Flanked by supporters at a Union Hall in Cleveland this afternoon, Democrat Dennis Kucinich officially ended his presidential campaign. ideastream's Dan Bobkoff has the story.
Kucinich never received more than 1% of the vote in any caucus or primary this year, and now the Cleveland Congressman is calling it quits to focus on his surprisingly-heated congressional re-election bid. He faces four democrats in the March Fourth primary, including City Councilman Joe Cimperman who has launched an aggressive anti-Kucinich ad-campaign in recent days. As he announced his departure from the presidential race, Kucinich claimed he helped move other democratic nominees toward a more anti-war stance, though the democratic front-runners may dispute that.
Asked whether he'd consider a future run for the presidency, Kucinich left that vague.
KUCINICH: This is a tough campaign. It's tough to go through this stuff. I kind of like being--having a chance to be home with my wife and our three dogs, watching movies. I'm serious!
Kucinich also denied his congressional opponents' claims that he's neglected his district while running for president. He said he has a 95% voting record, and has stayed stayed on top of his constituents' concerns.