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.