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. Patricia Weller, Westminster, Maryland

    Brian Lamb gets the medal of freedom, and then we get this erroneous spin from CNN on Kucinich Bill 333? Amazing. I was listening to Randy Rhodes and watching C-span at the same time and it was incredible. Do your homework, CNN, this was a big story, a positive story for the American people, and the perspective you've spun is just plain wrong. And to Dana Perino, I would say, "Preserving our Constitution IS the people's business, and Kucinich Bill 333 is a strong and valient effort towards that end. If I want to hear super market rag spin, I'll just switch to Fox. I am not even a supporter of Dennis Kucinich, but yesterday, Dennis Kucinich was an American hero. If he can see clearly what the American people want, maybe he really did see a UFO!!!

    November 7, 2007 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  2. PHARO,FT. LAUDERDALE FL

    CNN START TELLING THE TRUTH!!!..IT WAS NOT TABLED AND THE JUDICAR COMM WILL VOTE AND THEN THE HOUSE AND THEN THE SENATE. GETTING THOSE EVIL SOB'S OUT OF OFFICE ISN'T SOON ENOUGH..THEY'VE BEEN TRESSPASSING IN MY WHITEHOUSE SINCE THEY WERE "PLACED" THERE BY THE SUPREME COURT....NOT BY THE CITIZENS OF MY COUNTRY THE USA.FOLKS..KEEP MAY 2008 IN YOUR MIND...THE FIRST DAY OF US LOSING OUR FREEDOOMS W/ THE IMPLEMENTING OF THE GOVT. ID CARDS AND THEN THE CHIP INJECTED IN ALL OF US THE AMERO BY 2010 FOR OUR CURRENCY AND THEN IF THE IDIOT SUSPENDS THE ELECTION NEXT NOV LIKE HE CAN WITH THE BILL THAT WAS PASSED THIS MAY OF 2007...WE WILL REVLT..HE WILL THEN ORDER MARTIAL LAW AND INNONCENT PEOPLE WILL BE SHOT DEAD BY THESE EVIL PEOPLE!...AMERICA WAKE UP AND DO RESEARCH....SEE AARON RUSSO'S FILM FREEDOM TO FACISM.

    November 7, 2007 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  3. Bob, Tulsa, Oklahoma

    As a former Republican looking at the effect of our foreign and monetary policies, I agree that Cheney and Bush should be impeached.

    November 7, 2007 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  4. Anna, Tucson Arizona

    I stopped reading CNN a long time ago. I refuse to be lead down an erroneous path. The greatest injustice this "news" organization has done is to dishonor Americans of all faiths. Cheney is the most atrocious failure to serve the American people and create a nation of goodwill and honesty that works with in the framework of our consitution. Impeach Cheney now. The failure to provide for our children is the democrats fault not this action by Dennis Kucinich.

    November 7, 2007 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  5. Steven Healey, Oxford Iowa

    I would like to see which politicians are not up for the next election and how they voted. I'll know my state reps and how they voted this Sunday, but it'd be nice to know nationally so we the people can try and follow "the game", and it's the game they play, I'm not up for election-I won't vote for it, I'm up for election-I vote for it or vice versa and then change after they're elected, and of course always for the "good of the country". We can't impeach for the good of the country, the people just don't understand. Give me a break.

    November 7, 2007 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  6. chris & tom bay shore ny

    this is what the american people want. impeach cheney first then the idiot in the whitehouse. this has been the worst administration ever. we the people have spoken and dubya and dick have to go. i can't wait until next year when we will see for the first time a woman as president and the end of this terrible war and nightmare of a disgraced presidency.

    November 7, 2007 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. Dave, Houston, TX

    Both Bush and Cheney need to be impeached!!

    It would be all too wonderful to hope that they would be removed, but, at least they need to be impeached.

    How many of you ignorant idiots out there believe that impeachment is the same as removal? Well, you are wrong.

    Future generations have to know that the Bush-Cheney "unitary executive" (a euphemism for "dictator") went outside the bounds set by the Constitution, and that Congress recognized that their transgressions were severe so that future presidents (or puppet presidents being controlled by their nefarious vice president) know that the Bush-Cheney Administration did NOT set valid precedents of executive behavior.

    It would be too much to ask for to have them removed, but the red flag on the historical record is needed to keep our republican (small R) form of government.

    Keep 'em coming, Dennis!!!

    November 7, 2007 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  8. Michael Murphy, Spruce Pine, NC

    Where the H___ does Perino get the idea that the American people would shake their heads at Congress because impeachment was brought up. I'm shaking my head because the vote DIDN'T go through. And it does affect children's health issues because everyday our troops are in Iraq, that money DISAPPEARS...and it could have gone to children's health programs. Perino's mindset is just like any other politician in D.C. Out of touch with reality.

    November 7, 2007 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  9. Zac, Atlanta, GA

    So now the Bush admin is accusing democrats of NOT spending? That's a first.

    November 7, 2007 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  10. Windy, San Diego, California

    I don't know why my previous comment was deleted, but as I said then and as I say now - Impeach both Cheney and Bush.

    November 7, 2007 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  11. Greg Cantwell N. Las Vegas Nevada

    Both need to be IMPEACHED and jailed after America is so screwed up by these two, our dollar is down, oil is through the roof, and we the people get SCREWED!

    November 7, 2007 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  12. Chris, Vashon WA

    This is false news and they know it. It's still on the floor.

    November 7, 2007 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  13. Kevin, Los Angeles, CA

    What's interesting is that so many of us support Kucinich's move. Are we all the "fringe" of American society or are we being misled?

    November 7, 2007 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  14. Katie Fenton Michigan

    Mr. Cheney should be impeached for not only war crimes he should also be impeached for ripping off the American people. Also for Ms. Perino comments why not ask the President why he vetoed health care the water act and going to veto the farm bill as well. Iraq can have the money but for United States well forget it.

    November 7, 2007 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  15. P2

    Cudos to Kucinich. He's a weird little guy but has the intestinal fortitude to do the right thing. Pelosi might rule with an iron fist but she has proven to have her nose up this administrations butt. I'm extremely surprised and disappointed in her and those that are afraid not to follow her. I can only hope that she is keeping her friends close and her enemies closer because in the end she will go after those 3 clowns (Bush, Cheney, Rummy) like the bull terrier she is for war crimes.

    If our own leadership will refuse to do this, then the UN must take a stand and press for charges. The world must see that we are who we say we are...The United States of America...of the people and for the people!! If Dana Perino spent more time reminding people of this, she wouldn't be looked at as such a dope. But alas, she is only doing what she is paid to do. She must have her hair and makeup done for her so she can avoid the mirror.

    November 7, 2007 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  16. Franky, NY, NY

    Hey Perrino, you are the White House spokesperson, not the American people's spokesperson.

    November 7, 2007 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  17. Rich Handley, Farmingdale, NY

    Perino is incredibly out of touch. If most Americans are shaking their head in wonder at this Congress, it's wonder over why Congress hasn't removed both Bush and Cheney from office.

    November 7, 2007 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  18. Salita

    OMG I have to laugh everytime I see someone talk about resolving differences who might be a republican....LOL where was the sentiment when republicans controlled it all?

    Am I the only one who say through this ploy by the republicans? People what claims are the republicans making against dems? "They are wasting the peoples time" What do u think they will say if you tie both the house and senate up with impeachment, where you will NEVER get a 67 vote majority to remove Cheney. Republicans need some major distractions....dont give them any help! Impeach Cheney in 2008 even 2009 while he is still in office, ADD insult to the injury of the election.

    November 7, 2007 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  19. Joh McBride, Cheyenne, WY

    Since when is sending a bill to the judiciary committee "effectively killing it"? Judiciary Committe Chairman John Conyers has been investigating the Bush Administration and has demanded information from them. Now, he has demanded the information for the ninth time and stated he will receive the information or stated he will issue a comtempt citation. In the case of Inherent Contempt, the Sargeant At Arms of the House of Representatives is charged with the arrest of whomever is charged. It seems the Resolution Of Impeachment of Richard B. Cheney is just more ammunition in Representative Conyers' belt. With luck, this will lead to investigation of all of the crimes of the current Administration and impeachment of George W. Bush, as well as Richard B. Cheney. Who knows, maybe we can get Bush and Cheney turned over to the International War Crimes Tribunal for trial.

    November 7, 2007 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  20. Liz, Mankato, MN

    CNN, it is my understanding that this has not been killed but it being reviewed by the Judiciary Committee for consideration. I am tired of the media manipulating the truth. I always thought CNN was "fair and balanced" but perhaps you are no better than the network that uses that slogan!!! The American people overwhelmingly support IMPEACHMENT!!!

    November 7, 2007 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  21. r.e. lowe allons, tn

    thank god for honorable men like rep. dennis kucinich's d-ohio, effort to bring up a debate on impeaching vice president dick cheney long overdue. white house spokes woman dana perino criticized dennis kucinich d-ohio effort saying that congress could work on more important things saying the american people are shaking their heads all right in a yes yes go get them dennis & the congress.

    November 7, 2007 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  22. J.Crobuzon

    When the GOP leaves office, there will be a full investigation into the behavior of the officers of this administration, including the president and vice president. Most of the documents will have been shredded and emails deleted, but there will be enough evidence to jail them all.

    November 7, 2007 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  23. Wayne

    Republicans or Democrats, does it really matter. Until there is a viable third party in US politics, nothing will change. Even that may not help unless there are some major changes to American politics. Does it really require two years of primaries etc., millions of dollars spent by candidates to get someone elected as a presidential candidate. The system here is rigged to that the old boys/girls club stay in power. Just more of the same corrupt politicians each with a different name. Time to wake up America.

    November 7, 2007 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  24. Cody - Starkville, MS

    Dennis Kucinich is the only one with the guts to do stand up for the Constitution and for our country.

    As for the people saying, "Don't they have better things to attend to?" Well, first of all, there's nothing more important at this moment than impeaching the man who will attempt to start "WWIII" with Iran very soon.

    Furthermore, the members of Congress are not fools– at least not all of them are. Some of them actually have the mental capacity to do more than one thing at a time. If Dennis can take time out of his Presidential campaign to present articles of impeachment, why is it that the other members of the House would be so busy with impeachment that they can't do other things, too?

    This country's government is largely inefficient at times, but that won't stop them from working on more than one thing at a time, and I still maintain that there's nothing more important at this moment than removing a fool who will take us into another war from office.

    Any Dem. who says there are more important things are either one of two adjectives: 1) spineless or 2) stupid.

    November 7, 2007 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  25. John, Michigan

    Perino did her job by trying to divert attention to the ineptness of Congress. Congress does need to get its act together but the president should be doing his job better too.
    Cheney should retire or resign and let the country improve.

    November 7, 2007 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
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