Kucinich ignored. Again.

Did anybody watch the Des Moines Register Democratic debate on December 13th? I didn’t. I didn’t care what anyone had to say. Why? Well, it wasn’t a fair debate. See, a debate is actually a debate only when the different sides of the debate are allowed to speak, and if you watched it, you will know that Dennis Kucinich wasn’t there.

According to the Kucinich web team, via myspace:

Here is the arbitrary list of criteria for inclusion in this debate, and in other debates held in Iowa this fall:

Eligible Participants for Des Moines Register Debates will include Presidential Candidates who:

1. Have filed an FEC Form F-2, “Statement of Candidacy,” with the Federal Election Commission; (CHECK)

1. Have publicly announced an intention to run for the nomination of the Republican or the Democratic Party for President of the United States; (CHECK)

1. Have employed at least one paid campaign staff representative to perform full-time campaign duties in the State of Iowa on behalf of the candidate since at least October 1, 2007. (CHECK – Kucinich has had a full-time staffer – an Iowa resident – on board since April)

1. With at least 1% in the Des Moines Register October, 2007, Iowa Poll (CHECK)

1. And lastly, have a Campaign Office inside the State of Iowa as of October 1, 2007 (to which the Kucinich campaign says CHECK, but the Des Moines Register says CHECK-OUT)

The whole truth, the truth the Des Moines Register is not telling you, is that Dennis Kucinich has a political organization in Iowa. It is small, but it is energetic and energized. His paid state coordinator, Marcos Rubenstein, works out of his home. Dennis and his wife Elizabeth have campaigned in Iowa many times.

The Federal Elections Commission recognizes that the Kucinich campaign has paid staff in Iowa. The IRS recognizes the legitimacy of a home office. Across the country, the Kucinich campaign has at least 15 high-ranking paid campaign staff members who work out of their homes. Their offices are campaign offices.

Here’s Marcos Rubenstein trying to get some answers:

Why, in a democracy, is this OK? The Democratic party should have boycotted the debate. I know that Kucinich has a snowball’s chance in Hell to win, but he doesn’t even have that if he’s even allowed to speak! This was a nationally televised debate! And the Democratic party didn’t know about this until the last minute, and they were just “confused” by the decision?

Ridiculous. I’m ashamed to call myself a Democrat.

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3 Responses to “Kucinich ignored. Again.”

  1. Not to sound sarcastic, but…

    First of all this is ok in a democracy because its a democracy. The only rules we all have to abide by are federal ones, after that things are progressively more subjective. This was the Des Moines Register Debate and they get to make the rules because its a democracy and any private institution gets to make their own rules.

    Second, why doesn’t the Democratic Party care? Probably because none of them give even the tiniest care about Kusinich. He’s just some guy from Ohio, he’s not going to win, so why is anyone going to put their campaign in jeopardy to show solidarity with him.

    At the same time this is upsetting on general principle. Even more strange is that Alan Keyes was at the Republican one. Alan Keyes? Seriously, he’s runnign again? I didn’t know until I saw him there.

  2. I guess my point is that the media is supposed to be the mostly unbiased fourth estate. By staging a “Democratic debate”, they imply that the debate is amongst the Democratic candidates, not just the ones they invite. Especially when they announce in their paper that “6 of the eight candidates responded.” That really implies that 8 were invited. That’s not true; only 6 were invited.

    The press has a responsibility in a free society to inform the public. When they censor what the public hears, the public is not really informed. Democracy only works when the public is informed.

    Just because people won’t vote for Kucinich doesn’t mean he should not be heard.

  3. The Democratic process means that all candidates should be heard by WE THE PEOPLE so that we can make an informed choice when we go to the polls. It is not Democratic to shut candidates out. When I was young I was told that anyone could be president. As time goes on, this is becoming more and more NOT SO! Since when is a prerequisite for becoming president based on how much money can be raised or if or if not one has an ‘OFFICIAL” office in a storefront? The latter criteria was not even mentioned in the list of qualifications for this debate. It was said an office in the state and paid staff but was not specific on a storefront office or a home office. It is simple, did Hillary pay the Des Moines Register off and then a few days later the Des Moines Register endorsed her? I think these questions need to be asked. Especially in the light of her telling Edwards on stage some months ago that only the “serious” candidates should be allowed to debate. (This was the time she had her mike on and did not know it!)

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