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. Clinton Strategy

    I guess we are down to three. Do you like the Clinton's strategy?

    Make this the nastiest race possible so she and Bill can play to their strengths. Being nasty to anyone who stands in their way.

    Ironically, Bill stood by nodding his head for the last seven years out of respect for Bush, but he can show total disrespect for Obama. Obama is a man of character, something we all know that Bill Clinton is not.

    I have never felt so disappointed in my country as I do at the thought of us rejecting a great leader of vision and organizer like Obama for politics as usual.

    January 24, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  2. Darth Vadik, CA

    Dennis and Ron are on two different sides of the aisle.

    What Ron Paul is talking about only makes sense if the country that has less than 100 people (yes ONLY 100), but is very impractical for a nation of 300 million. That is why it seems to make sense, but it really DOES NOT WORK.

    January 24, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  3. charlotte

    Well at least he got a recount and way more hits on that blog then votes.

    January 24, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  4. FJ

    I would like to hear this question posed to Hillary Clinton in the next democratic debate.

    Senator Clinton, you and former president Bill Clinton have criticized Senator Obama for campaigning on his opposition to the Iraq war, alleging that as a US Senator, he has essentially supported the war by voting to fund the troops. Senator Clinton, would you describe your similar votes, to fund the troops, as support for the Bush Iraq war policy?

    Hillary supporters, please feel free to weigh in.

    January 24, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  5. Alan

    What? Best candidate? Wow, this guy had no idea what he was doing or what he was going for.

    January 24, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  6. Trish G.

    Hey, Kucinich has some excellent ideas, and I respect him for his unwavering opposition to the Iraq war.

    He encouraged his voters in Iowa to choose Senator Obama as their second choice for a very good reason: Obama is the only front-runner who ALSO has had unwavering opposition to the Iraq war. As Obama said in 2002: "I'm not opposed to all wars, I'm opposed to DUMB wars."

    Kucinich supporters, please cast your vote for Obama in your primary - you won't regret it!

    January 24, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  7. Mel in Missoula, M T

    Thank you, Dennis...for keeping the issues in the spotlight...please do the right thing now and put your support behind Barack!

    OBAMA "08!!!!!

    January 24, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  8. Don in CA.

    Who are the Klingons going to vote for now?

    January 24, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  9. Xavier

    The only good thing Kucinich had going for him was his Wife. Not that any of the other candidates left are much better...

    January 24, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  10. Brennan - Seattle, WA

    This headline got me all excited.

    I thought maybe John Edwards had backed out, but I totally forgot the Kucinich was still officially in the race.

    I hope he backs Obama, which won't help all that much but every vote counts.

    January 24, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  11. Fernando

    Now all the democrats need is for Obama, Hillary and Edwards to drop out, so Gravel can get a fair shot at winning the election đŸ™‚

    January 24, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  12. steven Bainbridge

    Why did anyone support him, he was said to be the 7th worst big city mayor of all time, in some guys book. He believes he saw Aliens,

    How did he get his fine looking wife??

    January 24, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  13. Cheney

    Again CNN marginilizes Kucinich, even on his way out. Won't use his name in the title. Good job editorial staff. Your master appreciates it.

    January 24, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  14. Jim

    Kucinich was the only person who I could get excited about...
    I know he was a long shot, but it only confirmed to me that most the people out there only support who they think has money or who the tv tell them to support.

    Rock on Dennis! You'll win and remain in congress!

    January 24, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  15. Simon Thompson

    That's really unfortunate. He definitely has the best ideas amongst the Democrats, and would spark real change. However, it was inevitable that he'd draw out sooner or later.
    Ah well, another one bites the dust.

    January 24, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  16. Steven


    January 24, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  17. Vicci

    Mr. Kucinich had the guts to stand up for what was important to the average American. He would have had my vote and my husbands. It is a true shame that the media is controlled by the corporate interests and gives most of their coverage to who they consider they would want in the White House instead of covering all the candidates in the race for President. My thinking on that was that media was to give all the candidates the same amount of coverage. How is anyone going to make an informed decision about who is best to be the next President if they dont allow allow equality on coverage?
    The average American voter is not investigating the candidates out there to see what they believe and what they support. Because everytime you see a poll on who is watching debates the majority of people DONT watch, they would rather be 'entertained' by the boobtube's 100 channels and nothing on but crap.
    But back to Mr Kucinich.
    He would have made a GOOD President.
    It really riles me to hear the uninformed comments on him.
    Its really ironic when I hear these people making their snide comments when they dont have a clue about who this man is or what he believes politically.
    As far as quirkiness goes, what a laugh.
    I remember well past Presidents on the Republican side who went as far as to consult spirit mediums and had their own 'wacky' behaviors. Hmm.

    The field is narrowing and the only one left who is not going to support corporate interests is Edwards.

    January 24, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  18. Rico

    Certainly a handsome looking devil,in a vulcan kind of way.

    January 24, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  19. Dave

    What the heck, CNN? You don't even give him the dignity of naming him in your link? "Democrat ends White House bid." You don't mention him when he's running, and you don't when he's stopped. Try being more responsible instead of presenting us with only two candidates. I hope Dennis endorses Edwards, since the guy's practically using Dennis's 04 platform

    January 24, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  20. Mike Dizzle

    It's about time. I don't see how he lasted this long. And CNN...bravo. I love how you tag your headlines like "Democrat getting out..." because it gets political fanatics like myself to click on the link, and subsequently increase your audience. Great tactic.

    January 24, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  21. Murry

    I applaud Mr. Kucinich for hanging in there so long. It's not easy being an underdog. Please continue to poke the establishment in the ribs. Support Barrack Obama for president.
    Vote Obama 08

    January 24, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  22. sam

    just because a candidate asks his/her followers to vote for someone does not mean that people blindly do so

    even edwards voters are split 50-50 between hillary and obama

    obama gets south carolina because of the black vote

    the black vote alone will not win him the nomination and definitely he will not win the presidency against the likes of mcain

    yes, he has become the black candidate (in reality he always was)

    too inexperienced

    causing more damage than good to the party

    January 24, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  23. OJA

    Mr. Kucinich could never be elected in a country that is filled with bloodlust, anger and revenge. His message of peace and common sense doesn't resonate with a populace more concerned about looks, snappy soundbytes, and the latest Scandal of the Moment.

    The irony here is that his message and platform should've been embraced by our so-called Christians, but we all know their political base is all about annihilating non-Christians and punishing gays.

    January 24, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  24. JB

    Vanity Project 2008 comes to an end for Dennis Kucinich. Honestly, if you run for president while serving in Congress you should have to resign your seat and a special election should be held to fill it. Now this putz (along with Biden and Dodd) gets to return to his cozy job as if he didn't just spend months wasting people's time and money. Don't tell me an exploratory committee found his candidacy viable, or his aides foresaw a "perfect storm" that would catapult him to the nomination. What an arrogant little gnome...

    January 24, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  25. Jake, California

    I was looking to see that Hillary was the one droping out..

    what's she waiting for?

    January 24, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
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