By Dennis Kucinich
Monday, November 26, 2007
DES MOINES, IA
In a new ad blitz in Iowa today, U.S. Sen. and Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden exclaims about the “wonderful” support his “national security and foreign affairs” strategies are getting from Senators Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Chris Dood; former Senator John Edwards; and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson.
In the ads (http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/071126_Joe_is_Right_1.pdf), and a related YouTube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbOa989IRYw), Biden quotes his Presidential rivals:
Clinton: “Amen to Joe Biden because he’s 100% right.”
Edwards: “I actually agree with what Senator Biden said.”
Obama: “I think Joe is exactly right.”
Richardson: “(Biden’s solution) may be ultimately the right solution.”
Deliberately – and revealingly – missing from the political cast of characters in Biden’s approving/adoring love-fest among the Democratic candidates is Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich.
The Kucinich for President campaign issued the following statement this evening:
“The Congressman has the utmost respect for Senator Biden and his years of service to the nation. He just happens to be wrong on some very major issues; and, if the other candidates agree with him, then they’re wrong, too.
“They voted to authorize the war in Iraq. They approved continued funding of the war. They voted for the Patriot Act. They supported trade agreements that have had a devastating impact on American workers. They have failed to challenge the President and the Vice President for their unrepentant and continued violations of the U.S. Constitution.
“There’s a reason that Congressman Kucinich was the only candidate deliberately excluded from the ad blitz,” said his campaign. “Joe Biden knows, and the other Democratic candidates know, that Dennis Kucinich doesn’t walk their line.
“If voters are dissatisfied with the Biden tweedle-dums and tweedle-dees, they should vote for someone who represents their beliefs and their values. Not someone who says, ‘I agree with Joe.’ Dennis doesn’t agree with Joe. Or Hillary. Or Barack. Or John. Or Chris. Or Bill.”
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