Kucinich Excluded from Final Democratic Debate

The Des Moines Register hosted the final Democratic presidential debate this Thursday. The criteria to establish which participants were invited to the debate was as follows:

  1. Candidates must have filed an FEC Form F-2 “Statement of Candidacy” with the Federal Election Commission, and
  2. Candidates must have publicly announced an intention to run for the nomination of the Republican or the Democratic Party for President of the United States, and
  3. Candidates must have had a campaign office inside the State of Iowa as of October 1, 2007, and
  4. Candidates must have employed at least one paid campaign staff representative to perform full-time campaign duties in the State of Iowa on behalf of the candidate since at least October 1, 2007, and
  5. Candidates must have had at least a 1% support showing in the Des Moines Register’s October, 2007 Iowa Poll.

The Register excluded Dennis Kucinich from the process (due to #3), claiming he did not have a campaign office in the state. Kucinich’s Iowa field director works from his home instead of a rented real estate storefront, which they believe is the reason for the distinction.

The Kucinich campaign issued the following statement:

The Iowa caucuses have been portrayed as having national implications, and if the Register has decided to use hair-splitting technicalities to exclude the leading voice of the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party, then the entire process is suspect.”

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