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UFO Discussions Aren't Completely Alien To Politics

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Mon, 05 Nov 2007 07:26:41 -0500
Archived: Mon, 05 Nov 2007 07:26:41 -0500
Subject: UFO Discussions Aren't Completely Alien To Politics

Source: The Los Angeles Times - California, USA


Sat, Nov. 03, 2007

UFO Discussions Aren't Completely Alien To Politics
By Robin Abcarian
Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES--Presidential candidates have flip-flopped on
taxes, on abortion, on gun control and on the war.

But rarely has one flip-flopped on flying saucers.

Until now.

In September, a spokeswoman for Rep. Dennis Kucinich dismissed a
report that the Ohio Democrat had a close encounter with a UFO.

"If you have a serious question, just ask me," Kucinich staffer
Natalie Laber told a Washington Post reporter who inquired about
Kucinich=92s knowledge of UFOs. "If not, then just keep your silly
comments to yourself."

But Tuesday night, Kucinich had no wiggle room when debate
moderator Tim Russert posed this question:

"The godmother of your daughter, Shirley MacLaine, writes in her
new book that you=92ve 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 and heard direction in your mind. Now,
did you see a UFO?"

Kucinich replied: "I did."

Kucinich did not elaborate much. He joked about moving his
campaign headquarters to Roswell, N.M., the site of the
country=92s most famous alleged UFO crash.

This, in fact, is why a second presidential candidate, New
Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, was drawn into the fray.

When MSNBC=92s Chris Matthews asked Richardson after the debate
what he thought of Kucinich=92s UFO response, Richardson smiled,
giggled a little and explained that as governor of a state that
depends on the UFO-enthralled tourist dollar, he was not in a
position to criticize.

Although, Richardson hastened to add, he has never seen a UFO.

He also said it was time for the government to "come clean" on
the Roswell matter.

Matthews began to sputter in disbelief, but as it happens,
Richardson was not boldly going where no one (including his own
self) had gone before. He has said many times that the mystery
surrounding the 1947 crash in Roswell has never been adequately

"Clearly," he wrote in a foreword to a 2004 book about the
crash, "it would help everyone if the U.S. government disclosed
everything it knows."

Kucinich is not the first presidential aspirant to report seeing
a UFO.

According to many news accounts, when Jimmy Carter was governor
of Georgia in 1973, he filed a report with the International UFO
Bureau in Oklahoma City, saying that he had seen an unidentified
glowing object four years earlier in Leary, Ga. Carter said
later that he did not believe the object to be an alien craft,
and some "ufologists," as specialists call themselves, think he
saw a halo around the planet Venus.

Ronald Reagan thought he had seen UFOs at least twice =97 once on
the West Coast while driving to Hollywood with his wife, Nancy
Reagan, and once, as governor of California, on a plane flying
near Bakersfield.

In Landslide, their 1988 book about Reagan=92s second term as
president, journalists Doyle McManus, the Los Angeles Times
Washington bureau chief, and Jane Mayer, now of The New Yorker,
wrote that Reagan=92s staff worked hard to keep the UFO sighting
stories under wraps.

That=92s easy to understand, because, as Alejandro Rojas, who
handles media relations for the Mutual UFO Network, pointed out,
"It=92s typically an issue used on politicians to make them look

But, added Rojas, whose group investigates UFO sightings as well
as reports of alien abductions, he was happy to see the issue
raised in a presidential forum: "It=92s great because the debate
highlighted it."

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