Kucinich, first elected to the House in 1996, lost Tuesday to Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) in a contest to represent Ohio’s redrawn 9th Congressional District. Ahead of the loss, he openly flirted with moving to Washington state and running for Congress from a Democratic-leaning district there.
But Thursday he appeared to rule out a move to the Evergreen State.
“You know, I just came out of an election, the last thing I am thinking about is oh gee you know getting into another race,” Kucinich said on Fox News Channel’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto.”
“I mean I can promise you on election night after the returns came in and I found out that it didn’t go my way it wasn’t that I thought I got to get into another election right away. That’s very unlikely,” he added.
Asked whether he thought the White House was more supportive of Kaptur than his candidacy, Kucinich said “I didn’t see their hand, but I wasn’t looking for it and I accept that I lost.”
He also disputed suggestions that the Democratic Party is relieved to see him go — after years of outspoken opposition to the Iraq war and a generally liberal political philosophy, often to the left of the party establishment.
“I have a lot of support among Democrats, and among Independents and Republicans as well,” he said. “I never really felt that I should set my principles at the door and walk into a meeting with party regulars, you have to take them into those meetings and let people know what you think is the course of action to proceed that would be best for the country. So, while I’m a Democrat, I’ve never felt that party group think would be appropriate for describing the way I think about things.”
Much of Kucinich’s ascendancy to the national stage can be tied to regular appearances on cable news television channels. Asked Thursday by Cavuto whether he would consider a career as a TV analyst, he the door open:
“I have not ruled out anything. I am going to make sure that I continue to serve to the best of my ability and then after I’m done with my term, we’ll see what comes up. Who knows.”
Take a look back at some of the more memorable moments of Kucinich’s long political career, here.
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