Kucinich calls for peace, unity
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U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, speaking in Durham on Monday night, points to New Hampshire's election of two Democrats to the House of Representatives last November as evidence that the state reflects a growing anti-war sentiment. (Photo by Don Clark)
Dennis Kucinich (D) Representative, OH
Born: 10/08/1946
Birthplace: Cleveland, OH
Home: Cleveland, OH
Religion: Catholic
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DURHAM -- Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich preached the importance of uniting humanity to a crowd at the University of New Hampshire on Monday.

"I'm talking about bringing a different type of thinking to the White House," said Kucinich, a Democratic U.S. representative from Ohio. "The underlying impulse of humanity is toward unity, not fragmentation."

Kucinich's stop at UNH's Memorial Union Building concluded a busy day of campaigning. He started his day by making stops at both Plymouth State University and Keene State College and attended a house party in Peterborough.

After delivering a brief speech to a group of more than 100 people at UNH, Kucinich fielded questions on the war in Iraq, universal health care, AIDS and the importance of New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary status.

"New Hampshire has to stay first," said Kucinich, pointing to a sticker on his suit coat that advocated for just that. "In this last election, New Hampshire shocked Washington by changing its congressional delegation on the issue of peace over war. There's a changing consciousness across this country that has been strengthened by New Hampshire."

When asked about the war in Iraq, Kucinich said it's imperative that the government stop funding the war, and he said he was the only presidential candidate that has voted against funding the war 100 percent of the time.

"You don't give money to something you don't believe in," said Kucinich, who noted that Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and former Sen. John Edwards -- all Democratic presidential candidates -- have all voted to fund the war at some point.

After withdrawing the troops, Kucinich said the government needs to make reparations to the Iraqi people.

"We need to engage in healing," he said. "We've killed a lot of innocent people."

Kucinich also spoke about his plan for universal health care and said he was the only candidate that has a plan for health care that doesn't involve the insurance companies.

"Why so many of my fellow candidates want to be insurance salesman I don't know," said Kucinich. "I see this as being the defining domestic issue.

When asked what he would do to combat the problems facing the country's agricultural system, Kucinich said he would have the Department of Justice break up the monopolies in the industry.

"I want to insist that our farmers have parity," he said.




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