Is the American political system broken?
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: Is the American political system broken?
Dennis Kucinich: The American political system works; but the question is, “Who is it working for?” It’s working for the auto companies. It’s working for the mining companies. It’s working for the banks, and it’s working for the utilities, and it’s working for the insurance companies. And it’s certainly working for the pharmaceutical companies. So the system works. The question is, “Who does it work for?” Now I can tell you who it doesn’t work for. It doesn’t work for middle America. It doesn’t work for working families. It doesn’t work for single mothers. It doesn’t work for small business owners. There’s a lot of people it doesn’t work for. And what I’m determined to do as President of the United States is to make sure that we have a government that works for everyone. Now one of the reasons why government doesn’t work for people is there isn’t much of a difference between the two political parties. You know the Democrats and the Republicans at the top really are pretty much the same.
Recorded on: 10/19/07
The system is working, but for whom, Dennis Kucinich questions?
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