John Edwards Slams Bush & Cheney
John Edwards was on "THIS WEEK," and had very harsh words for Bush and Cheney. He explained in depth why he feels this way. He wouldn't confirm Hayden for the CIA either. Responding to Mary Cheney's criticisms of him, he went after Dick Cheney and called Bush the worst President of our lifetime.
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Stephanopoulos: You've also said that his boss, the President, is "the worst president of our lifetime".
Stephanopoulos: Worse that Richard Nixon?
Edwards: Absolutely. Absolutely.
Stephanopoulos: What has President Bush done that is worse than the crimes and the cover-ups of Watergate.
Edwards: Well he's done a variety of things. Things that are going to take us forever to recover from. I think we can recover from them but the damage done to the way America is viewed in the World. The lack of respect for American in the World. What the ongoing conflict in Iraq is doing to America's image. His response to this hurricane on the Gulf Coast which I think is part of a pattern of incompetence.
Stephanopoulos: But if he's worse than Richard Nixon, should President Bush be impeached?
Edwards: I think that the way to deal with this is we need a Democratic President in the next election. I think the damage this President has done -- and I didn't get through the whole list. For example, leading an effort -- an illegal effort, I think it's absolutely clear that it's illegal -- effort to spy on Americans, completely ignoring the law and the Constitution. The President knew and his advisor knew...
Stephanopoulos: He says that he has the authority under the Constitution. Article Two of the Constitution.
Edwards: He is wrong. He is wrong. It is the reason we have a separation of powers in this country. Congress had in enacted a [FISA] law that told the President exactly what he was supposed to do and he just ignored it. He intentionally ignored it. If there was any question about this, the least they should have done is to go to Congress and try to get the law changed. Should we be monitoring al-Qaeda? Absolutely. It is necessary to keep this country safe but we can do it under the law and the President is not above the law...
Stephanopoulos: So, you're for censure, not impeachment?
Edwards: If I were in the Senate, I would vote for censure.
(h/t David Edwards)