On January 23, 2004 the BBC reported that groups like the CAIR are trying to get one million more Muslims to register as voters in the upcoming presidential election. Muslims believe that if the election again comes down to the wire, then their votes can make a crucial difference in swing states, particularly Ohio. "They now have the ear of Congressman Dennis Kucinich, who is running for the Democrat nomination for the White House. 'This is a community that's suffered much over the last few years,' Mr Kucinich says. 'They suffered with all Americans in the horrible tragedy of 9-11. But they've also been scapegoated and they've been subject to profiling and have been subject to law enforcement practices which are truly repugnant in a democracy.' Few politicians speak about Islam, afraid of a backlash from the powerful pro-Israeli lobby. But Congressman Kucinich goes further, urging Muslims to vote as a block and use their political muscle."