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. Matt

    Good bye Dennis!!!

    Progressive liberals everywhere will miss you.

    January 24, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  2. The Conservative Democrat

    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.

    January 24, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  3. mark

    what took him so long?

    January 24, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. Larry, GA

    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.

    January 24, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. coolcat

    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.

    January 24, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. Xavier, Washington, DC

    Kucinich? Was he running? Wow.

    January 24, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. Sam

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

    January 24, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. guy neested

    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"...

    January 24, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. Surprise

    Was he in the Presedential race?

    January 24, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. Why Bother

    I guess the recount in New Hampshire didn't go Dennis' way...

    January 24, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  11. Benj Thall, Los Angeles CA

    Barack Obama Welcomes Kucinich supports over Too.

    January 24, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. Darrell

    Was he ever in? Man sure like to have some of the money wasted on this guy!

    January 24, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. Amos

    The only honorable Democratic candidate leaves the race. There goes the neighborhood!

    January 24, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. josh

    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.

    January 24, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  15. Joel, Pittsburgh, PA

    I like the guy, I like a lot of what he says, but ... yeah. Just not electable on a national level.

    January 24, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. Andy

    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))

    January 24, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  17. Amused, Las Vegas

    Doesn't he still have more delegates than Giuliani?

    January 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  18. Nando, Florida

    Dennis was domed after the UFO sighting !!!!!!!! it was his Howard Dean Moment.
    I hop barak gives him a cabinet position.

    January 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  19. Karla

    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.

    January 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  20. true

    So when will Mike Gravel finally drop out?
    He is the only completely non-viable candidate left.

    January 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  21. Peter, NYC

    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.

    January 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  22. Scott, Royal Oak, MI

    His supporters will not go to Hillary, but will they split between Obama and Edwards so as to be basically negligible?

    January 24, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  23. David

    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.

    Edwards/Richardson '08!

    January 24, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  24. Jack, Greenville, SC

    He ran a good, clean campaign. Hope he continues his work in the House.

    January 24, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  25. Jules

    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!

    January 24, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
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