Democratic Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich,whounsuccessfullyranfor president in 2004, said Dec. 11 he is planning another bid because his partyisn’tpushinghardenoughtoend the Iraq war.
Mr.Kucinichformallyannounced his candidacy Dec. 12 at Cleveland’s City Hall, where he served as mayor of his hometown in the 1970s.
The liberal, antiwar Ohio congressmansaidhewasinspiredtorun because he disagrees with the way some of his fellow Democrats are handling the war, including approval of a proposal to spend $160 billion more on the conflict, the Associated Press reports.
“Democratsweresweptintopower on November 7 because of widespread voter discontent with the war in Iraq,” said Mr. Kucinich, 60. “Instead of heeding those concerns and responding with a strong and immediatechangeinpoliciesanddirection, the Democratic congressional leadership seems inclined to continue funding the perpetuation of the war.”