Kucinich: Democratic Party Isn't Going Anywhere Until it Can Distinguish Itself From GOP

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, (D-Calif.), beat out Rep. Tim Ryan, (D-Ohio) in a contest for the House minority leader post. But some wonder whether the fact that there was a meaningful challenge points to a growing divide within the Democratic Party.  Former Rep. Dennis Kucinich, (R-Ohio), weighed in the state of the Democratic Party and what it needs to do to make a political comeback in the future.

“What needs to be said here is that Nancy Pelosi early on tied herself very closely to [President] Barack Obama’s program and as such closed ranks with President Obama,” Kucinich told the FOX Business Network’s Neil Cavuto.

Kucinich said Pelosi was negatively impacted by some of the Obama administration’s policies {LIKE WHICH ONES? NAME ONE OR TWO HERE] to connect with a large scope of the American people.

He further explained that one of the major issues that lead to the Democrats’ loss on Election Day was the party’s failure to differentiate itself enough from the Republican Party.

“The Democratic problem is not a tin ear, it’s a tin cup.  And their hands extended to the same corporate interests that backed the Republican Party.  And the blurring of the difference between the parties is one of the major reasons why the Democrats did not win the White House this time,” Kucinich said.

He said Democrats need to do a better job of pointing out the differences between themselves and their party, and the Republican Party on many of the key issues like social security and health care.