Saturday, July 14, 2007

Kunich Pissed off At Edwards and Clinton

Can't say we blame him, if the quotes, which we have not heard, are true

But you really cannot call 10 people, standing on stage behind podiums, giving sound-bite answers, a debate either.

There has got to be a better way, People!

How to start:

Get the "big money" completely out of politics. Asses every taxpayer a given amount, not to exceed $10.00/year for national campaigns and elections.

Primary candidates will not be able to accept over $10.00/month contributions from any individual donor, including corporations, which are considered individuals under the stupid law.

Americans own the air-waves and should expect the right to be exposed to each and every candidate, from whatever political party:

Give each Candidate a chance to lay out his/her agenda regarding both domestic and foreign policy, uninterrupted for....say.... and hour and a half. Then allow real journalists and citizens to question them on issues where there are questions about the candidate's plans for our future.

Let there be debates among those candidates who come out in the top three in every party to, finally, determine which candidate will be the party's choice. We should, at least, have three parties, if not more.

The GOP and the Democrats fail to really represent anyone anymore.

I hate to say it but it's true.

There are more of these ideas than can be written in one post among us , Latenrners,



Democrat Dennis Kucinich responded angrily Friday to a conversation overheard between Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Edwards, in which the two spoke of limiting the number of candidates invited to participate in presidential forums.

"Candidates, no matter how important or influential they perceive themselves to be, do not have and should not have the power to determine who is allowed to speak to the American public and who is not," Kucinich said in a statement released by his campaign.

Asked about Kucinich's complaint during a campaign stop in Iowa, Edwards insisted that what he said to Clinton had been misinterpreted.

Edwards said he wasn't in favor of barring any of the eight Democrats from future gatherings, but rather wanted to see them separated into two groups of four each, chosen randomly.

"The result would be that we would have a much more serious discussion and people would actually be able to see what the differences are between us," he said.

The Edwards-Clinton exchange was picked up by several broadcasters on an open microphone after an NAACP forum in Detroit on Thursday. All the Democratic contenders took part in the program, including Barack Obama, Bill Richardson, Chris Dodd, Joe Biden, Mike Gravel and Kucinich.

As the candidates exchanged greetings when the forum ended, Edwards was heard telling Clinton that by fall, "We should try to have a more serious and a smaller group."

Clinton agreed, saying the forums were "trivialized" with too many candidates crowding the stage.

Kucinich, who typically polls in the low single digits, clearly felt the slight was directed at him.

"Imperial candidates are as repugnant to the American people and to our democracy as an imperial president," Kucinich said, adding that his campaign would take steps to stop any effort to limit participation in the forums.

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