Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton?
Dennis Kucinich is a Democratic congressman and presidential also-ran. Kucinich graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 1973 with a BA and an MA in speech and communication. He began his political career early: he was elected to the Cleveland City Council at 23, and became mayor in 1977 at the age of 31. After spending much of the 1980's out of government, Kucinich was elected to Congress in 1996; he is currently in his sixth term. In Congress, Kucinich has a staunchly liberal and anti-war record. He is a strong advocate of national health care, clean energy, and an immediate withdrawal of American troops from Iraq. Kucinich even brought articles of impeachment against Vice-President Dick Cheney, though the bill was killed before it could reach the House floor. Kucinich first ran for president in 2004; he ran again in 2008. In 2003, he received the Gandhi Peace Award, bestowed by the Quaker organization Promoting Enduring Peace. Kucinich is the author of a memoir, The Courage to Survive, as well as a collection of speeches, A Prayer for America.
Question: Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton. What does this say about our political system?
Dennis Kucinich: You call this program the Big Think, okay? Bush-Clinton, Bush-Kucinich. Now think of how that’s going to change things. That’s where my focus is. I’m not thinking about anyone becoming the next president except myself. And I have a purpose in offering myself to the American people so that everyone can have a job, and everybody can have healthcare and education so we can rebuild America; so I can help make government an engine for sustainability; retrofit millions of homes with wind, and solar, and micro technologies; lower people’s energy costs; lower our carbon footprint; lower our consumption of oil. I mean you know there’s . . . there’s a purpose that I have. And my purpose is not to indulge in any kind of conversation about dynasties or things like that. That’s . . . If my focus was there, I shouldn’t even be doing this interview.
Recorded on: 10/19/07
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