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. Carlos F. Cuyugan, Lake Forest, CA

    And this dennis kucinich is the same person who doubts the mental health of President George Bush?

    No wonder the US congress has lower approval approval rating than Mr. Bush.

    October 31, 2007 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. Dave, Alpharetta GA

    He's Coo-Coo for Cocoa Puffs too!

    October 31, 2007 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  3. RA Las Vegas, NV

    The older I become the dunber they look.

    October 31, 2007 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  4. Tom, Stow Ohio

    Could Dennis Kucinich possibly be more of a buffoon? Talk about the mistake on the lake. I don't understand the mind of the people that continue to vote him into office.

    October 31, 2007 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Did you know that many companies offer healthcare benefits?? (Walmart....Staples....Starbucks – just to name a few....) – I always see the "its for the children" bills....and they always seen to cover more than people (under 18) – and they also don't require any co-payment....say we covered 10 million kids....give them a plan...NOT FOREVER EITHER....and make them "pay a portion of their pay....whether its 1, 2, 5 dollars per visit....many don't seem to have issues affording a pack of smokes....that would contribute anywhere from 10-50 million back to the program....Dems seem to like handing out money openended....with no parental responsibility

    October 31, 2007 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. Phil Chicago, Ill

    Kucinich is PROOF that extraterrestrial life exists!

    October 31, 2007 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. George, Lockhart, TX

    And this guy questions Bush's mental health? Right....

    October 31, 2007 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. Charles - Portland, Me.

    .....and this guy questions President Bush's mental health?

    Consider the source.

    October 31, 2007 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. Bob, Seattle, WA

    Seeing a UFO may have been Mr. Kucinich's only moment ever of complete lucidness.

    October 31, 2007 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. Jen, Boston MA

    The only alien around here is you, Dennis. You're the strange creature from another land that nobody understands. Beam back to space for all our sakes, man.

    October 31, 2007 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. Sophie, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    Wow the debate must have been a mess last night. Too bad I missed it.

    October 31, 2007 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. E

    Liberalism is truly a mental disorder.

    October 31, 2007 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  13. S. Wright

    I think that the word everyone is looking for regarding Mr. Kucinich is "certifiable".

    October 31, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Kuci, kuci, kooky Kucinich..

    October 31, 2007 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  15. jw, canadian,ok

    Hey, I woke last Sunday morning with a woman from what had to be outer space -UGLY.

    October 31, 2007 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  16. Chris, Middletown, CT

    To Chris from Middletown, CT:

    Oh yeah parental/personal responsibility. Nothing knew with you right-wingers.
    So you are willing to penalize a child by denying him/her healthcare if his/her parents turn out to be lazy people who willingly choose not to work. How is that kid's fault?
    What about your personal responsibility when it comes to corporations? Citi bank begging government to bail it out now but according to your free market principles it should go bankrupt as they were acting irresponsibly.

    Andy again..WHATS DOES UFOs have to do with anything? Who cares??? Bush listens to God who tells him to attack Iraq! and possibly Iran now...speak about mental health here...right wingers

    October 31, 2007 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  17. Doug White Abington, PA

    And he said that Bush had a mental health problem?

    October 31, 2007 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  18. E. C., Houston, Texas

    Dennis Kucinich is bonafide NUTZ! He claims now that he saw a UFO? Go figure....this guy is off the wall!

    October 31, 2007 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  19. Drew, Twin Cities, MN

    This is actually a genius move by the Republicans. Make sure to have somebody that's nuts in the running to make the rest look normal by comparison.

    Kinda like the Democrats with Clinton.

    ...What? You thought I was going to be partisan about it?

    October 31, 2007 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  20. Brad, Omaha NE

    i think its funny that you guys call him crazy for believing in aliens.

    my thought it that if you can keep it in the realm of possibility that there is some "all-knowing-all-powerful-man-in-the-sky' watching over us, then you must also keep it in within the realm of possibilty that aliens and unicorns exist.

    none of these things is provable beyond the shadow of doubt... except alien life... thats real... and only a matter of time before its proven to be fact.

    call him crazy, but call god-fearers crazy too.

    October 31, 2007 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  21. Christian, Red State, USA

    To all right-wingers here:

    what does seeing or believing in UFOs has to do with mental health? People believe totally different things, including that God tells them to kill gays or that we should attack Iraq.

    Ok? omg...you must have believed in santa claus...you need urgetn mental health help!!!!
    go back listen to Rush

    October 31, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  22. Bubba the UFO Watcher, Swainsboro GA

    I once saw a big red triangle in the night sky, and I wasn't the only person who pulled my car off to look. We'd be wondering still if the newspaper hadn't told us it was neon gas coming out of a satellite and being lit by ionization.

    October 31, 2007 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  23. Gabe, Clifton, NJ

    Oh please!!! You guys are so full of yourselves to think you are alone. Cmon already!!!

    October 31, 2007 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  24. Anita, Troy MI

    So I bet all you guys think that it would have been acceptable if he'd said he'd seen "the face of god" or had a conversation with Jesus. Your imaginary friends are no better than his.

    October 31, 2007 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  25. SBR, Rockville, MD

    "did you know that many companies offer healthcare benefits??" Yes Many do but don't lump Walmart in with them because their employees that are the lowest paid don't qualify for their healthcare plans because they don't work enough hours and most of them are below the poverty line so to ask them to pay for anything is a bit steep. Personally though I think that Cigerettes should be a prescription that is price beyond anyone's reach, after all it's a prescription for health issues. As for the Dems handing out money the Reps do it too just to corporations instead of individuals. Look at all the money that the Contractors in Iraq are making which is OUR TAX DOLLARS! Meanwhile many many many of our military families are living off of food stamps. That the Republicans at work.

    BTW Kucinich might be a nut but he's no worse than the one that is currently in the White House that an advocate for invading other countries.

    October 31, 2007 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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