This has got to be the craziest political item I’ve read all month:
Acworth, New Hampshire — Call it the liberal-libertarian ticket, where left meets right and Democrat Dennis Kucinich picks Republican Ron Paul to be his vice president.
Kucinich, the Cleveland congressman running in a longshot bid to become president, suggested it himself today.
“I’m thinking about Ron Paul” as a running mate, Kucinich told a crowd of about 70 supporters at a house party here, one of numerous stops throughout New Hampshire over the Thanksgiving weekend. A Kucinich-Paul administration could bring people together “to balance the energies in this country,” Kucinich said.
It would create a stunning, if dizzying, blend of beliefs, wedding two politicians who hold different views on abortion rights, the role of government in providing health care, and the use of government in fostering — or hampering — the public’s greater good. Those are among the reasons it would never work, said a spokesman for Paul, a congressman and doctor from Texas.
Speculation of a Kucinich-Paul ticket has surfaced on the Internet, where it also has been shot down. But Kucinich’s wife, Elizabeth, did not dismiss it when asked about it after a recent Democratic candidates’ debate in Las Vegas. Speaking to the website RawVegasTV, she called Paul “a great truth-teller,” adding that Paul has “voted 100 percent right on the war.”
Today, her husband said, “Think of how you could unite the country, having a Democrat and a Republican on the ticket.”
I’ve been fairly critical of the Paul campaign of late, but I still plan on voting for the Congressman in February. If he starts making common cause with a socialist like Kucinich, though, I will have to rethink that.
H/T: Raising Kaine