Category Archives: Kucinich
MSNBC is reporting it this afternoon:
In an interview with the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the congressman said he was quitting the race and would made a formal announcement Friday.
“I want to continue to serve in Congress,” he told the newspaper.
Kucinich said he will not endorse another Democrat in the primary.
The Cleveland-area congressman is facing a challenge to his seat in the House from Joe Cimperman, who has begun running an attack ad accusing Kucinich of being a “part-time congressman” and missing more than 300 votes in the House.
At least according to the NYT he is still in the debate.
Updated | 6:11 p.m. One hour after the Supreme Court hearing was scheduled to conclude and three hours before the debate was expected to begin, the court had yet to announce a decision, leaving it unclear whether Mr. Kucinich would participate in the debate.
Fuck MSNBC. Fuck em long and hard..They are trying last minute bullshit to keep him out of the debate.
Less than 44 hours after NBC sent a congratulatory note and an invitation to Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich to participate in the Jan. 15 Democratic Presidential debate in Las Vegas, the network notified the campaign this morning it was changing it announced criteria, rescinding its invitation, and excluding Kucinich from the debate.
NBC Political Director Chuck Todd notified the Kucinich campaign this morning that, although Kucinich had met the qualification criteria publicly announced on December 28, the network was “re-doing” the criteria, excluding Kucinich, and planning to invite only Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and former senator John Edwards.
The criteria announced last month included a fourth-place or better showing in a national poll. The USA/Gallup poll earlier this month showed Kucinich in fourth place among the Democratic contenders.
In an email to the Kucinich campaign at 2:35 p.m. on Wednesday, January 9, Democratic Party debates consultant Jenny Backus wrote:
“Congratulations on another hard-fought contest. Now that New Hampshire is over, we are on to Nevada and our Presidential Debate on Tuesday January 15. This letter serves as an official invitation for your candidate to participate in the Nevada Presidential Debate at Cashman Theatre in downtown Las Vegas. You have met the criteria set by NBC and the Debate.”
This is our media setting the agenda. This is wrong. No matter how you feel about Kucinich’s message, it should be heard.
In an email this morning from the Kucinich campaign:
3. In answer to your questions about why I didn’t support former Senator John Edwards on the second ballot in Iowa: I have serious concerns about his connections to a Wall Street hedge fund, Fortress Investment Group. While attacking others for accepting campaign money from Washington lobbyists, he is up to his ears in money from Wall Street special interests.
He made half a million dollars in a single year for attending a few meetings for Fortress and has invested a substantial part of his own personal wealth in the hedge fund whose portfolios are responsible for sub-prime predatory lending practices, Medicare privatization, and an entire range of corporate sharp dealings that are driving the middle class into poverty.
While I indicated Senator Obama as a preferred second choice in Iowa, Progressives have fundamental disagreements with him and all of the other Presidential candidates on most of their major positions on the issues.
We must have the courage of our convictions to fully support and vote for what it is we really want. For once, we must realize our power, stop playing tactical games, and vote as a bloc – which, as you know, is what the religious right does and why they often win.
We Progressives are in the majority in this election. We will win only when we refuse to compromise and vote with integrity.
As most of my faithful five readers know..I am a Kucinich-kinda woman. I will vote for him in Cali’s primary and if I don’t like the Democrap candidate..I will vote for him again in the general election. Here is is newest ad, please watch it..I think it’s mahvelous! He nails the other Dem’s in it.. 😉