January 24th, 2008
07:27 PM ET
10 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. Root Boy

    Congrats to CNN – The field is shaping up according to the Plan ! What's wrong with a little fascism afterall ?

    January 24, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  2. Karen

    Unbelievable! A man so believes enough in his country, wants to protect its citizens from the current fascist rulers, that he runs for president, putting himself on the line for all of us, and this is the way you treat him.

    You all complain about the childish behavior exhibited in the debate. Yet, you attack physical attributes of a man. You attack someone who bravely dares admit that he sighted an Unidentified Flying Object (a UFO not an alien spaceship!!!!). You attack a man who stands up every day for our constitutional rights. You attack a man as looney when he is one of the most intellectual and reasoned in Congress. You attack a man who had to make an extremely difficult decision as mayor of Cleveland (yes Jane it is true, Cleveland) to protect the people of Cleveland from the corporate powers blackmailing the city into giving up their right to own their own power company. I wish more mayors had the guts to do this. Maybe we wouldn't be in this current energy mess.

    Unbelievable! Shame on you all!

    I wish Dennis and his wife all the best in the world! They are an incredible couple.

    January 24, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  3. Keric

    Kucinich didn't make a good news story – wasn't the wife of a former president – wasn't a minority candidate. But he stood up for his beiefs, which were more in line with my own than were any of the other candidate. I'm sorry to see him drop out.

    January 24, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  4. Seekster

    Im surprised, Kucinich, Gravel, and Ron Paul are the crazy nutbag message candidates, they all know they are never going to win the nomination so instead their goal is to make a statement or influence the debates and issues taken on by the primary candidates. For those who have lost count lets check to see who is still in the race:


    Romney, McCain, Huckabee, Rudy, Paul.


    Clinton, Obama, Edwards, Gravel

    Now then all we have to do is lose Rudy or Paul and it will be for a bit. Thank you CNN for bringing us truly pointless stories and calling it news.

    January 24, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  5. autumnimprov

    Too bad – He has lots of supporters, whether you mock him or not.
    He was able to articulate clear, principled positions and his presence gave integrity to candidates' orientations and and to their answers during debates. By the way, a large majority of Americans claim to have seen UFOs (tho not me). I wouldn't have mentioned it if I were running for any office, but on the face of it, it's not so strange. I'll save the sarcasm that could be made of everybody, in every venue, on every topic...

    I grew up in Cleveland, and what a gutsy young guy he was, standing up to the banks that wanted to claim the utility company. Almost unheard of in American politics. Good luck to him in his congressional campaign and hope he's able to attend to the needs of his constituents. There is at least one item in his stated positions with which I didn't agree, but his presidential voters are welcome in Hillary's camp. He articulated positions that many, many of us wish the nation would embrace. He's not ahead of his time. He is of his time. We'll get there...

    January 24, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  6. william walsh,

    didnt do much for ohio either,need to find a job at wal mart

    January 24, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  7. Jess

    Some of these post display why I am now very proud of my choice to switch from a Democrat to an Independent. This party has proven itself to be just as prejudice, bigoted, and cruel as anything we laid on the the Republicans. I wash my hands of this party from here on out, and I am sure many others are going to. Good Luck to you Dennis. It's a shame that, when you had our best interests in mind, so many acted so childish.

    January 24, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  8. Sam Notting

    What a shame...America doesn't want you, but there are definitely some countries in Europe that are looking for a serious Socialist-Leftist candidate like yourself and you're more patriotic towards them anyway.

    January 24, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  9. erika morgan

    Brian I agree
    "Congressman Kucinich is a man of honor. He represents all that the Democratic Party could be if it had the courage to stand by its core principles" His ideas showed intelligence and a fine understanding of what our country needs, and of the errors that our government is currently engaging in. It is too bad that our media has been so corrupted by "big money" that they can't even give us the opportunity to get to know a man of such sterling character. It is a very sad time for democracy when the population is shielded from any talent, option, or remedy as it diminishes our government and us as individuals.

    January 24, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  10. josh

    Ryan of indianapolis you are guilty of treason for not downing our president. how unpatriotic to approve of the worst president we have ever had.

    January 24, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  11. josh

    ryan of indianapolis we also don't want to go back to the lincoln years....unless you liked slavery and no civil rights.....which would explain your hatred of dennis kucinich

    January 24, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  12. Mr DE

    "Sam : When is Hillary going to drop out of the race? thats what i want to know."

    What are you dreaming? Believe it or not, after super Tuesday, you will see one of top three candidates will drop out.


    January 24, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  13. petitioner

    Dennis was not popular but he was an excellent presidential candidate. The system we have of the media determing who the top candidates are is very bad for our country. Dennis' withdrawl is a loss to the country and a loss for those on this campaign who never wavered and had so many plans to support him to the end and make sacrifices. Dennis' message that his campaign was open and welcoming to anyone who wanted to get involved reached a lot of people. Dennis has reached out to part of his campaign workers recently to say thank you and that is greatly appreciated. A lot of candidates would not take the time to do this.

    January 24, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  14. Lee, Cleveland, OH

    One kooky bird...and the WORST Mayor of Cleveland ever.

    January 24, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  15. Witheld 2

    Caesar-- My bet is still on Hillary!

    January 24, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  16. Graham

    My man Dennis,
    If I were American, I'd be proud to vote for you.
    KUCINICH '12.

    January 24, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  17. pam Eugene OR

    I am always sorry to see a good and honest man drop out but I understand it. If you can't slime with the other slugs you might as well go home. Please sir, throw your support to Barack as you did last time. This country will not survive another 4 years with the trashy Clintons. The sooner we see the back of her (OMG what an awful sight) the better. Please Clintons do the honorable thing thing and take your dirty tricks and run before the Republicans get a hold of you. You will divide our wonderful nation for another 4 years. We all know you feel that there there are scores you want to settle and people to get even with but, please we the people have important business to do here. We have a recession on the horizon, the dollar is very weak and we are loosing respect around the world daily. Go home Clintons ...where ever that is and leave us in peace to conduct an honest moral election.
    ABS She is too divisive and can never unite us. A vote for Hillary is a vote for a Republican.
    Go home Hill and Bill and write a book or something.

    January 24, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  18. Mark

    Way to not even use Kucinich's name in the headline CNN. If Edwards dropped out would you use his name in the headline? Kick him while he's down I guess and make sure he stays there. I am quite sure main stream media will ignore him Monday when he takes articles of impeachment to the floor in congress.

    Although I agree with him completely on nearly every issue he would . He would never compromise so I don't believe he could get much done as president but thats no excuse to muzzle him CNN.

    January 24, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  19. Osama yo Momma

    dennis has 3 failed marriages.. 4th is comming up.. The real problem with dennis is ..HE SHAVED HIS EYEBROWS.. That was the dumbest thing in the world

    January 24, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  20. vince

    Who cares if he doesn't become the President. His wife is hot.

    January 24, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  21. TF

    Well one reason he had to abandon his white house is because his congresional seat is under threat so he may not even make it to congress next year.

    Well Dennis could not do his dirty job for Obama by finishing the recount. The recount done so far mathes the results.

    Up Hillary '08

    January 24, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  22. earl illingsworth

    Cleveland, Ohio the rock&roll hall of fame town, and Dennis the Menace the worst mayor in the country's, hometown. Happy trails to you, and I hope we don't meet again! Please, Please,Please rent a big enough U-Haul to carry away your War Chest, and let the serious contenders have their say! Sorry, but you were a waste of valuable time!!!

    January 24, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  23. Art, Del Mar, CA

    Hey, he has the best lookin' wife of all recent candidates., and so he must have a lot going on !

    January 24, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  24. JK Ashburn, VA

    There's always 2012 and 2016 and 2020 and....

    January 24, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  25. P. Allen, Walton Hills, OH

    Dennis......ALWAYS a "Champion of the People", standing up to big business and special interests, since the late '70s.

    Another guy fighting against the special interests and also a "Champion of the People".

    Both from humble backgrounds, who rose above to become what all of us would like to be.

    Dennis' supporters, please back John Edwards.

    January 24, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
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