November 15th, 2007
09:36 PM ET
15 years ago

Kucinich and Edwards spar

Rep. Kucinich took issue with John Edwards' record on trade.

(CNN) - Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio took a direct shot at fellow White House hopeful former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina at Thursday's CNN Democratic presidential debate.

"In the last debate, Hillary Clinton was criticized by John Edwards for some trade-related issue," said Kucinich. "But the fact of the matter is, John, you voted for China trade understanding that workers were going to be hurt. Now, you're a trial lawyer, you knew better."

When given the chance to respond, Edwards said, "I'm not sure what being a trial lawyer has to do with it."

Kucinich quickly shot back "product liability."

"Cute," Edwards responded before emphasizing the need to stop big corporations from lobbying the federal government.

- CNN Political Producer Xuan Thai

Filed under: Dennis Kucinich
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Jennifer, Spokane, WA

    I'm impressed with Rep. Kucinich...he got Edwards on that one.

    November 15, 2007 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  2. pmorlan

    Oh great. You finally pay attention to Kucinich. Kucinich is irritable tonight and rightly so because Wolf hardly goes to him and then when he does he interupts him almost as soon as he starts to talk. This little piece of CNN's is to try to get Kucinich supporters to hate Edwards. It won't work they are too smart for that.

    November 15, 2007 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  3. Noanie, South Pasadena, CA

    I don't understand why Edwards and Obama were booed. They were rightly articulating their differences with Sen. Clinton. That's what debates are for. Sen Clinton telling Edwards he's mud-slinging, is a swift-boat attack right out of Karl Rove's play book. She's not just playing the gender card but the victim one as well as boy she's good at both.

    CNN may not think Kucinich has a chance but a lot of us still want to hear what he has to say and by hardly calling on him, CNN looked as biased as "Fox's Fair and Balanced" reporting.

    I'm glad Obama and Edwards stood their ground boos and all. Good for them.

    I hope this is the last time CNN moderates the debates. Sorry but you guys (and gals) did a terrible job. Where was Tim Russert when we so desperately needed him tonight?

    Go Obama. Go Edwards. Go Kucinich.

    November 15, 2007 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  4. Pam Holt Los Angeles, CA

    Edwards is a big hypocrite.

    Who wants a President that isn't smart enough to EVER get it right the first time?

    He acts like poverty is his pet issue, but that man has no clue what poverty is like in his 18-bedroom home getting not just one, but TWO $400 haircuts (using his supporters' hard-earned money). I'm sorry, but I can't forgive that. He's a joke to me.

    November 15, 2007 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  5. Bernie Moore-Knowles

    For the first time since the induction of these debates, I LISTENED to Dennis Kucinich. Was very, very impressed. I plan on keeping my senses open to hear more of what this interesting man with more interesting ideas, has to say. Good work, Dennis. I think your night was quite successful.

    November 16, 2007 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
  6. Steve, Indianapolis, IN

    @Noane – CNN apparently stacked the room with Clinton supporters. There's some pretty heavy rumors going around about it, especially on the UNLV campus.

    November 16, 2007 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  7. Brian, Syracuse NY


    Edwards had two haircuts at $200 for a total of $400. Get your facts straight before you open your dumpster mouth and spew this garbage.

    People are dying in Iraq, New Orleans is still in ruins, California's burning, New Yorkers are getting cancer from Giuliani's failure to oversee Ground Zero properly, and YOU'RE concerned with a man's HAIR?

    So much for an educated electorate.

    November 16, 2007 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  8. ignacio, Miami Fl.

    Isn't there another democratic candidate running? When I was watching the debate I noticed someone was missing. Did any of you notice that? Is it really the job of the media to use the public air waves to decide who we get to listen to?

    November 16, 2007 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |