Kucinich: No puppet he

KEENE, N.H. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich stood on a chair and spun in a circle, saying he was doing something no other presidential candidate can.

“Do you know why I can do it?” Kucinich asked. “No strings. Imagine a president with no strings attached?”

The Cleveland Democrat brought his campaign to New Hampshire on Saturday, speaking to Cheshire County Democrats.

“I’m ready for the election and New Hampshire is going to change it all,” he said.

It’s a second run for president for Kucinich, who said the war prompted him to get into the race.

“I decided to run again because we can’t have a nation that stays at war all the time,” he said. He highlighted a 12-point plan for ending American involvement there, bringing troops home and transferring power to the Iraqi government.

“We need a new direction,” Kucinich said. “We have a responsibility to repair Iraq and its people.”

Kucinich led the crowd in a chant of “Bring ’em home!”

He said the government should spend more money helping Americans at home and spoke about issues ranging from immigration to universal health care.

“When I go to the White House, I know what people have to live with,” he said. “I have a pretty good idea of what it’s like to struggle to make ends meet.”

In 2004, Kucinich posted single digits in most primary elections, including his home state, yet stayed in the race.

He ended his run just days before endorsing then-Democratic nominee Sen. John Kerry at the party’s convention.

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