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. Republicanhater1

    Keep up the good work Congressman

    October 24, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. Cheney_IS_a_Vampire

    Whoohoo!!!!
    FINALLY a Democrat with a backbone!
    The Republicans have been name-calling for decades with impunity and grow bolder every day...its about time they get some of their own medicine.
    You go, Grayson!
    I'm going to donate to the DNC right now!!!!

    October 24, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. RTB

    It appears Mr. Grayson is more aware of reality than bitter old Cheney.
    Blood thirsty is an accurate description of him. Although he left out the fact that chicken Cheney never served in the military, he got one exemption after another. However, Dickie wouldn't hesitate to put other young men and women in harms way. Dangerous old fool.

    October 24, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  4. Terry Neal

    Yeah Rep Grayson! Thanks for speaking up, standing your ground and letting those leeches have it after all their years of plundering the American people. Cheney appears to be edgy about defending his tenure....wonder why?

    October 24, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  5. Doug

    Another trial lawyer lib, funny how one who made a living sucking the life blood out of honest hard working Americans would make such a comment against a true American patriot that kept our nation safe for 8 years.

    You read this stuff and your like OMG! I can't believe a congressman would ever say stuff so childish and idiotic, but hey he's a Democrat so therefore he needs to appeal to the worst of our society, decent, good hearted, honest people would never vote for a lib anyway.

    His words are the mentaity of a people who blow up their own headcorders in Colorado, hold up racist signs at 9/12 rally, and yell kill him about Obama at a Palin Speech. There is no low for a lib, chlidish name calling pretending to be the fake conservative you spew hate against that doesn't exist ETC that's Democrat!

    October 24, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. Randy Hurst San Francisco, California 94121

    Cheney reminds me of the fourth child in a three-pork chop family. He salivates but he has no bite.

    October 24, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. Margaret

    Alan Grayson, King of the Vampires. I dare ANYBODY to NAME ONE THING this guy has ever accomplished in Congress.

    He is vile and repulsive and totally beholden to the union bosses. And everytime he opens his mouth, the media are there like dogs in heat.

    October 24, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. juge

    Right on, Grayson!

    October 24, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. joe cassidy

    Grayson is a loud mouth nu yuker .. he is an insult to the congress and to the American People. November 2010 will be the last day we here from this vile, sleazy excuse for a human...... I can't believe the good people of Orlando actually voted this scum bag into office...

    October 24, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Good for him! Cheney and Bush savaged and endangered and damaged America for eight, seemingly endless years.....why are they both not in jail awaiting trial for treason and war crimes?

    October 24, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. Spencer

    I love this guy, I wish I lived in his district so that I could vote for him. Talk about calling it like it is: "he's just angry because the president doesn't shoot old men in the face", holy crap, that's too funny. Yeah Dick, how about them beans?

    October 24, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. L Vo

    Because the honor of our country, we beed a law to remove irresponsible, uneducated lawmaker unless we have too many uneducated lawmakers in the House. If so, it is too bad for our country, there would be no change then.
    I do not know how far our country will go down hill with such representatives in the Congress.

    October 24, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. This Guy Makes Me Sick

    Grayson is the scum of the earth, I hope his sightseeing tour of government ends soon.

    October 24, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  14. Lightnin Gruf

    That's just the sort of irresponsible comment we don't need in this great nation. I think the congressman should apologize to all the vampires in this country for his insensitive comment.

    October 24, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  15. The Truthteller

    What do you expect from this prime example of a chattering Liberal monkey? He doesn't do a thing for his district and gains fame through acting as a sassy little boy. Libs are sooooo predictable...

    October 24, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  16. Dalton

    Finally a Democrats who says its like he feels it and isn't scared of being called a Democrat. I don't live in Grayson's district or even in his state but if he has a serious challenger in 2010 I will do my part to raise at least $5,000.00 for his campaign and I will volunteer to travel Florida and help him campaign.

    October 24, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. Helene

    I LOVE Alan Grayson ! He is the smarter politician in this country. Go Alan !!!

    October 24, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  18. joe cassidy

    'Grayson, a successful trial lawyer turned Congressman"
    not true.....
    Please check your facts.... this bum sleaz bag made his money in a shady business selling long distence telephone cards.

    October 24, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  19. Obama Fan

    Cheney as a vampire? That's classic!

    October 24, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  20. Billy-Bob-Joe-Darrel-Darryl-12 pak-Capt. James T. Kirk in a pink tutu

    Nosferatu Cheney...How fitting...

    October 24, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  21. joe cassidy

    'Grayson, a successful trial lawyer turned Congressman"
    not true.....
    Please check your facts.... this con manmade his money in a shady business selling long distence telephone cards.

    October 24, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  22. Joe Berson

    speaking of vampires brings to mind the sharpshooter's nutty urge to go to war. Since it seems he was Dubya's alta-ego likely he was the primary influence to "convince" the "war president" that war with Iraq was quite necessary because "he tried to ill my dad". History tells us that this"patriot" ask \ed for and got 5-6 deferments to keep him from active duty during the Vietnam war. If my memory serves me correctly he was asked by a reporter just why he had asked for so many deferments he arrogantly responded that "he had other priorities". It doesn;t take a brain surgeon to figure out that the main object in these derements were to avoid military service. So much for patriotism! (excuse spellings).

    October 24, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  23. beth

    More Grayson Democrats would make the difference that we dearly need.

    October 24, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  24. donna Martin

    I support President Obama and Congressmen Grayson 100'%. Thank God someone in Congress is finally screaming about the Republicans attempt to protect the health care insurance companies.

    October 24, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  25. S Callahan

    Gosh, I wish all you career politicans would just grow up!

    October 24, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
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