Posted: July 25, 2007 5:37 PM
Kucinich to America: Give Peace a Text
Democratic presidential hopeful Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, proposed a new plan for America this week in achieving international peace: text messaging.
“Kucinich, a strong opponent of the Iraq war, is calling on the public to join in an antiwar mobilization via mobile phone, and he boldly declares it ‘the first time text messaging has been used to try and change American policy,’” the Boston Globe reported.
The plan asks constituents to text the word “peace” to the number 73223, which coordinates with the letters P-E-A-C-E. His campaign will compile the results and send the messages to President Bush and the Pentagon.
After a bout with food poisoning last week, Kucinich participated in Monday night’s CNN/YouTube debate in South Carolina. The debate gave him a chance to be on stage with his fellow candidates after chastising Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and former North Carolina Democratic Sen. John Edwards for “conspiring to rig the election,” after a private conversation between the two was publicized after their last debate.
Kucinich appeared on Fox News and extended an offer to the two Democratic front-runners for a three-way debate on MSNBC, which Edwards accepted.
In an interview with MSNBC’s ‘Hardball with Chris Matthews,’ Edwards explained that he did not mean to suggest that lower-tier candidates should be excluded.
“I think it’s just the nature of having a lot of candidates,” Edwards said. “The hard thing … is trying to find a way to not have this be a sound-bite debate.”
Although polls place him in the lower tier, Kucinich has gotten praise from supporters who see him as an alternative to traditional politics.
An opinion published in the Statesman Journal outlined why one person said she thought Kucinich would make a good president.
Another blogging fan of Kucinich brought up an intriguing question: ‘What if Dennis Kucinich was buff?’