2008 SelectSmart.com Presidential Candidate Selector Candidate Positions
Rep. Dennis Kucinich - Democrat (Born October 8, 1946) Consultant, business president, professor, communications entrepreneur, software and public relations, sportswriter.
War authorization: One of the few in Congress to vote against the Iraq War authorization. Consistently criticizes Bush's management of the war.
Security/liberties: Consistently voted against the PATRIOT Act.
Source. He has received increasingly higher marks from the ACLU, scoring 100% last year.
Social Security: Opposes privatization.
Stem cell research: Allow laboratories to create new lines of stem cells for additional research
Same sex issues: Opposes a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman.
Trade issues: Opposed North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Budget issues: The balanced budget advocating the Concord Coalition gave Representative Kucinich a rating of 81%.
Business & labor issues:
Kucinich supported the interests of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce 30% and supported the interests of the Business-Industry Political Action Committee 7% in 2005.
Kucinich supported the interests of the United Auto Workers 93% and supported the interests of the AFL-CIO 93% in 2005.
Abortion issues: He is pro-choice.
Capital punishment: He would eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Marijuana: He would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana and allow doctors to recommend marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) considers him a "NORML friendly candidate", source.
Gun control: Supports gun control.
Minimum wage: Consistently supports and votes for minimum wage increases. Source
Health care: Supports universal health care.
Prescription drugs: Supports expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Environmental issues: Kucinich has been endorsed and he receives very high marks from environmental groups.
Immigration issues: Representative Kucinich supported the interests of the American Immigration Lawyers Association 100% in 2006. He supported the interests of the U.S. Border Control 0% in 2005-2006.
Source Supports amnesty/permanent legalization for illegal aliens. Opinion no known on temporary legalization for illegal aiens as guestworkers