McCain says Bush should not be impeached
DENVER – Republican presidential candidate John McCain may be distancing himself from George W. Bush, but the Arizona senator does not believe his would-be predecessor should be impeached.
Pressed about the issue by a young voter at a lively question and answer session in Colorado Monday, McCain, who voted “guilty” in Democratic President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial, said he did not believe Bush should be removed from office.
“I do not believe that an effort to impeach the president of the United States is appropriate or necessary or called for,” McCain said.
McCain has criticized Bush’s initial handling of the Iraq war and distanced himself from the president on climate change policies and other issues.
Former Democratic presidential contender Dennis J. Kucinich, an Ohio representative, introduced articles of impeachment against Bush in June over the objection of party leaders. The House later referred the 35 articles of impeachment to the House Judiciary Committee, where they were expected to die.
The articles of impeachment accuse Bush of misdeeds in connection with the Iraq war.
Photo credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque (McCain greets Bush ahead of fundraising event in May)