Kucinich Barred from Iowa Dem Debate, While Alan Keyes Gets to Participate in GOP's
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Dennis Kucinich is not happy, and who can blame him?
Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D) is being excluded from this week's Iowa presidential debate because he has not rented office space in the Hawkeye State, his campaign said Wednesday.
The Des Moines Register informed the campaign that Kucinich is not invited because the newspaper determined "that a person working out of his home did not meet our criteria for a campaign office and full-time paid staff in Iowa," the campaign said.
The campaign blasted the decision to exclude the lawmaker from the debate.
Seems every year there's another debate controversy involving those not in the "top tier". Just let them in. How hard is that?
"The Iowa caucuses have been portrayed as having national implications, and if the Register has decided to use hair-splitting technicalities to exclude the leading voice of the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party, then the entire process is suspect," the campaign said in a statement about the "arbitrary and unreasonable exclusion."
The campaign claims that Kucinich has also been barred from public appearances by "the Iowa Democratic Party, Iowa Public Television, and well-funded political interests..."
Kucinich always has good things to say, and says them in a straightforward, challenging way. Let him speak.