Rob Kall Bottom Up Radio
Dennis Kucinich Interview, 1-30-12
Rob Kall: (Station ID) And, this is the Rob Kall Bottom Up Radio Show, WNJC 1360 AM out of Washington Township reaching Metro Philly and south Jersey, sponsored by Opednews.com . My guest today, I'm very excited to say, is Dennis Kucinich! Welcome to the show!
Dennis Kucinich: Rob, it's good to be with you and your considerable listeners. I appreciate the opportunity, and let's have a good discussion.
Rob Kall: All right! Boy, I'm not even sure where to start. First, thank you for your service: for all the years that you've been in Congress, and the leadership that you've played in the Progressive community. You're certainly, among Opednews readers, right at the top of the list of favorite politicians, and people, and activists - so thank you.
Dennis Kucinich: Rob, thank you for saying that, and I take that very seriously, because this is a special community: one which prides itself on being forward looking, one that loves the country, and at the same time isn't afraid to stand up and speak out when they see things that threaten our Constitutional Rights, that cause people to lose their economic status (that they've maybe worked a lifetime for). It's a community that stands for peace; and so I'm very grateful to have the chance to connect with your listenership, again, and let's see how much territory we can cover here.
Rob Kall: OK. So let's start off. You're out of Congress, and you've got an organization now, and tell us about what you're up to. An open-ended question. What are your priorities, now?
Dennis Kucinich: Let's back up just a little bit. From the November election, my organization, "Kucinich Action," was involved in dozens of Congressional races in which we maxed out the resources that we could give the individual candidates, and we helped a number of candidates get elected. Not by any means in this era were we decisive, but we participated. And it's a new organization, Kucinich Action, and it's a PAC. It's really geared more than anything to election cycles. We're now involved in some other things; we sent out a notice yesterday asking people to sign a petition to encourage the President to appoint Raul Grijalva to the position of Interior Secretary. Raul has a tremendous background as an environmental advocate, as someone who is very sensitive to the issues that deal with Interior, and so I wanted to move forward to urge people to sign the petition, which is at our website at Kucinich Action.
Rob Kall: What's the website for Kucinich Action?
Dennis Kucinich: It's Kucinichaction.com .
Rob Kall: OK.
Dennis Kucinich: From the time of the November election, right up until January 3rd when the Congress went from the 112th to 113th, I poured myself into the job. I spent every waking moment, eighteen  hours a day, doing everything I could to be heard and felt on all those issues that our important to us - matters of war and peace, matters of the economy, Healthcare, Social Security - and I did it with a single-minded intensity, so much so that there are some who wondered what happened to me. They hadn't heard from me, didn't get regular emails; I just focused on my job, completing my work in Congress.
So when the new Congress began on the 3rd of January, that's what I stated to think "Well, what am I going to be doing with my time and effort right now?" So I've been working on a writing project for some time now, and I'm devoting more and more time to that. And I got this offer, which I accepted, to be a part-time contributor on Fox News. I'm somebody who has never hesitated to communicate with people with whom I disagree. I've been on Fox many times over the years, and so I thought it would be a great opportunity to continue to carry a message of a different way of looking at the world to a very large audience that hopefully will appreciate the views that I'm offering.
Rob Kall: Fox has, in the last month, just seen the biggest drop in audience. I see that they're letting Sarah Palin go -- it looks like you've replaced her!
Dennis Kucinich: Well, I don't know if anybody can really replace Sarah Palin.
Rob Kall: (laughs)