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. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    This woman is desperate and pathetic.

    August 25, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  2. Steve

    She's right. As long as this thing continues to be funded, they are ALL guilty of continuing this disastrous war.

    How much longer can we afford it?

    August 25, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  3. corin

    mckinney please sit down

    August 25, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |

    Why is McKinney attacking Obama when she should be attacking McCain. It makes no sense. McCain wants war and you leave him alone. Obama wants to stop the war and you attack him.

    Hey McKinney your problem is with Bush and McHitler for starting the war. Use your forces to stop the republicans you idiot!

    August 25, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  5. John Smith

    CNN, please stop deleting my reality responses to people's concerns. If you can come up with something better, please POST it and I'd be glad to read it:
    As I grow older, now in my 60's here are some things that I have learned:

    1. The Democrats have low IQ levels when in comes to politics; the Republicans have very high IQ levels in the area of politics.

    2. Democrats are emotional (kind of sissy-like); the Republicans are emotionally-stable, determined, and have a clear goal–TO WIN!!

    3. The Democrats worship their candidates (the person), the Republicans are very faithful about the party, not the candidate (even when such a candidate is dumb or senile, he or she will get their support).

    4. The Republicans are great at running campaigns, but terrible at running a large nation such as the U.S.

    5. The Democrats love to lose (losers); the Republicans love to win at all cost, no matter the means!

    6. The Independents are the true Genuises; only they can rescue the "wimpy" Democrats from the hungry-politically smart Republicans!

    So, this is the last and best opportunity the Dems will ever have, for the next 20 years, to regain the White House. Let us watch them screw it up again because of their goddess!

    August 25, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  6. Silence Dogood

    The two party system is corrupt!

    Who is anti-War?

    Both Obama and McCain want more troops in Afghanistan
    Both Obama and McCain are Israel-centric in support
    Both Obama and McCain are scolding Iran
    Oh and Obama want MOST troops out of Iraq.

    Sounds like politics as usual all around.

    August 25, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  7. DA

    She is crazy!!!
    Girl go sit down some where!!!

    August 25, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  8. jay

    Oh, shut up you!

    August 25, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  9. Travis

    Why not go to Denver.....all the free advertising for the election year

    I'm sure you'll find a few nutbars to listen to you...another loser

    August 25, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  10. Millie

    What a nit-wit.....

    August 25, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  11. PG

    Another "turn-coat!" Throw her in the dark hole with Liebermen.

    August 25, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  12. Cynthia

    My mother always told me if you can't say something nice or of value don't say anything so – I'm done on this one.

    August 25, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  13. Colin Young

    Keep rocking the boat and Speaking Truth to Power, sister.

    Eventually the Democrats will start listening, or else many more will leave, and the party will dissolve into history.

    Go Cynthia, Go Greens!

    August 25, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  14. prairieguy

    WHo opened the doors to the nut house???????????????

    August 25, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |

    im a black woman and i can say this mc kinney needs to go sit her but down. once the war was started did she think that they should fight with rocks and sticks and not eat, get real. funding was a must.

    August 25, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  16. Sherry, Atlanta


    OBAMA/BIDEN '08-'12

    August 25, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  17. TonyinKentucky

    I'm sure Cynthia's heart is in the right place but her mind is not. The GOP is trying to get the death blow in on the American Dream and we don't have time or the luxury of placing protest votes and making points.

    She is siphoning votes from Obama which results in at least a partial vote for McCain.
    Cynthia, you and Nader are being far more harm than help and you may as well as count yourself and your supporters as proudly in favor of electing John s. McCain to the Presidency.

    August 25, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  18. Jim

    She is a perfect Democrat! Has no idea what America is really about. God bless the idiots in this world.

    August 25, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  19. Brian

    Telling her to sit down because you might disagree with her?

    The fact is... she's an intelligent woman who says what most "Liberals" believe. It's just sad that the Democratic party must pander to "middle America". I'll vote for Obama because there is no viable alternative, but her politics are dead on and I pray that someday the country will come around to her thinking.

    August 25, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  20. Marcello

    Cynthia McKinney is everything that Obama and Clinton claim to be. She opposed the Iraq War when the Dems were too chicken to even cluck. She stood up to the Bush administration when the Dems were too spineless to get out of bed. She stood up for the disenfranchised while the Dems were sipping champagne with CEO's.

    McKinney has courage. She backs up her words with action. Why vote for a pretender when you can vote for the real thing?

    August 25, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  21. her2

    She has not learnt. Her mouth gets her into trouble.

    August 25, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  22. ben

    Please be quite and go sit down somewhere.

    August 25, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  23. James

    Just like Sharpton and Jackson, she has to spew thoughtless retoric to make a living.

    August 25, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  24. Eric

    Go Cynthia! Keep on fightin' !!

    August 25, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  25. LaShanda

    They can't just cut off funding without a withdrawal plan. She's not thinking logically.

    August 25, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
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