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FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2011 file photo, U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich and U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur sit side-by-side as Vice President Joe Biden visits a small manufacturing business in Solon, Ohio. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File) FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2011 file photo, U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich and U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur sit side-by-side as Vice President Joe Biden visits a small manufacturing business in Solon, Ohio. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)  

Kucinich not satisfied with pace of economic recovery under Obama

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ohio Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich acknowledged to The Daily Caller that he’s not satisfied with the pace of economic recovery under President Barack Obama.

But the liberal lawmaker said he still supports the president’s re-election and argued that voters should give Obama more time before blaming him for the dismal economy.

“Am I satisfied personally with the pace? No,” Kucinich told TheDC during a brief gaggle with several reporters at the Democratic National Convention.

“So can we get to where we need to go? Yes. Are we there today? No,” Kucinich said.

Responding to the question of whether the country is better off than it was four years ago, the liberal congressman said the “problem is our time perception” and “it’s about more than 2 and 4 years.”

“We think it’s all going to be solved in four years,” Kucinich said. “So because it hasn’t been, we think, ‘well, we got to try something else.’ Look, this is a process,” he said.

Kucinich noted his differences with the president, but said he still plans to cast a vote for him in November.

“I’m going to support him,” the congressman said. “But do I agree with everything? C’mon? I mean anybody that knows me knows that the president have had many substantive differences.”

“But when it comes down to a vote, and I’m looking at President Obama and Mr. Romney — whose a good American — I’m voting for Barack Obama,” he said.

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