January 24th, 2008
07:27 PM ET
7 years ago

Kucinich getting out

Kucinich will formally drop out of the presidential race Friday.
Kucinich will formally drop out of the presidential race Friday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Rep. Dennis Kucinich will announce he is abandoning his long shot bid for the White House in a news conference Friday, his campaign confirms to CNN.

In an interview with the Cleveland Plain-Dealer earlier Thursday, the Ohio Democrat said he plans on “transitioning out of the Democratic Presidential primary race" to focus on a "new direction."

His spokesman tells CNN the former presidential candidate is now gearing up for his congressional re-election campaign. Kucinich faces four candidates in a Democratic primary for his seat on March 4, and has faced criticism for devoting much of his attention to running for president.

In his interview with the Plain-Dealer, Kucinich said he will give a much lengthier statement Friday.

This was Kucinich's second bid for the White House - he first ran in 2004. The latest CNN Poll showed him drawing 3 percent of support among registered Democrats nationally.

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney


Filed under: Dennis Kucinich
soundoff (299 Responses)
  1. Trey

    BIG SURPRISE!!! I'm totally shocked, I thought he had the nomination in the bag

    January 24, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. Jorge

    Perhaps if CNN and the other big media would've given him some coverage or included him in the major debates, he wouldn't have to drop out. Shame on you all!

    January 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  3. voter

    This is not good for the American people they pushed you out as I'm sure they'll try the same thing with Ron Paul. Sorry to hear this.

    January 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  4. Jess

    He was a good guy. Tried to impeach Cheney!!! I hope he supports Obama:)

    January 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  5. mysonywalkman

    Good luck gravel and Edwards.

    January 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. Josh, Philadelphia

    It's ashame that Kucinich could not receive more media attention earlier in the race. While I don't agree with the vast majority of his goals, he still deserved to have a larger part of the media/debate field as he is the only democratic candidate that seems to be serious about taking the U.S. out of Iraq in the near future.

    January 24, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. AJ, IL

    See ya, Kucinich. You were an entertaining candidate who had two good debate performances. Now do what you did in Iowa, endorse Obama for President!

    January 24, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  8. Matt

    Who will has 15 supporters get behind?!?!?!

    January 24, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  9. James Brown ( Independent )

    Wow big news............i wonder who will get all 12 of his supporters votes ?

    January 24, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  10. BoD.

    Kucinich is still in the race? He dropped off the radar screen a long time ago. Why does he need to announce that he's abandoning his bid for the White House when he was never a real contender? Who cares.

    January 24, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  11. Gorbashov, Long Beach, Ca.

    John Edwards welcomes the Kucinich supporters over. His economic populist message is just what the nation and the party needs right now. He is the most electable general election candidate!

    Edwards/Obama in 2008!

    January 24, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  12. Tyler T.

    Anyway, good thing he is out of there. He wasnt going anywhere.

    January 24, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  13. Carol

    I still applaud you of your honesty.

    January 24, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. Bob, Dallas

    Say it ain't so. He was the only candidate worth voting for. See you in four.

    January 24, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  15. J

    will he endorse anyone?

    January 24, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. Nate

    Obama here we go!!!

    January 24, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  17. Eric, San Diego

    Come on Dennis – endorse John Edwards!

    January 24, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  18. Mike

    Even though this has nothing to do with Hillary Clinton, I can predict there will be comments from the Obama supporters trashing her.

    January 24, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  19. Jufus, Milwaukee, WI

    Good... The UFO is ready to fly.

    January 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Was he ever really in the race?

    January 24, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  21. Justin

    So long Pocketmaster. You will be missed.

    -Stephen T. Colbert (what he would have said)

    January 24, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  22. Buzz

    LOL – like that is breaking news...or shocker

    January 24, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  23. stan pitts pa

    kucinich make sure you endorse obama, he can carry on the mantle for you buddy!

    January 24, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  24. TNA

    It's about time! Now if only Gravel would do the same....

    January 24, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  25. Cat, Costa Mesa, CA

    Is anyone surprised?

    January 24, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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