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. Samantha Novato CA

    Dana Perino is wrong!I am didipointed in the Congress for not doing more to try and impeach these criminals in the White House!I admire Dennis and am once again disapointed in the government.They do not do the work for the people!A huge majority of
    Americans demand impeachment!I am one of them!I am so tired of the government being run by corporations and big money!This government was established for the people and should be run as such!Get rid of corporate personhood!Dennis Kucinich for president in 2008!He may be the shortest,but he has more guts than any of the other candidates!He is a man that will work for the people and for what is right!

    November 6, 2007 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  2. Flagship, Hartford, CT

    Impeach, imprision, repeat!

    November 6, 2007 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  3. Ace, RockinTennessee

    What liberal media?

    This reads like it was written by a White House staffer

    November 6, 2007 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  4. Melody Vargas , Onaway, Michigan

    At least ONE of our paid by us employees is doing what we asked...impeach both Cheney and Bush...Americans only wonder when this Bush administration nightmare is going to end!

    Kucinich has my full support!

    November 6, 2007 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  5. Robert L. Giarrusso Springfield, VA

    Kucinich for President.
    And send Bush/Cheney/Rice/Rumsfeld/ Wolfowitz/Gonzalez et. al. to the Hague for crimes against humanity and knowing, willful violations of the Geneva Convention. They have let Americans die so war profiteers could plunder us. They have eroded the protections afforded to all Americans under the US Constitution. They have succeeded in making all US citizens targets for reprisals through their audacious, blatant imperialism. Bush and Cheney have threatened, postured, withdrawn aid and installed puppet leaders that have already turned on us. They conspire to torture and murder innocent men, women and children without conscience and with absolute impunity.
    It's long overdue that they were brought to just and recognized for the treasonous demagogues they are!

    November 6, 2007 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  6. Shannon, Spokane, WA

    I am really tired of the Bush Administration (Perino) telling the American public what Congress's priorities should be or the reason why we are "shaking our heads in wonder at this Congress". Today was the perfect example of why we are shaking our heads in wonder. The Democrats should have stood up for this Resolution to take a stand against this Administration. It is what the people want – don't let Perino speak for the American people...

    November 6, 2007 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  7. Trent Phoenix, AZ

    Kill a bill by sending it to committee? That makes absolutely no sense. Who reports these lies?

    This is a huge victory for the American people and a move toward finally putting a war criminal to justice.

    November 6, 2007 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  8. Ray Fisher, Albuquerque, NM

    Get a grip Dana, America is sick of your bosses. I know it's your job to say what they tell you, but only low-lifes would subject anyone to their criticisms. If a member of Congress criticizes the administration the honorable response is to meet with that member and discuss rather than immediately pull out the crying towel!!! Who does your bosses wish to be, democrats???

    November 6, 2007 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  9. Chet from Lake Havasu, AZ

    Any comments in this blog or anywhere in the CNN Political Ticker that knock Israel or the Israeli government get pulled. Why is that CNN?

    November 6, 2007 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  10. Trang, Fremont, CA

    Too bad. People have been killed for their lies, and they have not backed off. They are about to make a decision toward Iran. If Bush/Cheney makes a poor decision this time, it's the Congress fault. They have the opportunity to get these two out, and they failed. I don't know if people can override Congress. Congress is supposed to represent the people, and they are not doing it. If Bush/Cheney makes another poor decision before they leave office, we are screwed.

    I don't like to impeach anybody, but these two are dangerous. Their poor decision have destroyed so many lives, and what's worse, they fail to see there's anything wrong with that, and probably keep on marching the way they have been. It's sickening.

    November 6, 2007 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  11. Figgy, Carol Stream, Illinois

    If the House drew articles of impeachment for a personal matter in regards to Clinton, then why in Gods name why they wouldn’t draw articles of impeachment against the current administration for their disregard of the constitution, and misleading the people in regards to Iraq. Bye the way….where are the WMD’s?

    If were elected president my first act would be to declare Bush and his merry men (Conndy also) terrorist’s, fly them over to Guantanamo and give them a taste of their own medicine.

    November 6, 2007 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  12. Nathan Hetrick - Grand Blanc, MI

    CNN got it wrong. Most of Americans support impeachment of both Cheney and Bush. Kucinich was just doing the will of the people, something Bush never does. It's past time of impeachment. Clinton was impeached on lesser offenses than this. Get your facts straight, CNN, and stop being a mouthpiece for conservative right wing politics!

    November 6, 2007 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  13. JC, Annapolis Maryland

    CNN you don't know what you are talking about. The House of Representatives have voted to send the resolution to the Judiciary Committee where an investigation will proceed. It's the beginning of the Impeachment process. You need to correct your mistake. This is BREAKING NEWS!!!

    November 6, 2007 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  14. Gary McCammon, Columbia SC

    But I guess it's not a waste of Congress' time, in Perino's opinion, to vote a censure on an independent organization using their First Amendment rights to criticize the government.

    November 6, 2007 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  15. matt,kirkland,wa

    dana perino says the american people are shaking their heads at this? she has that right,we have been shaking our heads at this fascist bully bush administration four what, seven years now? this group should not only be impeached, they should be in jail.

    November 6, 2007 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  16. Mary, Eugene, OR.

    STACY (1st comment) is exactly right - CNN SHOULD be ashamed - not only about this misleading article, not only about the fact that it is a mere blurb on the 'Ticker,' but ALSO because HOW LONG DID CNN WAIT TO POST ANYTHING ABOUT THIS NEWS?? Instead of covering a Congressman introducing a petition to impeach the VP of the Country, CNN chose to headline stories such as "5 don't miss diet foods" and "Obama supporters didn't want Colbert on the South Carolina ballot." Now which of those stories would you think should be a front page headline on any reputable news source website?

    Or maybe CNN purposely waited to post anything until the afternoon, when most working people would be going home, not seeing their tiny story on POSSIBLE IIMPEACHMENT OF THE VP, and not being able to phone their representatives to tell them they better support the petition or voters would raise hell.

    I, for one, am tired of CNN's slanted news coverage. C-SPAN 3 is who covered the hearing. C-SPAN is my news source from now on. I urge all others to consider the same. Unless you really like such "fair and balanced" (to borrow another joke of a news source's title) coverage.

    CNN, WE'RE SICK OF BRITNEY AND ALL THAT CRAP - REPORT REAL NEWS, ON TIME, ACCURATELY OR CALL YOUR NEWS SOURCE WHAT IT IS; A JOKE. SHAME ON YOU.

    November 6, 2007 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  17. Paul Cleveland, Ohio

    Sounds like Kucinich really wants Cheny and Bush crucified as well as impeached.

    Wish all you can, but Dennis bankrupted Cleveland in 1977 and the worst mayor in history is trying to topple the worst president (to some) in history.

    He's not going to win the presidency either!

    November 6, 2007 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  18. Carol, Chattanooga, Tennessee

    This administration has severely overstepped their constitutional limits, and our Constitution demands that impeachment be used to restore the balance of power. Kucinich is showing a great deal of strength and courage to push this issue. The American people deserve it and demand it.

    November 6, 2007 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  19. BoB, Tucson AZ

    Who in the HOUSE keeps on voting against this debate? Those need to be impeached too.

    November 6, 2007 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  20. Jack, Santa Barbara, CA

    It passed and moved on.

    CNN has this dead wrong.

    Maybe on Purpose.....

    November 6, 2007 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  21. Chris, Pensacola FL

    You're wrong Dana. This is much more important than those things. Once we have honerable and righteous leaders in charge, those things will happen much quicker and far more reaching than currently.

    Don't blame your idol worshipping on the democrats.

    November 6, 2007 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  22. bill f, toronto canada

    your country is messed up guy...move up north its a bit cold but we dont have idiots running the country at least, and our dollar is owrth a bit more :P

    November 6, 2007 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  23. Jenny; Seattle, WA

    Yes, finally someone is doing what the people know is the right thing to do! We want the war over, our self respect back, some real leadership and those responsible for destablizing the world held accountable. Too bad all the Dems didn't join Dennis, he did the right thing! Stop playing games and start standing for something important ~ like what's left of what made America great. Throw the bums out.

    November 6, 2007 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  24. Bob, Chandler, AZ

    Dennis Kookinich – just how many terms has this weirdo been a U.S. Congressman? What does that say about his district IQ? The Dems put up a nominal close vote for political party posturing. With a year to go before the general election with the Democrats in commanding positions for both the executive and legislative branches, Nancy Pelosi is smart enough not to let any of these crazy publicity stunts from the guy receiving messages from aliens to come to the House floor to drain credibility for serious governance from her party. Every election cycle produces a few strange primary actors, and every two or three a genuine wack-job like Kookinich. He wants to impeach a VP who has no real direct role in government decisions other than breaking a rare tie vote in the Senate because he was too persuasive and effective a salesman for administration policy on Iraq? Ask anyone who actually served as VP – it's a "no power" job. See any of the 8-10 senior Senators from the majority party panting for the job?
    If you think this is the stuff we want our House of Representatives to be wasting their time, and our money on, you must be part of the 20% approving of their performance!

    November 6, 2007 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  25. JMD, Pembroke PInes, Fl.

    You're right, Ms Perino. I'm an American that's shaking my head in wonder at this Congress .... I'm wondering why haven't Cheney AND Bush been impeached already!

    November 6, 2007 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
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