March 20th, 2010
09:44 AM ET
4 years ago

Kucinich explains 'yes' decision

(CNN) – Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich tells CNN why he will vote yes on the health care bill despite initially opposing it.


Filed under: Dennis Kucinich • Health care
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    YOU ARE FIRED! Explain it to you new boss, because you will not be working for the people any longer. As if you ever did, you voted for your party before the nation.
    Vote them all out, if they are in put them out this fall, no matter what party they belong to and in the next election and every election going forward until they become the servants of the people once more.

    March 20, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. Ancient Texan

    Republicans have obstructed nothing,, they don't have the votes. It's the Blue Dog Democrats that have slowed the Progressive Agenda, by first showing some principles and a spine, then caving in to bribes and special favors. Kucinich held out for a different reason, but after the Airforce I ride, he'll get his own low mileage UFO, so he'll vote yes.

    March 20, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  3. Preston kathy

    The repuks are just dirty and mean when you have to make threats to the gop go to the doctor and see if you have a heart there might be one around

    March 20, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. Ohio Dem

    I contributed to him and I worked on his campaign. I will not again. This bill does not have a public option and that is what we put him in there to get! We will choose a new democrat in the next primary.

    March 20, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. Mike

    I think he has downs or something, seem a little retarded half the time...?

    March 20, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. Rob M in NY

    Go Dems!!!

    March 20, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  7. Frank

    There is only one thing worse than making a wrong decision...making no decision. Kucinich's thought process is valid. It is interesting that he changed his mind, but he has put his ultimate goals in the forefront of his mind and made a decision to do something instead of nothing. That is what our politicians are supposed to do...keep thier constituency's best interest in mind regarding all decisions they make.

    You may not win the battle but you can still win the war...glad he is using his head for something other than a road block...like most of the folks in Washington are doing these days.

    March 20, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  8. The Lady from Georgia

    You do not have to defend your vote, you voted according to what the people want and that is the right thing to do.

    March 20, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  9. good man

    What did the President promise the Ohio rep. after he's out of office for changing his vote, some high paying job. Me i would call that a bribe.

    March 20, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  10. Bill

    Dennis, you sure do not owe anyone, especially republicans, a reason for your vote. You see how the reps stick together, then why cant the Dems stick together as well. They are not afraid of President Obams as stated above..it's about doing the right thing. Something that reps do not know how to do. Dems are well aware that they may lose their seat but at least they did the right thing!!!

    March 20, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  11. annie against biased news

    did his wife get the job with michelle on the fat kids program? Better hope she gets it -'cause you are unemployed! Hope you sold your soul for more than a plane ride!

    March 20, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. jim

    j: "Doing something is better than doing nothing"

    That is the stupidest comment you could possibly have made. Doing ANYTHING is better than doing nothing? I can think of a many "somethings" that are a lot worse than doing nothing, the current proposal being at the top of that list.

    Kucinich, I hope you're satisfied with your current position. I'm not in your congressional district, but if you try for a statewide elected office in Ohio, there are a lot of us who will do anything we can to block you. Good luck,LOSER!

    March 20, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  13. Bubble of Sanity

    This is the same legislator that is on record as having seen UFO"s. I think they must have abducted him and dissected his brain.

    March 20, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. Obamalism

    Obama was able to convince dennis that this will lead to single payer...which is much more socialistic than public option.

    Dennis was eager to change his vote.

    The supreme court will be busy this year.

    March 20, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  15. donald hearn

    Way to go, Rep. Kucinich,.. Voting 'yes' is the intelligent thing to do. You're a good man..

    March 20, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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