Dennis Kucinich on the Campaign Trail

Though Raitt hasn't officially endorsed Kucinich just yet, her fellow performers may convince her. Nelson has long been a supporter of the campaign based on Kucinich's support for family farmers and has lent his voice to radio ads for Kucinich in Iowa, and Reynolds has taken to wearing his "Kucinich -- A Democrat with Backbone!" T-shirt at concerts and an appearance on "Saturday Night Live." Event organizer Suzanne Thompson said the $45 ticket price was chosen to keep the concert affordable and accessible, but those who want to rub elbows with the stars can do so afterwards for $75 at a special reception.

Kucinich sees capture as further proof it's time to bring troops home

NEW YORK, Dec. 14 — Rep. Kucinich was in Iowa Sunday morning when he found out about Saddam Hussein's capture, and while he was happy to learn Hussein was in custody, he quickly used the opportunity to drive home his belief that the troops should be brought home immediately. In speeches and at a press conference, Kucinich said "the United States must seize this moment and end the occupation of Iraq," and claimed his three-point plan to get U.S. troops out of Iraq in 90 days was more relevant than ever.

While the rest of the world may still be poring over details of Hussein's capture tomorrow, Kucinich will spend much of the day reminiscing over the pivotal political decision of his life: his refusal as Cleveland's mayor in the late '70s to sell the municipal power company to a conglomerate of banks because he believed it would drive up consumers' costs. Once an albatross that banished him from politics for 20 years after the banks plunged the city into default in response, Kucinich now tells the story daily on the trail as an example of his willingness to stand up to corporations on behalf of the comman man no matter what the political consquences.

Kucinich focuses on N.H. and Iraq

Concord, N.H., Dec. 10 — Rep. Kucinich spent Wednesday hop-scotching towns in New Hampshire, his first full day campaigning in the Granite State in several weeks and part of a three-day swing that will be his last visit to the state for the month of December.

Kucinich stuck to his new theory that making Iraq the overwhelming issue on the stump will win him the votes he needs to make a dent in the primary, straying only once from the idea to give a rousing anti-NAFTA speech at the AFL-CIO International Human Rights Day event, where he was forced to wait in the holding room while Howard Dean was squeezed in ahead of him. Unfortunately for Kucinich's staff, the occurrence of Dean sweeping into an event ahead of Kucinich at the last minute is becoming more and more common on the trail.

Kucinich attacks opponents and fellow candidates

DURHAM, N.H., Dec. 10 —Kucinich used the debate to strongly voice the frustration he and his supporters feel on the trail every day -- that the mainstream media focuses on money and polls and ignores substantive issues.

Kucinich was "on," and his staff was thrilled -- finally here was the candidate they know and love and have been waiting to see come out on a national stage. It was a total role reversal; usually the Kucinich staff is so bitter with the networks for (as they see it) cheating Kucinich out of a chance to shine that they've taken to preemptively e-mailing the relevant network with complaints before the debate even starts.

Shrugging it off

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