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. Randy Hurst San Francisco, California 94121

    Sorry to see you go. I thought your ideas were the best.

    January 24, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. David, Santa Maria, CA

    Finally that nuthead is out of the race. I remember growing up in Cleveland when he was the Mayor and led the city into Bankruptcy. I still cant believe Clevelanders keep him in the House. No wonder I couldnt wait to leave there.

    January 24, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. kay


    January 24, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  4. stan pitts pa

    kucinich is a smart man to have endorsed obama in iowa! Hillary brought up Rezko. Obama's work with Rezko was legal. Hillary got about 850,000 from FBI most wanted Normal Hsu! how about that for facts!

    January 24, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  5. Woz - Los Gatos, CA

    This will free up time for him to hang out in Texas and look for the UFOs.

    January 24, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  6. dd

    Honest, with integrity, a thinking person that cares about this country. Dennis has always been consistent. To bad the dem's cannot advance a candidate that would be socially responsible, lower taxes and reduce government.

    January 24, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  7. carol

    Sam – take a flying leap!

    January 24, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. darrin

    I would vote for Kucinich in a heartbeat. He isn't pretty and he isn't popular, but he is painfully honest. Instead of sugarcoated empty promises, he tells it like it is and that is what our country needs. The people in this nation have the power to elect the right guy, but we always get it wrong. What a pity.

    January 24, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  9. Lisa

    Hillary is in it to win it....come on Super Tuesday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 24, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  10. Steven

    Thanks Dennis, but you never had a chance!

    January 24, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  11. wale azeez

    hillary's turn...we are waiting!!!

    January 24, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  12. Jim P. - Chicago

    I guess it's time to head back to the mothership – what an oddball.

    January 24, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  13. Robert Bell

    Kucinich was a decent, honest man who said what he thought, no matter what the consequences.

    People like that get creamed in politics.


    January 24, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  14. DKtotheWH

    Are you all insane? Those who criticize Dennis obviously are so ignorant of what he represents and works for. He's the fighting Democrat and people's choice. The reaons he's being censored by big media is bec. they (media/gov) are threatened by his resolutions – impeachment, ending the war, healthcare for all.
    Get your facts straight and vote your conscience. Quit the "below the belt" childish remarks.

    January 24, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  15. Kathy

    I think Kucinich lost any chance of improving in the polls when he said he saw a UFO. Many thought he was a little cuckoo upon hearing that. I don't think his wife's tongue stud helped him much either.

    John Edwards should stay in this race simply to keep the others honest. With him in the race NO ONE will get over 50% and that could mean a brokered convention or some kind of arrangement prior to that, i.e. Edwards becomes the Vice-presidential candidate once again in exchange for his delegates. I think John Edwards may be the most powerful person in the democratic primary process right now. Whomever he chooses gets to be the party's nominee unless Hillary and Barack begin losing in the polls and John Edwards rises to the top. I hope he does!!

    January 24, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  16. Mad, Mad, Mad Dog Brown, Maddest Dog in the Whole Darn Town

    Well, that stinks. Hate to see you go, Dennis. Better luck in '12, huh?

    It does simplify my dilemma, though... whether to vote my conscience (Kucinich), or to vote for somebody who has a chance.

    That's what you get when you have a blue vote in a state as red as mine.

    January 24, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  17. JohnS

    I love Hillary taking charge during the debates, but crashing EMOTIONALLY before or after the debates.

    The answer is simple, American men do not like to "attack" or challenge their women in public, period.

    So, Obama and Edwards, please let Hillary win the DEBATE and all the women will get your votes. That is, be "GENTLE-men; do not beat on poor Hillary."

    January 24, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. Diego Aguirre

    This is disappointing news. As a Californian, I was looking forward to voting for Dennis in the primaries. That would have been the one opportunity to truly vote for an independent thinker and a progressive voice for the country.

    January 24, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  19. Bob

    One can only imagine what "new direction" ole Dennis is focused on – probably wants Scotty to beam him up to join the rest of the Klingons on Uranus. Maybe he and Ron Paul can hook up!

    January 24, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  20. tomdavie

    I take it Dennis didnt win NH when he recounted the votes?

    January 24, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  21. Mike, Jacksonville, FL

    I guess this now just leaves John Edwards to vote for.

    Sad for America, but if he can retain his seat in Congress that is some solace. He is one of the few politicians out there who are also good people.

    January 24, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  22. Ryan Indianapolis

    This guy is not a PATRIOT and I am sick of hearing that from the far-left. If anything he committed Treason when he went over to Syria(state sponsored terrorist state well before this administration) and put down our president and said he was ashamed of his country. This man if he lived during the Lincoln years would have been Hung by now. He has no place in this country or in politics.

    January 24, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  23. Lucas, Nashville TN

    I do wish he'd come to this conclusion like... before he ever ran.

    However, his small anti-Hillary percentage will be welcomed by the Obama camp. We have open arms for you all!

    See? I didn't even make a joke about sandals or patchouli! Well... almost. đŸ˜‰

    January 24, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |

    Woz – Los Gatos, CA:

    ...and hang out with Willie! No wonder he's seen he's seen UFO's. However, I do like Wllie and his music!

    January 24, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  25. willyloman

    For all of you republicans out there and you 'trickle-down supply-side" throw-backs, I want you to seriously look at what has happened to this country since the privatization president has taken over. Were it not for a war on false pretenses, this little fasade of a fiat economy that we have now would have collapsed under it's own greedy weight years ago.

    And the only thing propping it up now is a Fed who keeps dropping the rate every month, an idiotic stimulous package paid for by our childrens taxes, and the wholesale garage sale of our nation to the Chinese and Saudis.

    So you go ahead an gloat about Kucinich dropping out of the race because the networks and papers refused to allow him in it in the first place.

    That's brilliant. You keep applauding while they rape our democracy and steal the national treasure. You think they are leaving a seat at the table open for you? You are beggers to your own demise.

    At least Kucinich has enough common sense to know when he is being screwed. And the guts to take a stand against it. That is something people like you will never have the capasity to grasp so you will therefore never even be aware of what is happening to you, till it's way too late.

    January 24, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
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