A candidate for United States president is coming to CSU on
“He’s a serious guy with an incredible range of public service,”
said CSU Political Science Professor Scott Moore. “He has things to
say and he’s not going to tell you what you expect to hear.”
Dennis Kucinich, the candidate, is scheduled to hold a campus
rally in the Shepardson Building, room 118, on Thursday at 3
Although John Kerry has secured the Democratic presidential
nomination, Kucinich continues to campaign.
“I tend to take more seriously people who are campaigning who
have the least chance of winning,” Moore said. “He’s got a message
and he believes in it.”
Kucinich generally takes liberal stances on issues such as the
World Trade Organization, the Iraq War, labor issues and
environmental issues. Due to his belief in sustainability, Kucinich
is even a vegan, meaning he does not eat meat or any animal
by-products like eggs and milk.
“He’ll probably try to poke a hole in the conventional wisdom,
and there’s no better place to do that than on a college campus,”
The College Republicans have reacted by not reacting.
“In all honesty, personally the guy’s a joke,” said Robert Lee,
former state vice chairman for the College Republicans. “His
policies are so left leaning the Democrat Party won’t listen to him
Lee said Kucinich has no effect on college students in
“If he wants to kind of continue to feed his ego then he can
continue to spend his money, but he’s nothing that I or any other
Colorado Republican or any Republican outside of Cleveland have to
worry about,” Lee said.
Cheryl Beckett, a campaign worker for the Kucinich campaign,
said Kucinich is here more to bring light to issues than to
“If he gets caucus support then they are basically able to say
that it has been shown that people are interested in these points,”
According to Beckett, the media has ignored Kucinich.
“People are not getting any of the messages that are coming
forward,” Beckett said. “The media is making up its mind about who
they are going to support and bring forward in this presidential
Beckett said exposure could help bring Kucinich’s points to the
national democratic platform.
“He’s a person that’s worth hearing, because he’s proven himself
to be strong against corporate interests,” Beckett said.
Ashleigh McBeth, president of the Young Democrats, said they do
not currently endorse any one candidate because the Democratic
National Convention has yet to be held. Therefore, they do not
support Kucinich, but are excited about his visit.
McBeth encouraged students to open their minds and listen to
some of Kucinich’s ideas.
“Basically (the Young Democrats are) here to educate the
students,” McBeth said.
The Young Democrats have also helped publicize his visit in
“I will definitely be there,” McBeth said. “He’s still one of
the government leaders. Running for president is a big deal.”