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. heartlight 3, Maui, HI

    He didn't say it wasn't a weather balloon. He said he didn't know what it was. He said it was "unidentified", he didn't say it was a space ship. I think a lot of people have seen things in the sky that they didn't know what it was.

    October 31, 2007 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  2. ronnie knoxville, tn

    uh, he looks like he came off of a UFO himself ...

    October 31, 2007 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  3. Joshua Ludd, Boston Ma

    Wow.. nice question there. Very relevant. Not hit piece fodder at all...

    October 31, 2007 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  4. Sandy Rock, Issaquah, WA

    Good grief! A UFO is simply something someone sees in the sky that is moving and is not readily identified or identifiable. It could have been...well..a bird...a plane...but probably not some alien spaceship or Superman. He tried, unsuccessfully-unless you were listening very closely over the media banter-to say (paraphrased), "I saw something, I couldn't identify it, so it was a UFO." Big Deal Out of Nothing!!

    October 31, 2007 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. pat melbourne fl

    This man represents the insanity of this country. He said Pres Bush has mental disorder I don't think so. Why do the people from his state keep voting him in. Can someone from his state give us some insite or are you too embrassed to tell anyone he comes from your state....

    October 31, 2007 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. PollM, Dallas Tx

    I believe Dennis Kucinich was caught off guard, his response was substandard. He obviously mishandled the situation. He failed to explain his position.

    Kucinich during the Presidential Debate confirmed UFO sighting, does this statement disqualify you from becoming President?

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    October 31, 2007 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. Maru Angarita, Bethesda, MD

    Why is it that when some one admits seeing a UFO people react like if the person is a wacko? I do not agree with Kucinich's politics, nor will I ever vote for him, but most likely he did see a UFO. Maybe he saw some test aircraft from the military of any country, or a real spacecraft from a galaxy far away ....

    October 31, 2007 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  8. Taylor, New York, NY

    wow, just another example of something that's being blown way out of proportion. who hasn't seen something in their lifetime that they couldn't explain? but he gets painted as a nut for it.

    October 31, 2007 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  9. Jesse Holmes, Boise, Idaho

    The aliens could only vote in local elections, and only if they could establish 30-day residency.

    October 31, 2007 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  10. Jason, Seatac WA

    I like his honesty, as a I have seen a UFO as well. I don't like his politics and don't like the idiot bloggers who discount what can't be held up to there face as proof. or call it mental illness

    October 31, 2007 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    man... lay off the LSD dood.

    October 31, 2007 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. CNB

    C'mom folks. Listen to what he said. He did not say he saw a flying saucer or an alien spaceship. He said he saw a UFO. UFO= Unidentified Flying Object. It does not equal spaceship. Military flyers and commercial pilots report UFO's all the time. They see something...they can't identify it...hence, it is an Unidentified Flying Object.

    Science fiction has caused us to equate UFO with spaceship.

    October 31, 2007 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. Johnny Swany

    Excuse me, but there was a Democratic Presidential Debate televised last night for two hours and the only mention of it is a weak attempt to make this poor man look crazy? Wow Cnn.com, your moral standards are reprehensible in the words of another blowhard Joe Buck. How bout a story about Obama and Edwards sticking it to the cnn lovechild Clinton? She looked like a moron last night. Thank You.

    October 31, 2007 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. Mike S., New Orleans, Louisiana

    I like Barack Obama more everytime I read something like this. He doesn't waste a lot of time giggling, but always gets right to the heart of the matter.

    October 31, 2007 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. m T

    Report the real news!

    Sibel Edmonds has just offered to break state secrets gag orders on her in exchange for an unedited interview. You would think this would be news in a supposedly free society!

    FBI translator and whistleblower Sibel Edmonds, the most gagged person in the history of the USA is willing to face charges, and wants to name names of people still in our Congress and government who were involved in corruption and TREASON prior to 9/11.

    Stop hiding the real news with fluff like this story!

    October 31, 2007 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  16. Johnny Swany

    Also, UFO's are seen all the time, the man did not say that he saw aliens or believed in them, he merely said he saw something in the night sky that was unidentifiable based on his knowledge. What is wrong with that? I've seen things in the sky that I don't know what they were, but I don't think they were aliens. Someone else stated a weather balloon possibly. You clearly are trying to make him look like a loon which is morally disgusting and is part of what is wrong with the median as a general resource, cause someone has their hand in your pockets, you have an agenda. Too bad everyone already knows.

    October 31, 2007 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  17. Brendan, Arizona

    Why is this presented by CNN.com and other news websites as humorous?

    Polls suggest more than 2/3 of Americans genuinely believe in UFOs, and the possibility of life outside of the boundaries of earth.

    It is not taken seriously by the media which is a travesty, this is one of the most important issues of our time: Are we alone?

    How is it supposed to be presented in a serious way and taken seriously when so called 'news' outlets make fun of it?

    Come on, can you actually cover something in an unbiased manner, or do you have to put a spin on everything.

    October 31, 2007 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  18. Ben Winchester VA

    With those Big Ears I believe he could take us to his leader. Beam us up kuchinich you idiot.

    October 31, 2007 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  19. R

    Excellent. Nice to see somebody's trying to win the crazy vote.

    October 31, 2007 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  20. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    People making fun of Kucinich have completely lost the point. His comment was "It was an unidentified flying object, OK? It's, like, it's unidentified. I saw something.”

    Get real, people. He did NOT say he saw a flying saucer with little green men. He said he saw an UNIDENTIFIED flying object. He couldn't tell what it was. There could have been many explanations for it. He never said it came from outer space; he just saw something in the air that was not immediately identifiable. Everyone has seen things they couldn't identify at first. This is no different.

    I'm not a Kucinich fan, but it's really stupid to hang him for a completely honest statement. He said he couldn't identify it and you are insisting that he could? Grow up!

    October 31, 2007 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  21. Jonathan, Birmingham, AL

    UFO, by definition, simply means and "unidentified flying object". If you look up in the sky and see something that you don't recognize as a plane or a star or anything else in your internal database of knowledge, then it is an object, it's flying in some way, and you can't identify it. Whether or not there is an earthly explanation is another thing altogether. But, it is a UFO. Now, concerning whether or not it is an alien craft, or whether life even exists on other planets, is another issue altogether. But, the best evidence for life on other planets is that there is life here on earth. I don't know if any of that alien life has visited us, but it would be tremendously ego-centric to believe that we are the only life in the universe.

    October 31, 2007 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  22. Brian, Cleveland, OH

    I agree with John from KY.

    Extraterrestrial life is somehow more ridiculous than belief in an omnipotent magical dictator? In the Republican party we have 3 candidates who don't believe in evolution. There's more crazy to go around than we would all like to admit.

    October 31, 2007 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  23. Brad Eureka, CA

    The question was LAME, just like the coverage it's getting here. The real headline was Kucinich calling for impeachment. I guess if Bush got a BJ, we'd be impeaching him. But getting thousands of people killed... who cares?

    CNN has no credibility.

    October 31, 2007 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  24. Bill Champaign Illinois

    Kucinich thinks that Bush has mental problems? I think he's the one that needs mental help. Who needs a president thats been beamed up??!! Give it up Dennis.

    October 31, 2007 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  25. Paul Campbell, San Diego California

    Did you guys consider the fact that maybe some open mindedness could do some good on Capital Hill. This guy is at least being honest. When did honesty oust you from politics? Oh wait, there is no honesty in politics.......yet! Having some real people in office might be the cure to some of the ills we've been facing for at least the last 8yrs.
    I'm not saying that I'll vote for him, but at least his balls are bigger than the rest of them. Don't you think it's a bit egocentric to think we are the only life forms out there. That's right, some of you prob. don't think global warming is our problem.....

    October 31, 2007 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
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