By Bryan Bender, Globe Staff
PETERBOROUGH, N.H. -- Democrat Dennis Kucinich, campaigning across the street from Republican John McCain's town hall meeting, said he plans to take legal action later today seeking a court order allowing him to participate in tonight's presidential debate on ABC.
Kucinich, the only Democratic candidate who voted against the war in Iraq, said "this is not going to be a real debate if I am not in it." "It will just be a number of dittos up there."
The congressman from Ohio, with more than a dozen supporters in tow, spoke outside Harlow's Pub, where he claimed that voters in New Hampshire are being denied a crucial voice in the primary contest.
He railed against what he called the "corporate media" who want "to rig the presidential election."
"They are doing everything to block me out," he said.
Kucinich, who filed a complaint yesterday with the Federal Communications Commission, said he has drawn large crowds in new Hampshire, including 700 people earlier this week in Keene.
He said he has not decided yet whether he will show up to protest at the debate tonight at St. Anselm College in Manchester.
"I am not going to go away," Kucinich implored.