mr. Dick Cheney conspired to deceive and defraud the United States of America into the Iraq War. This man created a grave and harmful crime against this great nation, a crime that is tantamount to high treason of a degree this nation has not experienced before. It is unthinkable that such a man who committed such a crime would be allowed to go free. Why would he be allowed to get away with such a grievous crime against our nation? Because he is rich? Because he is Republican? Why would someone who abused our nation in this way be allowed to escape justice and the appropriate consequences justice demands? The American people would do right to increase their demands that this man, who violated and abused our country at the cost of $3,857 of our fellow Americans and over $500,000,000,000 of our money, be held accountable and receive the consequences that match his crime. We should press Congress and demand that our country be vindicated by not allowing Mr. Richard Bruce Cheney to walk away a free man.

    November 7, 2007 04:04 am at 4:04 am |
  19. Colin, Tapawera, Nelson

    Much of the world will not be ready to forgive the US for many years because of it's shameful foreign policy under Bush. The US mainstream does not even have the courage to properly admit that it let its leaders do such terrible things. One way to improve its reputation would be to impeach Cheney et al. but it would appear the politicians would rather pretend that these problems, including its severely tarnished reputation, will all just go away. Of course they will not, much to the future cost of todays young.

    November 7, 2007 04:28 am at 4:28 am |
  20. Josh, Texas

    uh yea Dana Perino, good point, "focus on education." Just like the Republicans are doing....?

    I think with the billions of dollars we're wasting on war, we definitely have an *excess* of money right now. Let's end the war, kill the traitorous BuChen (in a war crimes trial of course), then start spending on education.

    November 7, 2007 04:49 am at 4:49 am |
  21. Spudge_Boy

    Nice spin CNN. You guys used to be respectable, but now you are just spinning for the administration. Shame on you.

    That is why Ted Turner said selling CNN was the worst mistake he had ever made.

    You guys have become a propaganda machine for the Republican party.

    For proof, look no further than Glenn Beck. Enough said.

    November 7, 2007 04:50 am at 4:50 am |
  22. Barbara, Albuquerque, NM

    Did The House ask the people what they wanted? Because, if it had asked us, The House would have known that we would like to have Cheney AND Bush impeached. Unfortunately, it's about six years too late. The US may never recover from what these two have done - we know Iraq never will recover. Let us pray that the Administration doesn't go after Iran too.

    November 7, 2007 05:36 am at 5:36 am |
  23. Travis Hiibner, Libery Lake, Washington

    He's my President!

    November 7, 2007 05:40 am at 5:40 am |
  24. Max, Lynnwood, WA

    Thank you very much for your courage and integrity, Mr. Kucinich!

    Today, the House had a very productive day. That's exactly what I want them to work on. Hopefully next time they can manage the vote in 15 minutes: Impeach Cheney? Yes.

    I'm going to call my Representative tomorrow to hear how he voted.

    November 7, 2007 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
  25. D. Bainard

    If anyone would read "Tranceformation of America" by Cathy O'Brien they would know just what a pervert Cheney is and both Bushes were there too.

    November 7, 2007 05:50 am at 5:50 am |
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