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Biden: Bush should be impeached if he moves on Iran
By NICOLE GAUDIANO, Gannett News Service
WASHINGTON - Sen. Joe Biden said during the CNN Democratic debate Thursday that he told President Bush personally he should be impeached if he takes the country to war with Iran.
Biden's comments came in response to a question from an audience member, who feared her Marine son might have to serve in Iran after having served three tours of duty in Iraq.
Asked how he would keep the country out of an additional war, Biden said he wouldn't "ratchet up the winds of war" as the Senate did with its vote declaring Iran's Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization.
"The way to do this is, keep quiet, hush up and do what I told the president personally ... If he takes the country to war in (Iran) without a vote in Congress, which will not exist, then he should be impeached," Biden said.
Biden began the debate in Las Vegas fighting for air time as the frontrunners argued over whether Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton shifts positions on key issues.
Apparently feeling ignored, Biden said American people "don't give a darn" about such exchanges and drew laughter when he said, "I'm not criticizing any of the three people who are always the ones that get to talk all of the time."
Answering a later question on Pakistan, Biden said he didn't think the United States should maintain the same level of aid to the country, where the President Pervez Musharraf has suspended the constitution.
Biden said he warned Musharraf that he would move to take away his military aid if he didn't hold fair elections and take off his uniform. Musharraf's dual role of president and army chief was being challenged by the country's Supreme Court when he imposed a state of emergency.
As president, Biden said he would pursue a policy that aids the Pakistani middle class for things such as education instead of its military.
On the domestic front, Biden said he would support judges that believe in a right to privacy and support the landmark abortion-rights decision, Roe v. Wade. He said his first appointee would be a woman.
Biden, who previously chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the court has enough professors on the bench and that he and former President Bill Clinton had discussed the need for appointees who "knew what it was like to live life."
"I want someone who ran for dog catcher," he said.