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. Dale, Denver, CO

    Hasta, Dennis the Menace.

    Now if only the people of his district will drop him out of Congress.

    January 24, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  2. Lloyd DeMoss

    Who besides his mail order bride and mother even knew he was running??

    January 24, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  3. m

    Grand! Long live the tyranny of corporate dominance! Long live Amerikka!

    January 24, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  4. Domenick A

    Well, time to change back to Independant. No point in voting for any of those media approved corporate sponsored bozos still in the Democratic race. I only put up with the stink of being labeled a Democrat so that I could vote for Kucinich. Looks like the old adage, "the more things change, the more they stay the same" will pretty much sum up the 2008 election when all is said and done.

    January 24, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  5. Darth Vadik, CA

    Why do people think that giving power back to the people, from the corporations is looney? Why do people think that people who stand for justice are looney?

    Yes, he's short, yes he has big ears, but he was the only 100% honest guy standing up there with the rest of the democrats. The only guy who backed his mouth with his votes.

    He was pushed, shoved, picked on, kicked off the debates, and he stood in there. Never wavered, never disliked by those who met him.



    January 24, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  6. Alexa

    I've always liked Kucinich. It's a shame, but I'm sure the other candidates can't wait to get all his votes.

    January 24, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  7. Conan

    Dennis who?

    January 24, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. Peter, NYC

    Mr. Ferrell,

    With all due respect, you are being a little silly. To have a candidate on the ballot who has garnered so few votes and whose polling shows that he will garner fewer (by percentage) still as times goes on makes no sense. It only gives someone else an option to choose because they don't like the others but whose chosen candidate has no chance of winning. A vote for a candidate that can't win is tantamount to a vote for the winner, whomever that should be in the end.

    This is not American Idol, yes, but nor is a a process designed to make people feel good about themselves or their choices. It is the process to choose a leader and nothing else.

    Kucinich had no hope of winning and you must know it as well as I do.

    January 24, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  9. Fox Mulder

    Mr Kucich, the mothership is waiting to beam you up in Texas. You can finally go home.

    January 24, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  10. Independent

    I love how we call this guy nuts because he was one of two candidates (Ron Paul being the other) who was completely honest.

    January 24, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  11. Nick

    If the other second-tier candidates follow Kucinich's example, Obama is going to get a lot more supporters, maybe enough to push him ahead of Clinton for the nomination!!!

    January 24, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  12. Rino

    Be sure to check on a few things before you even consider voting for Hillary Clinton!
    Google these videos:

    "The Clinton Chroincles" 1 hour 51 minutes
    "Bill and Hillary Clinton: Their Secret Lives"
    "Mena Coverup" 54 minutes
    "The Clinton Body Count"
    "Rose Law Firm"

    It is your civic duty to know who and why you are voting for a candidate. Don't vote for a criminal. Thanks.

    January 24, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  13. Tex, Santa Cruz

    I hear his wife and five adult children refused to endorse him. Poor fellow, but I admire his fighting spirit. I am sure Clinton will welcome the six new supporters.

    January 24, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  14. Andy

    Kucinich is a strange one, but I'd be absolutely enthused to have him instead of another lying, cheating, Clinton.

    I'm not sure why I even read the Clinton New Network anymore.

    January 24, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  15. Rafael, San Antonio

    Why didn't the media tell us there was such a fine fellow running? I will miss him!

    January 24, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  16. steve

    What a moron!!! Merely detracting from serious candidates. I would have to give him the nod however for hottest wife!!! WOW!!! What's up with that????

    January 24, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  17. Patrick J. Scarry Jr

    Dennis Kucinich.......the world's largest hamster. Yeah, he looked and sounded like a serious contender for the Whitehouse. Later for you dude.

    January 24, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  18. Matt, Long Beach, Ca

    ...more reason for all of you disenfranchised democrats to take a real good look at Ron Paul!

    January 24, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  19. Obie - D.C.

    WHY, DENNIS, WHY?!?!?!?!

    First Colbert. Now Kucinich. My candidates are dropping like glaciers in Greenland. So much for liberals. Trying to pick a president this November is going to be like choosing between Hannity and Colmes.

    January 24, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  20. Ray, Rochester


    January 24, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  21. GiveMeABreakinTexas

    Hey Dennis...have you heard. Texas has had some UFO's flying around out here too. Maybe you can come check it out guy....

    January 24, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  22. Robert George

    This is a great sham and shame!

    Shame on all of you in the media who did not exercise the power of the people!

    This election needs content.

    Isn't the quality of our lives directly proportionate to the quality of questions we ask?

    Time for CNN to hire new writers!

    January 24, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  23. Brian

    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.

    January 24, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  24. Bill

    Another notch on media's gun – he deserved much more attention and respect for vision and courage..

    January 24, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  25. swede

    I BET HE ENDORSES his extremely libera friend Obama..this is so predictable

    January 24, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12