November 6th, 2007
07:17 PM ET
6 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. William Giunta Palmetto, Florida

    The American people have been and still are shaking their heads over the actions and inactions of our president Mr. Bush. He has befuddled us by not doing what we want and having his own agenda. He is illerate and is defining things like "torture". He, and Cheney should be impeached

    November 6, 2007 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  2. Gerald, Richmond Virginia

    Kucinich should enter an impeachment resolution every day – until the media, the dodocrats in Congress and the House grow a spine and send this criminal vice president and president back to their collective undisclosed locations. Preferably Gitmo.

    November 6, 2007 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  3. Corey Kepler; San Diego, CA

    What a shame! As a lifelong democrat I'm very disappointed to see the congress afraid to even discuss impeachment. If anyone has ever deserved impeachment it's Bush and Cheney....and CNN, it doesn't 'effectively' kill it. That's some spin right there!

    November 6, 2007 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  4. scott,manchester NH

    i read a comment here that summed it all up fabulously...its not congress's fault that the bush admin is the biggest failure in history...the real problem is that the part of congress still made UP OF bush's allies have enabled this continuing mess.
    if people have not figured out by now that cheney and bush are gov't at its ugliest and worst...then our system will continue to suffer from the votes of those people.

    November 6, 2007 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  5. John Chicago

    This clown Kucinich is the TRUE CRIMINAL, having negotations with our enemies in SYRIA. The people of OHIO should be outraged and those people should be held accountable for this Traitors actions. Cheney is a true Patriot that is knows the enemy is out to kill americans and is keeping america safe by keeping the enemy on the run. Shame on this Traitor and shame on you liberals that are to scared to confront the enemy.

    November 6, 2007 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  6. Kate, Aurora CO

    and this is why I am having a hard time even imagining yet another Democrat or Republican in office. The Democrats have no guts and are too busy trying to appease everyone while the conservative evangelical Republicans shreds our constitution, approves of torture, invades a soverign nation, outs CIA agents, etc etc. Hey America. There are more than only two parties out there. Don't allow the mainstream media pick your president for you with biased and slanted stories.

    November 6, 2007 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  7. T. Tim, Lodi, Wi

    "White House spokeswoman Dana Perino criticized Democrats in Congress for spending time on this debate rather than focusing on health care for children..." Correction here: It was Bush and his Republican cohorts who scuttled–twice–the children's health care (SCHIP) extension bill, not the Democrats. Another blatant distortion, aka a lie, by the Repubs. Just plain sleaze.

    November 6, 2007 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  8. robin, brooklyn, ny

    this is totally a lie, the house voted to go FORWARD with the resolution, check cspan, majority of REPUBLICANS VOTED TO GO FORWARD WITH THE RESOLUTION, it voted majority NAYS for tabling and was passed to go to judiciary, what a bunch of nonsense CNN FIX THIS

    November 6, 2007 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  9. Lulu, Washington DC

    Hey Dana – Did you already forget the President's recent veto on health care for our children, presented to him by Congress?

    Here's a link from your own city's newspaper:

    I imagine the President must be shaking his head in wonder at how his spokeswoman could be so clueless...

    November 6, 2007 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  10. Vasilios Garyfallou, Portland, Oregon

    Kucinich is an embarassment to the United
    States, and he is a complete moron. Shame on Ohio for electing this clown

    November 6, 2007 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  11. Jack E. Jett

    Democrats have lost their spines

    Chaotic Modulation

    November 6, 2007 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  12. Marcia, Erie Colorado

    The American people are shaking their heads in wonder, all right, that Congress is allowing this administration to continue in office, and not snowing them under with bill after bill, forcing Bush to veto the people's will over and over again. The idea that impeachment is "off the table" is not the will of the people either.

    November 6, 2007 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  13. Stevethe Marine

    Is this guy for real? Oil is close to $100 a barrel and this guy wants waste time. He talks about National security and the Vice president threatening it? I bet he signed the Bill saying Turkey commited genocide a thousand years ago that almost lost us our Military bases in that country. Maybe he should submit legislation saying Christopher Columbus entered the country illegally. Spain hasn't been pissed off at us lately.

    November 6, 2007 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  14. Karen,ny

    Well good for him. It's about time that someone had the courage to do something about Cheney. We sincerely thank you Dennis Kucinich.

    November 6, 2007 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  15. C. Oakes

    Is there only one brave politician in this country? Seems that is true...the politician is Kucinich.

    November 6, 2007 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  16. Maria Soledad Cervantes, Mexico City, Mexico

    In support of Mr. Kucinich's courageous proposal to impeach Cheney from now going against Iran, I offer data that surely U.S. Congress is not taking into account, only these are from the war on Iraq:
    updated to this date:
    Number of Iraqis slaughtered in U.S. War on Iraq:
    Number of US Military Personnel Sacrificed (officially acknowledged):
    Cost of US War and Occupation of Iraq:
    $466,063,512,285 (Four hundred and sixty-six thousand sixty-three million, five hundred twelve thousand two hundred and five U.S. dollars).

    November 6, 2007 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  17. Ellen Yorke, Columbia Maryland

    Thanks Representative Kucinich, for having the courage to voice what others barely dare to mutter. The Republicans were hot to impeach President Clinton for having a sexual relationship outside of marriage – a matter one would think would be better left to his family than to Congress. But your cowardly comrades balk at impeaching Cheney – who is responsible for the deaths of thousands of Americans, tens of thousands of Iraqui civilians and who has enriched himself and his cronies at the expense of the American people.
    At least you are a profile in courage – Thanks.

    November 6, 2007 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  18. guy baldovi

    The longer Cheney and Bush are in office,the deeper the hole this country is in will be. Go Dennis!!!

    November 6, 2007 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  19. Cheryl Fontaine, Lake Stevens, WA

    In my mind, the FIRST thing that needs to be done to get this country back on track is to impeach that garbage in the White House NOW. Both of em.

    November 6, 2007 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  20. Tom, Charlottesville, Virginia

    A shame. Kucinich is right about this, as he is about most things. Cheney and Bush should both be impeached immediately. They have broken U.S. law and international war crimes law. History will render judgment on them, but how many more will they hurt before they leave office?

    November 6, 2007 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  21. Kim. Dallas. TX

    Boy Perino, you are sadly mistaken. I shake my head out of disbelief that this administration has been able to skate with the crimes they have committed. Impeaching Cheney would be the best thing that could happen to our country, then Bush to follow. They have made a mess out of America. Their interests were never terrorism, but rather how to make Haliburton unbelievably wealthy.

    Scott in Madison, I agree with you completely. If either Rudy or Clinton gets elected, we will face the same thing. Only by then our country won't be able to sustain itself. If we want a change, a select few will be able to make that happen. None of the Republicans (maybe Ron Paul), and just a couple of the Democrats can really make a change. I believe Obama is the change our country needs to get back what we once had.

    November 6, 2007 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  22. Rod C. Venger, Colorado Springs, CO.

    The only thing the US could look forward to with Kucinich as president is a mushroom cloud over the White House, courtesy of his friends in Iran.

    November 6, 2007 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  23. John

    Republicans criticized Democrats. Democrats criticized Republicans. Looks like the same story everyday. Can we get rid of all of these losers and start over? Rome fell and so will the US if the people don't wise up and take back our country from all of these self serving crooks. Bush, Cheney should be impeached, but most in Congress have no morals or backbone, and thus cannot see the point. There are other choices than Rep or Dem. Time for a revolution.

    November 6, 2007 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  24. Maria Soledad Cervantes, Mexico City, Mexico

    Please forgive my distraction.
    The data offered to U.S. Congress in support of Mr. Kucinich's proposal to impeach Cheney for openly threatening Iran, were taken today from the website "Information Clearing House: News you won't find on CNN or Fox News", a site that informed citizens of the world can easily find.
    Thanks again.

    November 6, 2007 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  25. Alicia, Rancho Cordova, CA

    WRONG, WRONG, WRONG CNN. You should be absolutely ashamed of yourselves. This is on it's way to the Judiary Committee. Get your stories right!!!

    November 6, 2007 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
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