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Kucinich takes steps to impeach Cheney

Kucinich has formally introduced articles of impeachment against Vice President Cheney

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich introduced articles to impeach Vice President Dick Cheney Tuesday, basing his decision on Cheney's initial push to send the United States into war with Iraq.

"The vice president is beating the same drums of war against Iran that he beat against Iraq under false pretenses, and he's doing it all over again, against Iran," Kucinich said. "And I say that it's time to stand up to that. Our country couldn't afford this last war. We can't afford to go into another one. And somebody has to challenge the conduct of this Vice President."

Kucinich introduced three articles of impeachment before giving a press conference on Capitol Hill. He said Cheney fabricated the threat of weapons of mass destruction to justify going to war with Iraq, made up a connection between the Iraqi government and Al Qaeda and that he is threatening war against Iran, which he said violates the Constitution.

The Democratic presidential candidate said he decided to go after the vice president first for practical reasons. He said if Congress impeaches the president, then Cheney would take his place. He said he didn't think the country could handle two consecutive impeachments.

Currently, no other House members have signed on as cosponsors of his action. Kucinich denied that this is a political stunt and said he thinks Congress needs to stand up to the administration.

-- CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich
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