KUCINICH VISITS CLEARWATER-Andrew Stelzer
Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich arrived in Florida today; heâ€™s spending two days in the Tampa Bay area, trying to get voters support for next weeks primary. He spoke this afternoon at the Royalty theatre in Clearwater; about 75 people attended the rally. The main theme of Kucinichâ€™s 20-minute speech was the healthcare crisis in America, and the need to have a national healthcare plan.
ACT â€œAmericas spends 1.6 trillion a year, but 400 billion goes to the activities of the for profit systemâ€¦those healthcare executives make 10, 20, 30
ACT â€œWhat kind of situation are we putting people in? People cant afford to be sick, and cant afford to be wellâ€¦..I was at the democratic platform committee 4 years ago, they saidâ€¦the two party system is not responding to itâ€¦.(ends with applause)â€?
Kucinich also spoke about the war in Iraq, which he voted against.
ACT â€?The tab for that war is going to run 200 billion dollars, theyâ€™re cutting healthcare, etc. But we have money for war, tax cut for wealthy, but not for the American peopleâ€?
The congressman also suggested that as the war in Iraq drags on, there would be a draft soon
ACT â€œ40 percent of the men and women are national guardsmen. They didnâ€™t want to be thereâ€?
Kucinich was asked why he is staying in the race, even after Senator John Kerry has seemingly sewn up the democratic nomination. Kucinich replied that the example of Floridaâ€™s past with elections is a percent example of why he is staying in the race. The congressman promised to stay in the presidential race until the democratic convention in July.
ACT â€œIâ€™m here in Floridaâ€¦it would be a shame..â€?
With John Edwards out of the democratic race, Kucinich said there would be more focus on the issues that he is campaigning on, especially as the primary campaigns move from state to state.
ACT â€œNow that we have a smaller field..It's more clear what the choices areâ€¦
ACT â€œAll across the country, the local media has been paying attention to this race.â€?
He also stuck strong to a message of a real difference between him and John Kerry.
ACT â€œMe and john Kerry have a real difference of opinionâ€¦he supported the war, and the patriot act.â€?
Supporters of Dennis Kucinich said they were happy to see him and glad he is in the race, and in Florida.
ACT â€œI donâ€™t see a lot of difference between Bush and Kerryâ€?
ACT â€œ I used to live in Cleveland. Heâ€™s stimulated a lot of people who werenâ€™t involved in politics.â€?
Jon Kempf is a new volunteer for Kucinichâ€™s campaign; he helped put together the visit to Clearwater.
ACT â€œThis is the first time I've gone to a meetingâ€¦I think heâ€™s getting a lot of people who werenâ€™t involved in politicsâ€¦American politics is really screwed upâ€¦in the hands of the few.â€?
WMNF will continue coverage of Dennis Kucinichâ€™s visit to the Tampa area. Tonight, Kucinich will be speaking at the University of Southern Florida at 7pm, in the studentâ€™s events center; and will be at skipperâ€™s smokehouse at 8pm. The public is invited to both events. Tomorrow Rob Lorei will be speaking with Kucinich here on WMNF. And on Monday, Kucinich will be at Manatee community college in Bradenton, speaking about his proposal for a department of peace. For more details, go to www.kucinich.uscomments powered by Disqus