December 31, 2007

Presidential candidate, Dennis Kucinich, has written a letter to his Iowa supporters asking them to support Barack Obama in precincts where he believes he will not be successful:

"I hope Iowans will caucus for me as their first choice this Thursday, because of my singular positions on the war, on health care, and trade. This is an opportunity for people to stand up for themselves. But in those caucus locations where my support doesn't reach the necessary threshold, I strongly encourage all of my supporters to make Barack Obama their second choice. Sen. Obama and I have one thing in common: Change." Read on...

Another endorsement that may have run a bit under the radar -- Ralph Nader is supporting John Edwards in Iowa.

In an 11th hour effort to encourage liberal Iowans to "recognize" Edwards by "giving him a victory," the activist and former presidential contender said in an interview that Clinton will "pander to corporate interest groups" if elected. Read on...

The Kucinich endorsement admittedly caught me by surprise, but should it have? Any time Ralph Nader shows up in a post here at C&L there is usually a great deal of debate about him and his past political career -- but could this signal a new direction for him? What, if anything, does his endorsement do for John Edwards at this stage of the campaign as he tries to win over voters who may still consider him a second choice candidate?

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