The Liberal: Dennis J. Kucinich by Perry Bacon Jr.

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by Perry Bacon Jr.
The Washington Post
Sunday, December 16, 2007

Running for president a second time after collecting few votes in 2004, Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-Ohio) continues calling for a single-payer health-care system that covers all Americans, and for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

And he still languishes in the polls. It probably doesn’t help that the most memorable moment in his 2008 run was when he said he saw a UFO. In a debate in Philadelphia in October, he answered, “I did,” when asked if he had a seen a UFO while visiting a friend, the actress Shirley MacLaine. The biggest change in his stump appearance from 2004 has been the presence of his 30-year-old wife, Elizabeth, who is 31 years younger and a good bit taller than the longtime congressman. She also brings hope to his long-shot candidacy.

“If I can marry this incredibly brilliant, beautiful woman, I mean, why wouldn’t I think I can be president of the United States?” Kucinich has said.


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