Biden says Bush could be impeached
The Daily Times
By Henry C. Jackson
Associated Press Writer
April 4, 2007

DES MOINES, Iowa — Delaware Sen. Joe Biden said a case could be made to impeach President Bush, but that such a step would be politically impractical.

Biden told about 200 students at Drake University Law School Tuesday that most Americans wouldn't want to impeach Bush. He said such a move would be bad politics and could have unintended consequences.

"I don't want to impeach Bush — because I don't want Cheney," he said, referring to Vice President Dick Cheney.

Biden's comments came after a 40-minute speech, billed as a major policy address, where he linked Bush's policies to the sinking international stature of the United States.

Biden said the nation's reputation would not be repaired until there was a new president and Bush policies were abolished or drastically altered.

Among other things, Biden called for:

— The razing of Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, the site of a prisoner abuse scandal.

— The closing and abandonment of the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay Cuba, where suspected terrorists are being held.

— A more assertive Congress that is willing to be steadfast in its opposition to the president's policies.

He said Bush, "has squandered the opportunity to unite and lead the world and made us less safe from both tyranny and terrorism ... I call on him to reform these policies in order to restore our constitutional balance, reaffirm our individual rights and liberties, and renew our moral leadership in the world.

"It is time for us ... to live up to our image of ourselves," Biden said.

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