Former Presidential Candidate at the DNC

This is a rush transcript from "Hannity & Colmes," August 28, 2008. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

ALAN COLMES, CO-HOST: And we are just, well, really moments away from Senator Barack Obama giving his acceptance speech right behind us in Invesco Field for 70,000 people.

Congressman Dennis Kucinich, former Democratic presidential candidate himself, is with us.

All right. I've read the speech. We've heard from Biden. We've heard from Hillary. We've heard from Bill. It's all generic, classic class warfare rhetoric, you know, attack the Republicans.

Here's my big question. What experience does Barack Obama have — I know he's a community organizer, which I don't know what that means — to be president of the United States? Nobody talks about what makes him so experienced. Can you tell us?

REP. DENNIS KUCINICH (D), OHIO: I think what tonight is about is...

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HANNITY: I didn't ask you about tonight. Tell me what makes him qualified to be president.

KUCINICH: In Barack Obama's speech, he says that the election is not just about him. It's about the American people.

HANNITY: He's the president.

KUCINICH: Hold on. People's desire for jobs. He addresses that.


KUCINICH: For keeping factories open.

HANNITY: You didn't — please answer my question.

KUCINICH: He's a United States — he's a United States senator.

HANNITY: That's it.

KUCINICH: We could talk about experience. I'll tell you, the American people are experienced with what Republican economics have done to this country.

ALAN COLMES, CO-HOST: We only have a moment here, Congressman. So — unfortunately, a very short segment. But the fact of the matter is they want to downplay his speech. They want to downplay him. They want to...


COLMES: It's going to be attacks — yes, go ahead.

KUCINICH: I want to answer your question to say the American people are experienced with Republican economics that accelerates the wealthy nation upward, that closes factories, that denies people their pensions, that takes people's health-care benefits with lower wages. People are experienced with it and frankly...

HANNITY: Have you seen the economic numbers today? The surge worked.


COLMES: Hold on. Congressman, they want to — they're going to run...

KUCINICH: Everybody should watch Barack Obama's speech.

COLMES: If they're going to run on the economy, they're going to run on the Iraq war, if they want to run on how great things have been during the Bush/Cheney administration, let them do that. Let them actually make that argument. Do you think — can they win doing that?

KUCINICH: The Democrats will win on economics. And I think his speech tonight is an important speech. It connects with people on jobs, on trade, on health care, on things people care about. And, frankly, I think the American people are looking for a message from their candidate that says that he understands what they're going through and that...

COLMES: What do you want him to say tonight, specifically?

KUCINICH: I've read the speech. He has — he's hit the things the American people want to hear about. They want to hear about what's in it for them. And Barack Obama says, "This election is about you." It's not about him.

COLMES: And he makes that case tonight?

KUCINICH: He does.

HANNITY: It's filled with every liberal cliche, no specifics, no case that he's prepared to be president. And those are questions that were raised by Biden. Those were questions raised by Hillary. Raised by you, Congressman.

KUCINICH: You know what? And he's the Democratic candidate, and we're uniting because we can't stand another four years of neo-conservative economics.

COLMES: Let them run on how things have been.

HANNITY: That is all the time we have left this evening. As you can see, some 70,000 people at Invesco Field.

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