Kucinich to announce for President
‘Deeply concerned’ by failure of Democratic leadership to heed voters’ November call to end war

Monday, December 11, 2006
CLEVELAND -- Citing deep concerns over the willingness of his own Party’s leadership to continue funding the war in Iraq , U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, (D-OH), will announce his candidacy for President of the United States tomorrow, Tuesday, December 12, at noon, at Cleveland City Hall, 601 Lakeside Ave., Cleveland.

Kucinich, who ran for the Democratic Party’s Presidential nomination in 2004, said Congress recently appropriated $70 billion that could be used to bring the troops home, and leading Congressional Democrats have voiced approval for an Administration plan to appropriate an additional $160 billion.

“Democrats were swept into power on November 7 because of widespread voter discontent with the war in Iraq ,” said Kucinich.  “Instead of heeding those concerns and responding with a strong and immediate change in policies and direction, the Democratic Congressional leadership seems inclined to continue funding the perpetuation of the war.”

In a series of speeches on the floor of the House last week, Kucinich ( maintained that the $70 billion dollars can be used to bring the troops home now and that approval of another $160 billion will take the war through the end of Bush's term, contrary to the wishes of the voters in last month's General Election.

He said that it is not credible for elected officials to maintain that they are against the war while, at the same time, they are voting in favor of its continuation and possible expansion.  Kucinich was re-elected last month to a sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Kucinich’s announcement will be in the City Council Committee Room on the 2nd Floor of City Hall.  He will be accompanied by his wife, Elizabeth.

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