In one of the lighter moments of Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential debate, candidate Dennis Kucinich claimed that he had seen a UFO – and was moving his campaign office to alleged UFO landing site Roswell, New Mexico.
Moderator Tim Russert of NBC News, prefacing his query by saying, “This is a serious question,” said to Kucinich: “The godmother of your daughter, Shirley MacLaine, writes in her new book that you’ve sighted a UFO over her home in Washington state, that you found the encounter extremely moving, that it was a triangular craft silent and hovering, that you felt a connection to your heart.
“Now, did you see a UFO?”
Amid laughter from the audience, Kucinich replied: “I did. It was [an] unidentified flying object, okay. It’s like – it’s identified. I saw something.
“Now, to answer your question, I’m … going to move my campaign office to Roswell, New Mexico and another one, an extra, to New Hampshire.
“And also, you have to keep in mind that … Jimmy Carter saw a UFO, and also that more people in this country have seen UFOs than, I think, approve of George Bush’s presidency.”
It might have struck some observers as ironic that Kucinich made his UFO claim on the same day that he questioned President Bush’s mental health in light of comments he made about a nuclear Iran precipitating World War III.
Russert continued his questioning by addressing Barack Obama:
“The three astronauts of Apollo 11 who went to the moon back in 1969 all said that they believe there is life beyond earth. Do you agree?”
Obama did not take the bait, instead responding: “I don’t know, and I don’t presume to know. What I know is there is life here on earth and that we’re not attending to life here on earth.”
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