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pruner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 07:03 PM
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Why not Dennis for president, supporters ask
Kucinich's supporters are perplexed, believing their man to be the true progressive in the race. But Dean's status as a former governor, his early and uncompromising attacks on Bush and a hefty campaign treasury are hard for a U.S. House member from the heartland to overcome.

"I struggle a lot with why he is getting the coverage and press," said Tapscott, the 46-year-old Kucinich volunteer in Iowa. "I wonder if it doesn't have something to do with being a governor - certainly a successful governor - of a very small state."


Most voters look for "plausibility" - identifying with a candidate they can imagine defeating the incumbent president and taking charge of the government, said Robert Shrum, a veteran political consultant who is advising Sen. John Kerry's campaign. "Kucinich gets more applause than he gets votes, probably," Shrum predicted.

Kucinich got into the race in February - long after Dean - becoming the seventh Democrat to brave the snows of New Hampshire and Iowa in search of the delegates needed to secure the Democratic nomination. His crowds were enthusiastic, but the money came in slowly, $1.3 million in the second quarter compared with Dean's $7.4 million.

"I do think Kucinich truly represents what Dean says he represents - the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party," said Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of the venerable liberal magazine The Nation, which has carried favorable articles about Kucinich's candidacy. "My view is if Dennis had announced earlier, he might have gained more traction as the anti-war candidate."


Dean, says Zogby, was able to create bumper-sticker material early on: " 'I opposed the war. I'm for the little guy.' " Kucinich, the pollster said, "is running to be the captain of the left. There's a campaign that's just too hot there. This is a Green Party-type candidacy."
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DuctapeFatwa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 07:08 PM
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1. He doesnt have an unslakable thirst for Muslim blood

He isn't a criminal, war or otherwise.

Plus he has admitted a belief that lives are more important than money.

Not only is he unqualified and unsuitable for politics, he is practically unemployable.
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