Watch Dennis Kucinich with wife Elizabeth file for the New Hampshire Democratic primary.
CONCORD, New Hampshire (CNN) – Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, officially filed for the Democratic presidential primary ballot in New Hampshire Friday and shortly after criticized some of his rivals over the war in Iraq.
Signing the state archive document with the words "strength through peace," Kucinich took the opportunity to differentiate himself from Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards by attacking their positions on the war in Iraq.
The Ohio Democrat acknowledged Obama was against the war before Congress authorized the use of military force in Iraq in 2002, but said, "He voted over and over again to fund the war." He then continued, "If you really oppose something, do you fund it? He cannot square that. And he'll never be able to square it, and this is the difficulty he has with his candidacy."
About Clinton, Kucinich said, "She voted 100 percent of the time to fund the war except the last vote we had as the clock ran out."
But the harshest attacks were directed towards Edwards.
"I know Sen. Edwards has apologized all over kingdom come about having voted for the war. But you know what? Apologies are a little bit late when you've got dead bodies all over the field," he said.
Kucinich continued that Edwards was inconsistent on his views on Iran and relied on polls and public opinion to determine his position.
"That's a problem," Kucinich said.
Responding to Kucinich's comments, Kate Bedingfield, Edwards' New Hampshire press secretary, told CNN, "Unlike Sen. Clinton, John Edwards has directly apologized and accepted responsibility for his vote in Iraq.”
“Also unlike Sen. Clinton, John Edwards learned his lesson that you can’t give this president any room to prepare to go to war, and that’s why he’s demonstrated strong leadership in standing against George Bush’s dangerous ‘preventive war’ policy, which makes force the first option, not the last," she added.
– CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla
I would not vote for him. He wants the drinking age to be 16. In my experiences in life lttle men are tyrants.
At least John Edwards has the sincerity and humility to admit to mistakes, unlike.. Uh, yeah.
The Democrats have Kucinich as their nutjob, and the Republicans have Ron Paul as their nutjob.
It's shaping up to be a great election.
Actually, each party has at least TWO nutjobs...the Dems have Kucinich and Gravel and the Repubs have Tancredo and Ron Paul.
This nation is so divided and morally deprived that NO leader elected from either party will make a difference.
I like Dennis. At least he has the courage to have some convictions, and he is right about the war...it is wrong, and when Bush (if Bush even bothers to go through Congress) sends a request to the Congress to let him start a war with Iran, you can bet Kucinich will be the first no. I admire him.
I wonder if he consulted Sherily McClains spiritual advisor again this time..
Gosh, I didn't realize he was so tiny. While the US presidency isn't a beauty contest, I think they should be fairly impressive, as leader of the free world.
Is that his daughter behind him?
It seems very ironic to me that people try to paint Dennis Kucinich as some kind of radical liberal, when his core values are the same values shared by the majority of democrats. He has been steadfastly against agressive war in the Middle East and is for bringing troops home immediately; he has consistently stood up for the people in the face of corporate power, and he's working to save Americans from the for-profit insurance companies that are bleeding our bank accounts dry. Dennis Kucinich is a true statesman, and if you believe that only people with tens of millions of dollars, who are owned by special interests, can be elected President, then I guess that's the type of President you deserve. Have faith, have courage, and vote with your convictions. Kucinich all the way in '08.
Go back and look at Kucinich's record as mayor of Cleveland...a total loser. This guy couldn't run a convenience store. He has zero common sense and is just plain kooky. His ideas are so far out that they are beyond far left.
"The Democrats have Kucinich as their nutjob, and the Republicans have Ron Paul as their nutjob."
Um, you meant to say, every Repub candidate EXCEPT Ron Paul is a 'nutjob.'
I mean, look at all of the religion these idiots want to shove down Americans' throat. Surely, you don't support a theocracy?
The only consistent voice and vote since the beginning.
Wow, his red-headed granddaughter is hot!
Of course Kucunich would be a silly pick for the Oval Office. That's not exactly breaking news.
However, I for one am glad that he is in the House and that he his has a platform for his idealistic view points
It's shaping up to be a great election.
Posted By Neill C., Montgomery, Al : October 26, 2007 6:02 pm
i'm not a ron paul supporter by any means, but he's no nut job. he's not your typical god fearing pro life neo-con, if thats what you mean. as far as i'm concerned, he's the only republican i'd ever vote for.
"Wow, his red-headed granddaughter is hot!"
Actually, that's his wife.
This very strange man would not be elected to the White House in a million election cycles. Anybody figure out why he keeps running? Is it ego? Delusion? Some kind of mental illness? Help me understand this.
Wow, an actual serious story about Kucinich, and it doesn't mention his height. Got a quota to fill or something?
Dennis actually take principled stands on issues in favor of people over corporations. What other candidate wants universal, not-for-profit health care? What other candidate would immediately withdraw from NAFTA and the WTO? Sure, some of his positions seem silly, but at least you can't accuse him of changing his beliefs for the sake of electability
"Um, you meant to say, every Repub candidate EXCEPT Ron Paul is a 'nutjob.'"
I don't think any of the other candidates oppose madatory smallpox and polio vaccinations or think the UN is on the verge of stealing all our guns and creating a North American Union.
How is Ron Paul a nutjob? He wants people to run their own lives and not the government. If that's the definition of a nutjob then sign me up. By the way, he raised just as much money as McCain last quarter. Sounds like you're worried he might actually be on to something. I mean when Fox News goes out of their way to critisize their own debate poll, you know this guys got a chance.
dennis kucinich won't get my vote because he's shorter than the mushrooms he's been eating. he might want us to follow the yellow brick road, but that's the wrong path for the United States. we need a president who can at least see over the steering wheel without having to sit on someones lap.
And of course who doesn't love the Keebler Cookie elf.
Some of you people are truly mean-spirited. Why is it not possible to make a point without trying to destroy and humiliate a candidate? It is is a sad commentary and reflection on who we are as Americans.
Dennis Kucinich is the only person who has been true to his convictions from the beginning. He doesn't waffle when the polls change (Edwards?) and he doesn't double talk the issues (Clinton?). I would think that Americans would be sick of lies and deception and want someone in the White House who talks straight and is for the American workers (not the defense contractors, corporations, hedge funds, top 1% income...etc.) Go Kucinich '08