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

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. Squigman

    Send me money, and I'll free you from this tyrany again. And the sad thing is, there will be some who'll fall for it. Yet again.

    March 22, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  2. Taioseach

    He can't be serious!

    Really!??!! After the last 9 years fighting a two front war predicated on a lie and this moron is saying this is an impeachable offense?!

    What about that fool McCain and I forget the other one calling for President to act. I guess because he didn't lie to get it done then this makes it an impeachable offense. More institutionalized racism. Unbelievable, the President can't get a break.

    So why is it that Bush can't travel to Switzerland? Something about a charge for war crimes. He broke off a speaking engagement there because a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

    March 22, 2011 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  3. Phil in KC

    We Democrats have enough problems with right-wing nut jobs running around calling for impeachment without of our own doing so. I generally like where Kucinich stands on most issues. But, this time, he has stepped over the line.

    March 22, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  4. Thomas

    Mr. Kucinich needs to read the War Powers Act of 1973. The President is authorized to commit military forces for 60 days before getting congressional approval.

    Mr. Kucinich once again, amply expresses his ignorance.

    March 22, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  5. C_Munkie

    And finally the truth comes out: It was all about money, after all.

    March 22, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  6. s.thomas74

    What an idiot! Kucinch needs to be removed. Any fool who votes for this idiot deserves what they get.

    March 22, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  7. Randall Black

    Hey Dennis would you sit your hips down somewhere and stop trying to make a buck out of everything, you have sued the cafterfia in washington, you wanted the newyork city officials prosecuted over a stadium, you wanted president busch impeached in 2008, you recieve 2.1 million in public financing in 2004 more than anyone(guess your still following the benjamins)

    March 22, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  8. K

    CNN Can we get a contitutional expert in to verify whether or not Kucinch's claim is in fact correct please?

    March 22, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  9. cregis

    I'm opposed to our participation in Libya but don't we have a treaty with the UN to participate in their actions? Doesn't that give Obama authority to take part in a coalition effort. I believe that's how Bush I went into Kuwait and don't recall any Republicans criticizing that, of course Kucinich is not a Republican. Apparently there is nothing Obama can do that is not criticized by somebody.

    March 22, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  10. dee

    Why don,t you join the Teapots,an gop? You might run for President if you "Defect" All the others have? Your a Flip Flop!

    March 22, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  11. Larry L

    Kucinich shows a lack of understanding of the functioning of the United Nations. He projects himself as a naive old hippie, unaware of reality and living in an idealistic world of peace and love. The President is acting with caution and wisdom, with Kucinich on one extreme and McCain at the other. I'm thankful for President Obama's restraint – and his participation with areal coalition rather than using the empty and foolish cowboy bravado of a George W. Bush.

    March 22, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  12. Author, femi folorunsho

    Dennis is a not an American sentaor is a wack job for trying to manipulate people for money relative to Libya issue. What do you expect the President to do? Nothing, and allowed a mad man like Ghadaffi to sluaughter those innocent people. If you need money, please don't keep gracing the office of Congress. Just do what you do best, sue another Mom and Pop restaurant for giving you a nail to eat in your sandwitch.

    March 22, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  13. 4merRepubCT

    Apparently Kucinich wasn't paying attention in either his U.S. History or Civics classes in high school. The War Powers Act of 1973 did limit the President's authority in the unfettered use of the military (in response to LBJ & Nixon in Vietnam). HOWEVER, it also provided the President with a 60 day window – in other words, the POTUS can order military action, but has 60 days to report this to Congress and request authorization. Kucinich has no idea of what he is talking about – he needs to educate himself before he speaks.

    March 22, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  14. Waterguessen

    President Bush did just what they are accusing President Obama of doing; and we have been at war for ten years thanks to him. Where were the cries for impeachment then!? President Obama did not declare a war on a country without the vote of Congress. He used his legal Presidential powers as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, to assist NATO allies; fulfilling our international responsibility.

    March 22, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  15. John Q.

    “The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”
    — Senator Barack Hussein Obama, December 20, 2007

    Seems Obama used to agree with Kucinich on this point, but of course Obama said a lot of things to get elected. Just add this to the list. My how things change when power is in hand...

    March 22, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  16. Jeff from Va

    OK, so Democrats are upset with the President getting into Libya without their approval, well, What Are You Going To Do About It, AN ABSOLUTLY NOTHING, because if you do, then you have to stop bad mouthing President Bush for doing the same thing, you see it is not as "Easy" as you think to be the "President".

    March 22, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  17. larry

    this was a desperate move by Kucinich and not so smart

    March 22, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  18. William Thames

    A critique? What are we evaluating cooking or a piece of artwork?

    Kucinich is 100% right. The president shouldn't have to 'consult' congress regarding declarations of war, he NEEDs to have a declaration of war from congress in order to take action.

    I do like how you tried to tie the two together, as if it somehow dismissed the legitimate point that the president didn't wait for a declaration of war to commence action, which is not legal.

    It doesn't matter if there is precedent, it is not right and is still not legal.

    March 22, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  19. Indy

    Send me money so I can continue to lie to you and spread fear and hate all across the world. The little man has lost his mind if he thinks this arguement will stick. He really needs to speak with someone that knows constitutional law that can explain to him that Obama has the rights and powers to do exactly what he did by joining the united efforts in Libya. Only a very samll person would stoop to the level of trying to raise money off of the backs of the military actions in Libya. Kucinich is a gutter slug and slime is oozing out of his mouth these days. He does not need your money to spout off his lies, keep your money for a positive and progressive venture.

    March 22, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  20. ABM

    Are you kidding me? He is a total turncoat. Our laws clearly allow our President to direct military forces WITHOUT Congressional approval so long as WAR is not declared. This is limited to a specific number of days then he would have to seek furhter approvals for extenstion or formally declare war.

    This is why the Dems can't seem get their messaging straight. Pure and simple he is trying to appeal to the anti-Obama voters and nothing else.

    March 22, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  21. dan

    he is opportunist. trying to take advantage of the Libya situation.

    March 22, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  22. Henry

    So this has everything to do with Dennis' reelection. As a Democrat I hope they make sure that he is GONE.

    March 22, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  23. Tracy

    Does this nut not know democrats support Obama. It's the republicans and Tea Party folk who don't. He just sealed his fate..

    March 22, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  24. OneMoreTime

    Told ya, the little weasel is running scared.

    March 22, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  25. Jim

    Rather self-absorbed, aren't we, Mr. Kucinich? I'm concerned about the protections included in the Constitution and the usefulness of Checks & Balances and the interaction of the Three Branches of the Government. But when you add what amounts to a commercial to your statements? You lost me. Go away you foolish little man.

    March 22, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
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