Rep. Dennis Kucinich., D-Ohio, continued his peace campaign this week, emphasizing his opposition to the Iraq war and determination to pull out the troops immediately if elected president.
He appeared with four other Democratic presidential candidates at the American Federation of State and Municipal Employees Forum held in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. There, he argued for withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, saying it is simply a “race to the bottom for wages.”
Kucinich also made an appearance on MSNBC on Tuesday. When asked why he lags behind the other candidates, he said it’s mainly a result of lack of name recognition. He also reiterated his opposition to the Iraq war, saying he “led the effort in the Congress more than four years ago in challenging the Bush administration’s march toward war.”
The candidate appeared at the Palm Beach County Democratic Party 2007 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Florida on Saturday and a day later addressed a gathering of about 100 people at the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Palm Beaches in North Palm Beach. He spoke about his plan for free, universal health care and the issue of peace.
Kucinich said that as a child, he learned from moving around frequently to never to buy a wristwatch from a street hustler. “No one can roll up their sleeves and ask me to buy a war,” he said.
The congressman also targeted Vice President Dick Cheney, sending around a petition to impeach him, arguing that he was responsible for “tricking” the American people into supporting a war on terror, when military efforts are really centered around oil. CNN covered Kucinich’s efforts.
The campaign also released its first commercial on June 11 on myspace.com and youtube.com before airing it on television. The commercial highlighted Kucinich’s contention that the war in Iraq is being fought for oil.