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Kucinich answers controversial issues

by forwarded by S.King Thursday, May. 08, 2003 at 8:27 PM

Sent: Friday, May 02, 2003 11:57 AM For many, anti-war presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich is the best person to help Democrats find their voice in time for 2004 By Joe Piasecki

Anti-war activists who are crying bloody murder in the streets over the US

occupation of Iraq, parents who can't afford food or healthcare for their

children, people who feel locked out of the political process, anyone who

sympathizes with progressive causes listen up!

Congressman Dennis Kucinich wants your vote in the Democratic Party

primaries next March. Kucinich, once derided in his hometown of Cleveland,

Ohio, as 'Dennis the Menace'and the 'Boy-Mayor' who drove that city into

default some 25 years ago, has risen from relative obscurity as author of a

bill that would create a US Department of Peace. He also led the failed

battle to halt congressional authorization for a pre-emptive strike against


The Department of Peace legislation, supported by 47 members of Congress,

would create an executive branch department advising the president on issues

of peacekeeping diplomacy and address domestic issues of family and

gang-related violence, as well as hate-motivated crime.

But the peace candidate, 56, is no docile puppy when it comes to his

politics. When Kucinich speaks he shakes his fist and shouts to make a

point, then breaks into a cappella renditions of the national anthem. This

five-foot-five vegan gets in people's faces.

"I'm passionate. Being for peace doesn't imply passivity," Kucinich told

the Weekly in an interview on the campaign trail in Los Angeles. "There are

people today who might be uncomfortable with the insistence on peace while

our armies are in Baghdad, but I say it is urgent that we speak out for

peace because the whole world is at risk now. This war is wrong. It's

illegal. It's immoral."

Kucinich, co-chair of the Democratic Progressive Caucus with Oakland Rep.

Barbara Lee, is running on an anti-war platform that also includes universal

health care and strengthened environmental protections. He rails against

President Bush's plans for the economy and has vowed to defend the working

class on every issue.

He aims to be inclusive of minority voters, and has succeeded, said

Congresswoman Hilda Solis, D-Monterey Park, and former California Rainbow

Coalition Caucus leader Ralph McKnight Kucinich has the full endorsement of

Los Angeles Congresswoman Diane Watson and actor-activist Ed Asner, who

called him a perfect candidate and introduced him to some 300 liberal LA

voters at a campaign stop in LA's Koreatown earlier this month.

Those who endorse Kucinich credit him with bravery for his dissent against

Bush. Ed Asner, a regular at anti-war protests in Los Angeles, introduced

Kucinich during a recent stop in LA's Koreatown and fully endorsed him.

"He's letter perfect," Asner told the Weekly. "He's unique in this day and

age with nothing but supreme cowards all around us. His opponents keep

fumbling and fumbling and fumbling. This man has yet to trip."Watson, who

serves with Kucinich on the Progressive Caucus, has given Kucinich her full

endorsement while also condemning other Democrats for supporting the Bush

ddministration's agenda.


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