Kucinich on PBS’ News Hour
I am sticking by my resolution not to use this blog to endorse any political candidate. Kucinich is so far back in the polls that many wonder why he continues to run. But so-called “minor candidates” during a primary can often be helpful even if they never come close to winning the office, or even winning nomination. They are usually bolder (since they have less to lose) and can add ideas and perspectives that “frontrunners” won’t bring to the table. The problem is that such candidates usually have less money and, since our system doesn’t have public financing, this makes it much harder for them to get their message out to the public.
That being the case, when Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH), who opposed the Iraq war from the beginning and voted against it–and voted against every request to fund it–got a rare chance at a full interview last night, I decided to blog the Youtubed version. This way, hopefully, more people will hear Kucinich for themselves–he’s usually ignored in the so called debates and given far fewer questions. (In one such “debate” the moderator went back and forth between Senators Obama and Clinton for 20 minutes before asking the other candidates how qualified Ms. Clinton was to be president! Kucinich refused to play.)
When you are done, you still might not want to vote for Rep. Kucinich. Fine. But your decision will be better informed and you may like some of his ideas and want to press them on other candidates. If I find other items like this from “second tier” candidates (Richardson, Dodd, Biden, or Gravel), I will probably blog them, too, as a public service.
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