Kucinich treated like a rock star in Troy campaign stop By Kathleen Gray

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By Kathleen Gray
Free Press Staff Writer
January 10, 2008

With presidential candidates largely absent from Michigan in the days leading to Tuesday’s primary, even a second-tier candidate generates a lot of excitement in the state.

U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich might not be doing very well in voting so far in Iowa and New Hampshire, but tonight in Troy he attracted a standing room-only crowd of more than 300 people at the Troy Democratic Club meeting.

They treated him like a rock star, screaming in adoration and repeatedly giving him standing ovations when he said he would call for the removal of all troops from Iraq within three months of taking office, and advocated impeaching vice president Dick Cheney and President George W. Bush and charging them with crimes after they leave office.

“America has been pursuing a strategy that has taken us down a very dark path,” he said. “I’m the only candidate running for President of the United States who voted against the war.”

Kucinich is one of only four Democrats who will appear on Tuesday’s ballot, along with Sen. Hillary Clinton, former U.S. Rep. Mike Gravel and Sen. Christopher Dodd, who dropped out of the race last week.

And he will be the only candidate to make any appearances in Michigan. He is scheduled to appear at four more campaign events in the state through Monday.

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