Kucinich: Clinton, Edwards are rigging the '08 election
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It is a "conspiracy to rig the presidential election," says angered Democratic presidential contender and Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), after hearing a verbal exchange between Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) suggesting that future debates should include fewer candidates.
Says Kucinich, "[I]n a democracy people get exposed to ideas and they make the decision for themselves."
"Fox 'News,' who filed the report during Brit Hume's Special Report on Thursday, included sub-titles for the 'overheard' post-forum conversation between Clinton and Edwards," Alan Breslauer wrote for Brad Blog.
According to Fox, Edwards said, "...at some point...(unintelligible)...maybe the Fall...We should try to have...a more serious and a smaller group."
"Well...we...we've got to cut the number...because they are...because they are just being trivialized," Clinton responded.
While campaigning in Iowa today Mr. Edwards confirmed the topic of his discussion with Mrs. Clinton and sought to clarify his remarks, saying that he does not favor excluding candidates from the debates, but would prefer breaking up the field into smaller groups.
Mrs. Clinton, who was campaigning in New Hampshire today, declined to be specific about what she meant by her comments on Thursday.
“I think he has some ideas about what he’d like to do,” she said, referring to Mr. Edwards, according to a dispatch from the Associated Press. A Clinton campaign spokesman said he would not comment on “a private conversation” between the two candidates.
The entire story can be read HERE at the New York Times' political blog The Caucus.