Kucinich critique turns into push for funds
March 22nd, 2011
08:46 AM ET
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Kucinich critique turns into push for funds

(CNN)- Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich is transforming his critique of President Obama's actions in Libya into a fundraising plea, asking supporters to decide whether they like President Obama or the Constitution more.

After calling the president's decision to act in Libya an "impeachable offense," Kucinich Monday posted a letter on his website asking supporters for help in "putting together a broad fundraising structure to make sure that I'll have the resources to continue to be a voice in the Unites States Congress."

"The Obama administration's decision to attack Libya was made without any Congressional approval," said the seven-term congressman from Ohio. "It's outside the Constitution of the United States. Whether you like President Obama or not is not the question. The question is: if you like the Constitution more."

"We are bombing Libya right now. Congress did not approve this action, according to the Constitution. Such an action lacks legality in the United States and the President should have to answer to that," he continued.

Kucinich also marked the 8th anniversary of the attack on Iraq with a reminder that he was against the Iraq war from the start. Stating that he "never failed to stand up" when advocating for the "need to more our economy forward" or "internationally standing up for peace," Kucinich asked potential donors to shore up his re-election efforts for 2012.

"I'm asking you to really get engaged in this effort to not just make it possible for me to stay in the United States Congress but to make it possible even more importantly for my voice to continue to be heard on your behalf," he said.

Ohio is set to undergo redistricting following the results of the most recent U.S. Census, a development that may make Kucinich's road to re-election more difficult. The state will lose two congressional seats.

In December 2010 he wrote a letter to supporters declaring, "I will not wait until the Ohio Legislature produces a new map to start thinking of the options. The question will not be: Who is my opponent? The question will be: Where is my district? Seriously."

"We are going to have to prepare for a different kind of election, possibly in a different place because my district may be eliminated. We are going to have to organize in a different way, now. The question will remain: Where?"

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soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. Rich Zubaty

    Viva Dennis! Go get 'em. I wish YOU were president.

    March 22, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  2. ACE

    I 've always known this guy was a nut, its in the eyes.

    March 22, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  3. Pat

    What a surprise!

    March 22, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  4. sammieb51

    So let me get this straight - last week Obama was horrible because he was doing nothing while Gadhafi (sp) took the upper hand in Lybia's civil war and France (of all countries! - French Fries!!! don't we all remember how they were vilified under Bush) was taking the lead !! .... and this week he is horrible because we have engaged in an operation to stop Gadhafi from obliterating the rebels in Bengazi, all under a mandate by the UN security councill. And Obama was terrible because he did nothing in Japan (except send in 2 of our largest battle ships and make their full resouces available to the Japanese people) .... and the week before he was terrible because he did nothing in Egypt..... You folks need to make up your minds. I remember how smoothly the Clinton operations in Kosovo and Bosnia went in the mid-late 90's, all accompanied by the same flack Obama is getting, except then the GOP threw in "wag the dog". Everyone wanted the no-fly zone, which requires military action, its not like putting up the barricade cones .... And where was Mr. Lugar and even Mr. Kucinich, oh let's say in about 2005 after 2 years of a war in Iraq and 3 years of a war Afghanistan that were both going nowhere - what was the line then? "You can't define the mission or you jeapardize the soldiers on the ground". Obama reduced the troops in Iraq to the same level we have in S. Korea, I trust the guy is gonna do the right thing here. And I don't like that we are engaged in yet another "policing" action but feel confident NATO will get out very quickly and I don't see a good alternative unless we all want to watch this madman obliterate his own people with half the country bitching we need to do something. Obama can't win for losing with this crowd.

    March 22, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  5. willie floyd

    I had some few good feelings about Mr. Kucinich during the primaries-he has taken those feelings away. Appears to be a sneaky way of fund raising, IMHO.

    March 22, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  6. Chris

    Congressman Kucinich your statment makes it quit clear that you know nothing about the laws of this great country. The War Powers Resolution of 1973 states the president can use the military for 60 days before a declartion of war is required. Now, you are a lawmaker and you want me to support a lawmaker that does not know the law. This is a prime example that our government has been corrupted with ignorant people. Maybe you need to be removed from congress.

    March 22, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  7. doubledinkc

    ya thats nice and all...but you dont need congress to perform a executive military order

    March 22, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  8. Chase Huffman

    Someone needs to tell Dennis, emphasizing here that I call him Dennis and not Mr. Kucinich, to shut his midget mouth and stick to what he does best: running a little congressional district.

    March 22, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  9. Jeff Spangler

    Still lacks serious cred, always will. As irrelevant as Bernie Sanders on the Far Left.

    March 22, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  10. Sergio D. Monterroso

    What I really do not understand is how is it possible for the great people of Ohio to keep re-electing this idiot into congress, it sure does not speak well of that state.

    March 22, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  11. Guest

    No way in hell that I, a staunch democrat, will donate money for this traitor's re-election efforts. He is an embarrassment to the good people of Ohio.

    March 22, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  12. StrategicBob

    Can't this twerp just sit down and shut up? President Obama's action on lLbya are no different than what lots of other Preseidents have done without being impeached. The biggest difference this time around is that President Obama appears to be committed to limiting our involvment to a relatively low level of effort. As it is, Ghadafi (or however that nutjob's name is spelled this week) is personally complicit in terrorist attacks against this country. Just because we elected at the time not to go to war against Libya for Pan Am 103 does not mean that we don't still have a legitimate causus belli against his regime. There is no statute of limitations on murder.

    March 22, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  13. paul

    I like liberals, but you have become the face man for the Republican party. They are laughing at you and any other Dems for going after Obama. Fact is he has not declared "war" and does have the right to join the coalition in defending the mass slayings in Libya for humanitarian reasons. You are the one that needs to read the constitution. And to use this for fund raising makes me lose respect for you.

    March 22, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  14. Lexi

    Some people have been throwing the 'impeach' business around way too much.. Whether Repub. or Dem, impeaching requires a lot more than not liking what the President is doing. I'm no Obama fan, but like every president before him, he has access to intelligence reports that the regular American people don't. Like Bush, Obama is being ripped for his actions. I never saw that coming.

    March 22, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  15. Rachel

    Now we know what the critiques are really about. It always comes down to the almighty dollar. Such a shame. Seems like he's selling out and will do basically anything to get re-elected.

    March 22, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  16. Coleman R. Brice

    He's a populist who speaks for the people, how else can he raise funds? He doesn't get money from special interestv like his opponents do, so why try to imply there is something shady about asking for financial help with his campaign?

    March 22, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  17. MikeyH

    Turning it into yet another bid for president? How is that not surprising?

    March 22, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  18. Lynne

    Just another politician trying to find a way to get his name in lights! If the president didn't act he would have been bad! If he did act, he would have been bad! Boys and girls you can't have it both ways!!!!!!!

    March 22, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  19. jules sand-perkins

    Not one penny.

    March 22, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  20. Rick

    Kucinich's critique has definitely motivated me to make a campaign contribution ... To President Obama.
    Talk of impeachment from Democratic hopefuls is counterproductive and divisive. And in this case, baldly opportunistic. Shame on you Mr. Kucinich. I expected better from you.

    March 22, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  21. We have Cowards in Congress

    Desperate cry for re-election. We see now that this gentlemen is not for the people, but sounding more like a republican every day. Kicinich you're starting to sound like a desperate house wife who husband is about to leave her and is willing to do anything to keep him there. You my friend disgust me jump to the other side already.

    March 22, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  22. Senior Citizen

    I wouldn't waste my money on this guy. No matter what Obama does it is going to wrong in the eyes of some. John McCain said we should have been there weeks ago. He and Palin would have us in all out war everywhere, what does Kucinich think we should do?? He didn't need Congress approval and he waited and thought it out and didn't rush in under false WMD pretense like Bush, Cheney, Rove and Rumsfield. You can't please all of the people all of the time. He's our President and I'm glad he was elected in 2008 and will be again in 2012.

    March 22, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  23. Anonymous

    "putting together a broad fundraising structure to make sure that I'll have the resources to continue to be a voice in the Unites States Congress."
    ......So basically, blah blah blah blah GIVE ME MONEYYYYYYY!!!

    March 22, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  24. Carol Coulson

    Kucinich is looking for a run for Pres., he's worried about his Ohio vote... among others, jump right in to gangbuster the President, just like a bunch of barn yard commandos.....the Pres. does not have to ask the Congress....no troops were put on Lybia's land...we are not in the act of war....it was the consensus of the U.N.....unilaterally.....for humanitarian reasons....if we waited for Congress to act that would be a long time to come to a consensus, especially with these black barts, who consider themselves to be the champion of the taxpayers??? whoa!!!

    March 22, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
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