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. Robert Burns, Ocean Beach (San Diego), CA

    IF The Democrats effecitvely killed debate on impeaching Cheny they have all but blown their mandate and credibility with the voters, stifled public debate, and disregarded their public trust to impeach. The Revolutionaries who found this Country would be rolling in their graves. Impeachment and other law enforcement IS the business of this country, just as accurate reporting on vital public issues is the business of CNN. What CNN is wrong, i.e., "HR 333 was voted into the Judiciary committee today"?!? That's why the "IF".

    November 6, 2007 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  2. Dave - Tucson, AZ

    Impeach the senators who travel abroad and attempt to present themselves as diplomats to other nations. It's out of their jurisdiction and should be dealt with.

    November 6, 2007 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  3. John Laraway, Brooklyn, NY

    So the 218-194 vote 'effectively' kills the Kucinich measure? The measure won't make it out of the Committee controlled by Democrats? Perhaps, but the Democrats didn't even want the measure to make it even that far. It was only with the support of Republicans that the measure came to a vote on the floor at all.

    Thnaks to the Republicans (who support our great VP), for exposing the fact that the Democrats are a maniacal, and most mercifully, divided, bunch of deranged yahoos.

    November 6, 2007 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  4. Mark - Atlanta, GA

    Impeach both – The Republicans feel a Monica in the White House is worse than what these two have done! COME ON _ WAKE UP – WWIII is right around the corner! W in 04 – what the heck four!

    None of these countries have INTERCONTINEANTAL BALISTIC MISSLES! THX W FOR THE FEAR FACTOR!

    So – we want to go nuclear – then bomb all countries before they bomb us! How about that! This solves all of our problems!!!!

    Come on folks – wake up!

    November 6, 2007 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  5. Pookey, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

    Another strike against democracy. But forget impeachment, let's put the whole lot of them (Bush, Cheney, Rummy, Condi, Bremer, Libby, so on) on trial for war crimes for their blatant violations of the Nuremburg codes and let them hang.

    November 6, 2007 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  6. robert gilbert

    Nly should the vice president be impeached but so should Bush

    November 6, 2007 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  7. Patrick, Tulsa Oklahoma

    I don't think most people understood what happended with this vote. Republicans voted with Kucinich b/c they thought it would help divide the democrats and make them look bad if they had to vote on this bill. The democrats voted to keep this from going to an actual vote so they wouldn't have to voice their actual opinion on the matter. This is playing politics at its worse. First of all the man has committed no high crimes or misdameanors, regardless if you like him or not.

    November 6, 2007 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  8. Brad, the great state of Texas

    It seems like every time there's something about Bush, Cheney, or any Republican on the ticker, all I see are ridiculous postings saying the same old left-wing cliches and conspiracy theories..."Bush is a war criminal", "Bush and Cheney are provoking a war to profit from oil prices",– give me a break! It's a shame that reality doesn't quite fit into the liberals' candycoated view of the world. This administration had to make some hard choices since Sept. 11, and though they might not make us feel "warm and fuzzy inside", someone had to take action and let the terrorists know we will NOT roll over, like we did following the '93 WTC bombing, the Embassy bombings, and the USS Cole attack. And if you haven't noticed, we have had zero attacks since 9-11. That's why I think Kucinich is absurd... much like the spiteful conspiracy theorists, he refuses to see the big picture and chooses to connect a few dots. I'm sure I'll get plenty of nasty, idiotic replies from a bunch of juveniles, but I welcome a debate with anyone!! (oh wait, I thought conservatives were "closed-minded")

    November 6, 2007 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  9. Zach, Long Beach, California

    I'm proud of Kucinich. He is the only one really standing up for the constituion. I'd arrest Cheney and Bush myself if I had the chance. How can so many people let the most corrupt and most hated administration of all time, go unchallenged in court? Can we at least discuss the matter?

    November 6, 2007 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    I don't like bush or Cheney but really you cant impeach them. Lawyer after lawyer has said they have done nothing worthy of impeachment. through they are not supported by americans that does not mean they are not supported by the constitution.

    November 6, 2007 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  11. anna, Appleton, WI

    Dennis Kucinich is a disgrace to his party, to our country. All I can do is shake my head in disbelief!! Get a life Dennis! What a moron!!!!

    November 6, 2007 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  12. Arlo J. Thudpucker

    Ahem.

    The motion to TABLE was defeated.

    It was referred to the JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, which is normal.

    Pay attention, CNN.

    November 6, 2007 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  13. Bryan, Washington DC

    Kucinich might be a little strange but his speach, listing the reasons to impeach, was intellegent and right on the money. Instead CNN quotes 28 words then gives the White House spokesperson the majority of time to counter - filter free.

    The people want their republic back from the liars you let do all the talking. We voted against them in 2006, we'll vote against them in 2008 and if we could vote CNN out along with them I assure we would do that too.

    November 6, 2007 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  14. jeff, San Diego Ca.

    funny... the vote was on TABLING the bill... NOT a vote on impeachment.

    so... cnn spins it again. the first paragraph reads "House voted Tuesday to stop Rep. Dennis Kucinich's, D-Ohio, effort to bring up a debate on impeaching Vice President Dick Cheney."

    correct me if I'm wrong... but he WON the right to NOT have this tabled.

    spinspinspin...

    November 6, 2007 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  15. Mark - Atlanta, GA

    ALOS – WHERE IS EVERY ONE SAYING 'TAP THE RESERVES!!!" MY GOD _where are the reporters, people, and congressional folks saying tap the reserves! NO ONE HAS SAID ANYTHING AND WE SIT BACK AND $200 for a barrel of oil – sounds good to me! WTF!!!!!!GIVE ME A BREAK! WE ARE DONE AS A COUNTRY! SORRY

    November 6, 2007 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  16. Bill , Covington,LA

    Kucinich is not only built close to the ground so that every time he stumbles he doesn't get hurt, he is also a mental midget. He is a joke, he ought to be an embaressment to the people of Ohio, but they keep electing him, what does that say about them?

    November 6, 2007 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  17. Carrie Los Angeles California

    What better to do than to remove a war criminal who is gunning to initiate yet another disaster by attacking Iran?
    What better to do than to hold criminals responsible for their crimes? They are NOT above the law.
    This administration is simply unbelievable, but they are being given free reign.
    Nancy Pelosi is a huge disappointment. Dianne Feinstein even more so. Charles Schumer. Why are these democrats and others so complicit with the Bush administration's criminal activities?
    Thank God for Dennis Kucinich.

    November 6, 2007 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  18. Mark, Seattle, WA

    It is too bad that people are calling for impeachment. Nothing Vice President Cheney has done even come close to justifying disrupting the process. I am not a big fan of the Administration, however, I do know that we are in a battle with a recalcitrant enemy. Mistakes will be made. But the next Administration will make decisions and hope the people will support those decisions. Rep. Kucinich is wrong to propose this option and is only giving aid and support to our mortal enemies. Luckily, he will never be President. But if he was elected President, I am sure he would make decisions based on the best information, best sources, and his earnest desire to do what he believes would be in the best interests of the United States. If he is wrong, if he is mistaken, if he misstates the basis for the decision or in anyway is not proven absolutely correct, he will have himself to blame for the remedy: impeachment. We are at war and we need real solutions focused on winning this war, not subversive, stupid, self-defeating moves like this. Get on with the work at hand Representative.

    November 6, 2007 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  19. Robert, Ohio

    Thank you Mr. Kucinich. At least someone truly CARES about the American people. Dick Chaney and his boss are both guilty of war crimes and should be prosecuted. Our children are dying everyday and yet there are still supports for Bush among Republican presidency candidates.Let me warn our Republican candidates; you have lost many votes for many years to come including mine and my family.

    November 6, 2007 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  20. thb63, Peoria, IL

    Lord Vader....er, Dick Cheney should for once save the country some money and resign and get back into the hole he slithered out of 7 years ago. George should go with him. I'm suprised that no international figure hasn't brought them both up on war crimes charges for the fabricated evidence they used to start the Iraq war.

    November 6, 2007 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  21. James, Charlottesville, Virginia

    ...and the criminals continue to remain free.

    November 6, 2007 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  22. mark wilkes barre pa

    Now we know what the aliens said to dennis,,, "impeach Cheney,,, Impeach Cheney" Get over it Dennis

    November 6, 2007 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  23. Uwe Warkholdt, Elliot Lake, Northern Ontario, Canada

    Hey man give it up. The elections are nearing and after watching Lou Dobbs show I have a feeling that many of the clowns that are there now will not be then.

    I am a Canadian Citizen and I watch the politics. What happens to you folks affects us somewhere down the line. Don't get me wrong by calling some of your politicians clowns. We have got a lot of the clowns up here in Canada too.

    November 6, 2007 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  24. Jay, Kenosha, WI

    Another perfect example of Democrats doing what Democrats do. While this may feel great to the far left, moderate swing voters will see this as a divisive political tactic and awaken them to the pathological far left that is gaining control of the Democratic party.

    November 6, 2007 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  25. JS

    Wouldn't it have been better for one of the Democrats who doesn't commune with ETs to press the issue?

    November 6, 2007 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
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