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Thursday, December 6, 2007

Democratic candidates drift toward Kucinich, but fall short

Democratic candidates drift toward Kucinich, but fall short

For Immediate Release - Thursday, December 6, 2007

WASHINGTON, DC - A post-debate analysis following the NPR Presidential forum rightly observed that, "on issue after issue ... Dennis Kucinich's views have gone from fringe to mainstream" and that the other Democratic Presidential candidates' positions on various issues have been moving in Kucinich's direction.

But, the Ohio Congressman's campaign said today, "We strongly disagree with the conclusion by Richard Wolffe of Newsweek that 'this Democratic field has essentially moved to the Kucinich position on trade, on Iraq, on a whole range of things where people thought he was a real outlier'."

Despite the acknowledgment that Kucinich's positions have been setting the agenda for the debates, "to say that all the other candidates are 'all pretty much in agreement now when it comes to some of these big issues like trade, like diplomacy and war. And they are where Dennis Kucinich is' is more disinformational than it is even remotely accurate," the campaign said in a statement today.

"No other major candidate has called for an immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq or voted 100 percent of the time to cut off funds to force the President to bring our troops home. Other candidates refuse to relent in their 'all options are on the table' with respect to Iran, despite the revelations in the National Intelligence Estimate that Iran abandoned its nuclear weapons program four years ago. No other candidate is willing to challenge the for-profit health insurance and pharmaceutical companies by agreeing to establish a national, single-payer, not-for profit health system. No other major candidate has proposed canceling NAFTA and withdrawing from the WTO. No other major candidate has called for the repeal of the USA Patriot Act.

"It is true that candidates who voted pro-war have become somewhat less bellicose in their rhetoric, but they still have voted to continue funding the war. It is true that they have finally recognized the need for health care reform, but their 'reforms' would preserve the role of for-profit insurers to the detriment of the public. They have recently found it politically expedient to criticize trade agreements, some of which they originally voted for or supported, but they refuse to say they will cancel those agreements. They have even suggested modest changes to the Patriot Act that they fully supported in the first place - some without even reading it - but fail to acknowledge that it's a bad law that continues to violate the Constitutional rights and protections of Americans. And they adamantly refuse to utilize the Constitutional recourse of impeachment for the Constitutional violations and abuses committed by this Administration.

"Are they moving in the right direction as they attempt to apologize for, rationalize, and back away from their voting records? Yes. Are their polls and focus groups telling them where the voters stand on these various issues so they can appear to be in sync with the American people? Yes.

"But, they were wrong when it was crucial that they be right, and their votes and speeches attest to that. They may be moving in the right direction, but they still fall far short of being right. Only one candidate was right on all of those issues from the very beginning: Congressman Dennis Kucinich. If they had listened to him in the first place, this nation would not be embroiled in a never-ending war. It would not be beating the drums for a war with Iran. It would not have lost millions of jobs to out-sourcing facilitated by bad trade agreements. Forty-seven million uninsured Americans would have coverage. And the rights, freedoms, and protections under the U.S. Constitution would not have been trashed by an easily misled Congress.

"Playing follow the leader does not establish a candidate's credentials to be President of the United States of America. Being the leader does."

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