WASHINGTON (CNN) - As the Democratic presidential candidates fought for the top spot during the CNN debate Thursday night, they did agree on one thing: Bring the troops home from Iraq.
Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio criticized his congressional colleagues for failing to end combat in Iraq and said he was the only candidate on stage to oppose the war from the start.
"They should tell President Bush, we're not going to give you another dime," Kucinich said. "We're not putting a bill on the floor. Bring 'em home now."
Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois said the current strategy has failed and it's time to concentrate on diplomacy with leaders in Iraq and throughout the region.
"That's why I'm going to bring this war to a close, that's why we can get our combat troops out within 16 months, that's why we have to initiate the kind of regional diplomacy - not just talking to our friends, but talking to our enemies," Obama said.
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– CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich
Dennis Kucinich is finally beginning to realize that he has to be pushy in order to be allowed to speak, and once he gets the floor, he has to keep talking and not allow himself to be pushed around. Although Wolf Blitzer hasn't asked a direct question of Kucinich that highlights his bill to take the profit out of healthcare, Dennis has made sure his strengths are made known. I am certain Kucinich is the best choice, and when people have the chance to hear him, they will realize it too.
I absolutely agree with Tomi Phillips. Kucinich has to be pushy with these moderators because they won't ask him a question. They don't give a fair amount of time to all the candidates.
Kucinich is head and shoulders above any candidate out there! He is the man who will bring home our troops, negotiate world peace and stand strong for what is right, fair and just for our country Everyone will resonate to the truth and peace that this courageous leader brings to the world stage. Cheers to the best man for President of the United States of America -DENNIS KUCINICH! You are the man!
I dislike Kucinich stance of illegal immigrants (and his complaining about that term) but have to agree that when he actually gets a chance to speak he says exactly what most Americans think. And he was blantently skipped over several times in the debate. It's too bad, I would've like to hear more of his views. The media has made their choice, and he doesn't matter to them. Also, unfortunately for him, Ron Paul has a lot of the same foreign policy views and agrees with average American more on the stance of illegal immmigrants, and is taking that voter base away from him.
I agree with all of the above posts. CNN acted like many of our Congressional and Senate elected officials by doing what they want instead of what the people want...that is to HEAR KUCINICH speak. He's the only candidate who gives candid and articulate answers to the actual questions asked and isn't afraid to tell us exactly where he stands on the issues. We want to hear more from him but unfortunately CNN didn't come close to giving Kucinich a fair and fighting chance tonight. Shame on you CNN.
Yea Dennis Smart bring them home right when our millitary is on the verge of victory..oh yea I forgot you have a vested interest in DEFEAT in IRAQ,,you spineless Democrats are trully traitors to your country.