Posted: October 24, 2007 5:02 PM
Peace Candidate Kucinich Criticizes Bush's Iran Policy
In a statement released by his campaign, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, charged President Bush with nearing World War III in his stance against Iran’s nuclear program.
“You can worry about the apocalypse, or, you can ensure it by manipulating intelligence and, with pre-meditation, put your finger on the trigger that will make Iran the next deadly domino in the President’s irresponsible and irrational approach to the complex and sensitive political issues that make the region a more volatile tinder box than ever before,” Kucinich said, according to CNSnews.com.
Kucinich, who has been promoting himself as the “candidate for peace,” has long distinguished himself from Democratic front-runners by opposing the president’s policies in Iraq and proposing diplomacy over military force.
In order to get his message out, the Congressman has been campaigning in California, participating in San Mateo Country’s Straw Poll and speaking at Monterey’s Music Summit over the weekend.
At the two-day musical event, Kucinich briefly appeared on stage with Michael Franti and Spearhead, a San Francisco Bay area-based hip-hop group.
“Concert attendee Jodie Ross of Alaska said she was excited to see Kucinich and Franti’s band on stage again. Ross said she believes in the power of music to promote social justice and that the weekend’s performers are on the right track,” the Salinas Californian reported.
Kucinich has also found friends, although fictional, on the NBC comedy 30-Rock. On the show, an actor (played by Saturday Night Live alum Tracy Morgan) is asked to play Democratic candidate Illinois Sen. Barack Obama in a sketch, but a pushy wife to says no.
“We support Kucinich,” she declares.
“30 Rock” stars aren’t the only Hollywood fans of Kucinich. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Tuesday that Shirley McClaine, a “longtime pal” of the Congressman, once had him over to her Washington State home, where he apparently had spotted a UFO.
“Dennis found his encounter extremely moving. The smell of roses drew him out to my balcony where, when he looked up, he saw a gigantic triangular craft, silent, and observing him,” McClaine said in the Dealer. “It hovered, soundless, for 10 minutes or so, and sped away with a speed he couldn’t comprehend. He said he felt a connection in his heart and heard directions in his mind.”
When the The Washington Post contacted his campaign headquarters, a woman there said she’d also seen a UFO, and “it’s really no big deal.”
This week, Kucinich will be busy with Congressional duties and preparing to participate in next week’s Democratic presidential debate in Philadelphia sponsored by NBC News and MSNBC.