Ed­wards says ‘no’

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

For­mer Sen. John Ed­wards, who is on the road in west­ern Iowa, is be­ing asked about im­peach­ment at al­most ev­ery stop on the cam­paign trail, re­porter Christina Bellantoni writes in her “On the Democrats” blog at www.wash­ing­ton­times.com.

In Perry on Aug. 13, a ques­tion about im­peach­ment drew the loud­est ap­plause. But even though the North Carolina Demo­crat says he be­lieves Pres­i­dent Bush and Vice Pres­i­dent Dick Cheney “have en­gaged in il­le­gal con­duct,” he adds that he is “not per­son­ally for” that tac­tic.

He tells vot­ers he can un­der­stand their frus­tra­tion with Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney, but he thinks the newly em­pow­ered con­gres­sional Democrats should keep hold­ing over­sight hear­ings. Dur­ing the Clin­ton im­peach­ment drama, he says, “noth­ing hap­pened” and leg­isla­tive work came to a stand­still.

At a stop in Onawa, Mr. Ed­wards added that whoever be­comes the Demo­cratic nom­i­nee can tie the Repub­li­can choice to Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney and said he will la­bel that can­di­date as “Ge­orge Bush on steroids.”

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