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Kucinich Withdraws From Race

Updated 5:29
By Garance Franke-Ruta
A day after issuing an "urgent personal appeal" for donations to fight a tough primary battle against four challengers, Cleveland, Ohio, Rep. Dennis Kucinich announced this afternoon that he plans to end his quixotic bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Kucinich's campaign released a statement that he will begin "transitioning out of the Democratic Presidential primary race" tomorrow, when he makes a formal announcement in Cleveland.

"I want to continue to serve in Congress," the six-term congressman told the Cleveland Plain Dealer this afternoon. "There is a point at which you just realize that you, look, you accept it, that it isn't going to happen and you move on."

Kucinich's presidential quest has become a campaign issue in his Cleveland district, which his opponents charge him with neglecting.

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Exactly. I'm still going to vote for Dennis at least in the primary, which for me in California is super tuesday, 2/5.

Posted by: Steve | January 25, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse


I hope that means that you won't be voting for either Obama or Hillary Clinton as even they would fit into your broad definition of "traitor"?

Posted by: JakeD | January 25, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

quixotic: foolishly impractical especially in the pursuit of ideals; especially : marked by rash lofty romantic ideas or extravagantly chivalrous action

Thanks. Thanks so very much to you and your fellows in the press who either ignore or bash the only candidate with the courage to stand up for the Constitution. None of the others have demonstrated the ability even to pronounce the word impeachment. In the face of the glaring abuses of international and Constitutional law that the current Administration keeps rubbing in our faces, anyone who doesn't stand for their overthrow is a traitor.

Posted by: Steve | January 25, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone else catch "The Colbert Report" last night re: Dennis Kucinich? Stephen noted that someone must have finally said Dennis's name three times in a row ; )

Posted by: JakeD | January 25, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

My husband just voted for you absentee, so sorry to hear you dropped out. You are (were) the best of the field. Who should we back now?

Posted by: melindasedgley | January 25, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

dennis kucinich was the best candidate in the field, and the only one courageous enough to speak his heart, and walk his talk.

his impeachment articles against cheney, call for a "department of peace," protest appearance recently at the CIA School of the Americas, all show his true concern for human rights and dignity.

i'd urge him to quit the Democrap party and join with other progressives to form third party voting blocks capable of reforming our fledgling form of capitalism.

i thank him for his service.

Posted by: forestbloggod | January 24, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Kucinich was short and kind of funny looking. How could he be President? And, by the way, Obama is not black. He is white. Well, at least as much as he is black. His father, a black African, died when Obama was young. His mother, a white American, was with him more. But, then, "white" means only pure white, right? My, how we have progressed since Reconstruction.

Posted by: Sutter | January 24, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: KYJurisDoctor | January 24, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

P.S. -- if this does turn into a Clinton / Obama thread, will you join me in pledging to NOT vote for Hillary Clinton even if she gets the nomination?

Posted by: JakeD | January 24, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

I thought this thread was about Kucinich?

At least he will now have some extra time to spend at home:

Posted by: JakeD | January 24, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

At one of Bill Clinton's appearances in SC on Wednesday, an elderly black man stood up and said "black people are voting for Obama because he's black. But he can't win and he will make sure the Republicans win in November." Clinton showed "concern" while a few others nodded.

After it was over, reporters tried to get the man's name. He refused to identify himself and left with his BODYGUARD! Now, tell me. How many people attend town hall meetings with bodyguards, especially elderly black men in SC? This guy was a plant by the Clinton campaign used to continue to play the race issue.

Now can someone tell who in the past tried to scare black people from doing something?

Wasn't it called "KKK"?..........

The Clintons are now resorting to staging, having black people show up at rallies saying Obama can't win and can't help up. This is a scare tactic to steal your vote!

Posted by: laplumelefirmament | January 24, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Bye-bye, Dennis "Leprecon" Kucinich!!! Ran out of money from his magic pot o' gold, I guess.

Posted by: JakeD | January 24, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

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