October 24th, 2009
03:25 PM ET
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Rep. Grayson calls Cheney a vampire

Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Florida, attracted attention for a tirade in the House against the GOP's health care plan.

Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Florida, attracted attention for a tirade in the House against the GOP's health care plan.

NEW YORK (CNN)– Controversial freshman Rep. Alan Grayson, who has become famous for attacking the Republicans' health care plan, went on the attack again Friday night, calling former Vice President Dick Cheney a vampire for his recent criticism of the Obama administration's handling of the war in Afghanistan.

"I have trouble listening to what [Cheney] says sometimes because of the blood that drips from his teeth while he's talking," the Florida Democrat said on MSNBC's Hardball Friday night. "But my response is this: he's just angry because the president doesn't shoot old men in the face. But by the way, when he was done speaking, did he just then turn into a bat and fly away?"

In a hard-hitting, wide-ranging speech last Wednesday, Cheney targeted the administration's decision-making process on how to proceed in Afghanistan, saying Obama has failed to give troops on the ground a clear mission or defined goals and appeared "afraid to make a decision."

"The White House must stop dithering while America's armed forces are in danger," Cheney said at the Center for Security Policy. "Make no mistake, signals of indecision out of Washington hurt our allies and embolden our adversaries."

In responding to Cheney's attack, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs on Thursday got in a jab of his own.

"What Vice President Cheney calls 'dithering,' President Obama calls his solemn responsibility to the men and women in uniform and to the American public," Gibbs said. "I think we've all seen what happens when someone doesn't take that responsibility seriously."

Grayson, a successful trial lawyer turned Congressman, shot to national fame - and notoriety - last month, when he took to the floor of the House of Representatives and dramatically described the GOP health care plan as: "Don't get sick, and if you do get sick, die quickly." He refused to apologize; Republicans say they'll mount a stiff challenge against him in his conservative-leaning district in 2010, but so far no one has come forward.

- CNN's Alexander Mooney contributed to this report.

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  1. Thomas

    Article 1 section 2 of the Constitution.
    "No person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the age of twenty five years, .... "

    Can we not get people in there who act their age?

    Be quiet Grayson, grownups are talking.

    October 24, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. Jarad

    This is exactly what the US politcal system needs to get away from. Incredible partisanship, like Grayson and Limbaugh, only divide us as a nation. Let's govern from the middle, and kick the nuts on the right, and the loons on the left out of office.

    October 24, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  3. Malia

    Wrong! Mr. Grayson already has the look of a VAMPIRE!!!.

    October 24, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  4. Rob

    He is right! Cheney is a vampire. I like Mr Greyson for telling it like it is. Too may other politicians are afraid to.

    October 24, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. Amazed

    Cheney is no vampire. Vampires don't suck blood and claim they are doing it for world peace.

    October 24, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  6. Dan

    You know i like Alan Grayson. However, i watched him say that on hardball and it was a little over the top. there is a fine line between a Congressman with guts and not being taken seriously. Even Chris Mathews was taken back a little bit. Don't get me wrong Cheney is one of many career insiders who have done there best for decadesto profiteer, at the expense of the average citizens quality of life. With that mouthful said, it was over the top

    October 24, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  7. Tony in Maine

    Not up to Grayson's usual.

    Cheney is weird, but going down the same road as he does isn't a good thing.

    October 24, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. Derek

    I like Grayson

    October 24, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. john

    love Rep. Grayson! Keep up the good work!

    October 24, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  10. Chris Gamble

    Where's the outrage against this representative for his name calling of the former Vice-President.

    Just another example of the left wing hypocrisy...

    October 24, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. Eyes Wide Open

    What a loon, and this guy is an elected official.

    Soon, lots of lefties will be on here praising this guy for his "truthfulness" "Courage" and saying "We need more guys like him "Telling it like it is".

    Notice how the guy said NOTHING of substance but more ad hominem attacks.

    October 24, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  12. Jay T.

    Yes and a war-monger who happened to do everything in his power to avoid serving in the military. So, more clearly, a millionaire who lets working class kids fight his feuds. What a guy!

    October 24, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. S M R

    Cheney should be ARRESTED, TRIED in Federal Court and SENT TO PRISON for WAR CRIMES!!! The GOP need to understand that the American Taxpayer will not put up with Their CROOKED WAYS!!! Our Forefathers would expect closure of the Crooked ways of the GOP!!!

    October 24, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  14. Lori Lynn

    Awsome. Love the blood dripping from his mouth statement. Its so right on the money. There is something completely evil about Dick Cheney. I think I really like this guy Greyson.

    October 24, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    We need more outspoken members of congress like Alan Grayson!!!
    I am so tired of the ridiculous Republican rhetoric!!! It's an insult to the intelligence of the American people.

    October 24, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  16. kuriya

    Good for him. Thanks.

    October 24, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  17. Fred the Moderate

    I'm sure the whining right will take acception to it, but they will be the same right wingers that laughed at the president portrait of a dark room and a pair of white eyes, or a picture by a lawmaker of water mellons growing on the white house lawn and even the joker portrait. What Grason said pales in comparison, but really, after seeing how cheney conducted himself during his time in office lends credance to the statement

    October 24, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  18. brian

    this guy should be president, seriously.

    October 24, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  19. JES

    Do you have any idea how stupid comes out of your mouth almost everytime you open it.

    Grow and start acting like an adult that the American people have put their trust in tou as an elected official.

    We have much more serious problems in this country than you acting like a two year old.

    Just shut up and do your job as you were elected to do.

    October 24, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  20. Carole

    Representative Grayson, don't insult vampires. They have courage.........same with calling the draft dodger Cheney Darth Vader.....Darth Vader is a warrior and brave. Something a coward like Cheney will NEVER be..

    October 24, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  21. delia

    Hey Grayson,
    Have another cookie. You're not quite bloated enough.
    And who the hell dress you?
    For God's sake man, you're a Congressman now, not a seedy lawyer.

    October 24, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  22. joe

    Dick Cheney personifies evil. He reminds me of the worst Roman senators just before the fall of the empire.

    October 24, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  23. Nancy

    I agree. Let's not forget the blood on his hands too...that he will never be able to wash away. Cheney is a lying, conniving POS that talks a good talk but wasnt man enough to fight for his country or show any honor at all. I'm sure there's a special place in the bowels of hell for him and the rest of this regime that nearly destroyed this country from Jan 2001 to Jan 2009.

    October 24, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  24. nadine

    Grayson called Cheney what he really is, "A VAMPIRE"!!!

    October 24, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  25. Ryan

    This representative is a complete moron. If you want to debate what the former vice-president says, do it with substance and policy. This joke of a Congressman seems incapable of getting attention through ideas or intelligence, so he settles for outrageous claims ("Don't get sick and if you do get sick, die quickly) and juvenile insults.

    October 24, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
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