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. Glen, Boston

    So, the repubs pretended to be outraged over the "immorality" of Clinton's inappropriate sexual indiscretions with irrelevant impeachment hearings that rendered his presidency inert. In reality, they were just trying to prevent policies that would have alleviated significant poverty. What's really more immoral?

    Now they're outraged over this congress wasting time? God, save us from these criminals who have hijacked our White House with rigged elections, lies leading to deaths, and the deepest forms of abuse and corruption! Where's the outrage from the Christian Right? what more does one administration have to do to be adequately immoral in their eyes?

    November 7, 2007 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  2. slimegreen

    "The House voted 218-194 to send it to committee, effectively killing it."

    It's Nancy fault.., she "took it off the table"!!

    November 7, 2007 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  3. Bob, Roxboro, NC

    I only hope that when they say this initiative has been killed, it's dead like the immigration controversy.
    There's an example of the Government refusing to accept defeat. Immigration will keep coming back until the Government gets it's way.
    I hope like hell that action against Bu$h and Cheney continues with the same vigor that seems to be in play with issues which the administration desires.

    November 7, 2007 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. Jeff, Atlanta, GA

    Fred, you can see the roll calls online.
    Motion to table: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2007/roll1037.xml

    Motion to refer to the Judiciary Committee: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2007/roll1039.xml

    This article is very misleading and should be rewritten to correctly represent what occurred.

    November 7, 2007 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  5. Kelly, Divide CO

    CNN – get your act together, the people of this country are NOT BEING REPRESENTED by this Congress.

    Dennis Kucinich speaks for America, not Corporations, follow his lead.

    November 7, 2007 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  6. Bill Solon Ohio

    If I were Dennis I would be really scared if I got invited on a hunting trip.

    November 7, 2007 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  7. Ryan Indianapolis

    Kucinich is a loony spinless TRAITOR and should be held accountable for his actions. The current administration is trying to protect us from a deadly enemy. That is what the libs and dems dont understand is how dangerous the terrorist trully are and their ignorance is so clear. Thank GOD we actually have the GROWN-Ups in the Whitehouse.

    November 7, 2007 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  8. Brandon, Tampa, FL

    Keep on trucking, Kucinich.

    The sooner we get Evil Incarnate out of the White House, the better.

    November 7, 2007 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  9. Mark Murray UT

    Cheney and Bush need to be removed from office!
    We need to send a message to the executive that you cannot ignore the constitution and the law. The executive cannot torture people. The executive cannot start a war on a lie.
    Removing Bush and Cheney from office is not a far left agenda. The vast majority of people I know want Cheney and Bush removed form office.
    I also feel that the torture issue by it self could warrant imprisonment.

    November 7, 2007 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. Mark Reeser, Dothan Al

    And people say CNN is the liberal media, what a bunch of crap. Not as bad as faux news, but not much better either. The impeachment bill is not dead, everyone just needs to call John Conyers today at 1-800-828-0498 then asked for Conyer's office, or 202-225-3951 and tell him the people want the impeachment hearings to go through. Dennis is one of the few that actually listens to the people, but of course the media likes war, Britney, Paris, and keeping the people uninformed on things that really matters. I'm glad I don't depend on any MSM station to get the actual news, it's all entertainment and about making money, not about reporting the news.

    November 7, 2007 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. Brandon, Tampa, FL

    Ryan Indianapolis, the president of the United States throwing temper tantrums at Democrats is about as far from grown up as you can get.

    November 7, 2007 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  12. Hank, Fort Myers,

    This guy is Don Quixote!! His passion is admirable–but he's a nut. Is there anyone taking this man seriously who is not on drugs?

    November 7, 2007 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  13. barbara R. Doyle Cape Coral, FL

    Hey! Ryan from Indianoplis
    You gotta be kidding – grown ups in the White House?

    November 7, 2007 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  14. Dan, NJ

    Its called checks and balances Ryan. The founding fathers, who had far more intelligence and vision than this administration, were most fearful of a despotic government that disregarded the rule of law. Holding Cheney accountable for violating this obligation and public trust is a necessary part of our system of government.

    And for Ms. Perino and the Bush administration, your comments show the biggest flaw in your administration. Defending the Constitution agianst the abuses of the executive branch is Congress' most essential obligation to the people.

    November 7, 2007 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  15. Teri, Santa Barbara, CA

    CNN...I'm ashamed of you!!! Having to "dig" for this story, after watching the proceedings on the House floor yesterday, only to find that this is an outright lie?? I suggest you rewrite this story with what REALLY happened yesterday, and that you put it on your main page! The House voted AGAINST killing it, and in fact it's on it's way to the Judiciary committee.
    Thank you

    November 7, 2007 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    CNN – you guys have got to be the WORST when it comes to sensoring!! Seemingly anything with a conservative bent gets tossed. 80% of the comments here attack the GOP and howl for impeachment!

    Yet when folks (me included) attempt to post statements – they're removed.

    You guys are a joke! It's only fitting Fox News slams CNN in ratings.

    November 7, 2007 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  17. James, Phoenix AZ

    You democrats are a silly bunch. The Republicans voted FOR debating this issue on the floor of the House. But the democrats quickly threw this into committee to "kill" it.

    And then you sheeple come here crying about this administration – worst ever – blah blah blah. It's your OWN party that is to blame!!

    Bahahhaha

    November 7, 2007 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. Sean, New York, NY

    And here is the proof that the Democrats care more about their political careers and the election cycle than they do for the American Public.

    November 7, 2007 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  19. Spudge_Boy

    "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."

    You need to do some research. House Resolution WAS NOT TABLED. Thanks to the Republicans and the Democrats who changed their votes.

    HR 333 WAS sent to committee.

    You need to get your facts straight before you tell others to research.

    November 7, 2007 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  20. Delray, Cleveland, OH

    Why does CNN even waste the time to do any articles on Kucinich?

    Kucinich is a KOOK. He's always been kooky and WAS THE WORST MAYOR CLEVELAND EVER HAD!!!

    He is just a complete joke.

    November 7, 2007 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  21. Aaron Kinney, Sherman Oaks CA

    No, what has the American people shaking their heads is when congress FAILS to impeach the war criminal Dick Cheney.

    November 7, 2007 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  22. JD, Evansville, IN

    CNN HAS LOST ALL CREDIBILITY.

    CHENEY & BUSH WILL BE IMPEACHED FOR CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY.

    November 7, 2007 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  23. Camian, Albuquerque NM

    GO Dennis! I am thrilled to see a politician with a spine. The Dems haven't been fighting hard enough for what their constituents want, and the Repubs have let their party get hijacked by a bunch of wackjobs who need to be impeached!

    I hope CNN makes note that this is not a news issue for just "the fringe left wingers," but it's worthy of some decent coverage for the American people.

    November 7, 2007 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  24. Sophie, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    While I respect what Kucinich tried to do I think it's all too little too late. There's only one year before the next election and I don't see anything changing even if Cheney was impeached. On another note...Ryan I agree that we need to keep fighting terrorism. The problem is we've been too busy playing "World Police" and investing time into other countries' affairs. If we really want to fight terrorism then we're going to have to take it down at it's source which for some reason has been too difficult for the current administration to do. Osama Bin Laden is still alive. Ever ask yourself why? I know I do.

    November 7, 2007 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  25. Mike G. - Burlington, VT

    God it sure is easy to do the news when you just run White House Press Releases.

    I also noticed you left out the part where the majority of democrats (the pansies) voted to kill this resolution while most of the support came from Republicans.

    Also, would this be a bad time to note that a majority of Americans are FOR impeachment?

    Way to blow it CNN.

    November 7, 2007 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
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