June 3rd, 2007
10:01 PM ET
7 years ago

Kucinich molds himself after JFK

ATLANTA (CNN) – Asked whether young Americans should have to serve their nation after they complete high school, Rep. Dennis Kucinich said he would mold his administration’s stance on service after the Kennedy administration’s.

“I would take the approach that John F. Kennedy took when he said, ‘Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country,’ and inspire young people to want to serve,” the Ohio congressman said, quoting from Kennedy’s inaugural address in 1961.

“There are so many different ways that we can encourage you to serve,” Kucinich said, adding that he would encourage young Americans to help clean up the environment, tutor children, help the elderly and work in hospitals, in addition to encouraging them to serve in the military.

“To make it mandatory loses the point,” Kucinich said. “People want to love America again. And when you have a president who will inspire the young people, they'll want to get involved,” he said.

- CNN Associate Producer Taylor Gandossy

Filed under: Dennis Kucinich
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  1. Anonymous

    Jfk did not write that quote. It was written by Kahil Gibran in the book "The Profit" many years before.

    Dan Milburn
    Lacey Wa

    June 3, 2007 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  2. Gudrun Scott, Andover NY

    Dennis Kucinich was courageous when he said that as President he would not order a killing of Osama Bin Laden if he had only 15 minutes and civilians would be killed because these assanations result in nothing but backlash ( as we have seen with more terrorists being born out of violence) and Dennis said he would try in a court of law and convict with use of rule of law. Good for him and all other candidates would go for killing- as we know often these hits do not even get close to killing the main leader at all- Bill Clinton hit a camp but the leaders had fled. Dennis showed decisive adult leadership.

    June 3, 2007 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  3. mel, Tulsa Okla

    Kucinich, is a real joke...he needs to get himself a life....away from politics.

    June 3, 2007 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  4. Alan, Brooklyn, NY

    Kucinich set himself apart from other candidates tonight on health care, the war, national service and other issues. I was impressed and wanted to hear from him more, but the moderator(s) seemed to focus more on the high-profile candidates. It's sad, this guy knows what he's talking about, but gets very little press coverage, meanwhile the candidates with money and power dominate the agenda. A democratic media and political system, yeah right.

    June 3, 2007 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  5. Jeremy, San Jose CA

    Kucinich really set himself apart by resisting the urge to murder innocent civilians to bomb Osama Bin Laden. I think Obama was wrong to imply the ends justify the means. What if Osama was in an elementary school in Chicago and the only way to catch him was to bomb the school would you do it Obama?

    June 3, 2007 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  6. ellie, San Luis Obispo, CA

    I wish he had a chance. Lacking that, I wish the top tier candidates would back their "moral" objectives with a clear stance against killing innocent civilians when there is no immediate threat to the US.

    June 3, 2007 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  7. Bonnie , Toledo, OH

    Rep. Dennis Kucinich – courage to back his convictions! I, myself, would like to know HOW we KNOW Bin Laden is the real evil behind the terror. We see videos where he claims to have been the responsible person – but we are in a WAR based on the SAME intelligence (and that intelligence was fraudulant). Just because some nut job gets on a video and claims responsibility – we all believe it??? By claiming responsibility, does not Bin Laden get more followers? More money? More fame? We have been lied to at every turn – our children have died for Halliburton's record breaking government contracts. I believe nothing that our government says about terrorism! I am more inclined to think we fund the terror to create the wars. Peace sounds really good Dennis! I know people portray you as way out there – but deep in our hearts, we all want peace, honesty and a little intergrity!

    Thanks for being you!

    June 3, 2007 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  8. GoldenT, Rochester, NY

    Dennis Kucinich is the one and only candidate with guts enough to challenge our nation's most destructive element: WALL STREET.

    A not-for-profit health care system that cuts out private insurance companies ... repeal of NAFTA and the WTO ... Fair trade (as opposed to Mother England's Free Trade)... Yikes!

    Any wonder the guy gets zero play in the mainstream media?

    Mr. Kucinich is asking you, dear reader, in no uncertain words... Do you, as well, have guts enough to take back your country?

    Forget the popularity contest you have been conditioned to believe this is about, and just spread the word.

    Mr. Kucinich is the ONLY candidate standing up to the destructive policy of globalization.

    I don't agree with all his policies...

    But I do agree with what seems to be one of his top priorities:


    Support Congressman Dennis Kucinich.

    (His website is a no BS zone, too... although I don't know how big I am on the peace sign.)

    Q: Have any of the other candidates, Democratic or Republican, submitted a resolution in the Congress to impeach Dick Cheney?

    A: NO! They simply don't have the guts to do what's right... What more proof do you need? Dennis Kucinich MUST become our next President...

    June 3, 2007 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  9. Alex Hull-Richter

    There is no doubt that Kucinich was the only candidate who appeared Presidential tonight. He had the best answers.

    It is sad that the others would blow up innocent people on a tip.

    June 4, 2007 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  10. Marge, Madison WI

    I will start paying attention to this guy-did not notice him before

    June 4, 2007 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  11. Chris, Ventura, CA

    I watched Kucinich question the Pentagon warhawks on C-SPAN before Iraq II. He had guts then, he had them again tonight. Where I think he really set himself apart was on NAFTA and getting out of the WTO. Unrealistic, maybe; but this country's going to have to do something to take itself back from the multinational corporations, if nothing else because of a coming "recession" like most of us haven't lived through. Kucinich hit it right on the head: we're using China to pay for this war, and other things. No wonder most other candidates considered boycotting Beiging in 2007 over Darfur to be going "too far." America's you-know-whats are now in Chinese hands, thanks to "free trade," signed off by Hillary's husband after he campaigned against NAFTA.

    June 4, 2007 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  12. Sherry Soldorfen~SLC, UT

    I agree with all of you. My husband and I are gungho political junkies and we love Dennis Kucinich!! He may be a little "too honest" for some others and he believes in being himself no matter what others think, isn't that refreshing?? He hits it right on the head each time he speaks out. Now why isn't HE getting the same attention as all of the other wannabees???

    I love it when the press gathers up their family jewels and tells the country what they should be hearing....the damn truth for once.
    Like Lou Dobbs. I love to see that man get frustrated and really tell the admin. off.

    We are so sick of hearing the same empty promises from the same usual suspects!
    Why not do something totally out there?? Try giving everyone in the race the SAME amount of air time
    for free??

    The press hounds the candidates they like, and ignores the rest!
    We all know just how hard it is on a candidate, physically, mentally and most of all emotionally!

    We need to show respect to EVERY CANDIDATE in the race!
    It takes a lot of intestinal fortitude to go down that political road. The least the press can do is give the Kucinich's and the Gravel's of this race the same amount of free air time as you do the rest of them! Thats the only fair way we can have elections.

    It's so stupid to continue the same game that costs the people billions each year, not to mention how the elected have just gutted the Constitution and destabilized the whole damn world.
    nd then we just keep voting in the "likely superstar". Ridiculous!

    The Ranter

    June 4, 2007 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |