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. Jack, Santa Barbara, CA

    Is this correct or was this written before the changed their votes. I heard it passed and is now gone to the Judicial Commity.

    I dont think this report is accurate

    November 6, 2007 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  2. Karen,ny

    I say we impeach the whole government and start fresh with people right off the street who are living in the real world. That is the only way we will ever have a non corrupt government. We have plenty of intelligent people who can lead our country.

    November 6, 2007 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  3. Dave Donley Falls Church VA

    Forget impeachment, indict!!! Both of them!!! This administration has effectivly ruined our nations name and reputation among the entire world for big oil profits. We are in a war with Iraq that was brought on by lies. If this is not high treason, I do not know what is. Our military is not supposed to used for the advancement of corporate profits. If you don't think that is what is going on with this farce of war, look back to the inaguration speach and the axis of evil speach. Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney conspired to war long before 9/11/2001.
    We the people are sick of being shafted by these criminals. INDICT GEORGE W. BUSH and RICHARD "DICK" CHENEY!!!

    November 6, 2007 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  4. James, Phoenix AZ


    The only thing the democrats in Washington know how to organize and get the votes involves either a pay-raise or earmarks & pork spending.

    Impeachment? NOPE

    Iraq War? NOPE

    Funding for the War? NOPE

    SCHIP increase? NOPE

    Stopping the confirmation of the new Attorney General? NOPE

    New conservatives added to the Supreme Court? NOPE

    I think more Republican initiatives have been accomplished under democratic leadership than the previous years of Republicans!

    November 6, 2007 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  5. MC- Atlanta, GA

    If at first you don't succeed... Keep trying Kucinich – keep standing up for right and wrong and do the right thing. We love you Dennis!

    November 6, 2007 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  6. Pam Holt Los Angeles, CA


    Congress voted not to table it, which would have killed it.


    Shame on you CNN for taking so long to report it, and then reporting it inaccurately. Please fix the story- this is huge!


    November 6, 2007 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  7. Mary Hujber, Titusville, NJ

    People need to really take a look at just who Dick Cheney is. I did and I am appalled. Kucinich is maybe the most intelligent, informed and level-headed politician in Washington. He has my vote.

    November 6, 2007 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  8. Joshua Maye, Washington DC

    Vice President Cheney needs to go, but we have more pressing American social issues to deal with. Issues like SCHIP, Benefits for Veterans coming home from Iraq, & Afghanistan, Social Security, and Becoming Independent of Foreign Oil.

    November 6, 2007 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  9. karen, ny.

    Good ! The bill looks like it will "die" – maybe now Congress can do something pro-active, instead of reactive. Maybe Congress can actually do what they're paid for instead of petty revenge and polit. games.

    November 6, 2007 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Which party wasted time by going after Bill Clinton? What Cheney did efects everyone, and it is more serious then that

    November 6, 2007 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  11. Tony Elias

    How does CNN figure that the resolution was killed by it's having been moved on to committee? If they had voted to table it, it would have effectively been killed... They moved it on. For God's sake, check your facts and do some proper reporting...

    November 6, 2007 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  12. Catherine Smith Los Lunas New Mexico

    Hoorah for Kucinich! It's about time. America voted for a change and so far we have not gotten it. While I have a governor running for president, it sounds like Kucinich is the man of the times!

    November 6, 2007 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  13. ron, fairfax VA

    "A record of failure" is the Bush regime's call sign.

    November 6, 2007 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  14. Elkhart, IN

    I was going to agree that Cheney should be impeached (along with Bush), but after reading this thread, I think I'm wrong. He should be arrested instead. What is wrong with this country? Can I make a citizen's arrest?

    November 6, 2007 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  15. Mike, NY

    Doesn't the 1994 video of Cheney explaining why they didn't go in to depose Saddam in the first Gulf War prove that Cheney did lie in 2002 and 2003? He said that occupying Iraq would be a huge mistake, yet eight years later he promoted it as being easy as cake.

    November 6, 2007 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  16. Deb, Seattle, WA

    Geez CNN – can't you get anything right? I watched the whole thing. The REPUBLICANS voted not to kill this resolution. The Democrats ran like chickens away from it. It has not been killed, it is in committee – aren't you supposed to be "the news source"????

    RE: the Democrats – they need to be held accountable for running from this. They need to have someone (beside Kucinich) with a backbone to stand up to this Administration and do what the PEOPLE (yes, your constituents) want done! And, according to a national poll, 54% of Americans, 76% Democrats want impeachment of Cheney. Democratic leadership, prepare to be bombarded with calls and letters from frustrated and angry Democratic constituents!

    November 6, 2007 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  17. colony14 author, Mt Prospect, Illinois

    What a massive waste of time and taxpayer money. Even if Cheney were to be impeached (for which there are no legal grounds), what would the result be? President Bush would name a successor, whose nomination would be tied up in the Senate for as long as Senators thought they could score political points with the delay. They can't even get an Attorney General approved because of their fear of offending terrorists with their ridiculous questions about waterboarding! How would they approve a Vice President?

    Thye dems had better be careful with all their posturing and investigations and foot-dragging. Someday they may find themselves in the minority, and you know it will be pay-back time.

    November 6, 2007 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  18. Jack, Santa Barbara, CA




    November 6, 2007 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  19. Glenn Waring Loxahatchee, FL

    Kucinich is the hero here. Even if this CNN producer does not recognise the fact. Kuncinich is listening to the American People and has the guts to lead, not follow. Even if the Democratic Leadership is lost on this issue, several Republican Representatives understand it's the right thing to do. Send it to Committee. Let the American People learn the truth and build a better democracy for all of us.

    November 6, 2007 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  20. dee white

    It's not easy to get rid of a criminal with so much power. Cheney s/be impeached, if our elected officials had a backbone at all.

    November 6, 2007 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  21. Kim Chicago,Ill .

    Dana P. She is just as bad as b/c they should be workingon health care and veterans..well your side always vetos the bill..How can they keep going and get something done,Its not there fault,you repugs b/c play those tricks to the American people or try to but we've really are not stupid,the press secetary always sticks up for the side she's working for.
    HIllary for PreZ!!!!!

    November 6, 2007 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  22. Me

    CNN still chasing after FAUX's ratings? Why not try sticking to the truth and facts?

    November 6, 2007 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  23. J Baughman Los Angeles, CA

    I can't believe that you posted this. It is completely wrong and misleading.

    November 6, 2007 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  24. Jucko Janowitz, East Hanover NJ

    Well I as an American have wondered why the hell he and Bush have not been impeached. It's a wonder how the president and vice president can lie and lie some more send our boys to war but not have to pay the piper. I'm sick and tired of this politics.

    November 6, 2007 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  25. Jim, Huntington, N.Y.

    Is there any American Congresscritter that doesn't deserve to be hung for war crimes other than Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich?

    November 6, 2007 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
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