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