Dennis Kucinich
Ohio politician
Dennis Kucinich
Dennis John Kucinich is the U.S. Representative for, serving since 1997. He was furthermore a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections. The district includes most of western Cleveland as well as suburbs such as Parma and Lakewood. He is also a member of the Education and Labor Committee.
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Listen Liberals: Russia Is Not Our Enemy
Huffington Post - 12 days
I must say that I am simply baffled by what appears to be the prevailing view in this country, and especially among liberals, that Russia is somehow a threat to the United States. In truth, one of the only redeeming qualities of a Trump presidency that I saw was the possibility that his administration would repair ties with Russia and work with that country in trying to solve issues of mutual concern, particularly in the Middle East. Yet, that is one goal of the new White House which the establishment, both in Washington and in the media, seem hell-bent on preventing. Indeed, I agree with the assessment of a number of commentators, including Dennis Kucinich who is breaking ranks with fellow liberals over this issue, that the U.S. intelligence community’s successful attempt to remove Mike Flynn as National Security Adviser was motivated by the desire to keep the new Cold War going. While I certainly understand it is in the interest of the military-industrial complex, again as Kuci ...
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President Obama's responsibility for the refugee chaos
Fox News - 26 days
Former Rep. Dennis Kucinich
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A Prayer Of Gratitude For President Obama
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Dear President Obama, First, I want to offer my highest gratitude and deepest appreciation for your unprecedented service to our country. It seems like a small gesture given all the good you have done for America and the hope you infused into the consciousness of our nation. Lots of times I pray when I am at a loss. I don't know where to begin so I guess I will begin at the beginning. The first time I met you was when you were still an Illinois State Senator and you joined us at one of our hip-hop summits. Years later, I met you at a rally in Chicago and then again at a friend's house as you were planning your run for the presidency. At the time, in 2008, I was supporting Dennis Kucinich because I felt a lot of his ideas should be brought to the big stage. I remember we spoke about John Edwards, who I had just taken to yoga that day, who explicitly used the words "poor people" when he made his campaign announcement in the poorest section of New Orleans. I asked you why you didn't ...
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Can Clinton afford to ignore Ohio?
Fox News - 5 months
Dennis Kucinich weighs in
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Steve LaTourette's Life, Work and Humor is Memorialized by Republicans and Democrats
NPR - 7 months
Family, friends and political colleagues gathered at the University Circle United Methodist Church today to remember former Northeast Ohio Congressman Steve LaTourette, who died of pancreatic cancer earlier this month. Family members recalled LaTourette as loving and humorous; friends called him smart, loyal and humble. Among the nearly 300 people in attendance were many political figures including Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman, and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. Former Democratic Cleveland Congressman Dennis Kucinich praised LaTourette for working with him across the aisle on issues like saving Northeast Ohio jobs and improving railroad safety. “Whatever I needed, Steve was there to help, I mean we were really partners for 16 years. To say he will be missed is a cliché because this is somebody I loved.” LaTourette left Congress in 2013 citing partisan gridlock, and spent the remaining years of his life working to spur cooperation in
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Dennis Kucinich: An Unpredictable American Original
Huffington Post - over 1 year
This week's episode of KCRWs "Scheer Intelligence" features Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer in conversation with Dennis Kucinich, Ohio's eight-term congressman and two-time Democratic presidential candidate, who reveals tales about the underbelly of politics going back to his days as the "Boy Mayor" of Cleveland on the late 1970s. The journalist and pol revisit how Scheer's Playboy magazine interview, which both concede may have cost Kucinich his mayoral reelection, led to a longtime friendship. In the strange world of politics, Kucinich explains how former Republican Speaker John Boehner, a fellow Ohioan, tried unsuccessfully to aid him when Ohio Democrats "working on behalf of certain interests" reapportioned his district into an unwinnable one, ensuring his Congressional defeat in 2012. Kucinich, who took on the political-corporate machine as Cleveland mayor and has gone on to spend a lifetime battling special interests, asks whether today's "oligarchs who run our politics wil ...
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Solutions debate: Privacy rights versus national security
Fox News - over 1 year
Ric Grenell and Dennis Kucinich weigh in
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Ohio Becomes Latest State To Vote Down Gerrymandering
Huffington Post - over 1 year
On November 3, Ohio voters approved by a margin of 71% to 29% a constitutional amendment that will greatly reduce, or even eliminate, the gerrymandering of state legislative districts beginning in 2021. Ratification of Issue 1 by the voters followed its approval by bipartisan votes of 28-1 in the Ohio State Senate and 81-7 in the Ohio House of Representatives. The overwhelming success of this reform should encourage similar efforts in other states that have been badly gerrymandered, such as Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina, Michigan and Wisconsin. In Ohio, attention now turns to reforms that would establish a fair redistricting process for Ohio’s US congressional seats as well. A blight on democracy Gerrymandering – the process of drawing district lines so as to virtually guarantee the victory of one party even before the votes are cast – has long been a blight on the quality of American democracy. Gerrymandering has been used by both parties since a ...
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HUFFPOST HILL - Paul Ryan Wants To Spend Time With Widow's Peak, Kids
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Republicans appear no closer to choosing a new speaker, meaning we’re probably a few days out from members nervously putting their index fingers on their noses. A reporter mistakenly asked the wrong House member if she had an affair with Kevin McCarthy, though given that this is Congress we’re talking about, she might still hold a press conference asking her spouse and constituents for forgiveness. That said, we also mustn’t forget the real victims in all of this: Kevin McCarthy’s interns, who now must scramble to find a new way to get laid without the Speaker’s Balcony. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Friday, October 9th, 2015: STILL NO SPEAKER, CALLS FOR PAUL RYAN GROW - How about this: Kevin McCarthy reenters the speaker's race and, to placate the Freedom Caucus, a group of nonunion moving crews relocate the Hall of Presidents from Disney World to the well of the House chamber, which can be activated by a button on Tim Huelskamp's keychain every time the group thinks the chamber needs t ...
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The Five Nearly Impossible Challenges for Bernie Sanders and His Supporters
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Based strictly upon his agenda, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) would be a groundbreaking president, and in a general vote-your-conscience sense, he's definitely worthy of support from the activist left. Here are just a few of the reasons why: he supports single-payer health care; he supports higher tax rates on the wealthiest one percent, especially when it comes to paying for wars; he'd prioritize global warming as the number one crisis of our time; and he's arguably the most vocal supporter of the middle class since FDR. In many ways, Sanders is a dream candidate... ...On paper. This is the big "but." Supporting Sanders for the Democratic nomination is sort of like ordering a new-fangled As-Seen-On-TV exercise contraption. Making a conscious decision to get into better shape is admirable. However, there are about 10,000 subsequent steps that need to occur after handing over your credit card number. Either you'll do all of the impossibly necessary work to look like the fitness models ...
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Elizabeth Kucinich: Members of Congress, Farmers and Businesses Call on Obama to Fulfill Campaign Promise on GMO Labeling
The Huffington Post - USA - about 3 years
A morning press conference offered a beacon of hope for farmers and activists on Capitol Hill today as members of Congress and 200 organizations demanded Obama fulfill his 2007 campaign promises to label GMOs. The appeal had added urgency after the USDA recently published its initial recommendation to deregulate Dow Chemical's 2,4-D resistant corn and soybeans. Perhaps the most pernicious GMO crops yet, 2,4-D crops threaten to severely increase the spraying of 2,4-D, a component in the Vietnam era defoliant, "Agent Orange." "Right-to-Know Act" sponsor, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), food and nutrition champion Rep. Rosa Delauro (D-CT), organic farmer Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME), and Rep. Ann Kuster (D-NH) gave remarks together with Center for Food Safety, Environmental Working Group and organic food industry leader, Gary Hirschberg of Stonyfield Farms. "We need the federal government to step up. People across the U.S deserve labeling," said Rep. Kuster. "It's all about ...
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Elizabeth Warren For President?
Mother Jones - over 3 years
Noam Scheiber has a long piece in the latest issue of the New Republic about the possibility that Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren will take on Hillary Clinton for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. Most of the article focuses on a laundry list of reasons that Warren might be a formidable contender: Democrats have become much more populist over the past few years, especially on Warren's key issue of reining in the big banks; Warren has a lot of strength in the neighboring early primary state of New Hampshire; plenty of people who never made it onto the Clinton A-Team would be likely to side with her; and an anti-bank message could resonate well with conservatives as well as liberals. That's all reasonable enough, even if Scheiber strains a bit to make these points sound more compelling than they probably are. But then there's this, about Warren's personal style: The proper interpretation of Warren’s prodigious p.r. efforts, then, isn’t that she’s especially take ...
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Privatize Everything! (Sunday at 10PM ET on FNC)
Fox Business News - over 3 years
PRIVATIZE EVERYTHING: Leonard Gilroy publishes the Privatization Report for the Reason Foundation. He explains how private companies often perform government services, including state parks, hospitals and recycling, better than government does. PUBLIC VS. PRIVATE: Former Congressman Dennis Kucinich disagrees. He says government workers can work just as efficiently. I'll debate him. PRIVATIZE PARKS: Dan Biederman, a public space redeveloper, converts government parks into nicer privately managed ones. One example is Bryant Park in New York City. LIBERATING LIBRARIES: Special Correspondent Kennedy checks out private libraries in California. A private library manager does a better job. ORGAN SELLING: 100,000 Americans are on a waiting list, desperately hoping someone will donate a kidney. Many will die while waiting. Sigrid Fry-Revere, president of the Center for Ethical Solutions, went to the only country in the world that legalized organ selling. She says the market works. PRI ...
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Meet The 37 House Republicans Who Could Lose Their Jobs For Shutting Down The Government
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The 16-day federal government shutdown that furloughed 800,000 workers and cost the U.S. economy $24 billion dollars has largely been pinned on House Republicans, making many of them vulnerable in the 2014 midterm elections. Numerous polls have shown that a majority of Americans assign a larger share of blame for the shutdown to congressional Republicans, who tried to tie government funding provisions to defunding the Affordable Care Act. Even prominent Republicans like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) have criticized their colleagues in the House for damaging the GOP's image. Fifty-four percent of Americans now oppose Republican control of the House, according to a CNN-ORC poll released on Monday. And a series of polls commissioned by progressive advocacy group and conducted by Public Policy Polling released in batches over the last several days indicate Democrats may have enough momentum to take back the House. Democrats on ...
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Friday Talking Points [278] -- ...And the Law Won
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I don't know about anyone else, but the image that popped into my head this week was Ted Cruz drunk in some dive of a karaoke bar, doing his version of "I Fought The Law, And The Law Won." Heh. I mean, not to spike the football or anything.... Democrats just had a very good week. Best week they've had since last November, in fact, when Barack Obama was re-elected. The Tea Party grabbed the wheel of the Republican bus and -- just as pretty much everyone had predicted -- they then drove right off a cliff. We've all been picking over the wreckage in a "we'd like to think this is a high-minded N.T.S.B. investigation of a horrific accident so it never happens again, but we're really just rubbernecking to see the fresh corpses" sort of way, if truth be told. I certainly engaged in this sort of thing myself, immediately after the deal was struck (when I named a few winners and losers), so I can't say I'm any more high-minded than anyone else. This week will be seen as a turning poi ...
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How Ed Murrow Would Have Ended the Shutdown
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Conspicuously absent from the media discussion of the government shutdown and debt-ceiling fiasco has been, unsurprisingly, the media's responsibility for the whole sordid affair. By sacrificing truth on the altar of "objectivity," creating narratives and bowing to any "authority" with a suit, the media has become a slave to the elite and done a disservice to the nation's people. Part of the media's problem is its blind adherence to "objectivity." When I interned at a news organization my boss would proudly announce, "we know we did the story right, because we got both the left and right wing crazies angry at us." That's right comrades, accuracy is not determined by objective facts, but whether the subjective reaction of various demagogues are equally feverish. That's why a government shutdown brought on and explicitly desired by one party finally occurred, both parties are "responsible." When Paul Ryan puts together an absurd and radically right-wing list of Democratic concessions ...
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Would a default give Obama unprecedented presidential power?
Fox News - over 3 years
Dennis Kucinich explains theory
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dennis Kucinich
  • 2013
    On January 16, 2013, Kucinich joined Fox News Channel as a regular contributor.
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    After he served out the remainder of his term, it was announced in mid-January 2013 that the former Congressman would become a political analyst, and a regular contributor on the Fox News Channel, appearing on programs such as The O'Reilly Factor.
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  • 2012
    After Kucinich lost to Marcy Kaptur in the 2012 Democratic primary, Rep.
    More Details Hide Details Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) said of Kucinich, "At the end of the day, we’re really going to miss Dennis. Dennis is a transformative leader. He stood up and spoke eloquently, passionately about Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran. He was a consistent voice for peace... He almost didn’t vote for the health care bill because it wasn’t good enough."
    Kucinich had been mentioned frequently as a possible 2012 candidate for Congress in the state of Washington in its newly created 10th district, but he ultimately decided to retire from Congress when his term ended in January 2013.
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    Until 2012, Kucinich had always been reelected to Congress by sound margins in his strongly Democratic-leaning districts, and had up until this election far won primary challenges against him for the Democratic nomination convincingly.
    More Details Hide Details Kucinich defeated another Democratic primary challenger by a wide margin and defeated Republican Mike Dovilla in the general election with 66% of the vote.
  • 2011
    Kucinich objected to the 2011 military intervention in Libya missile strikes and questioned whether they weren't impeachable offenses.
    More Details Hide Details Kucinich also questioned why Democratic leaders didn’t object when President Barack Obama told them of his plan for US participation in enforcing the Libyan no-fly zone. He said Obama's action in Libya was "a grave decision that cannot be made by the president alone", and stated that failing to first seek approval of Congress was in violation of the Constitution. On August 31, Al Jazeera reported that a document had been found in the headquarters of the Libyan intelligence agency which according to the author appears to be a summary of a conversation between Kucinich and an intermediary for Saif al-Islam Gaddafi in which the congressman asked for information about the anti-Gaddafi National Transitional Council (NTC), possible links of it to al-Qaeda and corruption evidences, to lobby US lawmakers to put an end to NATO airstrikes and suspend their support for the NTC. It also listed information necessary to defend Saif al-Islam against International Criminal Court war crimes charges. Kucinich defended himself in a message to The Atlantic Wire, saying that the document in question is simply a summary of Kucinich's public positions on the Libyan campaign by a Libyan bureaucrat who never consulted with Kucinich himself. "Al Jazeera found a document written by a Libyan bureaucrat to other Libyan bureaucrats. All it proves is that the Libyans were reading the Washington Post... Any implication I was doing anything other than trying to bring an end to an unauthorised war is fiction."
  • 2010
    Although his voting record is not always in line with that of the Democratic Party, on March 17, 2010, after being courted by President Barack Obama, his wife and others, he reluctantly agreed to vote with his colleagues for the Healthcare Bill without a public option component.
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  • 2008
    Kucinich defeated former State Representative Jim Trakas in the November 4, 2008, general election with 157,268 votes, 57.02% of those cast.
    More Details Hide Details Trakas received 107,918 votes, for 39.13%. Kucinich defeated Republican nominee Peter J. Corrigan and Libertarian nominee Jeff Goggins in the November 2, 2010 general election with 101,343 votes, 53.1% of those cast. Redistricting after the 2010 census eliminated Kucinich's district. The new map drew Kucinich's home into the Toledo-based 9th District, represented since 1983 by fellow Democrat Marcy Kaptur. Kucinich had been endorsed by another House member, Barney Frank of Massachusetts. The two competed in the Democratic primary on March 6, 2012, with Graham Veysey, a small-business owner from Cleveland, also on that ballot. Kaptur won the primary with 56% of the vote, while Kucinich received 40%. In the general election, with 73% of the vote, Kaptur won a 16th term against Republican Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher and Libertarian Sean Stipe.
    On November 11, 2008, his youngest sister, Beth Ann Kucinich, also died.
    More Details Hide Details In 2011, he sued a Capitol Hill cafeteria for damages after a 2008 incident in which he claimed to have suffered a severe injury when he bit into a sandwich and broke a tooth on an olive pit. The broken tooth became infected, and complications led to three surgeries for dental work. The lawsuit, which had claimed $150,000 in punitive damages, was settled with the defendant agreeing to pay for the representative’s costs.
    In a Democratic debate during the 2008 Presidential Election, Kucinich and Mike Gravel were the only two candidates who favored lowering the legal drinking age to 18 as it is in the vast majority of the world.
    More Details Hide Details Kucinich further said that the voting age should be lowered to 16.
    On July 14, 2008 Kucinich introduced a new resolution of impeachment against George W. Bush, charging him with manufacturing evidence to sway public opinion in favor of the war in Iraq.
    More Details Hide Details This resolution was also sent to the judiciary committee. Democratic leaders Steny Hoyer and Nancy Pelosi opposed the impeachment efforts. None of them ever progressed to a full House vote.
    On July 10, 2008, Kucinich introduced an additional article of impeachment accusing Bush of misleading Congress into war.
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    On June 10, 2008, Kucinich introduced 35 articles of impeachment against President George W. Bush on the floor of the House of Representatives.
    More Details Hide Details On June 11, the resolution was referred to the House Judiciary Committee. Calling it "a sworn duty" of Congress to act, co-sponsor Robert Wexler stated: "President Bush deliberately created a massive propaganda campaign to sell the war in Iraq to the American people and the charges detailed in this impeachment resolution indicate an unprecedented abuse of executive power."
    In the aftermath of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, Kucinich called for the Federal Reserve System to be put under control of U.S. Treasury.
    More Details Hide Details Additionally, he advocated that banks no longer be allowed to create money, putting an end to fractional-reserve banking. He cites Stephen Zarlenga as the initiator of that proposal. On January 8, 2007, Kucinich unveiled his comprehensive exit plan to bring the troops home and stabilize Iraq. His plan included the following steps: Kucinich introduced the first Space Preservation Act, on October 2, 2001, with no cosponsors. The bill was designed to "preserve the cooperative, peaceful uses of space for the benefit of all humankind." The bill was referred to the House Science, the House Armed Services, and the House International Relations committees. The bill died in committee (April 9, 2002) because of an unfavorable executive comment received from the Department of Defense.
    Based on his voting record in Congress, the American Conservative Union (ACU) gave Kucinich a conservative rating of 9.73%, and for 2008, the liberal Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) gave him a liberal rating of 95%.
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    His opponents included Cleveland City Councilman Joe Cimperman and North Olmsted Mayor Thomas O'Grady. In February 2008 Kucinich raised around $50,000 compared to Cimperman's $228,000, but through a YouTube money raising campaign he managed to raise $700,000, surpassing Cimperman's $487,000.
    More Details Hide Details Cimperman, who was endorsed by the Mayor of Cleveland and The Plain Dealer, criticized Kucinich for focusing too much on campaigning for president and not on the district. Kucinich accused Cimperman of representing corporate and real estate interests. Cimperman described Kucinich as an absentee congressman who failed to pass any major legislative initiatives in his 12-year House career. In an interview, Cimperman said he was tired of Kucinich and Cleveland being joke fodder for late-night talk-show hosts, saying: "It's time for him to go home." An ad paid for by Cimperman's campaign stated that Kucinich has missed over 300 votes, but checking the ad's source revealed that the actual number was 139. However, Kucinich is well known for his constituency service. It was also suggested that Kucinich's calls for universal health care and an immediate withdrawal from Iraq made him a thorn in the side of the Democrats' congressional leadership, as well as his refusal to pledge to support the eventual presidential nominee, which he later reconsidered.
    On August 27, 2008, he delivered a widely publicized speech at the Democratic National Convention.
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    On Friday, January 25, 2008, he made a formal announcement of the end of his campaign for president and his focus on reelection to Congress.
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    Kucinich dropped his bid for the Democratic nomination on Thursday, January 24, 2008, and did not endorse any other candidate.
    More Details Hide Details He later endorsed Barack Obama after he had won the nomination.
    On Tuesday, January 15, 2008, Kucinich was "disinvited" from a Democratic presidential debate on MSNBC.
    More Details Hide Details A ruling that the debate could not go ahead without Kucinich was overturned on appeal. Kucinich later responded to the questions posed in the MSNBC debate in a show hosted by Democracy Now!
    On Thursday, January 10, 2008, Kucinich asked for a New Hampshire recount based on discrepancies between the machine-counted ballots and the hand-counted ballots.
    More Details Hide Details He stated that he wanted to make sure "100% of the voters had 100% of their votes counted."
    On Monday, January 7, 2008 actor Viggo Mortensen endorsed Kucinich's presidential campaign in New Hampshire.
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    Kucinich's 2008 presidential campaign was advised by a steering committee including Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) Founder Steve Cobble, longtime Kucinich press secretary Andy Junewicz, former RFK, McCarthy, Humphrey, McGovern and Carter political consultant Michael Carmichael, former Carter Fundraiser Marcus Brandon, Ani DiFranco Tour Manager Susan Alzner, West Point Graduate and former Army Captain Mike Klein, former Communications Director of Democrats Abroad Sharon Manitta and New Jersey-based political consultant Vin Gopal.
    More Details Hide Details The campaign was seen as a platform to push progressive issues into the Democratic Party, including a not-for-profit health care system, same-sex marriage, increasing the minimum wage, opposing capital punishment, and impeachment.
    In 2008, Kucinich introduced articles of impeachment in the House of Representatives against President George W. Bush for the invasion and occupation of Iraq.
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    Through his various governmental positions and campaigns, Kucinich attracted attention for consistently delivering "the strongest liberal" perspective. This perspective has been shown by his actions, such as bringing Articles of Impeachment against President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, and being the only Democratic candidate in the 2008 election to have voted against invading Iraq. (Eventual nominee Barack Obama also opposed the Iraq War when it started, but he was not yet in Congress at the time.)
    More Details Hide Details Because of redistricting following the 2010 state elections, Ohio's 9th congressional district absorbed part of Cuyahoga County, abolishing Kucinich's district, and pitting him against 9th District incumbent Marcy Kaptur in the 2012 Democratic primary, which he lost.
  • 2007
    On November 6, 2007, Kucinich used special parliamentary procedure and moved for a vote on impeaching the Vice President.
    More Details Hide Details House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and House Speaker Pelosi opposed the measure and stood by previous comments that "impeachment is not on our agenda," and they initially moved to table the bill. When that attempt failed, Mr. Hoyer quickly moved to refer the bill to the House Judiciary Committee. That motion succeeded. Kucinich has been a vocal opponent of the H1B and L1 visa programs. In an article on his campaign website, he states: In the aftermath of the Virginia Tech massacre in Blacksburg, Virginia, Kucinich proposed a plan that he said would address violence in America. Kucinich drafted legislation that included a ban on the purchase, sale, transfer, or possession of handguns by civilians. Kucinich pushed for gun control, in the U.S. Congress as well as during his time as a city councilman. He kept a pistol in his house for a period in 1978 (under the recommendation of the police) when he was the target of a Mafia plot. He no longer keeps the pistol.
    In December 2007, author Gore Vidal endorsed Kucinich for president.
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    On November 16, 2007, Larry Flynt hosted a fundraiser for Kucinich at the Los Angeles-based Hustler-LFP headquarters, attended by Kucinich and his wife, which has drawn criticism from Flynt's detractors.
    More Details Hide Details Attendees included such notables as Edward Norton, Woody Harrelson, Sean Penn, Robin Wright Penn, Melissa Etheridge, Tammy Etheridge, Stephen Stills, Kristen Stills, Frances Fisher, and Esai Morales. Campaign representatives declined to comment.
    At a debate of Democratic presidential candidates in Philadelphia on October 30, 2007, NBC's Tim Russert cited a passage from a book by Shirley MacLaine in which the author writes that Kucinich had seen a UFO from her home in Washington State.
    More Details Hide Details Russert asked if MacLaine's assertion was true. Kucinich confirmed and emphasized that he merely meant he had seen an unidentified flying object, just as former US president Jimmy Carter had. Russert then cited a statistic that 14% of Americans say they have witnessed a UFO.
    On April 17, 2007, Kucinich sent a letter to his Democratic colleagues saying that he planned to file impeachment proceedings against Dick Cheney, then Vice President of the United States.
    More Details Hide Details Kucinich planned to introduce the impeachment articles on April 24, 2007, but in light of Cheney's visit to his doctor for an inspection of a blood clot, Kucinich decided to postpone the scheduled press conference "until the vice president's condition is clarified." Kucinich held a press conference on the evening of April 24, 2007, revealing House Resolution 333 and the three articles of impeachment against Cheney. He charges Cheney with manipulating the evidence of Iraq's weapons program, deceiving the nation about Iraq's connection to al-Qaeda, and threatening aggression against Iran in violation of the United Nations charter. Kucinich opened his press conference by quoting from the Declaration of Independence, and stated: "I believe the Vice President's conduct of office has been destructive to the founding purposes of our nation. Today, I have introduced House Resolution 333, Articles of Impeachment Relating to Vice President Richard B. Cheney. I do so in defense of the rights of the American people to have a government that is honest and peaceful."
  • 2006
    On December 11, 2006, in a speech delivered at Cleveland City Hall, Kucinich announced he would seek the nomination of the Democratic Party for President in 2008.
    More Details Hide Details His platform for 2008 included: Kucinich described his stance on the issues as mainstream. Kucinich told his supporters in Iowa that if he did not appear on the second ballot in any caucus that they should back Barack Obama:
    Kucinich voted against the USA PATRIOT Act and the Military Commissions Act of 2006, and was one of six who voted against the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Act.
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  • 2005
    He married his third wife, Elizabeth Harper, a British citizen, on August 21, 2005.
    More Details Hide Details The two met while Harper was working as an assistant for the Chicago-based American Monetary Institute, which brought her to Kucinich's House of Representatives office for a meeting. Kucinich was raised with four brothers, Larry, Frank, Gary and Perry; and two sisters, Theresa and Beth Ann. On December 19, 2007, Perry Kucinich, the youngest brother, was found dead in his apartment.
  • 2004
    In the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination race, national polls consistently showed Kucinich's support in single digits, but rising, especially as Howard Dean lost some support among peace activists for refusing to commit to cutting the Pentagon budget.
    More Details Hide Details Though he was not viewed as a viable contender by most, there were differing polls on Kucinich's popularity. He placed second in's primary, behind Dean. He also placed first in other polls, particularly Internet-based ones. This led many activists to believe that his showing in the primaries might be better than what Gallup polls had been saying. However, in the non-binding Washington, D.C. primary, Kucinich finished fourth (last out of candidates listed on the ballot), with only 8% of the vote. Support for Kucinich was most prevalent in the caucuses around the country. In the Iowa caucuses, he finished fifth, receiving about 1% of the state delegates from Iowa; far below the 15% threshold for receiving national delegates. He performed similarly in the New Hampshire primary, placing sixth among the seven candidates with 1% of the vote. In the Mini-Tuesday primaries, he finished near the bottom in most states, with his best performance in New Mexico, where he received less than 6% of the vote, and still no delegates. Kucinich's best showing in any Democratic contest was in the February 24 Hawaii caucus, in which he won 31% of caucus participants, coming in second place to Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts and winning Maui County, the only county won by Kucinich in either of his presidential campaigns. He also saw a double-digit showing in Maine on February 8, where he received 16% percent in that state's caucus.
    However, Kucinich was unable to carry any states in the 2004 Democratic primaries, and John Kerry eventually won the Democratic nomination at the Democratic National Convention.
    More Details Hide Details On December 10, 2003, the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) announced the removal of its correspondents from the campaigns of Kucinich, Carol Moseley Braun and Al Sharpton. The announcement came one day after a Democratic presidential debate hosted by ABC News' Ted Koppel, in which Koppel asked whether the candidacies of Kucinich, Moseley Braun and Sharpton were merely "vanity campaigns", and Koppel and Kucinich exchanged uncomfortable dialogue. Kucinich, previously critical of the limited coverage given his campaign, characterized ABC's decision as an example of media companies' power to shape campaigns by choosing which candidates to cover and questioned its timing, coming immediately after the debate. ABC News, while stating its commitment to give coverage to a wide range of candidates, argued that focusing more of its "finite resources" on those candidates most likely to win would best serve the public debate.
    Kucinich was criticized during his 2004 campaign for changing his stance on the issue of abortion.
    More Details Hide Details His explanation was "I've always worked to make abortions less necessary, through sex education and birth control. But the direction that Congress has taken, increasingly, is to make it impossible for women to be able to have an abortion if they need to protect their health. So when I saw the direction taken, it finally came to the point where I understood that women will not be truly free unless they have the right to choose." Ralph Nader praised Kucinich as "a genuine progressive", and most Greens were friendly to Kucinich's campaign, some going so far as to indicate that they would not have run against him had he won the Democratic nomination.
    He also signed a letter of solidarity with Hugo Chávez in Venezuela in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details He advocates the abolition of all nuclear weapons, calling on the United States to be the leader in multilateral disarmament. Kucinich has also strongly opposed space-based weapons and has sponsored legislation, HR 2977, banning the deployment and use of space-based weapons. Kucinich advocates US withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) because, in his view, it causes the loss of more American jobs than it creates, and does not provide adequate protections for worker rights and safety and environmental safeguards. He is against the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) for the same reason. Kucinich is also in favor of increased dialog with Iran in order to avoid a militaristic confrontation at all costs. He expressed such sentiments at an American Iranian Council conference in New Brunswick, New Jersey which included Chuck Hagel, Javad Zarif, Nicholas Kristof, and Anders Liden to discuss Iranian-American relations, and potential ways to increase dialog in order to avoid conflict.
    He has criticized Diebold Election Systems (now Premier Election Solutions) for promoting voting machines that fail to leave a traceable paper trail. He was one of the thirty-one who voted in the House not to count the electoral votes from Ohio in the United States presidential election, 2004.
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  • 2003
    Kucinich has criticized the foreign policy of President Bush, including the 2003 invasion of Iraq and what he perceives as growing American hostility towards Iran.
    More Details Hide Details He has always voted against funding it. In 2005, he voted against the Iran Freedom and Support Act, calling it a "stepping stone to war".
    In 2003, however, he began describing himself as pro-choice and said he had shifted away from his earlier position on the issue.
    More Details Hide Details Press releases have indicated that he is pro-choice and supports ending the abstinence-only policy of sex education and increasing the use of contraception to make abortion "less necessary" over time. His voting record since 2003 has reflected mixed ratings from abortion rights groups.
  • 2001
    Despite Kucinich's committed opposition to the war in Iraq, in the days after the September 11, 2001 attacks he did vote to authorize President Bush broad war making powers, the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists.
    More Details Hide Details The Authorization was used by the Bush Administration in its justification for suspension of habeas corpus in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and its wiretapping of American citizens under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Kucinich voted along with 419 of his House colleagues in favor of this resolution, while only one Congresswoman opposed, Representative Barbara Lee. In March 2010, the House rejected a Kucinich resolution regarding the War in Afghanistan by a vote of 356–65. The resolution would have required the Obama administration to withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year. Kucinich reportedly based the resolution on the War Powers Resolution of 1973. In March 2011, Kucinich criticized the Obama administration's decision to participate in the UN intervention in Libya without Congressional authorization. He also called it an "indisputable fact" that President Obama's decision is an impeachable offense since he believes the U.S. Constitution "does not provide for the president to wage war any times he pleases," although he has not yet introduced a resolution to impeach Obama. In response, Libyan officials invited Kucinich to visit that country on a "peace mission", but he declined, stating that he "could not negotiate on behalf of the administration."
  • 1997
    A former U.S. Representative from Ohio, serving from 1997 to 2013, he was also a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2004 and 2008 Presidential elections.
    More Details Hide Details He was a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
  • 1996
    After being elected to Congress in 1996, Kucinich began to position himself on the far left wing.
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    In 1996, Kucinich was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the 10th district of Ohio.
    More Details Hide Details He defeated two-term Republican incumbent Martin Hoke by three percentage points. In that district Kucinich never faced another contest nearly that close, and would be re-elected six times. Kucinich helped introduce and is one of 93 cosponsors (as of Feb. 22, 2010) in the House of Representatives of the United States National Health Care Act or HR 676 proposed by Rep. John Conyers in 2003, which provides for a universal single-payer public health-insurance plan.
  • 1994
    After this, Kucinich, in his own words "on a quest for meaning," lived quietly in New Mexico until 1994, when he won a seat in the Ohio State Senate.
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  • 1985
    In 1985, there was some speculation that Kucinich might run for mayor again.
    More Details Hide Details Instead, his brother Gary ran against (and lost to) the incumbent Voinovich. Kucinich, meanwhile, gave up his council position to run for Governor of Ohio as an independent against Richard Celeste, but later withdrew from the race.
  • 1983
    In 1983, Kucinich won a special election to fill the seat of a Cleveland city councilman who had died.
    More Details Hide Details His brother, Gary Kucinich, was also a councilman at the time.
  • 1982
    In 1982, Kucinich moved back to Cleveland and ran for Secretary of State; however, he lost the Democratic primary to Sherrod Brown.
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    On his 1982 income tax return, Kucinich reported an income of $38.
    More Details Hide Details When discussing this period, Kucinich stated, "When I was growing up in Cleveland, my early experience conditioned me to hang in there and not to quit... It's one thing to experience that as a child, but when you have to as an adult, it has a way to remind you how difficult things can be. You understand what people go through."
  • 1980
    He criticized a tax referendum proposed by Voinovich in 1980, which voters eventually approved.
    More Details Hide Details He also struggled to find employment and moved to Los Angeles, California, where he stayed with a friend, actress Shirley MacLaine. During the next three years, Kucinich worked as a radio talk-show host, lecturer, and consultant. It was a difficult period for Kucinich financially. Without a steady paycheck, Kucinich fell behind in his mortgage payments, nearly lost his house in Cleveland, and ended up borrowing money from friends, including MacLaine, to keep it.
  • 1979
    After losing his re-election bid for Mayor to George Voinovich in 1979, Kucinich initially kept a low profile in Cleveland politics.
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  • 1977
    Kucinich was elected Mayor of Cleveland in 1977 and served in that position until 1979.
    More Details Hide Details At thirty-one years of age, he was the youngest mayor of a major city in the United States, earning him the nickname "the boy mayor of Cleveland". Kucinich's tenure as mayor is often regarded as one of the most tumultuous in Cleveland's history. After Kucinich refused to sell Muni Light, Cleveland's publicly owned electric utility, the Cleveland mafia put out a hit on Kucinich. A hit man from Maryland planned to shoot him in the head during the Columbus Day Parade, but the plot fell apart when Kucinich was hospitalized and missed the event. When the city fell into default shortly thereafter, the mafia leaders called off the contract killer. Specifically, it was the Cleveland Trust Company that suddenly required all of the city's debts be paid in full, which forced the city into default, after news of Kucinich's refusal to sell the city utility. For years, these debts were routinely rolled over, pending future payment, until Kucinich's announcement was made public. In 1998 the Cleveland City Council honored him for having had the "courage and foresight" to stand up to the banks, which saved the city an estimated $195 million between 1985 and 1995.
    Kucinich married Sandra Lee McCarthy in 1977; they had a daughter named Jackie in 1981 and divorced in 1986.
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    From 1977 to 1979, Kucinich served as the 53rd Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, a tumultuous term in which he survived a recall election and was successful in a battle against selling the municipal electric utility before being defeated for reelection by George Voinovich.
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  • 1975
    In 1975, Kucinich became clerk of the municipal court in Cleveland and served in that position for two years.
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  • 1972
    In 1972, Kucinich ran for a seat in the United States House of Representatives, losing narrowly to incumbent Republican William E. Minshall, Jr. After Minshall's retirement in 1974 Kucinich sought the seat again, this time failing to get the Democratic nomination, which instead went to Ronald M. Mottl.
    More Details Hide Details Kucinich ran as an Independent candidate in the general election, placing third with about 30% of the vote.
  • 1967
    After running unsuccessfully in 1967, Kucinich was elected to the Cleveland City Council in 1969 at the age of twenty-three.
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    Kucinich's political career began in 1967.
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    He attended Cleveland State University from 1967 to 1970.
    More Details Hide Details In 1973, he graduated from Case Western Reserve University with both a Bachelor and a Master of Arts degree in speech and communication. Kucinich was baptized a Roman Catholic.
  • 1946
    Kucinich was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on October 8, 1946, as the eldest of the seven children of Virginia (née Norris) and Frank J. Kucinich.
    More Details Hide Details His father, a truck driver, was of Croat ancestry; his Irish American mother was a homemaker. Growing up, his family moved 21 times and Dennis was often charged with the responsibility of finding apartments they could afford.
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