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. diridi

    well said, dennis kunich....I vote for you....go and say yes on health care reform....our nation disperately needs this health care reform....people are watching this nasty GOP.....this is so outrageous....we need to pass this nation's need, and must, Health care reform is a must...please pass this nation's need. God bless, Dennis....

    March 17, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |

    I knew he would vote yes. This isn't the best bill, but it can be improved on over time. Eventually there will be a public option added onto this reform. The GOP has sealed their fate for November.


    March 17, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. Michael from Ventura

    This is GREAT news! Way to go Dennis! It's a step in the right direction!

    March 17, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. librarian

    He is right. Although like him I think the bill is weak.

    March 17, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. SIMP

    The rest of the democrats better follow suit and vote yes for this bill. Dennis saw how much this President is love and these people need health reform. All the stupid democrats that are still sitting on the fence will be out of office in November if they are up for reelection, and that would be good if they are.

    March 17, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  6. and again

    People like Dennis K should be booted out of office!!!
    Is it really so easy to buy support in congress now?
    A trip on AF1 is all it takes ...
    What did that trip cost the American People?????
    Shame on you Obama and Kuicinich !!!

    March 17, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. terry,va.

    Wonder what happened on Air force 1? Use your imagination......more union jobs for Ohio, special road projects, another special deal like Nebraska or LA, or Kucinich getting to be Obummie's luggage carrier and ride around on Air Force 1. As the song goes, if you don't stand for something you will fall for anything. Spineless, just spineless.

    March 17, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. The Other Michael in Houston

    I am just curious to see what the Republicans will try now that Kucinich is on board, let the celebration begin. It starts here folks, say bye bye to the Republican Jihadist Establishment!

    March 17, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. seebofubar

    This man just sold his sole to the Devil. It's amazing how many spineless morons there are in the demcrat party. THANK GOD there are some pepole if out government that see this bill for what it is. I't too bad that 35% of Americans still back this financial disaster. Maybe we should require a highschool education with economics and constitution proficiency in order to vote in this country. It might weed out the morons.

    March 17, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. joe

    I guess votes are easy to buy in this Congress. I am just amayzed it only took a ride on Air Force One to buy this loons vote. Nebraska, Florida and other states got 100's of millions for their states and all Dennis the Menece got was a ride on an airplane. WOW

    March 17, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  11. Johnny DC

    Another purchased vote. Was was said during the "make the case" flight on the most luxurious publicly funded airline in the world? We'll never know. More of the transparency we can Hope will Change.

    March 17, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. Lets all call Limbaugh and crash his computor system

    I want Dennis for President.

    March 17, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  13. jm for sc


    Once this bill passes, people will really see what the GOP has been trying to block. This is about sinking this president regardless of how it will affect the voters.

    When you see people praising Joe Wilson of SC for disrespecting the president of the US on national television, we know this country is in bad shape. This president knows what he is doing. He is not just talking about our problems, he is being about it. For decades, America has been talking about healthcare. It is past time it gets done.

    There are many AMERICAN PEOPLE who want, need and support the healthcare bill. I would not vote for a candidate that would block a bill that helps people.

    March 17, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |

    who says this bill is going to lower your premium rates and how is it going to happen? barry boi cant mandate that the ins companies lower their rates

    employers will seek out cheaper insurance which results in low quality health care and more out of pocket money for the employee

    it will only be a matter of time before the cheaper insuranc will be right up with the rest of them


    March 17, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  15. VOTE YES

    Mr. Kucinich, I've always respected your opinion and I'm with you 100% on a public option. But let's take what we can get now. You did the right thing. If you would have voted against this, you WILL have been primaried.

    March 17, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. John

    What a low life scum. if you think something is that bad why would you want to vote for it. I would never vote for this guy. Do the right thing. Vote no. Then redo a Healthcare bill that really works.

    March 17, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. david, CA

    does this mean Brit Hume will amend his comments last night about how Obama is "ineffectual" when it comes to persuading dems to get on board?
    Doubt it.

    March 17, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  18. sandy

    Atta boy Sen Kucinich....I don't care what others say about you.

    March 17, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. Dad of a Diabetic

    God bless you Dennis Kucinich. If this bill fails, then thousands of Americans will die next year because they do not have health insurance. There are thousands of sick Children who are "uninsurable" and they will become "insurable".Dennis Kucinich you are a friend to every child in America with a deadly disease that makes them "uninsurable". From 2001 to 2009, the Republicans didn't even talk about uninsurable children. Republican actions during the time they had complete or partial power tells America what they really thought about children with diabetes, cancer or some other deadly disease. They could care less about sick children.

    March 17, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  20. Dar

    Kucinich is such a losser, he cant even stand by his morals. What a sap. Bet his state is real proud of him right now.
    This is a tipical Dem, candy ass do what hes told to do even when he says its wrong Dem.
    Wonder what Odumbo gave him to change his vote?

    2010/2012 REAL Change is coming

    March 17, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  21. Travis Johnson

    nice job dennis, screw all republicans america, th eparty of no is on the wrong side of history here.

    March 17, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  22. A. Goodwin

    Dennis – thank you. I know you have strong values for our country and want to see universal health care...but we need this vote now. Maybe in our lifetime we'll be able to get universal health care, but people like me who have children with pre-existing conditions needs your vote!

    Dennis Kucinich/Ron Paul – 2016!

    March 17, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  23. cindy ex-republican SINCE MCCAIN PICKED PALIN

    Thank you!!!! At least you did not buy into Fox News reports or Palin lies. My ex does not have health care, he works for $8.00 and hour and works hard. He deserves to be treated for his many complaints just like the rest of you who oppose this bill.

    March 17, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  24. Taylor

    Thank you Dennis for having the guts to help Americans.... The Republicans and the other pretend Democratics can go jump in a river.

    March 17, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  25. What a slimeball.......

    he sold out his conscience for something he was given on Air Force 1......

    March 17, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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