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, San Diego,CA

    thank you Dennis

    November 7, 2007 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  2. Jeff, Omaha, NE

    Wow, Perino has this all backwards. Finally, the House has someone who recognizes that in order to proceed in fixing what is wrong with America, we need to cut off the root of the problems, the current VP (and President). Then, once we have a more reliable party in place, we would be able to concentrate more on issues and have a chance of them being properly addressed.

    November 7, 2007 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  3. SHAWN, SALEM OR.

    "PLEASE" KEEP TRYING, THEY SAY ITS A WAIST OF TIME, DONT THINK SO THATS YOUR JOB AND I THANK YOU FOR HAVEING THE "BALLS" FOR STANDING UP TO THEM AND DOING YOUR JOB. THEY ARE CRIMINALS AND NEED TO BE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE JUST LIKE I WOULD BE. THEY WORK FOR ME! NOT THERE OWN PERSONAL "OIL CO." OR "HALL BURTON" AGAIN THKS.

    November 7, 2007 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  4. Randy Bong Chicago, IL

    Hopefully one day soon both Bush and Cheney will be held accountable for all the deceit and deception under their watch of "bringing integrity" back to the White House.How Ms. Perino holds a straight face when she spins the GOP rhetoric is amazing.

    November 7, 2007 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  5. Karen Scofield, Kenosha, WI

    This is what I shake my head at. Two wrongs don't make a right.

    If the issue of impeachment should be at least looked into, that others supposedly failed *their* jobs should not prove a convenient obstacle.

    November 7, 2007 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  6. Sue Ward, Santa Barbara, BA

    I'm shaking my head wondering how Cheney and Bush can get away with lying and cheating the American public and NOT be impeached!
    What is wrong with the Congress that they are essentially condoning this behavior by "sending it to committee"?

    Re: "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.

    November 7, 2007 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  7. R. Melanson, San Diego, CA

    I’m gratified to see how many of CNN’s readers were smart enough not to believe the BIASED spin CNN and the Bush Administration chose to use to describe this watershed event.

    Both Bush and Cheney deserve to be impeached. The question is why Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic and Republican Party leadership seem so reluctant to perform their constitutional duties. Impeachment is the tool provided by framers of our constitution to rid our government of those who believe themselves above the law.

    Representative and Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich's actions today were in the fine tradition of Representatives Barbara Jordon, John Conyers and Henry B. Gonzalez (not Alberto Gonzales).

    Thank you Representatives Kucinich and Conyers.

    November 7, 2007 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  8. Joy Marx-Mendoza, Phoenix, AZ 85020

    CNN didn't see the same CSPAN broadcast I did!!! The one I saw today was a vote to send the Cheney Impeachment inquiry to the JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. How could such "mistake" that they have created in this article help our Constitution? Think again, CNN. Folks out here are not as stupid as you think we are!

    November 7, 2007 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  9. Lane, Union City, CA

    Wow CNN, congtats on sinking lower than I thought possible by misleading the public. For those wondering this going to committee is a very good thing. Call your representatives and tell them to approve this.

    November 7, 2007 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  10. Richmond Va

    I vote Perino for PRES..

    gotta love this statment

    "It is this behavior that leaves the American people shaking their head in wonder at this Congress,”

    November 7, 2007 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  11. JFK, PHX, AZ

    It is interesting how President Clinton lies about a personal affair and gets impeached. Bush, Cheney, and their friends falsify starting a war and nothing is done! Thousands of Americans die, over a million Iraqis die, and the Congress can not seem to get the message? Its time for the entire Congress to have the courage and send these good ol' boys packing once and for all! The Bush Administration has lied, can not do anything right, and have wasted billions of tax dollars on Iraq. If this was any average Joe's job, they would be fired for not doing their job! It's time for everyone to wake up!

    November 7, 2007 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  12. South Pasadena Neighbors for Peace

    CNN
    Means:
    Corruption News Network
    Stop Slanting the News!
    This is a victory towards Impeaching Dick Cheney even Republicans voted not to dismiss this motion. You ought to be ashamed of yourselves for deceiving the American public with your slanted biased reporting. Shame on CNN!

    November 7, 2007 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  13. Anonymous Chicago, IL

    Why would I listen to a politician that took a major American city into bankruptcy during his term as mayor. Let's hear it for Mr. Insignificant!

    November 7, 2007 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  14. Jason, Laveen AZ.

    I would prefer they impeach Cheney than send an appropriations bill to the president’s desk. The only thing that makes me shake my head in wonder is how this administration gets away with what it does. White House spokeswoman Dana Perino obviously has no idea what the American people are looking at and is blind to the possibility of the people turning on their own government.

    November 7, 2007 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  15. Rich, NYC

    This DID NOT KILL this bill. The Republicans voted to keep the debate alive – in committee – in an effort to force the Democrats to debate, to them, what seems like a preposterous idea! AMERICA – WAKE UP. Call your Congressperson. The House Democrats can now pass this legislation – and effectively call the Republicans' bluff – and end the political career of Richard Bruce Cheney.

    November 7, 2007 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  16. nats conroe texas

    cheny and bush should be impeached ehh the whole administration. how can this lady come out and say they should spend more time on a health bill hell i already thought the dem's had one till bush needed vetoed it and asked for more in the 'war on terror

    November 7, 2007 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  17. Jason, Laveen AZ.

    I would prefer they impeach Cheney than send an appropriations bill to the president’s desk. The only thing that makes me shake my head in wonder is how this administration gets away with what it does. White House spokeswoman Dana Perino obviously has no idea how the American people feel and is apparently blind to the possibility of "The People" turning on their own government. Its as if this administration just doesn't care what the people think.

    November 7, 2007 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  18. Joe, Yorktown, VA

    Our Vice President is a war criminal. We must impeach and put him to trial.

    Please contact your Congressional representatives to vote YES to impeachment for Dick Cheney.

    November 7, 2007 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  19. JR, Houston, TX

    Ignore Perino; she's just a mouthpiece, same as Messrs. Snow, McClellan, and Fleisher before her.

    I wouldn't put it past Tricky Dick and Uncurious George to start "proceedings" against Iran in the waning days of their regime, just so thay can leave a mess for their Democrat successors to clean up (and yes, the Dems will claim the WH in Nov. 08, for better or worse).

    November 7, 2007 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  20. Anonymous

    You're right, Dana, we shouldn't be wasting time on impeachment charges for Cheney or for that matter Bush.

    What we SHOULD be doing, is convening war crimes tribunals and putting the entire Bush administration behind bars for trampling the constitution, commiting mass murder in Iraq, waterboarding, immunity for Blackwater, the attorney scandal, etc. etc. etc.

    You know the worst part, I'm actually fearful to sign my name at the bottom of this because these neocon nuts are just nutty enough to go after just about anyone for saying anything at all.

    What has happened to our country?

    November 7, 2007 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  21. Gary, Los Angeles, CA

    Defending and restoring the Constitution is the single most important endeavor the Democrats can undertake. Impeaching Cheney is only a waste of time if the Constitution itself is a waste of time; if a society of laws is a waste of time; and if the system of checks and balances is a waste of time.

    Worrying about anything other than restoring and defending our Constitution is like worrying about getting a tune up when your car has 4 flat tires on a steep hill and the brakes just failed. Impeachment is the Constitution defending itself, and it is our duty as citizens to fight to keep the democratic republic our founding fathers gave us – especially in the face of an administration that would abuse its power and exploit fear and terror to use the Constitution against itself and dismantle it section by section, amendment by amendment in the pursuit of an all-powerful unitary executive.

    November 7, 2007 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  22. ncmom

    Yeah for Kucinich!!!! a modern day David and Goliath story! I admire him for speaking the truth in his heart regardless what others say about him. So what if he did see a UFO? that hasn't caused the death and destruction as "WMD sightings" ... at least he answers honestly, not the "canned crap" other candidates would have hedged with. Instead of making fun of his effort, we should all be proud of someone with a spine who will stand up.

    November 7, 2007 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  23. Peter,Manchester,NH

    I like this guy and I hope Obama chooses him as his running mate!!

    November 7, 2007 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  24. Mark, Roseville, CA

    Nice job CNN.....as part of the Main Stream Corporate Conservative Media (MSCCM), you have effectively buried this story along with the rest of your fellow members of the MSCCM.

    However, that isn't even your most aggregious offense. You also misrepresented the reasons for the impeachment resolution. CNN quoting Kucinich on Cheney: He "acted in a manner contrary to his trust as vice president." Kucinich also said Cheney harmed national security by openly threatening Iran.

    Now you have done your best to marginalize Kucinich's position. You conveniently left out the part explaining Cheney's manipulation of intelligence in lying this Country into an invasion of Iraq that turned into a world class mess. I'm sure it was another episode of your MSCCM "slip of the mind" honest omission, right?

    That condescending Dana Perino got more space in your article than Kucinich. The game you people in the MSCCM have been playing for the past several years is getting old, and people are starting to notice. Be prepared to lose more audience to real internet news sites that are investigative and report facts- not the jibberish you have displayed here.

    November 7, 2007 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  25. A Patriot in Tampa Bay Florida

    I am so disgusted in our elected officials in Congress. ANY ONE OF US WOULD BE IN JAIL right now for what the Bush Administration has done. What baffles me is that Congress wanted to Impeach Clinton for Monica, but they don't feel that the Bush Administration is worse? Or are they afraid? Bush, Cheney, Rice, and half of Congress should be IMPEACHED for what they are allowing to happen to this country. It's time for a REVOLUTION and massive government change. We the people need to save our country, our currency, and our children's future and set an example of what is right. Enough of these lies and corruption from our pathetic government.

    November 7, 2007 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
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