November 6th, 2007
07:17 PM ET
2 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. DEF, Norfolk VA

    Amazing how the democrats have so much time, to devote toward tearing the other party apart. Maybe they should us their time better, by trying to resolve differences, and passing new laws to protect our citizens.

    November 7, 2007 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  2. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    Perino needs to put a sock in it. Largely due to Bush's agenda of warmongering and hate, bills have not been passed or vetoed. What is the point in passing appropriation bills that will just be quashed by Bush. Perino needs to take the stick out of her behind, open her eyes and get a good look at the man she works for.

    November 7, 2007 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  3. Elaine, Palm City, FL

    The people of this country want Cheney out of office. Why does everyone know that except the press? Why don't you start reporting on how the country really feels about this corrupt administration? Do your job and get the facts straight. Stop spinning like FOX.

    November 7, 2007 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  4. Jim Piechorowski, Elkhart, Indiana

    In most countries under the rule of law Mr Cheney would be tried and hung as a War Profiteer. Impeachment is to good for Five Deferment Dick...

    November 7, 2007 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  5. Dave M. Philadelphia, Pa.

    I think that Bush and Cheney are doing a good job and have kept us safe for 6 years. It's only the liberal idiots that won't research the facts that don't like them. They are victims of propaganda. This was was completely justified (Saddam's mass graves anyone? Google the words "Salman Pak", you left wing loons)and we are killing the Al-Qaeda enemy every single day.

    November 7, 2007 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  6. Neill C., Montgomery, Alabama

    I was kind of hoping this would go through and therefore prove the Democrats were nothing but a bunch of partisan hacks. They would be the laughing stock of the country (among normal people anyway) and it would have been a serious blow to them during the Presidential election.

    Again among normal people.

    November 7, 2007 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  7. Reginald

    Those idiot Democrates are too damm incompetent to try and impeach someone. They need to impeach their speaker. If the shoe was on the other foot, I guarantee the republicans wouldn't have a problem in getting an impeachment vote. The stupid dems have done nothing to thwart the republicans or the administration since taking power in January. Both sides are idiots, the dems just prove to be more incompetent!!

    November 7, 2007 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  8. James, Ludlow MA

    To all of those who voted Bush/Cheney in 2004 - I told you so.

    November 7, 2007 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  9. Windy, San Diego, California

    Blocking the impeachment process? Effectively killing it? Stopping someone who is trying to do the right thing for this country? What is wrong with Congress? They should have started impeachment long, long ago.

    Let's not stop halfway with just impeaching Cheney. Impeach Cheney AND Bush, arrest them, have them tried for their crimes including civil liberty violations, gross violations of their oaths of office and gross negligence/depraved indifference/lying/misuse of power/etc. Throw them out of office, throw them in jail for the next 20 years for high crimes. What's the problem here?

    Why isn't Congress doing what it's supposed to be doing instead of stopping the proceedings?

    November 7, 2007 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  10. Stephen M.

    please keep the reports coming about impeachment of Cheney. This could be their Watergate. He needs to be impeached.

    November 7, 2007 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  11. Barbara Doyle

    When the next president is inaugurated,maybe we should change the
    from "uphold and support the
    Constitution" and insert the word:OBEY

    November 7, 2007 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  12. JB Boston MA

    Hey all you "The republican party is satan" do a little research on this. The dems tabled it, not the Republicans. And yes, that means it's basically killed.

    The dems argued they could be doing better things than impeachment hearings.

    Why were they put into power again? Serioulsy, do a little research and you will learn more about what's going on than sound bites.

    November 7, 2007 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  13. Carter, Miami, FL

    This seems as good a place as any to express my complete and utter dismay at CNN's transformation. What happened to the CNN I once relied on and loved? I don't trust CNN anymore. Did anyone else notice just how "buried" this story has been - not only on television - but on this website as well. Even after clicking the link for the story (once I found it), I was first brought to a headline about Clinton's debate quote (i.e., "I wasn't my best"). CNN seems to engage in a lot of attention miss-direction. There was a time when one could tune in to CNN for the news. Now, it seems filled with puff stories and images of cheerleaders getting mowed down by football players running through a paper banner. I mean, honestly! That "story" ran for three days on CNN. I have been tuned in to CNN since 6:45 this morning and have seen nothing (nothing!?) about yesterday's effort by Kucinich. Sidebar: notice that one of the comments accepted by CNN for this discussion boards in posted as "Anonymous" - even though the 'rules' of posting cite: "Comments that do not include your name, city and state will not be posted." - notice too that that particular comment has a negative Democratic spin. Argh. Sigh.

    November 7, 2007 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  14. JB Boston MA

    Joe from Yorktown-

    How old are you? : )

    November 7, 2007 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  15. Phil, Stone Mountain GA

    No figure in American politics has more richly dserved impeachment than Dick Cheney. Removing from office as secretive, vicious and emotionally unstable an individual as Cheney might have the positive benefit of reining in George W Bush in his dangerous policies and make him more amenable to working with Congress instead of obstructing it. Like a lot of Americans, I was confused by the rationale of the Democrats in referring the matter to committee rather than engage in open debate, What is at issue here? Let's hope the move to impeach has not been stalled.

    November 7, 2007 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  16. Terry, El Paso, TX

    Only two presidents have been impeached: Andrew Johnson (Lincoln's VP) and Bill Clinton. In both cases, a Republican Congress was using the impeachment power for shabby political purposes, trying to gain a political advantage. In both cases, members of Congress who had some conscience and patriotism realized that this was an illegitimate use of that power, and neither president was convicted. Richard Nixon probably would have been impeached and convicted if he had not resigned. In Nixon's case I think impeachment would have been justified.

    Impeaching Bush and Cheney would drag the nation through the wringer for the next year and would distract us from a hundred issues that must be dealt with. We should take this year to focus on the presidential election, select good people to replace Bush and Cheney, and get on with the business of repairing our nation from the devastation of twenty years of Conservative rule.

    Impeachment is a sham issue. Conservatives like to move the focus of debate from real issues to things like flag burning; issues that won't change anyone's life no matter how is is resolved.

    It looks like the Democrats will win the presidency and both houses of Congress with strong majorities. It is necessary for us to keep our eye on the ball here and not be distracted by mere politics. The survival of our nation is at stake.

    November 7, 2007 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  17. Lee of Columbia, South Carolina (formerly Athens, OH)

    Dennis Kucinich is a foolish man. As an Ohioan, I am embarrassed that the people of the 10th District actually allow him to represent them. No wonder Cleveland is in the toilet.

    I was shaking my head last fall when the Democrats took control of Congress, and I'm shaking my head now as they do nothing of any real value for our country a year later. Ridiculous!

    November 7, 2007 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  18. Rev Baker

    screw this crap wee need to infiltrate the electorial college so the people can really vote for the president. thats the issue not what the canadates are promising but how we can get the people a little more directly running our country

    November 7, 2007 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  19. Chuck Jacksonville,FL

    Please give poor Dennis a break here – he is only doing what the aliens have communicated to him.

    November 7, 2007 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  20. L.Latney UpperMarlboro,Md.

    Congress hasn't sent a bill to the president because they are trying to clean out all the crap in the house

    November 7, 2007 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  21. MIke, Topeka, Kansas

    Dana Perino needs to get a clue! We, the American people, are fed up with the current administration and their total disregard of the Constitution.
    Kucinich is right to introduce efforts to impeach Cheney. The American people have asked for it. I have written my congressional leaders to have impeachment proceedings began, but since I come from a Republican state, nothing is being done about it.- Go figure!

    November 7, 2007 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  22. RAVE, Los Angeles

    The White House has its own 2008 Campaign bumpersticker: Bush/Cheney Martial Law '08!!

    November 7, 2007 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  23. John Faile, Cleveland Ohio

    I see that not a single Republican has listed a comment on this story. Does this say anything about your readers? Where is the balance. Dennis the menace is a big jokein Cleveland! He does not represent his congressional district while running for president (with less then 1% of support), trying his best to defeat our war effort against Muslim Jihad around the world or speaking hyperbole against our President and Vice President. Dennis was a failure and a joke as a mayor,and is now showing the world how much of a failure he is as a Congressman. Dennis, please just go away.

    November 7, 2007 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  24. LOU, MIAMI FLORIDA

    WE THE PEOPLE WANT THIS MAN IMPEACHED. THE DAMAGE DONE BY THE VP AND THE REST OF THE ADMINISTRATION WILL HAVE A LASTING LEGACY... IMPEACH...IMPEACH...IMPEACH AND THEN REMOVE HIM FROM OFFICE BEFORE THEY ATTACK IRAN ON FALSE PRETENSES.

    November 7, 2007 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  25. Fred, Atlanta, GA

    Will someone please post a list of the Democrats that voted against this?

    November 7, 2007 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
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