July 8th, 2007
04:48 PM ET
11 years ago

Cindy Sheehan considering run against Pelosi

Cindy Sheehan is considering a run for Congress

(CNN) - Despite swearing off public life earlier this year, peace activist Cindy Sheehan would run against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as an independent in 2008 unless the speaker moves to impeach President Bush, a Sheehan spokeswoman said Sunday.

Sheehan, a northern California resident, is taking part in a protest caravan from President Bush's home in Crawford, Texas, to Washington, which is scheduled to arrive July 23. Spokeswoman Tiffany Burns told CNN that Sheehan would challenge the speaker, who has held her San Francisco-area seat since 1987, unless Pelosi introduces articles of impeachment before then.

There was no immediate reaction from Pelosi's office to Sheehan's threat. The speaker said in November that calls for impeaching Bush were "off the table," but that Congress would push for an end to the widely unpopular, 4-year-old war under Democratic control.

Sheehan achieved national attention when she camped outside Bush's home throughout August 2005 to demand a meeting with the president over her son's death. While Bush ignored her, the vigil made her one of the most prominent figures among opponents of the war.

But in May, after congressional Democratic efforts to set a March 2008 goal for a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq failed in the face of a presidential veto, Sheehan quit the anti-war movement in disgust and declared that her son Casey - a U.S. soldier killed in Baghdad in 2004 - had died "for nothing."

She said she was exhausted by the personal, financial and emotional toll her campaign had taken, disillusioned by the failure of Democratic politicians to end the war and tired of a peace movement she said "often puts personal egos above peace and human life."

Filed under: Iraq • Nancy Pelosi • President Bush
soundoff (198 Responses)
  1. John Barragan ,Idaho Falls,Idaho

    Ms.Cindy Sheean should run as a Democrat and not as an Independent,it was her democratic party that made her the promises and failed to do anything since they were elected,they can't even agree on what to do and how to do it and still please the military as well as the U.S. voters.Somewheres and somehow the politicains stopped listening !!

    July 9, 2007 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  2. katheg

    Cindy, Cindy, Cindy. My heart goes out to you and your family on the loss of your son BUT...........Give me a break you are going to run for Speaker of House? N O T. What is your platform other than ending the war!!! It takes more than that for me to even waste another word on your run.

    July 9, 2007 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. Boboe McWilliams St. Louis, Mo.

    I am disgusted by Americans on here bashing Cindy Sheehan. She has had more courage than any of you here adding comments. That is why this country is falling into the hands of the elite, and the world bankers. People like to bash other people, instead of supporting them if they are right. She may be for something that is in her own interests, but what makes her different then any other politician. They just have experience in bulshitting America. She is in my opinion doing what makes this country great. GETTING HER VOICE HEARD.

    July 9, 2007 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  4. Roman McAllen, Austin, Texas

    If Nancy does not support impeachment, I will happily cast my vote for Sheehan!

    July 9, 2007 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  5. Voln, Sierra Vista, AZ

    Why would california vote for a completely 1 subject special interest activist over Pelosi?

    I don't like Pelosi but I really don't think Cindy understand senators do more than talk about the war.

    July 9, 2007 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  6. Colin, Nelson, New Zealand

    I can only assume that there is something unpleasant in the drinking water in Texas to have led to such narrow minded and spiteful abuse as I see listed here. I know it is an oil state, as well as GWs home, but you should be ashamed to make such malice against a woman who is trying to stand up for the 'greatness' you claim is yours, but are obviously not qualified to embrace.

    July 9, 2007 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  7. Hope Novak Santa Cruz CA

    I don't understand the negative response to Cindy Sheehan
    She is not anyones elected political representative, yet she has put her life on the line as a solider for the army of WE The People, right here on the streets of our towns. Demanding and fighting for what so many of us at home, not sticking our necks out, want. I for one would love to be able to get anyone of authority, let alone Pelosi, to pay attention when I say " I want Impeachment Proceedings to begin NOW for Bush and Cheney or Else! Speakly freely is her civil right and I don't think she's wrong.

    July 9, 2007 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  8. crackrjack

    I would like to see congress put together a list of crimes that bush is guilty of and bring them before congress for a ruling. I think it would bring us one step closer to what is really going on in washington. If bush can successfully defend himself against the charges then it would be a big monkey off his back. If on the other hand that congress can prove its case and actually get bush to resign then it would make the democratic nomination a lock. Could it be that Pelosi thinks that bush is justified in his actions? It sure looks that way to me.

    July 9, 2007 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  9. Eric, Los Angeles, CA

    First of all, you who are posting here are TRUE AMERICANS, and with brains I might add! It's very refreshing (and encouraging) to see how some people can still think for themselves and not go with what is "popular" or pathetically lament the woes of the current state of affairs, yet do nothing about it. How many times have we heard of or seen the sad sob story of a grieving person using it to further their political or personal aspirations? It's unfortunate that it works, but even more unfortunate that we have the Cindy Sheehans and Michael Moores of this country who spit in the face of those who give everything they have to provide for their freedom. What we need now during these downtrodden times is a strong leader, not a dramatic pull away from tradition that Obama and Clinton (and now Sheehan?!?!) represent. I'm not against a black or female president, but I do strongly believe that we need to bring this nation together before we can start placating those boisterous "progressives", when in fact we decide to do so. I just hope that when all is said and done, the silent majority will speak loudly and clearly (and hopefully reasonably).

    July 9, 2007 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  10. Stephen Newport RI

    A toy for the liberal left and a nuisance to the conservative right. He has disgraced her son's memory and she lost her husband over it. Now that everyone is tired of her she makes one last pitch before she finally fades into the shadows. What do you do with old tools....you throw them away.

    July 9, 2007 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  11. erika morgan black dimond wa

    Go! Cindy Go!, I guess I need to get ready to move to N. California so I can vote for you. I'd much rather be represented by a real person, one who has faced adversity and looked it in the eye as a common folk; rather then one beholden to big money, who has forgotten how the common folk live and what revs their engine, and what throws them into despair.

    July 9, 2007 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  12. Shawnie - Grants Pass, OR

    I love New Zealand and I would never bash anyone in your country. Only the people in your country could fully appreciate all the facts and circumstances and culture. This woman is not remotely what our country is about and it's alright for people to hit back. Her shameless romp with Chavez showed just who she is.

    July 9, 2007 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  13. Gerry, Kansas City,Mo.

    I volunteered for Vietman, and I was young and naive and it took awhile to understand that war in nothing but politics and my fellow comrades in arms were the cannon fodder.If GB had any sense,he would have stood tall and did his duty(to be a man)instead of goofing off in the National Guard. You see, he didn't learn anything from Vietnam because He didn't have to face reality. And of course, Dick Cheney had 6 deferments to keep himself out of the war completely...So how did we end up with two clowns winning the WHITEHOUSE, because the american people thought they could do better than Bill Clinton,only to find that these current bozo's don't have any experience....This rhetoric about you must either be for Bush or be his enemy is so moronic, as is his idealogy. We were sold down the river when 9/11 happened and everybody rallied behind gb only to give gb the incentive to go to war, and not against al-quaida but gb's private ambitions. Cindy Sheehan is just another mother grieving for a lost son, and it's apathetic because this younger generation hasn't a clue about why she's trying to change things. Admittedly, she will never unseat Pelosi, nor will she get gb impeached, but she has a chance to open the eyes of our brave sons and daughters that are lured into gb's war machine, before they secumb to the idiocy of this ill-gotten war....

    July 9, 2007 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  14. A. Honolulu HI

    "I am equally tired of fools who complain about how we have lost all of our freedoms. If you feel you no longer have the same freedom as you did before I think you need to leave the United States, because it is clearly not the country for you."-Posted By anonymous, greenville, sc : July 9, 2007 4:22 pm

    Mr. Greenville SC.
    Anyone that tells a fellow American who is standing up (voicing an opinion, asking for change from the government by voting or otherwise expressing themselves)to take it if they like it or not clearly has NO CONCEPT of why and how the United States was founded in the first place. Never, ever say someone should leave the country because they see injustice and call it out, never, ever tell someone to sit down and shut up because our freedoms are being taken away. THAT is the only thing that is truly un-American.

    "Can you maybe quit complaining about how you have been wronged and lied to?"
    Posted By anonymous, greenville, sc : July 9, 2007 4:22 pm

    That attitude is the same one from the administration that is pushing people to compare it to Stalin or Hilter (to use your examples). No we should not shut up, no we should not sit down, and no we will not go away. Whether or not you like Cindy Sheehan you are entitled to your opinion but the ONLY reason why American is so great is because the Gestapo isn't going to come for us in the middle of the night because we posted we love or hate her on a message board. ie. those freedoms we are all whining and complaining about.

    ps –
    "We have been blessed in the sense that we still have the best economy on this globe, the most feared military on the this globe, the most prosperous nation on this globe"

    read the other sections of this site more, you'll note that our military is in tatters and overstretched to the point of breaking (not to mention all the men and women that have died because we are pretending to manage an all out civil war in Iraq while still being unable to keep the Taliban out of Afghanistan, that cost can never be repaid) and "prosperous" isn't even close to a word that could be used to describe the state of the
    I am sure I am now on a "Watchlist" for posting this so a big hello to the NSA.

    July 10, 2007 05:56 am at 5:56 am |
  15. mark chester vermont

    Hard to give up the limelight? A good cause in the beginning, now a self serving end.

    July 10, 2007 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  16. Anonymous

    This lady is a joke. She has a much chance of winning as a whale running for president. She needs to just go home and think about all that has happened to her life after she started her first crusade to save America. Get a life you laughable waste of air.

    July 10, 2007 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  17. G.P. Gracia, Plainsboro NJ

    I thought you fell out of love with politics. Instead of trying to become the mediocre grandstander that you are, focus on remembering on your son for what he was and caring for the children you have left.

    You'll never win against Pelosi. How can one person who can't even salvage her own life and answer for her actions hope to do so for mine?

    Your story has ended. Close the chapter and move on.

    July 10, 2007 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  18. Rob, New York City

    Umm... news flash people.

    Sheehan running for Pelosi's seat does [b] not [/b] make her House Speaker. House Speaker is selected by the party controlling congress.

    If Pelosi somehow lost (she won't) the Democrats would just name a new house speaker.

    July 11, 2007 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  19. Rick in CT

    Cindy Sheehan's intention is to force Congress to take action against an administration that has sunk to depths of criminality that even the neocons could not have imagined. We are supposed to be a nation of laws, and if Congress will not act, then individual citizens like Sheehan have to force action. Unless you support this neocon administration's policies of illegal war, lying to Congress and the American people, giving the entire US treasury to Bush' friends and cronies, and the death of almost a million Iraqis, then you should rally around Cindy Sheehan. It's not a matter of Sheehan actually getting Pelosi's congressional seat, it's about getting an ineffective Congress and the American people focused on the real issues.

    July 12, 2007 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  20. Matthew Los Angeles, CA

    There are so many misconceptions about Impeachment and the evidence that has been collected regarding impeachable offenses.

    Here are the articles of impeachment

    Here is the evidence in the public record

    Polls say 54% of America wants Cheney Impeached. 47% want Bush impeached. How is her call for action "out of touch"

    What many of you have not realized that the next president will assume these powers taken by the Administration if they are not impeached. John Nichols says so much on Moyers Journal

    And finally the U.S. Senate unanimously declared that Iran was committing acts of war against the United States: a 97-0 vote to give George W. Bush a clear and unmistakable casus belli for
    attacking Iran whenever Dick Cheney tells him to.

    Do you hear the drum beat toward war without any evidence?

    July 16, 2007 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  21. Steve, Phoenix, AZ

    No joke! I have NEVER been political. But this woman (Sheehan) is a Mother, she doesn't care if what she says is going to anger any constituents, or corporate (sponsers). She says it like it is: "Nancy Pelosi if you don't get rid of Bush, I will by running for your seat!" Sign me up, even I am moved and I am the cheapest man in the whole world!!! Where can I send my contribution?

    July 16, 2007 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  22. Ila, Gualala, CA

    CINDY SHEEHAN is a perfect choice–a breath of fresh air to the stagnant water we have in congress now!

    IS IT TRUE ALSO, that SEAN PENN is considering challenging MIKE THOMPSON IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA (district 1) congressional seat? GOD, I HOPE SO!

    July 17, 2007 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  23. Rose, Mendocino, CA

    I can't believe these comments! Doesn't anyone 'out there' get it? Almost ALL important things are done by people who are fed up with the status quo!!! In addition, what on earth makes 'winning' the point? Trying to implement change in this country is the point for Ms. Sheehan...emphasis on the word: TRYING! Oh and YES, a single angry person can make a difference; this is what Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence to say.

    July 17, 2007 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
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