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
Good bye Dennis!!!
Progressive liberals everywhere will miss you.
This little garden gnome never should’ve run to begin with. He claims he can “defend the Constitution” while he wants to strengthen gun control. Hey, Denny, take a look at your pocket Constitution again. I suggest you read the Second Amendment.
Up next: Mike Gravel.
what took him so long?
Wasn't this the man who encouraged his supporters to caucus for Obama in Iowa as a second choice? Does this mean that more people will support Obama in South Carolina? I wonder when John Edwards will abandon his bid.
Too bad! This man is/was the only one of the whole group ( both parties )
that was honest. I guess America is not ready for a true leader.
Kucinich? Was he running? Wow.
When is Hillary going to drop out of the race? thats what i want to know.
Was he ever "in" the race? This clown is the perenni al "ankle biting dog". It continues to amaze that this rube continues to get re-elected; only in the buck-eye state could it happen. They must be continually hung-over after losing the "big game"...
Was he in the Presedential race?
I guess the recount in New Hampshire didn't go Dennis' way...
Barack Obama Welcomes Kucinich supports over Too.
Was he ever in? Man sure like to have some of the money wasted on this guy!
The only honorable Democratic candidate leaves the race. There goes the neighborhood!
I am saddened by Kucinich's exit, but he just had no momentum. I liked his run because he focused fearlessly on the issues and had much bolder and honest stances than the rest. He was a little too honest, and not strategic enough, not to mention poorly funded. I hope he stays in politics his whole life because i trusted him more than any other candadate. I know as long as Kucinch is out there, there's at least one honest politician. Thanks Kucinich.
I like the guy, I like a lot of what he says, but ... yeah. Just not electable on a national level.
Matt and James are apparently quite good at math - 3% of the registered democrats in the United States can't amount to more than a few dozen supporters.
Considering how close this race is, Kucinich's endorsement might actually mean something. Its too bad he wasn't allowed to debate - though he is unelectable, he does has some great ideas (and should get some credit for being the most vocally anti-war (from the very beginning))
Doesn't he still have more delegates than Giuliani?
Dennis was domed after the UFO sighting !!!!!!!! it was his Howard Dean Moment.
I hop barak gives him a cabinet position.
A real shame–he was the only candidate I could get behind without reservation. He has integrity, courage, and he's consistent. I wish him all the best in his congressional re-election campaign. You folks who think he has only double digit supporters are kidding yourselves.
So when will Mike Gravel finally drop out?
He is the only completely non-viable candidate left.
To call his bid a "long shot" is being terribly kind. I hope he takes all those people who voted for him out to a nice dinner. It is the least he can do.
His supporters will not go to Hillary, but will they split between Obama and Edwards so as to be basically negligible?
Agreed. Edwards is the only one promising he'll have ALL our troops home within a year of when he is sworn in as president. Don't let the media fool you- there are still 3 candidates in this race & this election will NOT be purchased by the candidate with the biggest bank account.
He ran a good, clean campaign. Hope he continues his work in the House.
I agree with Josh. I think even he knew he was unelectable, but he deserved to take part in the discussion. That's really what he is about.- raising awareness about issues that don't get enough attention or taking extreme stands on his positions without making them watered down to be politically palatable. One thing is for sure, you could never accuse him of evading or straddling the fence!