March 17th, 2010
12:37 PM ET
13 years ago

White House reacts to Kucinich

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Rep. Dennis Kucinich announces he will support the health care reform bill."]

Washington (CNN) – Reacting to the announcement by Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, that he'll support the health care reform bill even though he doesn't like it, a senior administration official at the White House said "obviously we welcome the announcement and we want everyone to support the bill."

President Obama had been wooing Kucinich, who voted no on the earlier House bill and had been undecided on whether he'd embrace the Senate bill.

The Ohio congressman accompanied Obama on Air Force One Monday for a day trip to his district just outside Cleveland, Ohio. During the flight, White House aides say the president made the case for health care reform.

Obama got some help from audience members at the Strongsville, Ohio event. As the president introduced Kucinich, some in the crowd shouted, "vote yes!" Obama seized the moment by responding, "Did you hear that Dennis? Go ahead, say that again."

Kucinich is only one vote, but he represents progress for the president who has launched a full court press to win over undecided Democrats.

soundoff (107 Responses)
  1. Preston kathy

    Preston kathy good for you dennis if the bill does pass you can always make changes that you and mr obama like better

    March 17, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  2. FactCheck

    So these teabaggers had no issue whatsoever with spending trillions to invade Iraq but reforming health care is seen as socialism, right? Why don't y'all admit the real issue here and you can then wear your white robes with pride.

    March 17, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. greenfish

    Well done Dennis!! You've seen the forest and the trees. Don't let perfection be the enemy of good!!

    March 17, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. Texas Jack

    Well then Kucinich you just showed how ignorant you really are. Thank goodness you did not reach the White House Oval Office.

    March 17, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. Term Limits

    Just one less fool left after November elections.

    "Your employer, it's estimated, would see premiums fall by as much as 3,000 percent," said the president (Barrack Obama), "which means they could give you a raise."

    March 17, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. save my state.

    Way to go Mr. Kunich you just killed Ohio with more mandates that it can't afford. You voted yes on a bill that has no regulations on what insurance compainies can charge you. You said once that this bill is only reform for the insurance compainies to get more money. I wonder how much you are getting.

    March 17, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. deb0155

    I guess it only takes a plane ride for Kucinich to sell his soul to the devil!

    March 17, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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