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. karen nj

    LOL ! Shirley MacLaine and him are both nutjobs !

    October 31, 2007 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  2. brandi , ny

    if an alien did come here, it would take one look at Dennis Kucinich and see those beady eyes and nasty liberal mouth and his tall daughter - oops wife, and they'd be go back to their planet in a heartbeat

    October 31, 2007 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  3. Blayze Kohime, Columbus Ohio

    If the aliens get a ear full of Bush's rhetoric they might decide there is no intelligent life here and leave. 🙂

    October 31, 2007 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  4. brandi , ny

    HA HA HA ! HE looks like the alien from My favorite Martian in that picture. Nice ears !

    October 31, 2007 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  5. DK

    The (space) Aliens could all move to New York and get a drivers liscense.

    October 31, 2007 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  6. Sarah

    Ouch. I think he's out.

    October 31, 2007 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  7. Atlantic City, NJ

    Y despues de decir esto, desean tomar una foto de Kucinich en tal manera que sus orejas aparecen como de puntos, para darle enfasis negativa a un comentario breve que el presento. Entonces, es obvio que CNN, o este editor, desea poner abajo a Kucinich. CNN no es neutral.

    October 31, 2007 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  8. Rick, Kansas City, MO

    Tighten up the tin foil hat, here comes the crazy parade.

    October 31, 2007 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  9. Rich W

    freak freak freak. this imbecile is an embarrassment to the US and needs to be kidnapped by some ufo and taken far, far away!

    October 31, 2007 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  10. David Sarasota Fl

    You are the one thats needs mental care.You are a discrace to this country.

    October 31, 2007 04:20 am at 4:20 am |
  11. Harry Plummer, Doha, Qatar

    Judging by his ears I would say he is a clone of Dr. Spock!

    October 31, 2007 05:15 am at 5:15 am |

    so what if dennis kucinich saw a UFO? he probably thought relatives were dropping in or ann coulter was warming up her broom for holloween. it's got to be the mushrooms!

    October 31, 2007 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  13. Al, Marietta GA

    And this from a man who questioned Bush's mental health?

    October 31, 2007 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  14. Dan (Columbia, MD)

    No... what he saw were his chances of ever becoming President out of reach and flying away.

    What a knob.

    October 31, 2007 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  15. demwit

    The liberal kool-aid is that strong a Shirley's house..

    October 31, 2007 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  16. Dee Saint Paul, MN

    Do we really believe that we are the only living beings in the whole big universe I think not! Many of us have seen these things and are not afriad to say so. CNN and Media!! dont make him out to be crazy just because your minds are closed.

    October 31, 2007 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  17. Cosmo NYC

    LOL, that explains a lot about this man.

    October 31, 2007 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  18. Michael Brown

    The inclusion of this story is typical of the blatant irresponsibility of the media. Last night Kucinich discussed serious issues about the war, health insurance, the environment, impeachment, and the embarrasing status of our media. Yet you choose to include this? His response to a completely idiodic question? This is a non-issue. If this is the only side we ever see of him, no wonder he is low in the polls. Shame on you for this completely ridiculous story.

    October 31, 2007 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  19. freetobeme, Rochester, PA

    Did Kucinich affirm that he had seen a UFO before or after questioning George Bush's sanity?

    Of course he saw a UFO at Shirley MacLaine's home. All kinds of weird stuff goes on there. And if you don't believe it, just ask her!

    Obama's reply regarding life in space was very measured and sensible, and he deftly brought the discussion back to reality. The first qualification for a Presidential candidate just might be proving that he or she is not a kook.

    October 31, 2007 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  20. Dan Miyoshi,Las Vegas,Nv

    Poor Dennis. Just a few stories above he is questioning some elses mental health, and now he is is talking UFO's. Pot calling the kettle black time again.

    October 31, 2007 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  21. Terry, El Paso, TX

    People who see UFOs are often thought of as a little batty. We associate these stories with stories of abductions by aliens from another planet, religious cults waiting for the UFO to take them to the afterlife, and so on. My parents, very sensible people, saw something they could not identify in the sky. My uncle, a farmer as plain as the dirt he plowed, saw a UFO, told a story about seeing a UFO. It was the only such story he ever told, and never again in his 80 years did he say anything else like it. Jimmy Carter saw a UFO.

    There are lots of lights in the sky now, and I personally think that my parents, uncle, and president saw something in the sky they could not identify. I do not think that any of them saw a vehicle from another planet piloted by non-humans.

    We think that anyone who sees or thinks he sees a UFO is a dingbat, but some of them are just regular folks. Some of them are dingbats though, and others of them are con-artists.

    I know other people who hear voices that I cannot hear, and they speak long loud speeches to someone that I cannot see. These people are the Christians and Jews that I know. Most of them are good people. Some are dingbats, but a few are clearly con-artists.

    We should not ridicule either group, but neither group should impose their peculiar beliefs on me.

    October 31, 2007 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  22. Andy, Cincinnati OH

    so what if he saw a UFO? Is that considered bad ??
    So what if he said he felt connection in his heart when that happened?
    Nobody is talking about Bush saying that God told him to attack Iraq, and so he did.
    Questions like these are just ridiculous. Why ask questions that do not have anything to do with anybody running for president? Since when seing a UFO became a disqualifier for being a president???
    Mass media should stop asking or reporting questions like that. Aren't there more important issues to discuss?

    October 31, 2007 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  23. Steve, Sumter SC

    This is Presidential material? He claims Presidental Bush has mental problems and HE sees UFOs? Wow!

    October 31, 2007 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  24. Michael New York City

    Wow..just...Wow! I;m a democrat, and I can't believe that this man has said this and still feels like he is qualified for the position of POTUS. What a disgrace to our country.

    October 31, 2007 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  25. John, Covington KY

    we have a psycho case in the white house who says God talks to him. And you are worried about a person seing a UFO? Which is more believable anyway..but who cares

    October 31, 2007 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
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