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During the 30 October 2007 Democratic Presidential Debate in Philadelphia, moderator Tim Russert (rest in peace, sir) asked Dennis Kucinich if he would confirm Shirley MacLaine's recent book statement that Kucinich had seen a UFO over her home in Washington State. While Kucinich avoided addressing her statement that he “felt a connection in his heart and heard directions in his mind," Kucinich did confirm the sighting as merely something "unidentified."

For the few who may not be aware, the stunning connection here is that Dennis Kucinich is married to the beautiful, intelligent and compassionate Elizabeth Jane Harper who is a British animal rights, organic food and vegan advocate.

Here's the transcript of the exchange.

RUSSERT: Congressman Kucinich, I want to move to a different area, because this is a serious question.

The godmother of your daughter, Shirley MacLaine, writes in her new book that you've cited a UFO over her home in Washington state -- (laughter) -- 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? (Laughter.)

REP. KUCINICH: I did. And the rest of the account -- (interrupted by laughter) -- I didn't -- I -- it was unidentified flying object, okay. It's like -- it's unidentified. I saw something.

Now, to answer your question, I'm moving my -- and I'm also going to move my campaign office to Roswell, New Mexico and another one, an extra, to New Hampshire, okay. (Laughter.) And also, you have to keep in mind that more -- 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. (Laughter.)

RUSSERT: Actually --

REP. KUCINICH: And so -- (laughter) -- wait. We're just getting started here.

RUSSERT: No, no. Let me -- 14 percent of Americans say they have seen UFOs.

I'm going to move --

KUCINICH: What was the percentage?

MR. RUSSERT: Fourteen percent.

REP. KUCINICH: What was that percentage?

RUSSERT: Fourteen.

REP. KUCINICH: Thank you.

RUSSERT: I want to see -- (laughter) -- I'm going to ask Senator Obama a question in the same line.

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?

SEN. OBAMA: You know, I don't know, and I don't presume to know. What I know is there is life here on Earth -- (laughter) -- and -- and that we're not attending to life here on Earth. We're not taking care of kids who are alive and, unfortunately, are not getting health care. We're not taking care of senior citizens who are alive and are seeing their heating prices go up. So as president, those are the people I will be attending to first. (Laughter.) There may be some other folks on their way. (Applause, laughs.)

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