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. ConservaFascists/F.U.B.A.R.

    Rep. Kucinich is not a fan of wars. I agree with him on alot of things, but when it comes to matters of national security, I'm with the President. I like the fact that we weren't bamboozled on what's going on in Libya.

    March 22, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  2. Da Professor

    Gee Kucinich did they forget to ask you?
    You are beginning to sound like a brain-dead Republican.
    Translation - Like Palin, Bachmann, and most of the wanna be leaders(???) on the right side of the aisle.

    March 22, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  3. New Age Independant

    Kucinich is a rat trying to find dry land. He'd sell his own mother for power. At least he's consistent though. Most liberals, especially those who post their rubbish on these boards would follow Obama off of a cliff. I contend that they have already done so. If a Republican president were to initiate such a military action, liberals would be screaming impeachment as loud as they could.

    March 22, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  4. mgc

    The democrats answer to glen beck and sarah palin...another nut just left wing this time.

    March 22, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  5. RG

    You go Dennis, one of the few politicians that is not a see-out or a party shill. He actually wants what is best for our country. Go Independent Dennis, we have to break theis 2 party rule, that only has 1 master, corporate America. I'd love to see a Dennis Kucinich/Ron Paul ticket. Maybe restore some sanity to government.

    How many countries must we invade to consider this a world war? Obama should give back his Peace Prize.

    March 22, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  6. blue

    in all my days I have never witnessed such character assassination as our President as had to face..what on earth have we come to?? the congress is completely ridiculous in their kindergarten recess bully mode... the fighting * the side of the aisle * non stop political campaigns * people in congress who say no to health care yet rely on theirs to benefit their family * if you are going to continue to lean on the constitution then perhaps you ought to read about the way congress was supposed to be... not high rise condos, beautiful homes in your state and in Washington.. free stuff that ordinary citizens have to pay for * taking money from lobbyists * cheating & lying * free cars * If it were up to me..no person would serve beyond two terms * just like the President.. campaign season would not begin until 6 months before that specific election * the electoral college would be gone so fast it would burn rubber * how dare anyone negate our vote in the childless, mindless manner that this long dead entity loads upon us * budget problems??? how much does all these committee meetings cost?? you know to probe sports for instance * thinking that the government has better things to do... anyway.. thanks for letting me blow off steam today.... our government and alas many citizens have become so rabid that I fear that rational solutions will never be sought or found.. oh and I would mess up all the seats in congress and make them sit where ever they can find a seat when they get there.... heh heh heh

    March 22, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  7. Michael

    Read the constitution Dennis, the president only has to go to congress to declare an act of war. We have taken many actions like this over the years and this action is not considered a war. Your ego is just bruised because all of you egomanics on the hill like to hear yourselves talk...usually about nothing important. So shut up and joint sara palin for tea.

    March 22, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  8. Name king

    There is a time to stand on the sidelines and watch atrocities, and a time to get involved no matter what the cost. Each individuals is uniquely wire with sences of care that separate us from animals. If the president had stand iddled by and watch this dictator round up whole families and massacre them in cold blood, as we stood by and watched. the American people with all their moral standard and believes, would have never forgiven themselves and would have let this president pay darely. You blabbering mouth in congress would have been pointing your fingers at the president too, saying how cold hearted he is. Reagan, bush, did it without consulting congress, and Clinton didn't act and allow a genocide to take place, now he have to live the rest of his life knowing he could have made a difference and didn't act, why you think he was on the president to take actions so quickly. Where are your humanity, atleast the president did this the smart way, not to boggle down the country with the pressures of a third war on his hands.

    March 22, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  9. The reality is...

    Ha! So who is surprised?

    March 22, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  10. ray

    Give Obama a break, nothing he does is right for the right, stop the nonsense.

    March 22, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  11. FM

    Dennis Kucinich go and hang yourself. How can you benefit from people who are losing their lives. I used to respect you, but am sorry now it has gone completely.

    March 22, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  12. lefty avenger

    Dennis Kucinich knows what everyone on the progressive left already knows. President Obama is just like President Bush, the only difference is he is black and tried to install universal health care(a total failure). Obama is all about war, bailing out wall street, saving bankers, destroying education and transferring the remaining wealth to the mega-wealthy. Obama is Bush. The right wing fascists think Obama is the most left wing person ever but that's because they would consider Hitler a moderate.

    March 22, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  13. American Citizen

    President Obama violated sovereign law by engaging the US into this third Middle East battle by eclipsing the authority of Congress. I said this yesterday.

    The problem is that Congress will exploit this as a reason to run for the office of President instead of caring about the American people.

    March 22, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  14. Rsprings

    If he wasn't such a loon, he could be a republican...

    March 22, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  15. sammieb51

    Give me a break Dennis - if this is the only way you can raise funds, you're in bad shape!

    March 22, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  16. gt

    we were not attacked..... what in the world are we doing getting envolved in another war.....let obama have it dennis ,,, your right .....

    March 22, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  17. Kucinic's Uncle

    My apologies, that kid was always on the weird side. Can't tell you how often his mom told me she was at her wit's end about the little turnip. Shoots off his mouth, puts on little temperamental pouts, but then sneaks his dirtly little fingers into his relatives' pockets. Here a dollar, there a dollar, the little twit is hiding glass jars full of dollar bills. And when he runs out, he pits relatives against each other until his 'new' favorite uncle slips him some more money. Oh Geeeze, I could tell you stories.

    March 22, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  18. 2012Democrat

    Okay let's really examine this! So since he's up for re-election in 2012 he wants to use this tactic to impeach the President and here donate money if you stand with me. Once again here we go with another individual trying to do or say anything to stay popular with the voters. Don't you realize by now that we the voters are smarter than that.

    For the first time in years, the President is teaming up with allies and allowing them to fight the battle for us while we merely stand by and offer our support. We so use to going off halfcocked that when someone does it like they suppose to, we want to impeach.

    I wonder whatever happened to the group that tried to Impeach Bill Clinton, where are they today Dennis? The same place you will end up in 2012! SMH (Shaking My Head) at Dennis!!

    March 22, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  19. Runoutofpatience

    What a blow hard. I'm a registered Rebublican but have been very disappointed with my party recently. Are you just against everything Obama does? How can you be in full support of Iraq after finding out that WMDs didn't exist but not be for a no fly zone preventing a dictator from bombing his own people. When you lose credibility you lose elections. Pick the right fights Kucinich.

    March 22, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  20. Mr. Davidson

    The constitution is nothing but an archaic myth and hasn't been of any value for the last few decades ,it's ancient history and no more use today than the Magna carta.

    March 22, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  21. George R

    I would love to make a donation. . . to kucinich's opponent in the next election.

    March 22, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I have mixed feelings about this. One, Bush was never impeached about going into Iraq. The difference between this and Iraq is that Obama has pledged to keep American ground forces out of Libya. Another item is that I don't recall this being a declaration of war. That requires the Senate to act. I would compare this to the shelling that was done on Lebanon during the 1980's under Reagan. Congress never specfically authorized that either. This is done with other countries with the authorization of the UN.

    March 22, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  23. Mitchell Fuqua

    The perception that presidents had assumed more authority to commit forces than the Constitution's framers had intended led Congress in 1973 to pass the War Powers Resolution (also known as the War Powers Act) over President Nixon's veto. The main purpose of the resolution was to assure that both the executive and legislative branches participate in decisions that might get the United States involved in war. Congress wanted to circumscribe the president's authority to use armed forces abroad without a declaration of war or other congressional authorization, yet provide enough flexibility to permit the president to respond to attack or other emergencies. Specifically, the War Powers Resolution requires the president to provide written notification to Congress of the introduction of U.S. armed forces into hostilities within forty-eight hours of such action. The president must explain the reasons forces were inserted in a hostile situation, the executive's authority for doing so, and the scope and duration of the military action. In addition, the president is required to terminate the use of military forces after sixty days unless Congress has declared war, extended the period by law, or cannot meet the sixty-day deadline as a result of an armed attack on the United States.

    Check out the information before you use tax-payers dollars on an impeachment trial. Just a sorry grab for headlines for self-serving reasons. You need to come forward with proof that President Obama dfailed to notify Congress in writing 48 hours after the operations started. Until then, you are a typical blow-hard looking to garner headlines.

    March 22, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  24. John

    This rather sours the claim that Kucinich is motivated only by idealism.

    March 22, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  25. Constitutionalist_Patriot

    Ron Paul/Dennis Kucinich 2012! There's a team that will work for we the people and not the bankers, corporate elite, and military industrial complex. Probly never will happen though and that's a shame. What have we become America? The people in this country really don't care, too busy with braindead media and sports to be bothered with the real world i suppose.

    March 22, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
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