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2008 Elections

Dennis Kucinich

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Democratic presidential hopeful Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, speaks at the United Auto Workers regional conference held at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa, Monday, Nov. 12, 2007.


(Editor's Note: Kucinich dropped his bid for the Democratic nomination on Jan. 25, 2008, changing his focus to run for re-election to his Ohio congressional seat. He did so after having been excluded from televised Democratic debates in Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina.)

Party: Democratic
Political Position: U.S. Representative from Ohio (1997-present)
Age: 61
Kucinich's Credentials: Rep. Dennis Kucinich opposed the Iraq war from the beginning, voted against the Patriot Act and has drawn up articles of impeachment for Vice President Dick Cheney.


Compared with his rivals, he’s been far closer to the views of his party’s base, and on issues that matter, he’s been years ahead of his competitors, who are frequently dragged along — kicking and screaming — by the grass roots.


And yet Kucinich, who ran in 2004, is more often viewed as comedy fodder than party leader or contender. The mockery extends from highbrow (a New Yorker cartoon depicting Kucinich winning the Mars primary) to lowbrow (with jokes about his height, ears, veganism and so on). “Snicker and Kucinich” returns 50,000 hits from Google, with a Web site or two tracking the mockery.


Kucinich is running a long-shot campaign, though he has ardent admirers.


Date of Birth: Oct. 8, 1946
Place of Birth: Cleveland, Ohio
Home: Cleveland, Ohio
Spouse: Elizabeth Kucinich, 2005
Children: Jackie
Religion: Roman Catholic
Education: Case Western Reserve University, B.A.; M.A., 1974
Experience: Representative, U.S. House of Representatives, 1997-present; Democratic
candidate for U.S. president, 2003-2004; Senator, Ohio State Senate, 1994-1996; Democratic candidate, U.S. House of Representatives, 1972, 1988, 1992; member of Cleveland City Council, 1970-1975 and 1981-1982; Cleveland Mayor, 1977-1979; Independent candidate, U.S. House of Representatives, 1974.
Notable: At the time of his election, Kucinich was the youngest mayor (31) to ever lead a major American city. During his term he was targeted for assassination. He is credited for saving Cleveland's municipal power company, then known as Muny Light. Kucinich is a vegan, which means he does not consume dairy or meat products. He is married to England-native, Elizabeth Kucinich, who is 31 years his junior.
Sun Archives: No respect for Kucinich, even though many agree with him
Kucinich on the Issues:
A look at where Kucinich stands on the issues and how he has voted.
Nevada Contributions: A breakdown of Kucinich's financial contribution from the Silver State.
State by State Contributions: A breakdown of Kucinich's financial contributions across the U.S.
Kucinich's MySpace Page: Read Kucinich's profile information and leave a message.
Kucinich's Facebook Page: Read Kucinich's profile information and leave a message.
Kucinich's Flickr Page: View Kucinich's photos from the campaign trail.
Kucinich's YouTube Videos: View Kucinich's latest political videos.
Contact Info:
Nevada Office
601 S. Rancho, Quail Park 2, Suite C-18
Las Vegas, NV 89106
(702) 477-0019
Campaign Manager: Mike Klein and more key people.


— Las Vegas Sun writer J. Patrick Coolican, web content editor Andy Samuelson, and intern Jenna Kohler compiled this report.

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