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Dennis Kucinich wasn’t allowed to debate in the Nevada primary debate after all. Democracy Now! did provide him the opportunity to speak on the same topics that the other candidates were asked about. Follow this link for listening options.
The election process needs to be reformed. If the Democratic Party wants to become the party of the future, they should abandon the current nomination process and adopt a uniform process for the whole country. It should be a popular vote, conducted across the country at the same time. No state should have an undo influence on the results, and all the candidates have to make their case to everyone.
From the Los Angeles Times:
A Nevada judge said Monday that Democratic presidential candidate Dennis J. Kucinich must be included in today’s candidate debate in Nevada.
Senior Clark County District Judge Charles Thompson said if Kucinich was excluded, he would issue an injunction stopping the televised debate. …
This is great news for a man that has been unfairly treated by the mainstream press.
I recently read the Kucinich press release claiming that the Democrats were “rigging” things against him in a couple of forums in Iowa.
I thought this was unfair, and shot off an email to both Iowa Public Broadcasting and the AARP expressing my dismay that he was excluded. I got this response from the AARP, which indicates that Kucinich was invited.
Thank you for your inquiry regarding the participation of Dennis Kucinich in the AARP/IPTV Forum that will be held on September 20 at the Adler Theater in Davenport, Iowa.
On July 2, 2007, Rep. Kucinich’s campaign was sent a registered letter inviting him to participate in the event. The letter was accompanied by criteria that were set by AARP for participation in the forum. Criteria include:
• Have filed an FEC Form F-2, “Statement of Candidacy,” with the Federal Election Commission;
• Have publicly announced an intention to run for the nomination of the Republican or the Democratic Party for President of the United States;
• Have a Campaign Office inside the State of Iowa; and,
• Have employed at least one paid campaign staff representative to perform
full-time campaign duties in the State of Iowa on behalf of the candidate since at least August 1, 2007.
During the weeks following his campaign’s receipt of the letter of invitation, Rep. Kucinich’s office had no communication with AARP or IPTV. The campaign did not acknowledge receipt of our invitation, nor did he or any of his campaign staff indicate any interest in participating in this forum. We did not hear from anyone about the forum until a story appeared in the Quad-City Times stating incorrectly, that Rep. Kucinich had not been invited to participate.
Rep. Kucinich did not meet all four of the stated criteria that would enable him participate in the upcoming forum by the designated date.
AARP Iowa Communications
It seems Representative Kucinich isn’t quite being honest in his press release!