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. Herb, St. Louis

    Keep hope alive! This story should be much bigger. I couldn't even find it on the main page. What is wrong with CNN?

    November 7, 2007 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  2. Hugh DePayen

    I doubt that the VEEP will be impeached. It would be interesting to see the circus if he were impeached thou. The scary thing is, it would leave the puppet on the throne in charge instead of ole Cheney.

    November 7, 2007 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  3. Nick- Independence, WV

    CNN tries so hard to black out the good things this man is trying to do to restore our country.....even larry king cut Bill Cosby off the other night when he began to praise Dennis Kucinich.

    November 7, 2007 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  4. ralph,nashville T.N.

    Well talk about something way past due,this is part of the reason you people regained control was to get rid of the trash in the white house...

    November 7, 2007 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  5. Mike, Reynoldsburg OH

    the detestable dirt dems who seem to talk tough all the time, but never do anything were to afraid to even debate this on the house floor! They know that if they debated this in the house that they would be comitting political suicide. Why? you ask, well its because they have no sound argument to impeach him. They would crumble in an impeachment debate against the GOP so they sent it to committee to die instead. Also this was only Kucinich's way of reaching out to wacko left for a few votes. What an alien loving MORON!

    November 7, 2007 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  6. John K. Riggs

    Thats not the way I heard it on another network.But it may not matter since the Provost Brigadier General R.L. Johnson may arrest Paulson and Cheney for the attempted theft of 4.5 trillion. Oh but you dont report on the real reason for the Citibank collapse do you.Thank GOD we can still get real news elsewhere.

    November 7, 2007 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  7. mark wilkes barre pa

    As I posted before, and then my comment was rudely taken down by the moniter,,, Now we know what the aliens whispered to dennis " Impeach CHENEY,,, IMPEACH CHENEY " Get over it dennis

    November 7, 2007 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  8. John, Frederick MD

    Wow this completely misrepresents the facts. The Republicans supported this in order to bring it to a vote so the Democrats had to abandon it as the empty gesture it was. Amazing – 20 or so of the commentors don't even know this. No wonder the Dems are so successful lol.

    November 7, 2007 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  9. robert brooks Philadelphia PA

    It is refreshing to see the support for Kucinichs' attempt to impeach these traitors. We must all redouble our efforts to forward this momentum. I agree with one of the other posters that a guliani or clinton white house will be more of the same.

    November 7, 2007 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  10. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    Abbreviation for hypocrisy = GOP.

    GOP wasted time on resolutions against MoveOn and as for the president's comments on children's health care and benefits for veterans, he just can't wait to veto any bill proposed – now, after 6 years of reckless spending, he sees himself as a fiscal conservative ...

    November 7, 2007 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  11. Matt, CIncinnati, OH

    I believe that there should be inpeachment investigations into the actions of President Bush and Vice President Cheney. We had over $1 million devoted to investigating Bill Clinton's extra-marital affairs, and they had no bearing on international relations, the economy, or let alone going to war. This admin has possible lied in order to get us into a war and ruthlessly double-crossed servants of our country for political gain. DISGUSTING!

    November 7, 2007 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  12. E. Elliott, Orlando, FL

    It is 4 years to late to impeach these criminals, who both have richly earned it. It may not be too late to put both in prison once they leave office. Perino – hmmm, how ever did Chaney convince Baghdad Bob to wear that costume? CNN is much closer to telling it like it is and without this magical claim of spin that just does not exist. For these criminals – telling the truth is an indictment by itself. That must sound like spin to the brain fried.

    November 7, 2007 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  13. S.Kay, Nashville TN

    Impeachment of this administration, should have started a long time ago, and passed with no problems what-so-ever. And.., it would have, if our representitives were truly there, for the sake of welfare of the people of the United States of America. Oh well, I guess this won't be the first time they've sold us out. They're all a bunch of crooks, looking out for no one, other than themselves.

    November 7, 2007 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  14. solid, Normal, IL

    I'm shaking my head at you Perino, and those lackeys you are covering up for.

    November 7, 2007 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  15. John Indinapolis

    Cheney deserves it. Bush deserves impeachment for the horrible planning, miscalculating and lies that got us into war.
    It's unfortunate that it is not politically feasible to do this.
    many people in this country on a daily basis get fired from their jobs for minor or major mistakes.
    None on the level of what the neo-cons in this administration committed.

    November 7, 2007 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  16. William D Jackson

    Looks like CNN has just outed themselves. Actually, they've never changed.

    I agree it is best to impeach Cheney before Bush.

    Dana Perino gets paid to support the president. Anybody working for king george has little or no input into their thoughts or actions.

    November 7, 2007 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  17. Dan (Columbia, MD)

    Yeah, "spudge_boy". That common sense of Glenn Beck sure is hard on socialist brains, huh?

    If Bush or Cheney actually committed any crimes that would warrant impeachment then you might was well round up Congress for authorizing their actions.

    Let us all know how that works out for you.

    November 7, 2007 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  18. Melvin Culp, Honolulu, Hawaii

    Cheney committed treason in the disclosure of a CIA agents identity. I thought that was the most egregious violation an elected official could commit. What's up?

    November 7, 2007 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  19. Barb C, New York, NY

    It's true. CNN acts as a mouthpiece for this corrupt administration. They've lost all credibility. Of course Cheney should be impeached and the Republicans had better wise up to that.

    November 7, 2007 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  20. Sue, Midland, MI

    Go Dennis! Keep bringing this up until the rest of your party finds the courage you are showing. I will be making a contribution to you today. And Perino is a little blond robot who says what she is told. I shake my head every time she opens her mouth (at least the times I bother to listen to her.) If Democrats think that the American people are not interested in impeaching Cheney, they are really out of touch with the country. We want the Administration taken down, and we are not willing to wait until next fall. Do it NOW! Get off the campaign busses and get back to work. Save the Constitution.

    November 7, 2007 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  21. Anonymous

    doesn't anyone understand that you cannot get impeached in this country unless you are having consensual sex with an adult. enough is enough already lying to get ourselves into a war we cant pay and causing thousands and thousands of needless death is no big deal just drop it already.

    November 7, 2007 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  22. John, SMithfield, RI

    He should be impeached....and removed!!!!

    November 7, 2007 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  23. Pickles, Monaca, PA

    Good for Dennis. It's about time someone had the guts to hold this administration responsible for its illegal, unconstitutional actions. An imperial Presidency is a disaster for our Republic. Up to this point, Congress and the Supreme Court have given the Executive branch a carte blanche. It's about time they realized that "checks and balances" is not simply a term that we learned in civics class.

    November 7, 2007 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  24. Eric, Troy, NY

    How about telling the whole truth about the vote? When the Republicans secretly voted to debate the bill there was quickly a Democratic party decision to not let the debate/investigation actually go ahead. Apparently wasteful partisan politics are more important than the truth.

    November 7, 2007 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  25. jeff from jersey

    You FOX news fanatics ought to stay where you belong.You might miss your brain washing session and actually have to think.Your daily dosages of Bush delusion might wear down and your idiot factor needs recharging.

    November 7, 2007 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
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