Posted: August 22, 2007 5:20 PM
Kucinich Disgruntled with Debate Inequality
Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, participated in Sunday’s Democratic debate on ABC and watched as the three top contenders for the Democratic nomination, Sens. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and Barack Obama, D-Ill., and former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., got the most say.
Kucinich, who was asked few questions during the debate aired on ABC, later said, according to MSNBC, “This debate is insufficient. You’re trying to polarize people out of this race.”
Despite his disappointment in the debate, Kucinich continued to campaign in New Hampshire, speaking out on homelessness in Manchester by drawing his own experiences growing up.
“As a boy, Kucinich was in charge of scanning the classifieds, looking for affordable apartments for his parents and six siblings,” reported the Associated Press. “They moved 21 times — sometimes into their car — by the time he was 17.”
“If people want to know what kind of president I’ll be, they only have to know my background to know who I’m in government to represent: those who aspire to decent jobs, a decent wage, health care, a roof over their heads, education for their children,” he said in a speech to a group representing the homeless.
Messages such as these have helped gain Kucinich the reputation for being one of the race’s most sincere candidates, according to Forbes. In a survey of voting-age Americans, unofficial candidate Fred Thompson, a former Republican senator from Tennessee, emerged as the most sincere with New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson coming in second and Kucinich closely following in third.