Kucinich: Florida should hold caucus
"Doesn't the DNC owe something to Florida? What Florida went through in the 2000 election was a disgrace and the DNC owes it to Florida to find a way for Florida to find a prominent position in this election season."
Kucinich, who dropped by the Florida Press Center in Tallahassee, said a good compromise would be for Florida to have a nonbinding vote on Jan. 29, but also hold a caucus. "This shouldn't just be a party insiders' game. ... if you cannot have a primary why should Florida be deprived of delegates?"
Kucinich turned to Jon Ausman, a national committeeman who has begun working part-time for Kucinich, and said: "Jon ... this is a decision for Florida to make but I'm certainly hoping a compromise is going to be worked out because this is a state where it would be a tragedy to be in a position where the Democratic Party just says 'No well we have our rules and no matter what, this is what you've got to abide by.' "
Sounds great but Kucinich wasn't exactly standing up for the Sunshine State. The nonbinding primary/caucus concept has already been suggested by the DNC. And caucuses could cost millions.
Kucinich, who arrived at 1:30 p.m. with his wife Elizabeth, spent most of his time touting his campaign platform of ending the war in Iraq, instituting a national health care plan and ending NAFTA to save American jobs.
"Right now the media looks at this campaign and says, 'Oh, this guy is dead in the water.' Wait a minute, all I have to do is show a pulse coming out of the early primaries and caucuses and suddenly the American people are going to see that I have a chance to get some votes and a chance to win."
A few Kucinich supporters showed up, including a woman in a pink robe covered with anti-war buttons. One may have revealed her real hope for president. It read: "Gore 2008."