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DNC: Day Two On a Roll; Kucinich Fires ‘Em Up

Rebecca Boyle
Ft. Collins Now
Vail, CO Colorado
Ron Edmonds/AP Photo

DENVER, Colorado ” Leaping up and down with the energy of a four-year-old, Rep. Dennis Kucinich riled the crowd at the Pepsi Center as the second day of the Democratic National Convention continued.

Kucinich, who ran for president this year and in 2004 on a peace platform, shouted himself practically hoarse as he went through a litany of issues where he said Republicans failed.

“If there were an Olympics for mismanaging, for mishandling…. This administration would take the gold,” he said. “We cannot afford another Republican administration. Wake up, America!”

He said pharmaceutical companies, oil companies and other fat cats have taken over the country.

“Up with peace, up with prosperity, up with the Democratic Party!” he said.

The delegates were up, on their feet, at least.

Other highlights from the evening’s first hour included a video tribute to members of Congress, former political operatives and others connected to politics. The tribute included Tim Russert, former chief of NBC news, whose image elicited a loud round of applause.

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus paid tribute to Ohio Rep. Stephanie Tubbs-Jones, who died from an aneurysm Aug. 20. And Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, featured Jared Polis, running for Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District.

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