PRESS RELEASES from from Kucinich for President 2008

NBC un-plugs Kucinich from Presidential debate

Re-writes criteria to exclude candidate with 'dissenting' positions

For Immediate Release - Friday, January 11, 2008

DETROIT, MI - Less than 44 hours after NBC sent a congratulatory note and an invitation to Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich to participate in the Jan. 15 Democratic Presidential debate in Las Vegas, the network notified the campaign this morning it was changing its announced criteria, rescinding its invitation, and excluding Kucinich from the debate.

NBC Political Director Chuck Todd notified the Kucinich campaign this morning that, although Kucinich had met the qualification criteria publicly announced on December 28, the network was "re-doing" the criteria, excluding Kucinich, and planning to invite only Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and former senator John Edwards.

The criteria announced last month included a fourth-place or better showing in a national poll. The USA/Gallup poll earlier this month showed Kucinich in fourth place among the Democratic contenders.

In an email to the Kucinich campaign at 2:35 p.m. on Wednesday, January 9, Democratic Party debates consultant Jenny Backus wrote:

"Congratulations on another hard-fought contest. Now that New Hampshire is over, we are on to Nevada and our Presidential Debate on Tuesday January 15. This letter serves as an official invitation for your candidate to participate in the Nevada Presidential Debate at Cashman Theatre in downtown Las Vegas. You have met the criteria set by NBC and the Debate."

Todd notified the Kucinich campaign this morning that the network had decided to change the criteria and limit participation in the debate to only three candidates.

Kucinich is the only remaining Democratic Presidential candidate who: voted against the original Iraq War authorization in 2002 and every war-funding measure since; voted against the so-called Patriot Act; advocates a national, not-for-profit health system that covers all Americans; has called for the repeal of NAFTA and withdrawal from the WTO; and proposes a national back-to-work program (Works Green Administration) patterned after the Depression-era Works Progress Administration (WPA).

The Kucinich campaign, which filed an emergency complaint with the Federal Communications Commission last week because of ABC's decision to exclude the candidate from a nationally televised debate, is considering legal action to address "the blatant disregard of the public interest in silencing public debate that dissents with the views of NBC, its parent company, GE, and all of the military contractors and their candidate-funding corporate interests. Corporate control of the media is one issue. Corporate media control of the information that is allowed to reach American citizens is much more dangerous, much more sinister, and much more un-American."

"When 'big media' exert their unbridled control over what Americans can see, hear, and read, then the Constitutional power and right of the citizens to vote is being vetoed by multi-billion corporations that want the votes to go their way," the Kucinich campaign said.

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National Campaign HQ: Andy Juniewicz, (216) 409-8992,
Washington, D.C.: Sharon Manitta, (202) 506-6683,
National Press Officer: Tom Staudter (914) 419-5221,

Nevada judge orders NBC to include Kucinich in Presidential debate

Threatens to halt debate if Kucinich is not allowed in

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Monday, January 14, 2008

CLEVELAND, OH - Ohio Congressman and Democratic Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich will meet with reporters here Tuesday morning to make his first public statements following a Nevada court ruling tonight ordering that he be included in tomorrow’s nationally televised NBC/MSNBC debate - or, the court said, the debate would be halted.
Immediately following a planned 7:30 a.m. news conference at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Kucinich will board a flight for Las Vegas where he will gather with several hundred supporters for a rally before proceeding to the debate location.
Kucinich had originally been invited to participate in the debate because he met one of the publicly announced criteria - ranking fourth or better in a national poll - but a network official advised the campaign Thursday that it was changing those criteria, reversing its decision, and rescinding the invitation to participate.
A formal order is expected Tuesday morning. But, according to published reports, Senior Clark County District Court Judge Charles Thompson vowed to issue an injunction halting the nationally televised debate if MSNBC failed to comply with his order. The judge ruled it was a matter of fairness and Nevada voters would benefit from hearing from more than just Hillary Clinton, John Edwards and Barack Obama. An official order from the court is expected this morning.

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National Campaign HQ: Andy Juniewicz, (216) 409-8992,
Washington, D.C.: Sharon Manitta, (202) 506-6683,
National Press Officer: Tom Staudter (914) 419-5221,

Kucinich broadcasts live while awaiting Supreme Court decision

For Immediate Release - Tuesday, January 15, 2008

LAS VEGAS, NV - Still awaiting a decision by the Nevada Supreme Court as to whether he will participate in tonight’s Democratic Presidential debate, Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich will be broadcasting live from a satellite truck outside the Cashman Center beginning at 8 p.m. EST.

The streaming broadcast can be watched live on the Internet at  Television networks and consumers with satellite dishes can use the following coordinates to watch the telecast:

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National Press Officer: Tom Staudter (914) 419-5221,
National Campaign HQ: Andy Juniewicz, (216) 409-8992,
Washington, D.C.: Sharon Manitta, (202) 506-6683,