Rep. Dennis Kucinich on Thursday will offer his rebuttal to President Barack Obama’s Monday night speech outlining reasons for international attacks on Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi’s military.
The Ohio Democrat has become increasingly critical of Obama’s policy toward Libya and his decision to help lead a no-fly zone in the North African nation.
In a statement released by his office Wednesday, Kucinich said he will give an hour-long floor speech Thursday in which he will “present to Congress a definitive one hour response to the Administration’s Libyan War in the form of facts and questions. Congress must challenge violations of our Constitutional principles relating to war and peace.
“The critical issue today is not the defense of Libyan democracy but the defense of American democracy,” he added.
Kucinich has found support in some uncommon circles in his fight against action in Libya. A number of Republicans have aligned with him in criticizing Obama’s handling of the situation, arguing that the president should have sought Congressional approval before engaging in the region.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.