Kucinich to enter White House race Tuesday

CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) — Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich, who unsuccessfully ran for president in 2004, said Monday he is planning another bid because his party isn’t pushing hard enough to end the Iraq war.

In a statement, Kucinich said he plans to formally announce his candidacy on Tuesday at Cleveland’s City Hall, where he served as mayor of his hometown in the 1970s.

The liberal, anti-war Ohio congressman said he was inspired to run because he disagrees with the way some of his fellow Democrats are handling the war, including approval of a proposal to spend $160 billion more on the conflict.

“Democrats were swept into power on November 7 because of widespread voter discontent with the war in Iraq,” said Kucinich, 60. “Instead of heeding those concerns and responding with a strong and immediate change in policies and direction, the Democratic congressional leadership seems inclined to continue funding the perpetuation of the war.” . . .

So far of the probable Democratic candidates for President, I’m the most excited about Kucinich and Edwards. I like Kucinich for his consistent anti-war/pro-peace message, but I like Edwards for his solid and genuine support of the working class.

As for the Greens, I’m pretty pessimistic about the state of the national party these days so I’m not sure whether they will put forward a good candidate or not. I liked David Cobb’s (the ’04 GPUS nominee) call for the GPUS to nominate a woman for President, but off-hand I can’t think of a solid candidate male or female that is active in the national party that I would feel super-comfortable with.

There are some local folks in the Oklahoma Green Party that I would vote for in a heartbeat though 😉

(sigh)… I wish Kate Barnard (the incredible revolutionary early day Oklahoma politican who fought for the rights of the poor, the oppressed and those in prison) or Eugene V. Debs (the great Socialist candidate for President in US history) could come back from the grave to run. I’d take either of them over the current crop of candidates.