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DENVER, Colorado (CNN) - Controversial former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney is in Denver this week, but she isn’t exactly here to attend the Democratic National Convention.
In fact we found her at a protest against US government detainment of “political prisoners."
These days McKinney is the Green Party nominee for President, and she’s blasting the Democrats in Congress for not cutting off funding to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"I've been liberated from the values that I believe are the failed values of the Democratic party. I'm proud to be outside,” she said.
Back in 1996, McKinney was not only on the inside of the Democratic convention in Chicago - she was even one of the speakers. She praised then-President Bill Clinton, and lashed out at the Republican Party for its opposition to abortion.
McKinney was well known on the Hill for her run-ins with everyone from the Anti-Defamation league to the Capitol police. But for the record, the protest she attended was peaceful and came off without a hitch.
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(CNN) - The liberal environmentalist Green Party nominated former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney as its presidential candidate Saturday.
McKinney, 53, held off three rivals to win the party's nomination during its convention in Chicago, Illinois. She picked journalist and activist Rosa Clemente as her running mate.
Green Party spokeswoman Scott McLarty acknowledged McKinney was a "long shot" for the White House, but said, "Every vote that she gets helps the Green Party."
"The United States needs an alternative party," McLarty said. "The narrow two-party system we have right now has not served us very well."
McKinney represented a suburban district of Atlanta, Georgia, as a Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives for six terms - five consecutively.
First elected in 1992, she lost a primary challenge in 2002 after suggesting in a radio interview that members of the Bush administration stood to profit from the war that followed the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.
In 2004 she ran again and won with a low-key campaign in which she largely avoided controversy. But voters ousted her again in 2006 after she was accused of a physical altercation with a U.S. Capitol Police officer who questioned her after failing to recognize her at a security checkpoint.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - All eyes are on Iowa as caucus-goers in the Hawkeye State prepare to cast the first ballots in a tight race for the White House.
In Thursday's The Best Political Podcast, Bill Schneider reports on a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll of likely Iowa caucus-goers and digs deep into the issues that are driving support for particular candidates.
Suzanne Malveaux speaks with former senator John Edwards, D-North Carolina, about his fight against poverty and what he would do as president to battle special interests.
White House Correspondent Ed Henry also has a report about the Pundit-in-Chief.
Plus, the 2008 presidential election dominates the hottest posts on the Political Ticker blog - one candidate drops out, another joins the race, and yet another gets an apology from a prominent supporter of rival.
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–CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart