October 26th, 2007
04:40 PM ET
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Kucinich files for New Hampshire ballot, criticizes frontrunners

Watch Dennis Kucinich with wife Elizabeth file for the New Hampshire Democratic primary.

CONCORD, New Hampshire (CNN) - Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, officially filed for the Democratic presidential primary ballot in New Hampshire Friday and shortly after criticized some of his rivals over the war in Iraq.

Signing the state archive document with the words "strength through peace," Kucinich took the opportunity to differentiate himself from Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards by attacking their positions on the war in Iraq.

The Ohio Democrat acknowledged Obama was against the war before Congress authorized the use of military force in Iraq in 2002, but said, "He voted over and over again to fund the war." He then continued, "If you really oppose something, do you fund it? He cannot square that. And he'll never be able to square it, and this is the difficulty he has with his candidacy."

About Clinton, Kucinich said, "She voted 100 percent of the time to fund the war except the last vote we had as the clock ran out."

But the harshest attacks were directed towards Edwards.

"I know Sen. Edwards has apologized all over kingdom come about having voted for the war. But you know what? Apologies are a little bit late when you've got dead bodies all over the field," he said.

Kucinich continued that Edwards was inconsistent on his views on Iran and relied on polls and public opinion to determine his position.

"That's a problem," Kucinich said.

Responding to Kucinich's comments, Kate Bedingfield, Edwards' New Hampshire press secretary, told CNN, "Unlike Sen. Clinton, John Edwards has directly apologized and accepted responsibility for his vote in Iraq.”

“Also unlike Sen. Clinton, John Edwards learned his lesson that you can’t give this president any room to prepare to go to war, and that’s why he’s demonstrated strong leadership in standing against George Bush’s dangerous ‘preventive war’ policy, which makes force the first option, not the last," she added.

- CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla

soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Karen,nj

    I would not vote for him. He wants the drinking age to be 16. In my experiences in life lttle men are tyrants.

    October 26, 2007 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  2. Ian, Las Vegas

    At least John Edwards has the sincerity and humility to admit to mistakes, unlike.. Uh, yeah.

    October 26, 2007 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  3. Neill C., Montgomery, Al

    The Democrats have Kucinich as their nutjob, and the Republicans have Ron Paul as their nutjob.

    It's shaping up to be a great election.

    October 26, 2007 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  4. Sharon, Littleton, CO

    Actually, each party has at least TWO nutjobs...the Dems have Kucinich and Gravel and the Repubs have Tancredo and Ron Paul.

    October 26, 2007 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  5. Kim, Peabody MA

    This nation is so divided and morally deprived that NO leader elected from either party will make a difference.


    October 26, 2007 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  6. Sue in Michigan

    I like Dennis. At least he has the courage to have some convictions, and he is right about the war...it is wrong, and when Bush (if Bush even bothers to go through Congress) sends a request to the Congress to let him start a war with Iran, you can bet Kucinich will be the first no. I admire him.

    October 26, 2007 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  7. RightyTighty

    I wonder if he consulted Sherily McClains spiritual advisor again this time..

    October 26, 2007 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  8. J. McKinney SW MO

    Gosh, I didn't realize he was so tiny. While the US presidency isn't a beauty contest, I think they should be fairly impressive, as leader of the free world.

    October 26, 2007 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  9. ronnie knoxville, tn

    Is that his daughter behind him?

    October 26, 2007 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  10. Kayla, Dover NH

    It seems very ironic to me that people try to paint Dennis Kucinich as some kind of radical liberal, when his core values are the same values shared by the majority of democrats. He has been steadfastly against agressive war in the Middle East and is for bringing troops home immediately; he has consistently stood up for the people in the face of corporate power, and he's working to save Americans from the for-profit insurance companies that are bleeding our bank accounts dry. Dennis Kucinich is a true statesman, and if you believe that only people with tens of millions of dollars, who are owned by special interests, can be elected President, then I guess that's the type of President you deserve. Have faith, have courage, and vote with your convictions. Kucinich all the way in '08.

    October 26, 2007 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  11. Leonard, Cleveland, OH

    Go back and look at Kucinich's record as mayor of Cleveland...a total loser. This guy couldn't run a convenience store. He has zero common sense and is just plain kooky. His ideas are so far out that they are beyond far left.

    October 26, 2007 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  12. Steve, Lyons, CO

    "The Democrats have Kucinich as their nutjob, and the Republicans have Ron Paul as their nutjob."

    Um, you meant to say, every Repub candidate EXCEPT Ron Paul is a 'nutjob.'

    I mean, look at all of the religion these idiots want to shove down Americans' throat. Surely, you don't support a theocracy?

    October 27, 2007 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  13. Nancy, Rantoul, Il

    The only consistent voice and vote since the beginning.

    October 27, 2007 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  14. Eric, from THE Republic of Texas

    Wow, his red-headed granddaughter is hot!

    October 27, 2007 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  15. Cable King Pittsburgh PA

    Of course Kucunich would be a silly pick for the Oval Office. That's not exactly breaking news.

    However, I for one am glad that he is in the House and that he his has a platform for his idealistic view points

    October 27, 2007 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  16. Adam, Plano, TX

    The Democrats have Kucinich as their nutjob, and the Republicans have Ron Paul as their nutjob.

    It's shaping up to be a great election.
    Posted By Neill C., Montgomery, Al : October 26, 2007 6:02 pm

    i'm not a ron paul supporter by any means, but he's no nut job. he's not your typical god fearing pro life neo-con, if thats what you mean. as far as i'm concerned, he's the only republican i'd ever vote for.

    October 27, 2007 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  17. JB Hull, IA

    "Wow, his red-headed granddaughter is hot!"

    Actually, that's his wife.

    October 27, 2007 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. Bob, Welder in VT

    This very strange man would not be elected to the White House in a million election cycles. Anybody figure out why he keeps running? Is it ego? Delusion? Some kind of mental illness? Help me understand this.

    October 27, 2007 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. DRVA

    Wow, an actual serious story about Kucinich, and it doesn't mention his height. Got a quota to fill or something?

    Dennis actually take principled stands on issues in favor of people over corporations. What other candidate wants universal, not-for-profit health care? What other candidate would immediately withdraw from NAFTA and the WTO? Sure, some of his positions seem silly, but at least you can't accuse him of changing his beliefs for the sake of electability

    October 27, 2007 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  20. Adm. RD, DeLand, FL

    "Um, you meant to say, every Repub candidate EXCEPT Ron Paul is a 'nutjob.'"

    I don't think any of the other candidates oppose madatory smallpox and polio vaccinations or think the UN is on the verge of stealing all our guns and creating a North American Union.

    October 27, 2007 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  21. Stefan Gaithersburg, MD

    How is Ron Paul a nutjob? He wants people to run their own lives and not the government. If that's the definition of a nutjob then sign me up. By the way, he raised just as much money as McCain last quarter. Sounds like you're worried he might actually be on to something. I mean when Fox News goes out of their way to critisize their own debate poll, you know this guys got a chance.

    October 28, 2007 01:31 am at 1:31 am |

    dennis kucinich won't get my vote because he's shorter than the mushrooms he's been eating. he might want us to follow the yellow brick road, but that's the wrong path for the United States. we need a president who can at least see over the steering wheel without having to sit on someones lap.

    October 28, 2007 04:51 am at 4:51 am |
  23. Colleen.,ny

    And of course who doesn't love the Keebler Cookie elf.

    October 28, 2007 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  24. Lisa

    Some of you people are truly mean-spirited. Why is it not possible to make a point without trying to destroy and humiliate a candidate? It is is a sad commentary and reflection on who we are as Americans.

    October 30, 2007 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  25. Deb, Seattle, WA

    Dennis Kucinich is the only person who has been true to his convictions from the beginning. He doesn't waffle when the polls change (Edwards?) and he doesn't double talk the issues (Clinton?). I would think that Americans would be sick of lies and deception and want someone in the White House who talks straight and is for the American workers (not the defense contractors, corporations, hedge funds, top 1% income...etc.) Go Kucinich '08

    November 1, 2007 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |