From NBC's Andy Merten
Dennis Kucinich may be out of the presidential race, but he's not finished campaigning, just yet.
"I won't be president, but I can continue to fight for these important issues as a U.S. Congressman," said the former dark horse presidential candidate of universal healthcare and ending the war in Iraq during a press conference in Cleveland this afternoon. Kucinich, the former mayor of Cleveland, now represents the district, and is facing four challengers in the March 4 Democratic primary.
"I'm directing my energies to being re-elected to the Congress of the United States," he told reporters, while flanked by supporters and his wife, Elizabeth. He went on to say that he will channel his presidential campaign into a new organization to push his anti-war, pro-labor agenda, called "Integrity Now" -- but the website, as of this writing, was just a sign-up sheet for future newsletters.
Kucinich, who has now spent two of his past three congressional terms running for president, has faced critics at home who say that he is not sufficiently doing his job representing Cleveland while running for president and missing votes. But to be fair, the Ohio congressman has actually missed the least percentage of votes of any member of Congress who has run for president in the past year.
Asked if he will make a third run for the White House in the future, Kucinich would neither confirm nor deny any plans. "This is the last thing on my mind right now."