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The media has handled the large number of Democratic presidential candidates badly.

The Washington Post‘s David Broder declared (4/27/07) that “six of the eight declared candidates” at the Democrats’ debate in South Carolina “showed themselves to be both substantive and direct in their responses.”

The other two he’s talking about are Kucinich and Gavel, who happen to represent the many many many Americans who are opposed to the war.

And the media thinks it can make decisions for the American people about who we should take seriously.

Describing the Democratic debate, the Los Angeles Times argued (4/27/07) that the wide debate format “allowed each candidate a total of 11 minutes to talk—giving Kucinich and Gravel, both of whom have a negligible showing in polls, equal time with the front-runners, which they used to take aggressive hits at [New York Sen. Hillary] Clinton and Obama.” At this point, more than half a year before the first actual voters have a chance to weigh in, poll numbers should not be the prime determiner of who gets to participate in a debate; even so, Kucinich and Gravel are in what amounts to a statistical dead heat in many polls with candidates treated more seriously by the corporate media, like Biden and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.


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  1. Kucinich is a fringe candidate. He might represent you, but not a majority of Americans.

  2. 63% of Americans think that we need to withdraw from Iraq on a timetable. Kucinich outlines his timetable here.

    Close to half (46%) of all Americans support gay marriage, as does Kucinich.

    86% of Americans think abortion should be legal in at least some circumstances. Kucinich’s position recognizes that abortion isn’t a good thing, but that “there are circumstances in which a woman and her doctor should be allowed to make this most difficult decision without government intervention.”

    64% of Americans think that the government should provide a national health insurance program for all Americans, which Kucinich supports.

    These are a few major issues on which a large percentage of Americans are represented by Kucinich’s position. To try to marginalize him from the debate by labeling him a fringe candidate is wrong.

  3. As was described in the link in the post, polls this early on which candidate people will vote for are not especially reliable. But I don’t think he has a chance in hell of being elected either. I don’t think many people agree with him on all the issues. I do think that he represents many of the views of many Americans. I think that giving these views a voice in the national debate is important and moves it in a direction where more options are on the table, which is often a good thing when you’re dealing with difficult problems.

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