Thursday, December 13, 2007

Kucinich protests exclusion from Des Moines debate

USA Today

Kucinich's campaign said today he has been excluded because "his Iowa field director operates from a home office rather than a rented storefront." The campaign quoted newspaper editor Carolyn Washburn as saying, "It was our determination that a person working out of his home did not meet our criteria for a campaign office and full-time paid staff in Iowa."

'Home offices' are absolutely legitimate. I think the real reason the Register is excluding Denny is a TV time thing.

The campaign also notes that Kucinich is the top-ranked candidate in online polls conducted by Democracy For America and Progressive Democrats of America and both groups plan to advertise for him.

What do you think? Should Kucinich get an invitation? Should Mike Gravel get an invitation? Was it right to include Keyes in today's debate? We welcome your (polite, civil and thoughtful) comments.

Hell yes, Kucinich and Gravel should be invited! They're not going to win anything - they're too liberal and too smart and too honest - but they add a little common sense to the main panderpalooza of 30-second sound bites that are being called 'debates'.

Keyes? Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha! Sure, the more of those Repug clowns on stage, the better. I get this visual of all the candidates arriving together and climbing out of a Yugo. Mr. Keyes exits last and leaves his chauffeur's cap on the seat...

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