Calling for impeachment of Bush and Cheney

Over the course of my U.S. Senate campaign, I have repeatedly called on Congress to initiate impeachment proceedings, not just against George W. Bush, but also against Dick Cheney. Over the months, as new evidence has come in, I've added to my list of investigations we need to do, and repeated that call. The list is now quite long, and I suspect will get longer.

At the rate that the potential impeachable offenses are adding up, our country cannot wait until the President and Vice-President serve out their terms. This self-declared War President and his administration are grasping powers they are not meant to have under our Constitution and ones they should not have, for the good of humanity. We are at serious risk of losing our democracy, and, if the present trend continues, our live-able world.

These men must be stopped.

Kennebec County Democratic Committee, Augusta City Hall
"There is no one in this room who doesn't know the Bush/Cheney team has committed illegal and immoral acts against the people of this country and the people of the world.

I am confident that if Democrats across this country work as hard as Kennebec County is working to bring meaningful, significant change to Congress - to cast out those who obstruct justice and replace them with people with backbone - then we WILL see impeachment proceedings in 2007."

I have publicly supported Sen. Russ Feingold's censure resolution. I have publicly supported Rep. John Conyers' call for a special committee to investigate impeachable violations by the Bush administration.

This Administration and the Republican Congress are wildly out of control. It is time to take our country back.

March 19, 2006 - Ending the War in Iraq

Rally in observance of the third anniversary beginning of the Iraq war Monument Square, Portland Maine
"We are beginning to realize that the war in Iraq is being used as the vehicle for a total disintegration of the United States of America as we know it. It is being used as a way to destroy the fabric of our lives, to destroy the cohesiveness of all the government programs that keep this country running.

I issue a caution here. Even if our efforts are successful, and we manage somehow to turn the political tide and actually pull out of Iraq, we cannot let down our guard. We cannot presume that a president who claims his extensive new powers derived from being a "war president" -- to spy on Americans and imprison people at will-- we cannot expect that president to easily relinquish that vaulted authority.

I do not say these words lightly -- We need to actively guard against the United States of America turning into a dictatorship."

July 17, 2005 - George Bush's Private War

Iraq War forum, hosted by Congressman Tom Allen - Portland High School
"Third and finally, I think we need to seriously look at impeachment, of impeaching a president, a vice-president, and a defense secretary for their high crimes of lying to the American people and of waging an unprovoked war of aggression against a sovereign nation that had not attacked us, had not threatened to attack us, and did not have the means to attack us.

This too is a major step for the American people and the U.S. Congress to undertake. But our Founding Fathers, in their wisdom and understanding of human nature and the potential for the misuse of vast power, provided us in our great Constitution with a way of dealing with such abuses of power.

We are looking here at so much more than what the meaning of the word "is" is. As the bumper sticker says, when Clinton lied, nobody died."