So how come, with all the wall-to-wall coverage of the US electioneering,
there was nothing on Dennis Kucinich, who has now withdrawn?
----- From his site:
Since being elected to Congress in 1996, Kucinich has been a
tireless advocate for workers' rights, civil rights and human
He has authored and co-sponsored legislation to create a national,
not-for-profit health care system, preserve Social Security, lower
the costs of prescription drugs, provide economic development
through infrastructure improvements, abolish the death penalty,
provide universal pre-kindergarten to all 3, 4, and 5 year olds,
create a Department of Peace, regulate genetically engineered
foods, repeal the USA PATRIOT Act, and provide tax relief to working
class families. He has also opposed trade policies that resulted
in the out-sourcing of millions of U.S. manufacturing jobs. And,
he has also introduced legislation to begin impeachment proceedings
against Vice President Dick Cheney to investigate his role in
providing false and misleading information to the Congress and
to the American people leading up to the invasion of Iraq.
Kucinich is widely regarded as the most vocal opponent of the
Iraq War in the U.S. Congress. In 2002, when the Administration
was pushing for a resolution of authorization to proceed with
military intervention, Kucinich rallied 125 member of the House
to vote against the authorization measure. He has voted against
every war funding authorization bill since, and he is the author
of legislation to end the war, withdraw all U.S. forces, and turn
security and peace-keeping responsibilities over to a multi-national
force that includes representatives from countries in the region.
In 2004 and in 2007, he brought many of those issues to the national
debate as a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President.
He has been widely credited with shaping the debate on those issues
and forcing the other candidates to re-visit, modify, and in many
cases reverse their past positions.
In his Congressional District, which includes parts of Cleveland
and several western and southern suburban communities, Kucinich
has been recognized by the Greater Cleveland AFL-CIO as a tireless
advocate for the social and economic interests of his constituents.
Kucinich led the effort to save Cleveland's 90 year-old steel
industry and the thousands of jobs and retiree benefits it provides.
While hundreds of community hospitals have been closed throughout
the country, Kucinich led a community-based effort to reopen two
Cleveland neighborhood hospitals.
He also worked with the nation's largest railroads to create
a merger agreement that improved rail safety while diverting a
heavy volume of train traffic away from heavily populated residential
areas of his district. Kucinich has also been a strong advocate
for preserving and expanding the critical the role of the NASA
Glenn Research Center, which is in his district.
For those efforts and others, he has been honored by the Cleveland
AFL-CIO, the Ohio PTA, the NASA Glenn Research Center, the Salvation
Army, the United States Post Office, the Department of Veterans
Affairs, Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, Ohio's Boys
Town, and the Human Rights Campaign.
Nationally, he has received similar honors and accolades from
Public Citizen, the Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth and the
League of Conservation Voters as a champion of clean air, clean
water and an unspoiled earth. Kucinich has twice been an official
United States delegate to the United Nations Convention on Climate
Change (1998, 2004) and attend the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable
Development in Johannesburg, South Africa.
He currently serves as Chairman of the Domestic Policy subcommittee
in the U.S. House of Representatives.