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Dennis Kucinich
Political affiliation:
Democratic Party
October 8, 1946
Cleveland, OH
Twice divorced; daughter Jackie, age 21.
U.S. Congressman
Attended Cleveland State University, 1967-70. BA & MA, Case Western Reserve University, 1973
Cleveland City Council member, 1969-75 and 1983-85; mayor of Cleveland, 1977-79; Ohio Senate, 1994-1996; elected in 2002 to fourth term as congressman from Ohio's 10th District.
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Audio Convention speech (7/28/04)
Officially ends campaign and throws support to John Kerry.
Audio Kucinich on Midday (2/20/04)
Answers listener questions shortly before the Minnesota caucuses.
Kucinich in Minneapolis (10/14/03)
Seventh stop after officially announcing his candidacy.
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Dennis Kucinich

Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio was one of the few candidates still in the race at the beginning of the Democratic National Convention in Boston in July 2004. But Kucinich released his delegates, in an effort to provide a Democratic unified front by the conclusion of the convention. Kucinich is a former mayor of Cleveland. Elected at 31, his political career appeared in jeopardy thanks to a fiscal crisis which forced the city into default. In 1994, he won a state Senate seat and re-launched his political aspirations. His campaign is intended to appeal to a progressive base; he is the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. He is, perhaps, best known for a speech he gave in February 2002 in which he declared it "patriotic" to dissent against the Bush administration's Patriot Act, the series of measures designed to crack down on terrorism, but which opponents say strip freedoms from citizens.

Big crowds, big bucks for Kerry in Minnesota stop
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry says a fundraising stop in Minneapolis Monday night pushed his campaign over the $80 million mark. Kerry appeared at the Minneapolis Convention Center where he energized Minnesota's DFL base and reached out to independent voters.
Republican congressman responds to Kerry visit
Democrats are not the only ones interested in John Kerry's visit to Minnesota. Republicans in the state are also watching the presumptive Democratic candidate for president closely as they try to help president Bush win the state's 10 electoral votes. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Republican Congressman Mark Kennedy, who represents the 6th Congressional District. Kennedy has been a strong supporter of President Bush.
Is Minnesota a swing state?
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry is in Minnesota on Monday, a week after George Bush paid a visit to the state. Is Minnesota a swing state? What difference might the Gopher state make in this year's presidential campaign? (Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)
Kerry confident of victory in Minnesota
More evidence today that Minnesota is a battleground state in the 2004 presidential race. Sen. John Kerry, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, is coming to the Twin Cities just a week after President Bush made a stop here. Kerry is hoping to keep the state in the Democratic column, a place it has been every presidential election since 1972. The Massachusetts senator will raise money and deliver speeches to supporters. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry.
Kerry tries to repel Bush in Minnesota
Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, the presumptive Democratic candidate for president, is due in Twin Cities Monday evening for series of fundraisers at the Minneapolis Convention Center. His visit comes on the heels of one by President Bush, in a state that appears to be a swing state in the November election.
Community colleges hope for results from Bush visit
President Bush left Minneapolis Monday after raising $1 million at a private fundraiser and giving a policy speech to a national education group. Many who attended the annual convention of the American Association of Community Colleges in Minneapolis Monday, say they are grateful for the president's recognition of the education and job training programs offered by the country's nearly 1,200 community colleges.
Bush came, spoke and raised money
President Bush raised $1 million on a swing through Minnesota Monday. Bush appeared at an invitation-only fundraiser at the Edina home of real estate developer David Frauenshuh. The president also addressed the American Association of Community Colleges, calling for new investments in high-tech innovation.
'Face off' over the presidential campaign
The University of St. Thomas hosted a "Face-off" debate last Thursday about the war in Iraq and the presidential campaign. A conservative and a liberal political writer debated those issues.
The government's role in stimulating the economy
President Bush visited Minneapolis Monday to talk about jobs and the economy. His comments raise questions about what the government's role should be in stimulating the economy and creating jobs.
Bush seeks support in closely contested states
Both Republicans and Democrats are hitting the economy and jobs, particularly in slow growth areas of the Midwest. Bush is hoping to take advantage of recent good news indicating an upturn in some manufacturing, while putative Democratic challenger John Kerry points to lack of new jobs and outsourcing.
Bush campaigns in Minnesota
President George Bush is expected to talk about jobs and education in his address to the American Association of Community Colleges meeting in Minneapolis. Prior to live coverage of his speech, analysis of the presidential campaign so far.
Presidential politics
President Bush and his challenger Senator John Kerry are both coming to Minneapolis. Host Gary Eichten and his guest talk about presidential politics and Minnesota's role in the 2004 election.
A conversation about corporate responsibility
A discussion about corporate responsibility between Ralph Nader, consumer advocate and presidential candidate, and University of Minnesota business ethics professor, Ian Maitland, who has examined the recent state of corporate accounting scandals.
Ralph Nader visits Rochester
Presidential candidate and consumer safety advocate Ralph Nader was in Rochester Tuesday to discuss corporate responsibility. It's been nearly 40 years since Nader's book "Unsafe At Any Speed" prompted reforms in the auto industry. Since then Nader's segued into politics. In 2000, he was the Green Party's presidential candidate and gained more than 2 percent of the popular vote. Now despite an outcry from both major parties, Nader's decided to run again for the White House again.
Picking the right Vice President
Now that the tops of the national tickets for Republican and Democratic parties are nearly set, attention is turning to the number two spot on the November ballot. A look at the present contenders for this inceasingly influential part of the executive branch.

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