October 31st, 2007
03:23 PM ET
12 years ago

Kucinich: I saw a UFO

Watch Kucinich explain his UFO experience.

PHILADELPHIA (CNN) - So if there are space aliens, can they register to vote?

Perhaps Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich is courting their support, discussing a UFO sighting in Tuesday night’s debate.

He confirmed an account in actress Shirley MacLaine’s book that he saw a UFO at her home in Washington state. Though he didn’t address the rest of her description, that the Ohio congressman “felt a connection in his heart and heard directions in his mind.”

Kucinich said to moderator Tim Russert’s question, “It was an unidentified flying object, OK? It's, like, it's unidentified. I saw something.”

To laughter, he added, “I'm also going to move my campaign office to Roswell, New Mexico, and other one in Exeter, New Hampshire, OK? And also, you have to keep in mind that more - that Jimmy Carter saw a UFO and also that more people in this country have seen UFOs than I think approve of George Bush's presidency.”

Rival candidate Barack Obama, asked if he believes in life on other planets, responded, “You know, I don't know. And I don't presume to know. What I know is there is life here on Earth, and that we're not attending to life here on Earth.”

“We're not taking care of kids who are alive and unfortunately are not getting health care," Obama continued. "We're not taking care of senior citizens who are alive and are seeing their heating prices go up. So, as president, those are the people I will be attending to first."

"There may be some other folks on their way," he added.

The Democratic presidential candidates next square off November 15 at CNN's debate in Las Vegas.

- CNN Political Desk Managing Editor Steve Brusk

Filed under: Dennis Kucinich
soundoff (140 Responses)
  1. Chris San Francisco, CA

    I don't know what is more strange: Dennis Kucinich seeing a UFO or Dennis (1%) Kucinich believing he is still relevant.

    October 31, 2007 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  2. Brian

    We have people like this,omg i was waiting for the answer to be given last night from him. I about fell off my chair i thought at first he was going to explain something then he said yes I did, Im laughing,what a Kooky Kook,they said Obama is a secret muslim,but that worries me,it truly does,i wont vote for him because he won't anwser the question, he stumbles on it.and the President might have mental problems,Our country is in dire need and we accept this crap,I think all the American citzens should run Our Country.no elected officials,

    October 31, 2007 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  3. JTR, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

    don't worry...if there's any aliens, Lou Dobbs will keep them out.

    October 31, 2007 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  4. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    "We have proof that something is mentally wrong with this man Kucinich."
    - - -
    We have NO PROOF whatsoever that this incident shows Kucinich is mentally wrong. He said he saw an UNIDENTIFIED flying object. EVERY PERSON has seen unidentified objects and said "What was that?". He did not say that he saw a flying saucer or aliens. He should be judged by what he actually said rather than what people HOPE he said.

    Kucinich is certainly not the first person who questioned the mental state of the president who kept saying "we are stay the course in Iraq" and then said "we were never stay the course". Bush insisted Rumsfeld would stay. He also said he wasn't concerned about bin Laden and then claimed he never said it. These sudden reversals in comments either indicate mental issues or believe that his supporters wouldn't know the difference.

    October 31, 2007 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  5. Matt, OH

    I still have yet to understand how this is so crazy to many of you. Seriously please explain it to me. If theres something in the sky that you cant identify its "unidentified". whooooaaa, pretty crazy concept huh? Also there is life out there besides Earth, most scientists believe that too, so while its far fetched to think intelligent life would come here, its not impossible. Frankly, I would hope a president one day has the guts to increase funding to find life outside of earth and find new places we can colonize.

    Some of you just need to grow up and use your heads. It disgusts me that many of you are ALLOWED to vote with some of these comments. no wonder our country is going downhill.

    October 31, 2007 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  6. Allan, Longwood, FL

    Anyone denying this mans experience and fascination of what he saw is naive at best. Were you there? What does anyone know about anything? If you can tell me the significance of the endless universe and our place in it, can then judge what he saw.

    November 1, 2007 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  7. Denise,Patton ,Missouri

    Its funny how as soon as Kucinich said
    He wanted the impeachment of bush.He was thrown the UFO question. Why do some of you denie life on another planet somewhere. You don't know.
    Do you realiy believe we are all there is.That makes me laugh and think your the pea brain.

    November 1, 2007 04:26 am at 4:26 am |
  8. Robert Rochester, MN

    And Bush believes God talks to him. I wonder how many of you mocking Kucinich, the best candidate running, believe in an invisible man in the sky, or virgin births, or people being raised from the dead, or seas parting, or burning bushes talking, or special incantations which can improve one's health, finances, love life, etc.
    Silly beliefs abound. That doesn't disqualify the believer from being a competent leader.

    November 1, 2007 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  9. Jim Topeka, Kansas

    Don't like Kucinich, but he definetly has brought out the nuts.

    November 1, 2007 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  10. Tennessee Tuxsedo

    Normally, he spent his time as "Shoe Shine Boy". But when he takes one of his super power pills, he transformed into Underdog and saves his love interest, new age, tongue-pierced Sweet Red Elizanée Harper Purebred.

    There's no need to fear, Kuci is here. I am a hero who never fails. I cannot be bothered with such details.

    His nemesis Bush, Simon Bar Sinister the mad scientist.
    Cheney, the anthropomorphic wolf gangster, Riff Raff.
    But Underdog, I mean Kuci, also faces enemies from alien worlds too, just like real life. There’s the evil Granite Planet, the Magnet Planet, the Planet of Zot, and the Saucer Planet.

    When criminals in this world appear, And break the laws that they should fear,
    And frighten all who see or hear, The cry goes up both far and near for
    Underdog! Underdog! Underdog! Underdog!
    Speed of lightning! Roar of thunder! Fighting all who rob or plunder!
    Underdog! Underdog! Underdog!


    He makes me sick..

    November 1, 2007 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  11. LB, Franklin Lakes, NJ

    The yahoos on this blog who say or imply Kucinich is crazy for seeing a UFO is what scares me about the voters of this country. These are unthinking people. Do they really believe the we humans are the only life in the entire universe? How arrogant and 15th century.

    Kucinich didn't say he saw little green men. He didn't say God spoke to him like our president did. He saw an object flying in the sky he couldn't identify, hence the term unidentified flying object – UFO.

    And the thing is, he didn't lie about it. But the the great clueless out there call him crazy. This is why Bush is the president.

    November 1, 2007 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  12. Bob - Memphis, TN

    I have to agree with what someone else said:

    I have lost respect for Tim Russert and NBC News. The UFO question was unfair, unrelated, and a complete waste of valuable time that could have been used to address important issues.

    I have seen UFO's, my Republican father has seen UFO's, tens of thousands have reported them, and it is ridiculous to argue against the existence of that which is not identified.

    The important thing is that Dennis Kucinich believes in the United States of America, he has the experience to lead, and he shares the values of those who want real change.

    I thought Tim Russert had personal integrity, but in this example, he clearly let down the public and made himself look foolish.

    Get real America, our country's future lies in the balance.

    November 2, 2007 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  13. smartypants, new york, ny

    Reagan always consulted an astrologer while he was president.

    Kucinich saw something not identifiable – so?

    November 8, 2007 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  14. Bert, Downey California

    i believe him. maybe a week ago i would have thought he was a nut. UFOs are real you people wont believe it till you see one. i did....

    December 27, 2007 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  15. scharrelslaafje

    If Kucinich had thought it was an alien spacecraft, he would not have called it "unidentified".

    January 20, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
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