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Kucinich: Get up and march, Seattle

U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich might not be thinking of running for Congress in Washington state if he gets redistricted out of his seat in Ohio. Then again, he might.

The Ohio Democrat was in Seattle over the weekend, speechifying at a popular progressive venue. Hempfest.

Kucinich delivered a speech he's calling “The Seattle Declaration”, in which he called for listeneners to engage in protests to:

End wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya and bring U.S. troops home;

Abolish nuclear weapons.

Repeal the Patriot Act

Protect abortion rights

Demand equal rights for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and trangender individuals

Institute public-funded elections

Save the earth from drilling, fracking and polllution

Legalize marijuana.

He hit almost all the liberal high notes in a speech of about nine minutes. That last one is pretty much a given considering it was, after all, HEMP-fest, and not all the hemp products in use were twisted into rope. Some of his listeners were probably in no shape to get up and march at the time.

His campaign organization is putting a video of the speech on its website.

As previously reported, Washington was one of the states that was supportive of Kucinich's presidential campaigns, and  may be on a short list of states to which he might move and run for Congress if his Ohio district disappears.


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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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