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Kucinich to Appear on O'Reilly Factor to Discuss Opposition to Troop Surge

Tuesday, 01 December 2009 18:13 By Jason Leopold, t r u t h o u t | Report | name.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich, (D-Ohi0), will make an appearance this evening on the "O'Reilly Factor"  to discuss his opposition to President Barack Obama's plan to deploy 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan.

The former Democratic presidential candidate e-mailed a letter to supporters Tuesday afternoon stating that he will offer an analysis of Obama's plan Wednesday. His Fox News appearance will take place minutes before Obama is scheduled to conclude his speech.

Kucinich told supporters that the district he represents, Cleveland, Ohio, "is suffering from massive unemployment, record home foreclosures, and small business failures" and borrowing additional funds to pay for a war that a majority of the public does not support is a mistake.

"People are losing their jobs, their health care, their homes, their savings, their investments, and their retirement security," says the letter Kucinich e-mailed to supporters. "The middle class is gravely threatened. What is happening in Cleveland is occurring nationwide. Yet, Wall Street received over $13 trillion in bailouts, with untold millions for high salaries and bonuses, while Main Street loses its power through unemployment, reduced wages and benefits and little or no access to credit or investment capital. There is something fundamentally wrong with our economy which borrowing more money to spend on war cannot and will not cure. Perhaps nation building should begin at home.

"An escalation of the war in Afghanistan at a time of such economic dislocation and hardship raises questions about America's priorities and whether or not we are losing our way as we attempt to stride aside the globe as some Colossus. Tomorrow we will begin anew the discussion."

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