October 31st, 2007
08:50 AM ET
15 years ago

Kucinich questions Bush's mental health

Kucinich, with wife Elizabeth, questioned the president's mental health.

(CNN) - Strong words from Democratic presidential contender Dennis Kucinich may be nothing new, but his comments to a newspaper Tuesday questioning President Bush’s mental health are raising a few eyebrows.

“I seriously believe we have to start asking questions about his mental health," the Ohio congressman told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "There's something wrong. He does not seem to understand his words have real impact."

Kucinich's comments were in reference to the president's recent remarks on Iran, in which he suggested World War III could occur if the country obtained nuclear capabilities.

“I've told people that, if you're interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing them from having the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon," Bush said at a news conference earlier this month.

The Democratic presidential candidate later said he does not consider questioning the Bush's mental health inappropriate, according the Inquirer's Web site.

“You cannot be a President of the United States who's wanton in his expression of violence," Kucinich said. "There's a lot of people who need care. He might be one of them. If there isn't something wrong with him, then there's something wrong with us. This, to me, is a very serious question."

A Republican National Committee spokesman called the comments "absurd and irresponsible."

- CNN Political Desk Managing Editor Steve Brusk

Filed under: Dennis Kucinich
soundoff (725 Responses)
  1. Doug, New Jersey

    "Condi, being responsible for much of the lies this admin has put out, SHOULD be assaulted"

    Add this to shooting Bush betwen the eyes and other lib comments about wanting harm to be done to those who disgaree with their views. Almost every liberal democrat wishes harm or death to those who don't think exactly as they do, where as hardly any conservatives feel that way. That is the difference, what type of person are you? Don't answer here, answer on the first Tuesday of November.

    October 31, 2007 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  2. Guillermo, TX

    Bush isn't crazy he is just a dumb-ass who moved to Texass to play cowboy, now he playing a dumb-ass cowboy with the world.

    October 31, 2007 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. Jon, Toledo, OH

    Doug from NJ, if you're going to quote someone, include the entire quote: "Condi, being responsible for much of the lies this admin has put out, SHOULD be assaulted – by a felony charge of treason." Leave it to a Repub to take a statement out of context to try to villify someone who doesn't share your views.

    October 31, 2007 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. Marie, Bellingham, WA

    Now that so many people are speaking up about their suspicions of the president's mental health, does anyone care to revisit 9/11. Without that horrible day, neither Bush nor his administration would have had the justification to persue their agenda on Iraq and the rest of the middle east. 9/11 was the perfect plan to blind the American people.

    Another consideration, if events in the middle east continue escalate, expect further words of justification to put off a change in government next year and to force his administration on us indefinitely.

    October 31, 2007 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  5. F. Mulder, Seattle, WA

    Right on. Never has there been such a moron for a president...it's scary how stupid he is.

    October 31, 2007 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. Mary, Mountain View, CA

    His wife is NOT hot at ALL. She's just a plain jane who happens to be taller than him and young enough to be his daughter.

    October 31, 2007 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  7. Cable King Pittsburgh PA

    DK might become a footnote in history.

    George Bush's legacy will be that of an isolated egoist who has reaped untold agony on the entire world for generations.

    Hmmm, where are the priorities on this one?

    October 31, 2007 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  8. CNB, Washington State

    What worries me most about these blogs I'm reading is how extreme left or right you people seem to be. What happened to our Country. Where are the level-headed people that saw the left and the right for what it was and chose to stand in the middle for what THEY believed in. People that are saying Bush is insane and is a war monger even go as far as saying he's like Hitler, how rediculous can you be? You know your "heroes" the Democrats voted almost unanimously for the war, and the only thing they've done about it since is whine and complain and make non-binding resolutions so people believe they're doing something about it, take some accountability people, and pro-Bush people, I don't blame you for sticking behind the commander-in-chief, but you have to recognize that he has taken almost 6 years to come up with (SOME) decent changes in Iraq. He is not a very good leader plain and simple. But be honest DEM's you haven't offered anything up to the plate or tried to take any kind of lead in this fight either. America you have to admit not a whole lot of leadership is going on right now in D.C.. Nobody wants to help the other side and we're paying the price for it. We look rediculous on the world stage because we can't back our government, too many of you have already decided that no matter what you'll vote for whoever the Democrat is or whoever the Republican is.... What's the point in voting at all if you aren't even judging the character of the individual you're putting in office.

    October 31, 2007 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  9. K. Smith, Oklahoma City, OK

    Right, Kucinich's comments are absurd and the American people allowing Bush to trample the constitution is not?

    October 31, 2007 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  10. Valerie Crawford, Nashville, TN

    I have no questions about Bush's mental health. I know he's insane.

    October 31, 2007 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  11. Jr., California

    Has DK been sucking on Chinese lead-laced toys?

    October 31, 2007 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  12. Axel, RKDA, California

    Finally! Someone in the government with enough nards to speak the truth. I always thought that Dennis Kucinich was a poor chioce for a Presidential campaign. But now I'm having second thoughts... He might just make a good President.

    October 31, 2007 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  13. Elizabeth Fenimore, Sacramento, CA

    It's about time someone in the public eye stood up and spoke to the Emporer's lack of clothes. Good for Kucinich!
    Who writes this stuff for Bush anyway? Do they realize how sophomoric his comments and speeches sound?
    And, if these insane comments are of his (Bush) own making, we are in MUCH DEEPER trouble as a country than most of us acknowledge.
    I, for one, am completely embarrassed and ashamed the people of the United States allowed bush and his cronies to steal the election in 2000 –
    How much longer will we all stand with our heads in the sand and refuse to see the truth?
    Our country is being decimated by the Bush/Chaney machine.
    It will take decades to undo the decimation, if at all, to our foreign relations – to say nothing of what our country is currently going through.
    Do you all realize that the housing/credit crunch is directly realted to the current administration?
    How much are we all willing to lose in terms of civil / constitutional rights before there is NO ONE left to take a stand?
    THANK YOU Dennis Kucinich!

    October 31, 2007 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  14. Tom, Bellevue, Washington

    This coming from the guy who says he sees U.F.O.'s

    October 31, 2007 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  15. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    Well I dunno know.....I think Kucinich has a better chance of seeing a UFO than Bush has of seeing a WMD in Iraq before his term is over. I mean the number of people who have reported UFO sitings far out way the numbers who have reported seeing WMD's in Iraq! I'll put my money on Kucinich and UFO's.

    Any takers?

    October 31, 2007 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  16. Fred, TN

    I am a past Republican and Kucinich is correct. How irresponsbile of the Administration to be creating the atmosphere for further war and dealing in Fear mongering to the fullest. Vote and Pray to Stop the entanglement in foreign affairs and start following the Constitution.

    November 1, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  17. JZ, Los Osos, CA

    Do Any of you people calling Kucinich a quack for seeing UFO's believe Jesus was the son of god?

    Who's crazier, you or DK? I'll bet every one of you are in a New York minute.

    Go DK go.......

    November 1, 2007 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  18. Eric, Sterling Heights, MI

    Genius has always been met with violent opposition from the minds of the mediocre.

    What Dennis is saying and the platform he is and has been running on is about 50-75 years ahead of its time.

    That is why he has no chance of winning. If Dennis would be born 30 years from now, he would be a future president.

    Not now with the state of "mental midgetry" our nation is currently in.

    November 2, 2007 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  19. Mary Houser, Encinitas, CA

    Why would anyone question Dennis Kucinich that this administration, led by Bush, is not normal or sane?

    November 3, 2007 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  20. cgrandt5

    Hmmm... not sure if Georgie has a mental illness? Let's just say we all know he's a "recovered" alcoholic, and from my knowledge, something like 90%-95% of alcoholics have some form of mental illness. Thought I'd share that information with you.

    November 5, 2007 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  21. Brittany, Salem, OR

    I completely agree, and it scares me. He's cheerfully sending our country into a massive nuclear war, and doesn't seem to be looking for any alternatives. At the very least he should finish the war he started before sending troops into a new war. Considering that the information for both wars were made up, I think it's time to take a serious look at the government we have in place, and the president we "elected".

    November 6, 2007 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  22. Linda Boonville, NY

    I don't understand why someone hasn't brought this up before. It is like the children's story, The Emperor's New Clothes". I think that Pres. Bush had some problem with his cognitive abilities. I am not a clinical psychologist, so wouldn't know where to start with testing, but certainly a serious examinatino of his mental abilities is warranted. Just listen to his speech. Slurring, mix-ups, etc.

    November 6, 2007 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  23. J Seattle, WA


    December 4, 2007 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  24. Freddy

    Look! The Emperor has no clothes.
    It's so obvious to the rest of the world that Bush has lost his marbles. It's like DUUUUH! I wish the Republicans would quite being in so much denial about it.

    January 19, 2008 05:06 am at 5:06 am |
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