Kucinich: Paul Would Be Good Running-Mate

I don’t think there’s much change of Dennis Kucinich winning the Democratic nomination for President, but apparently if it happens, he’d like to talk to Ron Paul about serving as his Vice-President.

While this kind of story is sort of amusing, it does serve to undercut Paul as a serious candidate. Even though the two have gigantic differences on economic and domestic issues, the Paul campaign might want to be careful to dump water all over things like this. Republicans simply won’t vote for someone they associate with Dennis Kucinich.

From the Cleveland Plain-Dealer...

Call it the liberal-libertarian ticket, where left meets right and Democrat Dennis Kucinich picks Republican Ron Paul to be his vice president.

Kucinich, the Cleveland congressman running in a longshot bid to become president, suggested it himself today.

“I’m thinking about Ron Paul” as a running mate, Kucinich told a crowd of about 70 supporters at a house party here, one of numerous stops throughout New Hampshire over the Thanksgiving weekend. A Kucinich-Paul administration could bring people together “to balance the energies in this country,” Kucinich said.

It would create a stunning, if dizzying, blend of beliefs, wedding two politicians who hold different views on abortion rights, the role of government in providing health care, and the use of government in fostering—or hampering—the public’s greater good. Those are among the reasons it would never work, said a spokesman for Paul, a congressman and doctor from Texas.

“Dr. Paul and Rep. Kucinich are friends and there is a lot of mutual respect,” Paul communications director Jesse Benton said in an e-mail when asked whether a running-mate spot on the Kucinich ticket would be attractive to Paul. “They have worked, and will continue to work, together on the ending the war and protecting civil liberties.

“However, Ron wants to substantially cut the size and scope of the federal government. There are too many differences on issues such as taxes and spending to think a joint ticket would be possible.”

Kucinich and Paul are gadflies to their parties’ establishments. Kucinich challenges Democrats to stop cozying up to corporate interests, while Paul challenges Republicans to shed the trappings of big government.

Both frequently cite the Constitution as providing the authority for their agendas. Paul never votes for legislation unless the measure is expressly authorized by the Constitution, his campaign says. Kucinich keeps a pocket-size copy of the Constitution handy, brandishing it to invoke authority for such proposals as the impeachment of Vice President Cheney, one of Kucinich’s signature issues.

Speculation of a Kucinich-Paul ticket has surfaced on the Internet, where it also has been shot down. But Kucinich’s wife, Elizabeth, did not dismiss it when asked about it after a recent Democratic candidates’ debate in Las Vegas. Speaking to the website RawVegasTV, she called Paul “a great truth-teller,” adding that Paul has “voted 100 percent right on the war.”

Today, her husband said, “Think of how you could unite the country, having a Democrat and a Republican on the ticket.”

28 Responses to “Kucinich: Paul Would Be Good Running-Mate”

  1. John Foster Says:

    When Kucinich raises 4.2 million dollars in one day then he can start talking like that. Ron Paul is going to win.

  2. Rev. Pat Robertson Says:

    As I said when I endorsed Rudolf Giuliani for President,

    To me, the overriding issue before the American people is the defense of our population from the blood lust of Islamic terrorists.

    Obviously, Dennis Kucinich agrees with me.

  3. Ryan Brennan (ThirdPartyNews.net) Says:

    John Foster, I wholeheartedly agree with you. Kucinich is pretty out of touch with reality. He has no chance of winning his party’s nomination, while Dr. Paul has a great chance, with his chances increasing by the day. Indeed, he is going to win.

    Pat Robertson, you’re a joke, as is this whole Orwellian War on Terror. Ever read 1984? The War on Terror is a big scam, created by the neo-cons and the New World Order, to help usher in their agenda of global tyranny & control. How can you write a book exposing the New World Order and then sell yourself out to now be in support of the New World Order?

    You war-mongering televangelists, including Hagge, want to see World War III created as you think this will usher in Armageddon and bring the return of the Messiah. While at the same time, Hagge is now saying Jesus was not the Messiah. I’m not a Christian, but that is blasphemy in the eyes of Christianity. You people are not true Christians. You are Judas Goats, leading the sheep to slaughter. Jesus and the Bible teach non-violence, to love others, while you preach the opposite, hate & fear-inducing propaganda.

  4. will Says:

    wait, is pat Robertson really commenting on this blog?

    despite the guy being a total dick, its pretty funny that hes commenting on this site. my guess is it really isnt him. hes pretty damn old by this point, and i doubt he uses his computer reg enough to stumble onto this site.

    that being said, i think this site might really take off once the election really starts up, its exciting to see where this all goes.

    Ron Pauls chances of winning the nomination are still very slim, but if he starts to pull 20-30 % of the vote in some states, you can bet he’ll think about an indy run, or on the LP.

    i really wish the left would get its act together, Mckinney will be a good choice but if Ron Pauls in the running its unlikely that the Greens will surpass the 5% line.

  5. Robert Milnes Says:

    Ron Paul is not going to win, ok? No matter how many millions of lib. $ are spent (wasted) on his campaign re:The Libertarian Vote=13%. MAX. The Cato Institute. In open primary/election=20%. MAX. This is another reason the progressive alliance strategy calls for a left libertarian p. Kuchinich (left) is open to such but RP/RP (right libertarian) is not. There is a quantum difference between a left & right libertarian. I’m presently working on the working hypothesis that T. Roosevelt was a left libertarian bringing progressivism to the presidency.

  6. Robert Milnes Says:

    Free of Ron Paul Day=February 5-Super Duper Tuesday. Celebrate! Celebrate! Dance to the music!

  7. Thomas M. Sipos Says:

    I’m completely opposed to Kucinich’s domestic policies. My dream ticket is Paul/Kwiatkowski.

    That said, I think that should Paul run as an independent, a Paul/Kucinich ticket is something that Libertarians should seriously consider. Paul will likely never win with just Republican support—not enough Republicans support him.

    What’s more, Paul’s support spans the specturm. And he’ll need to tap into this wide specturm of support—from left, right, and center—to win on an independent ticket. Many of his leftist supporters nevertheless worry about Paul’s libertarian economics. A Kucinich VP could cement Paul’s support among the left, convincing them that Paul isn’t that “scary.”

    As someone who’d never voted Democratic in my life, I can vote for a Kucinich VP if that’s the price of getting Paul into the White House. God knows, I’ve held my nose for worse tickets inthe past.

  8. Eric Dondero Says:

    What’s the big surprise here. Ron Paul has become a populist libertarian; that’s almost liberal libertarian. The two are very closely aligned on the political spectrum.

    Which leaves libertarian conservatives dissapointed with Paul. He used to be one of us. Oh well, our libertarian conservative guru is one of Rudy Giuliani’s Campaign Chairmans. Thank you Steve Forbes for showing us the way!

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  10. Ghoststrider Says:

    Dondero, do us a favor and stop talking. There are landfills for that.

    Anyways, I would support a Paul/Kucinich ticket (though preferably with Paul as prez.) It would garner a lot of support from the populce, who really want to move past the Repugnician/Democrap dichotomy, the endless shouting matches and immutable trench wars, and to a new phase of US politics. While there is a gulf of difference between Paul and Kucinich (am I spelling his name right?) it would do us a heck of a lot of good than if Paul ran without him. Lots of people are highly skeptical of Ron Paul; Kucinich would convince them. Plus, we would still move towards minimal government and true libertarianism, it just wouldn’t be as drastic and sudden, which is a good thing.

  11. Rev. Pat Robertson Says:

    How can you write a book exposing the New World Order and then sell yourself out to now be in support of the New World Order?

    Mr. Brennan, you have a pre-9/11 mentality. 9/11 changed everything.

    In a post-9/11 world, we need to support the New World Order against Islamic terrorists.

    hes pretty damn old by this point, and i doubt he uses his computer reg enough to stumble onto this site.

    I found it while looking for voyeurism websites. It was part of some research I was doing for a special commentary on the 700 Club about the evils of sexual perversion, lust and depravity.

    God said there should only be two parties in a holy ordained marriage, a husband and a wife (except God, who sees everything). The epidemic of third party watchers, perverts who invade the sanctity of this blessed union in duality to satisfy their jealousy and lust and waste their seed, is growing with the invention of the internet, the spread of tiny hidden cameras and even camera-equipped cell phones. Something must be done about this, and we at the 700 club will be praying for Congress and the President to take a lead on this in Jesus name, Amen.

    And I say this as a libertarian.

  12. Trent Hill Says:

    “I’m presently working on the working hypothesis that T. Roosevelt was a left libertarian bringing progressivism to the presidency.”


    Thanks Milnes.

  13. Jolly Ron Pauler Says:

    Ron Paul is a Classic-Republican, Constitutionalist, Populist, Anarchist, Libertarian American who demands the Gold Standard. America can not wait to embrace ‘im. Kucinich, also.

  14. Preston Says:

    Let me preface this by saying I really like Kucinich a lot, I agree with him on 90% of the issues.
    But this conjecture is completely in the other 10% that makes me wonder about his sanity. Kucinich is the Democrat that annoys the shit out of Democrats. Paul is the Republican that annoys the shit out of Republicans. And they are both against the war.
    Other than that, their differences FAR outweigh their similarities. Paul wants to eliminate public education, Kucinich wants to expand it to be free Pre-K and College for all. Paul wants to privatize social security, Kucinich wants to expand it. Paul wants to substantially lower taxes (I assume..), Kucinich would need to raise taxes (If he is sane) to pay for his programs.
    Outside of the war, Kucinich is probably closer in ideologies to Giuliani than Paul. And Paul is probably closer in ideologies to Clinton than Kucinich. And I’m not saying any of those people have ideologies remotely similar from one another—thats exactly my point.
    If they ran a ticket together (which, obviously won’t happen) I would be too confused on their stances to vote for them.

  15. Robert Milnes Says:

    Trent Hill thinks Ron Paul is going to win the GOP nomination & the presidency. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha. Send him your 2300 & then send the GOP all the rest of your money too. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha .

  16. Carl Says:

    I’d like to see a Paul-Gore candidacy. Gore did more as vice president to cut the size of the federal government than just about anyone. Also, when mlitary cuts prove insufficient to eliminate the income tax, Paul-Gore can institute a carbon tax to fill in the gap.

    And Eric, a carbon tax would to more to fight Islamic extremism than our presence in Iraq. Saudi Arabia is the real enemy. Let’s bankrupt them.

  17. Rev. Pat Robertson Says:

    Why bankrupt them when we can nuke them?

    I think that’s what Jesus would do.

  18. Thomas M. Sipos Says:

    Ah-ha! Now we know it’s not the real Pat Robertson. This one says, “I think that’s what Jesus would do.”

    The real Pat Robertson would “know” what Jesus would do, because Jesus would have personally told him.

  19. Ghoststrider Says:

    Amen, Mr. Sipos, amen. :D

  20. Rev. Pat Robertson Says:

    You’re right. I just asked Jesus to make sure, and I was right. But I pretty much knew I was right all along; see, He’s a busy guy, so I didn’t want to waste His time asking about something that I was 99.9% sure about anyway, but I figured I would say “I think” unless I knew for sure. But since it came, well, I asked Him, and it’s official:

    Jesus Says “Nuke ‘em!”

  21. Jeff Wartman Says:

    “I’m presently working on the working hypothesis that T. Roosevelt was a left libertarian bringing progressivism to the presidency.”

    This is perhaps one of the most ignorant, uneducated and stupid comments I’ve ever read. Theodore Roosevelt is about as far as you can get away from libertarianism. He [i] destroyed [/i] Libertarianism in this country for decades.

  22. Robert Milnes Says:

    Jeff Wartman, how do you figure TR destroyed libertarianism in this country for decades?

  23. Robert Milnes Says:

    That sounds pretty stupid to me. But, I’m listening.

  24. Jeff Wartman Says:


    Study his policies…nearly everything TR did was anti-Libertarian.

    There’s a reason that everyone is telling you the same thing I am.

  25. Robert Milnes Says:

    Maybe. But “destroyed”?

  26. Jeff Wartman Says:

    Yes. His policies were so anti-Libertarian that Libertarianism was destroyed until its resurrection later on. Learn simple history, Milnes.

  27. Ed Stamm Says:

    Another thing that Paul and Kucinich agree on is getting out of the WTO and NAFTA, but for different reasons. Kucinich recognizes that “free trade” with China and other poor countries means low wages, poor working conditions and unemployment for U.S. workers. They are a huge market, but their people are too poor to buy anything from us. I’m not sure why Paul wants out - it seems as if a Libertarian would be in favor of free trade. Maybe he realized that “free trade” was a like a neutron bomb that destroyed our manufacturing industries, but left the buildings standing. The Republicans and Democrats have not only shredded our Constitution, and our image around the world with their imperialist foreign policies, they’ve also shredded our economy.

    Anyway, a Paul/Kucinich or Kucinich/Paul ticket is the only realistic alternative to Demopublican rule. It’s time for a “people power” revolution in this country! We have to put aside our differences and throw the bums out. My congressman is a Democrat and he has voted with Bush all the way - invasion of Iraq, “Patriot” Act, Military Commission Act, and every Iraq occupation appropriations bill that Bush has asked for. Clinton is the same type.

  28. ryan Says:

    Paul/Kucinich ticket is the only way to go if americans want to be free again. Money=freedom in todays world. Our founding fathers set the framework for a free society. Socialist democrats and fascist republicans are ruining our country. Slowly eroding our civil liberties while destroying the greatest document of freedom. Bankrupting our country and setting up a police state. There laughing at us right now because it’s become so easy to control and divide us. Freedom is a popular message ….....Spread it