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. WeThePeopleofVirginia

    The only reason this CLOWN is opening his BIG FAT MOUTH is because a certain liberal sector of this country will donate money to his campaign . . . isn't that right TUBBY.

    Personally . . . I think Cheney could mop the floor with this LOAD.

    October 24, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  2. A guy

    Well, Mr. Grayson, as much as I disagree with Cheney, I don't think two wrongs make a right. Let Cheney talk, he's got less than no credibility at this point anyway, ignoring him is the best way to handle this.

    October 24, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  3. coral

    Cheney has a lot of nerve criticizing Pres. Obama for making a thoughtful and measured decision. This is a many who broke laws of torture, laws for outing a CIA operative. If it were up to Cheney, we would be at war with every muslim country in the world. Thanks to Grayson for articulating what everyone else knows.

    October 24, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  4. Ain't life strange?

    Clear mission or defined goals?? Is Cheney kidding me? Where was the defined goals when he turned his gaze away from Afghanistan to focus on the senseless war in Iraq? What was his clear mission then. Where were the back up troops we needed in Afghanistan to finish what we started? And, where was the exit strategy for either one of the two conflicts during the Bush administration? My God. Ten months in office and Cheney is accusing Obama of not doing what he and his hoodlum friends didn't do in eight years. Its so easy being a back seat driver isn't it? CNN... when are you going to start accepting my posts?

    October 24, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  5. Inga

    I love Alan Grayson and believe he speaks truth to power. The comments about Cheney's comments were a bit ridiculous, but my take on them is that he doesn't take anything Cheney says seriously and neither should we.

    October 24, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. Mauiharper

    Thanks for calling him out. He reminds me of Darth Vader with all that lust for torture and lurking behind the scenes. Dick Cheney is a very evil man!

    October 24, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  7. ron

    Gee, maybe Grayson should apologize in true republican fashion, you know, like this:

    "I'm sorry if anyone was offended at the thought of blood dripping from Dick Cheney's mouth. If I could be there to wipe the blood off of Cheney's mouth before he turns into a bat, I would certainly do so. I appreciate that bats are creatures that are ecologically necessary and are valuable members of our planet."

    Go, Alan, Go!

    October 24, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  8. Mad American

    It is way past time for democrats to stand up to all the lies coming from the republicans. This man is the first I have seen with the guts to take them on with the truth. It will be a shame if he is not left in Congress to take these lairs on. If the rest of the demarcates, Don't take his lead, I see big changes coming for them. The American people are fed up with it all.

    October 24, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. Matt B

    Ok Rep. Grayson, your 15 minutes are up...no need to continue the fifth grader in the schoolyard act.

    Isn't this the problem with our government today? People like Rep Grayson (on the Democratic side) and Rep Wilson (on the Republican side) would rather make news and draw attention to themselves than work together and accomplish much needed legislation for the people of this country. It's time for people to step up and say we want mature adults who can move this country forward to represent us. There are real problems that need to be solved and simple minds and name calling will not solve anything.

    October 24, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. kate

    That is an insult to vampires.

    October 24, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. Joe

    I like this guy.

    October 24, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  12. Freddie menendez

    Mr Grayson you are courageous man as you speak about DICK CHENEY Republicans are in the office for 8 years and nothing has done in Afghanistan, what is he talking about..he just can't live away from politics, tell him to stay away get a life. He is just waisting peoples time and don't listen...

    October 24, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  13. Biased

    The darling of the democrats is a disgrace to the Congress and also shows that Pelosi's words about bringing back civility only relate to any republican she feels need being put in their place while this fool gets more ridiculous by the day.

    October 24, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  14. ddt

    someone should staff dog pop in cheny's month so it can keep quite

    October 24, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  15. GuyInVA

    What? That makes no sense. This sounds like something a 3rd grader would say. In order to stay on Representative Grayson's intellectual level, VP Cheney should respond with the always reliable, "I know you are, but what am I?" Perhaps a stinging, "It takes one to know one." To make sure Rep. Grayson understands, maybe VP Cheney should just fire back with a resounding "NUH-UH!"

    October 24, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  16. jayh

    RIght on – we all know this already though!

    October 24, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  17. Fred in VA

    Ha ha. Coming from a guy that bears more than a passing resemblance to Bela Legosi, that must really hurt!

    October 24, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  18. Say Hey

    Grayson is right on the money. Cheney is the biggest disgrace - well, second-biggest disgrace - in American political history. How in the world does that guy sleep with himself when he says things like "signals of indecision...hurt our allies and embolden our adversaries?" The Bush/Cheney regime completely fumbled the ball in Afghanistan while "emboldening" our "adversaries" to an unprecedented degree with their idiotic adventure in Iraq. They left two probably unwinnable wars (one of which was completely unprovoked) for Obama to deal with, and Cheney has the temerity to criticize him for thinking hard and truly weighing all options before he shoots? Cheney and his puppet Bush looked about as clever, patient, and accurate as Elmer Fudd on the hunt when they decided to whale away on Iraq instead of pursuing the real "evildoers" who had masterminded 9/11. Well, I guess the jowly old vampire has to do something to try and rescue his irredeemable reputation, but it is truly onimous just how out of touch with reality that guy is. He should make like simple little Bush has, post-presidency - get on a bicycle and ride aimlessly in circles, with his brain fully on cruise control - to nowhere.

    October 24, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  19. Debbie Hogg

    Three cheers for Alan Grayson!!!!! We need more of our representatives to stand up and tell it like it is! He has a great habit of saying what many of us have been thinking. I applaude him!

    October 24, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  20. Eric

    Sad how Democrats need to use personal attacks.

    Imagine if Bush was still president and we had such a huge shortage of vaccine? It's as though we live in a country w/o a free press, heck, even worse!

    October 24, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  21. Barbara

    You speak the truth again Rep. Grayson. Please keep speaking out. The truth needs to be heard through all the lies and innuendos and hate being thrown out there. Cheney is a hateful old man who finagled the spreading of fear and lies for his own financial benefit at the expense of our men and women dying along with innocent men, women, and children. President Obama is refreshing; weighing options-listening to all the experts-before making a decision-just what a real Commander-in-Chief should do!

    October 24, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  22. edda

    grayson is getting the job done. we need more like him to put cheney in is pants

    October 24, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  23. Bludgeon

    Grayson seems to be one of the few Democrats with the cojones to go after the dingbat right and expose some of their screwball ideas to the light of day.

    October 24, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  24. Ted

    Dick Cheney gives vampires a bad name. Vampires aren't real. Cheney, unfortunately, is.

    October 24, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  25. Mahat

    Congra,,, Senator Grayson,,, Ur Doing Ur Jobe well Done,,,And You will Don'nt get scared by reblican GO on with Fight,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    October 24, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
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