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. Mark M. Stockton, CA

    Every schoolchild knows more about the Constitution than Cheney...

    So Cheney says his office is not part of the executive branch?!? How can he say something like that, and get away with it?!?

    Impeachment for Treason, is not good enough!...

    Send them before the firing squads!

    November 6, 2007 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  2. Moe, NY

    Bush and Chaney should have been impeached long ago for their corruption and lies, not to mention the illegal Iraq war. Too bad the attempt failed. As for Perino: Is she playing with a full deck? This Democratic Congress has sent many bills to Bush...ONLY TO HAVE HIM VETO THEM! Typical Republican BS!

    November 6, 2007 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  3. Brian, Tulsa, OK

    Dennis-the-Menace-Kucinich is a fool and should resign. The problems with the country are related more to Congress than the White House. Sure, Bush and Cheney haven't been perfect – but Congress is an embarrassment. Their approval levels are less than the President's.

    November 6, 2007 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  4. Mike F Bronx, New York

    Kucinich is an IDIOT

    November 6, 2007 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  5. Anna, Woodbridge, VA

    Kucinich is so right – Cheney needs to be impeached. Nancy Pelosi needs to get her head out of the sand and stand up for the country. The list of impeachable offences committed by both the president and vice president are so long now the only difficulty should be choosing which one to start with! Rep. Kucinich should bring this up every day until the rest of COngress finally listens. The rest of you in Congress – stop whining and start exercising your powers to call a halt to the insanity in the White House.

    November 6, 2007 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  6. Kenneth Koll, Aptos, California

    "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."

    The Republicans have no place to criticize after wasting months on anti-Gay and anti-flag burning legislation.

    At least the Cheney impeachment is warranted if not practical in this stalemate environment. And by the way, it is the Republicans who stood in the way of legitimate bipartisan legislation on children's health care.

    November 6, 2007 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  7. Gregg Harkenrider , Denver Colorado

    Take a look at the comments , the people, the places, and look at the polls, tell me this administration still has a base supporting it ? disgusting, discouraging, makes me feel un-American>>>Impeachment NOW!

    November 6, 2007 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  8. Andrew Atlanta, GA

    Good for Kucinich. Seems he's one of the very few politicians who's willing to expose the corruption in the Bush administration.

    November 6, 2007 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  9. Susan, Ajo, AZ

    You are flat out wrong CNN – the motion for impeachment was not tabled – it was sent on to the Judiciary Committee.

    Of course there are other important issues that need attention, but what could be more important than holding our elected officials accountable to honor their oath of office; specifically to protect and defend the highest principals of our country? If we lose our Constitution and our Bill of Rights we lose our Democracy and the other issues will no longer be up for discussion.

    Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich is right. Vice President Dick Cheney must be held accountable for high crimes and misdemeanors.

    I will not vote for anyone else but Dennis Kucinich in the upcoming elections.

    November 6, 2007 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  10. Rob Goldsmith, Charlotte, NC

    Terribly shallow and one-sided account of what happened this afternoon. Amazing and sad! It was a roller-coaster afternoon which saw huge numbers of Republicans voting to support the resolution so that the topics could be debated openly. It was high drama.

    Clearly, they felt the could survive that scenario. Kucinich, (and I'm not planning to vote for him), still made more grave and clear allegations than this story reports. I am disappointed to find "spin" settling in at CNN.

    November 6, 2007 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  11. Blayze Kohime, Columbus OH

    Congress is suppose to represent the people, and presently surveys say that most Americans think Cheney should be impeached. Why do these people think we elected them? To sit on their butts and smile?

    November 6, 2007 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  12. Dan (Columbia, MD)

    If Bush and Cheney actually broke any U.S. laws they'd have been impeached a long time ago.

    The libs have nothing.

    November 6, 2007 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  13. Steve, Lyons, CO

    "The behavior of both parties is just disastrous."

    What disingenuous crap. The Republicans have been war and corporate criminals, especially the Bushies, but aided and abetted by the slimeweed Repubs in Congress, those who continually support this criminal administration despite knowing full well their policies are illegal and anti-Constitutional.

    THAT is a disaster. Don't try and play this stupid, "My party sucks so I'll blame both for the problem" B.S. The country ain't buying it anymore.

    November 6, 2007 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  14. Michael Accorsi Los Gatos, CA

    Hey CNN! You guys are so smart! Did you know those idiot Democrats in 1974 actually thought the resolutions to impeach Nixon would pass.

    They got blocked too. YOU, CNN are the 2007 Woodward-Berstein of reporting! Thanks be the to the 1st Amendment your accurate reporting, ingenious accuracy is there to reveal the truth!

    November 6, 2007 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  15. Molly, Springfield MO

    Don't they get it?! We're not angry at Congress bc they're focused on bringing Cheney and Bush to justice -we're angry and shaking our head in wonder that they haven't done enough to end this horrible nightmare of a presidency!!

    November 6, 2007 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  16. John, Waynesville, OH

    Bush and Cheney are an example of idiots with to much power. The sad part of it is that between the democrats and the republicans, congress could remove them from office and should, but only a few have the guts to take action. It will take years, if it can be done, to have the United States of America mean something around the world again. Sinclair Lewis was right, facism would march into the country wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross. This administration will go down in history as the worst in Amerian history. Their motta should have been 'TO HELL WITH THE CONSTITUTION, WE ARE DOING IT OUR WAY' it is just criminal what they have done. War, Greed, destroying those that disagreed with them, fear mongering, torture. 14 more months of this criminal activity left, will we survive.

    November 6, 2007 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  17. Steve, Lyons, CO

    "Hell, I don't think any of us are going to forget Andrew Johnson's impeachment anytime soon."

    Hell, I don't think any of us are going to forget Bill Clinton's impeachment anytime soon – a complete laugher that will stun and amaze future history buffs, that a man so successful in his presidency be impeached by a neocon fusion of unreasonable hatred and sensationalism: a president who built a roaring economy and goodwill around the world attacked by the same thugs that would soon install the criminal, impeachable, anti-Constitution, anti-middle class, pro-torture liars of Bush and his henchmen, along with a premeditated plan – oft mentioned in years preceding Bush – to attack Iraq no matter WHAT, even it if meant ignoring the man supposedly responsible for 9-11, bin Laden, though I've come to suspect his complicity in this idiocy, the way he conveniently pops up to re-terrorized America, such as just before the recent lies of Paetreus' Congressional testimony.

    The irony will be laughed about for hundreds of years.

    November 6, 2007 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  18. Dunbal, Alajuela, Costa Rica

    "White House spokeswoman Dana Perino criticized Democrats in Congress for spending time on this debate rather than focusing on health care for children"

    Why bother, if the President is just going to veto it like he did last time...

    November 6, 2007 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  19. Todd, OHIO

    It's refreshing to see that the far left still dominates CNN and all the other MSM outlets.

    I couldn't imagine it any other way.

    November 6, 2007 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  20. Tim, El Cerrito Ca

    You know what Ms. Perino? No one cares what you or your President think. Get out of the way so we can finally make some progress. Republicans = lies and distortion.

    November 6, 2007 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  21. john williams san diego, ca.

    i feel sorry for you liberal loonies having kucinich representing you, but us compassionate conservatives have ron paul on our side..i would call it a tie except the loonie side has ms. pure evil there also

    November 6, 2007 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  22. Mike Staley Indianapolis Indiana

    I like the guy. I trust him in that Jimmy Stewart "Mr Smith goes to Washington" way. I think he has a Ron Paul believability about him. Honest. Plain spoken. Not slick.

    November 6, 2007 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  23. Bill King Elizabeth, NJ

    When watching the vote it was my understanding that is was being sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Is that not a step forward?

    November 6, 2007 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  24. Richard, St. Paul, MN

    Kucinich is a total flake, but he's saying what Americans want to hear: Let's impeach the president and vice-president, because they're liars and cheats!

    November 6, 2007 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  25. Garrett, Los Angeles, CA

    KILLING IT? Are you kidding me CNN.

    IT PASSED. Yes, IT PASSED. This is moved to the committee and an impeachment investigation is under way. Get these criminals out of office!!!!!

    November 6, 2007 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
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