December 2nd, 2007
07:41 AM ET
9 years ago

Kucinich uncomfortable with Iowa's priority status

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) – Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich said Saturday he has "concerns" over how the Iowa Democratic Party handles their first-in-the-nation caucus, adding that those involved in the process play "inside baseball."

"[The party] has done the people of Iowa a disservice by trying to rig the debate," Kucinich said. "I have some concerns about the process here. It's more insular than many other states."

Kucinich, attending the Heartland Community Values Forum in Des Moines, was asked by reporters whether or not he will be campaigning any more in Iowa leading up to the caucus on January 3.

"I'm here [now]," he told CNN. "I mean let's talk about some things that are apparent. I'm here. "

Kucinich added that there are other states he has to "give some love to, as well."

Asked what he meant by his claim that the state's Democratic party has "rigged the debate," Kucinich responded, "I'm not going to say anything else about it.

An Iowa Democratic Party spokeswoman declined to comment.

-CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

Filed under: Dennis Kucinich
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Jed in Texas

    Sorry Dennis,the Bilderberg Conference Members have already decided whom the next nominee and President will be and her name isnt Kucinich,even though I think your OK. Also voters dont have the guts to vote for a short man,they would rather vote for a tall moron. LMAO

    December 1, 2007 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    If it wasn't for the rigged election process nobody would even know where Iowa is.

    December 1, 2007 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  3. Independent in IA

    Dennis....who? Is this gentleman a candidate for something?

    December 2, 2007 01:41 am at 1:41 am |

    Asked what he meant by his claim that the state's Democratic party has "rigged the debate," Kucinich responded, "I'm not going to say anything else about it.

    Asked what he meant by his claim that UFO's have abducted him and his wife, Kucinich responded, "I'm not going to say anything else about it.

    Asked what he meant by his claim that there are other states he has to "give some love to, as well." Kucinich responded, "I'm not going to say anything else about it.

    December 2, 2007 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  5. Jaik , chicago, IL

    Dennis is working against a rigged system, he always has been. That's part of why he keeps running each time against any odds of winning. He is demonstrating real heart and commitment representing a disenfranchised part of the electorate.

    December 2, 2007 03:43 am at 3:43 am |
  6. person, oregon

    hey KEITH JAMES LOUTTIT...keep going with that Kucinich u.f.o. bit, its really clever, if you stay up all night maybe you can find another 200 forums to post it on.
    That topic certainly works much better for you to attempt to discredit a candidate with real integrity than talking about the issues.

    December 2, 2007 04:22 am at 4:22 am |
  7. Cody Harding, Kinsley, KS

    Instead of tackling the major issues, such as healthcare, immigration, and the housing market, he insists that he is playing against an unfair system.

    Senator Kucinich: Act like a president. Or at least the general equivalent. Otherwise, don't be surprised when you lose face in the polls.

    As for the UFO bit, I am asking why any being that is intelligent enough to design a Faster than Light Drive would talk to someone like Kucinich. Either the various probes during the years have bred desperation, or maybe they need to be pointed to someone who could relay the message better.

    December 2, 2007 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  8. Mary - Greensboro, NC

    Thank you "by a person" for your comments regarding KEITH JAMES LOUTTIT.

    December 2, 2007 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  9. Daniel ~ Longview, WA

    Many of you people commenting on these posts make fun of, ridicule, call names...of people you have never met, and really know nothing about.

    You show your ignorance and lack of thoughtful insight with every word you type.

    Most of the cantidates are or have been public servants, have been elected by the people to various positions in our United States Government.

    The are not stupid. They are not crazy.

    These are intelligent articulate individuals who have ambition, drive, and the acumen to get things done.

    Why aren't any of you running for President?

    December 2, 2007 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  10. andrew s. rostolder hillsdale nj

    dude, get a life. who wants a guy who hasn't the vaguest idea of real life. you are living in a make believe world. flowers in your hair is an idea who's time has passed. you are so 20 minutes ago. enough already......

    December 2, 2007 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  11. David, Encinitas, CA

    Regardless of whether you agree or not with his views, it is obvious that Dennis Kucinich is highly principled and cares deeply about his country. Those who choose to mock him are pretty lame.

    December 2, 2007 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  12. David MTL Ca

    HEs got the brass Balls needed in this day and age where the other candidates meander he walks the line
    he stands tall and is the man of the democratic party to beat
    the rest of the democrats are slush funded idiots at best

    December 2, 2007 11:38 am at 11:38 am |

    Dear person...

    I couldn't agree with you more...

    December 2, 2007 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. Alyssa, Lancaster, PA

    What Dennis Kucinich doesn't realize is that major reforms to the primary system (meaning going to a regional primary or other plan) would shut him out of the system entirely. He wouldn't have the money to sustain a campaign of any kind.

    December 2, 2007 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  15. Tina Lazar, Frederick Maryland

    "...the practical outcome of political democracy in all large communities under modern conditions is to put power into the hands of richnewspaper proprietors, advertising producers and the energetic wealthy generally who are best able to flood the collective mind freely with the suggestions on which it acts."HG WELLS
    Don't tell us who is winning, let us vote. Look at the actions the candidates have taken in Congress and tell me who is standing for truth and justice? Kucinich has proven he is willing to work for the people not the special profiteering interestes that have run our country for too long.

    December 2, 2007 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  16. Monique, miami, FL

    Kucunich is right. Iowa does not represent america.

    Obama's campaign promises to people in Iowa (and New Hampshire) in order to get votes are detrimental to other states.

    Plus the weather is terrible for campaigning.

    December 3, 2007 07:53 am at 7:53 am |