August 25th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
15 years ago

McKinney slams Democrats over Iraq war funding

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DENVER, Colorado (CNN) - Controversial former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney is in Denver this week, but she isn’t exactly here to attend the Democratic National Convention.

In fact we found her at a protest against US government detainment of “political prisoners."

These days McKinney is the Green Party nominee for President, and she’s blasting the Democrats in Congress for not cutting off funding to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"I've been liberated from the values that I believe are the failed values of the Democratic party. I'm proud to be outside,” she said.

Back in 1996, McKinney was not only on the inside of the Democratic convention in Chicago - she was even one of the speakers. She praised then-President Bill Clinton, and lashed out at the Republican Party for its opposition to abortion.

McKinney was well known on the Hill for her run-ins with everyone from the Anti-Defamation league to the Capitol police. But for the record, the protest she attended was peaceful and came off without a hitch.

soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    What a wack job. Has someone evaluated her sanity?

    August 25, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  2. Travis


    August 25, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  3. Franky

    LOL!!!! The Green Party!!! Who they got as their running mate?? "The Hulk?" LOL!!!!

    August 25, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  4. Veterans for Obama

    How dare McCain talk about the war funding when he has done nothing to help the returnig troops and veterans. He has no problem sending us in harms way, but could care less when we get back. He has an F for his support for ther veterans. Obama got a B. Guess who we are going to vote for?

    Obama 08!!!

    August 25, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  5. NObama 2008

    That McKinney for years was a Democrat only proves how screwed up the Democrats really are.

    August 25, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. Obama's Pitbull

    Give it up McKinney!!!! You will get .0001% of the vote sweety

    August 25, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  7. Val, Atlanta, Ga

    Please for God Sakes send her back to Atlanta.

    August 25, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  8. ariel

    Cynthia Mc Kinney is a pathetic has-been with anger issues who will do anything–and I mean anything-for attention.

    August 25, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  9. Peter (CA)

    How long before McCain puts her in a commercial?

    August 25, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  10. Andrew

    I like her more and more as the democrats continue to entrench themselves in the politics of old.

    August 25, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  11. BlameBarack-Colorado

    She sounds like a wack job. The Dems want to cut funding off nonetheless but they also don't want to leave our troops high and dry out there fighting this pointless war. That is why the Dems priorty is to end the war first. Cynthina, you are a dummy, a fake Hillary Clinton.

    August 25, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  12. Becky

    This lady supported to war before her son got killed. She should be bashing McCain , the war lover.

    August 25, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  13. Paul

    From the guy who won't fund our troops when they get home.

    August 25, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  14. Oldschool23

    The McCain campaign is running a TV ad attacking Obama with statements that are literally true but paint an incomplete picture.

    It says he "voted against funding our troops." He did – exactly once. Obama cast at least 10 votes for war-funding bills before voting against one last year, after Bush vetoed a version that contained a date for withdrawal from Iraq.

    It says he "hasn't been to Iraq for years." He was headed there at the time the ad was released, however, and had been there in 2006.

    It says he "never held a single hearing on Afghanistan." It was the full Senate Foreign Relations Committee, not Obama's subcommittee, that had the hearings on this global hot spot, and Obama attended one of those. Over the same time period, McCain himself attended none of the Afghanistan hearings held by the Armed Services Committee on which he serves.

    August 25, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  15. Rhoda

    I thought McKinney represented the heart and soul of the Democratic Party. Another Democrat who left for "greener" pastures.

    August 25, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  16. Truth for America

    The war was based on a lie by Republicans!!!!!!!

    August 25, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  17. Joseph, Los Angeles California

    Isn't she at the wrong convention? The Dem's didn't start this!

    August 25, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  18. JoelWhy

    McKinney's a nut-case; I was thrilled to hear she left the Dems!

    August 25, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  19. elizabeth flaherty

    let's do the math

    8 years Bush + 4 years of McCain would equal to adding
    to the 4300+ lives lost & still mounting in Iraq, ect.

    August 25, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  20. Sheilah

    Talk about bitter. Just think where she'd be if she had only worn her Congressional pin that day. While I think the guards were over zealous about man-handling her, and she did not get the support she needed from her colleagues, she made the situation worse.

    Obama 08

    August 25, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  21. Sheilah

    Bush lied when he took the oath of office for the first and second time. He said he would defend and protect the Constitution. Of which he did neither.

    Obama 08

    August 25, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  22. Well i'll tell you this...

    Wow. Can you say crazy?

    August 25, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |

    I think if I were McKinney, I'd stick real close to the Democratic Party
    and not make useless trouble for them. This is insanity on her behalf!!!!!

    August 25, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  24. Ron democrat turned independent

    democrats should be made to answer for doing nothing to help the country since taking control of congress. Obama and company have no problem pointing fingers at McCain and the republicans but in reality what have they done now that they control. answer they have done just like Obama and just like they will continue doing they will talk talk talk and blame others for their failures the only one in that party that ever walked the walk is Bill Clinton and we have seen what the wannabes have done to him. if they have no respect for their own how can we trust them with our future

    August 25, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  25. grrr

    Look what spending your life on politics does? Turns you into some sort of lunatic. McCain 08 – and PROUD OF IT.

    August 25, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
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