Kucinich barnstorms Montana
Six cities, seven reservations in final 36 hours
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 6, 2004
Democratic Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich will end the historic 2004 primary election season with a whirlwind tour all across Montana, the last state in the nation to cast its ballots, and conclude his trek with an old-fashioned, hand-shaking visit with voters at the largest polling location in the state Tuesday evening.
Beginning Monday at 7:30 a.m., Kucinich, the last remaining Democratic candidate besides presumptive nominee Sen. John Kerry, will make brief appearances and answer reporters’ questions at the airports in Great Falls, Bozeman, Helena, Missoula, and Kalispell before flying to the first of seven reservations where he is scheduled to meet with tribal leaders, voters, and elected officials later Monday and Tuesday.
The tour will end Tuesday in Billings when he arrives at the King of Glory Church, 4125 Grand, about 6 p.m. to meet and talk with voters and polls workers
"The 'Last Best Place'is also the last best chance for voters to stand up for what they believe, vote their consciences, and send a message to the nation that our country needs a change in direction," said Kucinich, who is in Pittsburgh today helping the Rev. Jesse Jackson and national labor leaders launch the "Reinvest in America" bus tour campaign.
"I can’t think of a better place to end this amazing campaign and to begin preparing to take our message to the Democratic National Convention in July," said Kucinich, the Ohio Congressman, whose long-shot campaign outlasted the campaigns of better known, better financed Democratic Presidential hopefuls. "The election season ends on Tuesday, but my campaign will continue to persuade the Democratic Party to embrace progressive ideas and welcome new voters so we can win in November."
He is the first Presidential candidate to campaign in the state since former President Bill Clinton did so in his 1996 re-election campaign.
Kucinich's "Big Sky" campaign includes an unprecedented television and radio advertising push that includes a weekend’s worth of television broadcasts of the highly acclaimed “This is the Moment” political documentary The campaign has also produced a new television commercial in which Kucinich speaks directly to the voters of Montana, and it is targeting its Internet outreach and promotional resources to the state’s Democratic voters.
Among those elected officials expected to meet with Kucinich at various stops throughout the state are State Rep. Carol Juneau, vice chairman of the state Democratic Party; State Rep. John Windy Boy; and State Rep. Norma Bixby. On the reservations, he will be meeting with tribal councils and making a direct get-out-the-vote pitch to voters.
Monday, June 7
7:30 – 8:00 am
Press Availability at Great Falls Airport – Holman Aviation
8:40 – 9:10 am
Press Availability at Bozeman Airport – Arlins Aircraft Services
9:40 – 10:10 am
Press Availability at Helena Airport –Executive Air
10:50 - 11:15 am
Press Availability at Missoula Airport – Northstar Aviation
12:00 – 12:30 pm
Press Conference and Rally at Kalispell Airport – Edwards Jet Center
12:48 – 3:00 pm
Location: Flathead Reservation – Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
3:30 – 6:00 pm
Location: Blackfeet Reservation -- State Rep. Carol Juneau
6:51 – 9:40 pm
Location: Rocky Boy Reservation, Chippewa and Cree Nations -- State Rep. John Windy Boy
Tuesday, June 8
9:20 – 11:20 am
Location: Fort Belknap Reservation -- Grosventre and Assiniboine Tribal Council
12:15 – 2:15 pm
Location: Fort Peck Reservation – Sioux and Assiniboine Nations
3:11 – 5:11 pm
Location: Northern Cheyenne Reservation -- State Rep. Norma Bixby
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Event: Meet and greet voters – Press Conference
Location: King of Glory Church, 4125 Grand, Billings
Audience: Poll workers, those still voting
Poll closes at 8:00 pm – last primary in the U.S. at largest voter location in largest city in MT
8:30 pm – Depart for Washington, DC