July 19th, 2007
11:38 AM ET
11 years ago

Kucinich back in Washington after food poisoning

Kucinich, released from the hospital Wednesday, made waves last week when he called Edwards and Clinton ‘imperial candidates.’

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Democratic presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich is back on Capitol Hill Thursday, three days after a particularly strong bout of food poisoning landed the Ohio congressman in a Cleveland-area hospital.

Campaign spokesman Andy Juniewicz tells CNN that Kucinich has been released from the hospital after 2 days of treatment for the sickness. Juniewicz said he has returned to Washington and “resumed his full schedule of Congressional duties.”

“He's fully recovered,” Juniewicz added.

The Ohio congressman started feeling ill Sunday before flying to Florida for a campaign appearance. He became sicker in Florida, and was forced to cut the trip short to return to Cleveland.

Kucinich, who finds himself near the bottom of the Democratic field in most national polls, made waves last week when he charged that fellow White House hopefuls Hillary Clinton and John Edwards were acting like “imperial candidates” who “sought to determine who is allowed to speak to the American public and who is not.”

Kucinich’s comments were made in reference to a private conversation between Clinton and Edwards, picked up by a live microphone at a NAACP forum, in which the two are heard discussing how to thin out the number of candidates participating in presidential events. (Listen Clinton's and Edwards' comments.)

Eric Schultz, a spokesman for Edwards’ presidential campaign, said the former North Carolina senator was not suggesting excluding candidates, but instead was proposing to “break up the field into smaller groups for real debates.”

Meanwhile, a Clinton spokesman declined to elaborate on the comments, saying, “It was private conversation and forums like [those] are important.”

- CNN Political Desk Managing Editor Steve Brusk

Filed under: Dennis Kucinich • Hillary Clinton • John Edwards
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. DS

    Edwards and Clinton both sounded so SMARMY when they talked about getting rid of the riff-raff. If this is how they'd treat their fellow Democrats, how do you think Edwards and Clinton talk about YOU when the microphones are turned off?

    July 19, 2007 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  2. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Flat out liars and they got caught.

    Phony bleeps shaking hands and thanking him and then continuing "have your people call mine" to get the lower tiered group removed from the discussion, remember B. Clinton, Carter and Kerry were all second tier at the beginning.

    Obama is looking good for the Democrats only because he seems not part of the clique.

    Romney vs Obama, should be interesting.

    July 19, 2007 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    I'd like to see _real_ debates too, but with the strict traditional rules of academic debating, not the sound bite BS and moderators in what passes for a "debate" by people who've never seen one.

    July 19, 2007 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  4. Harry, NY NY

    It takes not knowing a microphone is on to get an understanding of the "real" Hillary who wants to dictate her "Converstation with America".

    Both of them should be ashamed of themselves. Funny how this just sort of disappeared and isn't that big an issue.

    July 19, 2007 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. John Schaaf, Long Beach, Ca.

    If I were a credible candidate with a real chance to win I would want a different format, or for those with no chance to drop out as well!

    July 19, 2007 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. mstfd, Columbus, Ohio

    Make fun of the way Dennis K looks if you are so shallow, but you can't knock a leader who tells the truth. If you check what he has said-the war would be a disaster-republicans ship out manufacturing jobs overseas, etc-he consistently tells the truth.

    The other Dems are elitists, not a lot different than the gop candidates. Unless you are talking about Ron Paul, but his fellow gopers try to push him out too. Like Dennis, those who know what he's about, know he's good for this country.

    July 19, 2007 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  7. Doppletwin Twin Hedges GA

    I'm glad Kucinich has gotten past the food poisoning. If you've ever had it, you know that it can be very nasty.

    Now here's a real nightmare: Imagine Hillary or Edwards as commander in chief of the Army, Navy, Marine Corp and Air Force. Do you doubt for a moment that, if elected, they would turn these forces on the American people if things didn't go their socialist way. I don't.

    July 19, 2007 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  8. aaron

    Cut them some slack; it's hard to control 2 sides of your mouth. Though, Clinton, Obama and Edwards are pretty good at it.

    July 19, 2007 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |