Kucinich, released from the hospital Wednesday, made waves last week when he called Edwards and Clinton ‘imperial candidates.’
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Democratic presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich is back on Capitol Hill Thursday, three days after a particularly strong bout of food poisoning landed the Ohio congressman in a Cleveland-area hospital.
Campaign spokesman Andy Juniewicz tells CNN that Kucinich has been released from the hospital after 2 days of treatment for the sickness. Juniewicz said he has returned to Washington and “resumed his full schedule of Congressional duties.”
“He's fully recovered,” Juniewicz added.
The Ohio congressman started feeling ill Sunday before flying to Florida for a campaign appearance. He became sicker in Florida, and was forced to cut the trip short to return to Cleveland.
Kucinich, who finds himself near the bottom of the Democratic field in most national polls, made waves last week when he charged that fellow White House hopefuls Hillary Clinton and John Edwards were acting like “imperial candidates” who “sought to determine who is allowed to speak to the American public and who is not.”
Kucinich’s comments were made in reference to a private conversation between Clinton and Edwards, picked up by a live microphone at a NAACP forum, in which the two are heard discussing how to thin out the number of candidates participating in presidential events. (Listen Clinton's and Edwards' comments.)
Eric Schultz, a spokesman for Edwards’ presidential campaign, said the former North Carolina senator was not suggesting excluding candidates, but instead was proposing to “break up the field into smaller groups for real debates.”
Meanwhile, a Clinton spokesman declined to elaborate on the comments, saying, “It was private conversation and forums like [those] are important.”
- CNN Political Desk Managing Editor Steve Brusk