Video: Impeaching President Bush?

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updated 3/2/2006 1:45:19 PM ET 2006-03-02T18:45:19

Supervisors in San Francisco passed a resolution asking the city's Democratic congressional delegation to impeach the president. 

Chris Daly is a member of the San Francisco board of supervisors and the man who sponsored the impeachment resolution which passed  in a 7-3 vote. 

Daly joined ‘Situation’ Wednesday to speak about the resolution and why he wants Bush out of office.

To read an excerpt from their conversation, continue to the text below. To watch the video, click on the "Launch" button to the right.

TUCKER CARLSON, HOST, ‘SITUATION’:  Fifteen percent of San Franciscans voted for Bush in the 2004 election.  One of the most liberal places on planet earth.  Why is anybody going to care if you think the president ought to be impeached?  Of course, you think he ought to be impeached.  You're San Francisco. 

CHRIS DALY, SAN FRANCISCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS:  Most of South America is probably more liberal than San Francisco, but not to argue that.

San Francisco is a major American city.  We take politics very seriously.  Clearly, we're a Democratic town.  But we don't just go around calling for impeachment with any Republican president. 

This is a president, possibly one of the worst in the history of this country, who has committed high crimes and misdemeanors.  And like all of my other colleagues, who are elected officials around the country, we take the oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.  And that Constitution, article two, section four provides for impeachment of the president and other federal officials for high crimes and misdemeanors. 

CARLSON:  The Constitution, and I haven't read it, you know in the past month or anything, but as I remember, it doesn't mention anything about the San Francisco board of supervisors having a role in the impeachment process.  I mean, no offense.  I think it's great to be on the board of supervisors of San Francisco.  But you have no control over this at all. 

DALY:  Absolutely not.  Routinely, San Francisco will pass resolutions, just like other cities and counties do about things that are happening, either at the state capital in California or Sacramento or in Washington, D.C., on items that impact us. 

And the actions of this president that have risen to the level, I believe, and San Francisco now believes, of high crimes and misdemeanors has impacted San Francisco.  And so it's appropriate for us to weigh in and also to get information about the feeling or the temperature of the constituency to our federal representatives.  That spatial issue of 3,000 miles between them and their constituents. 

CARLSON:  I know that you will pass a lot of resolutions, and when you do, pass a resolution calling for nuclear disarmament or world peace or banning white bread.  Or you know, transgender rights or whatever it is you're passing resolutions on.

DALY:  I think we've done the last one. 

CARLSON:  I know you have.  But the rest of the country laughs at you. 

And more precisely, the Republican Party raises money based on what you do.  They say, “Look, vote for us or America is taken over by the kind of people who are on the San Francisco board of supervisors.”  Right?  You're a fundraising tool for them. 

DALY:  Absolutely, there are some folks in middle America, some folks watching your show who think San Francisco is nuts and may be laughing at us. 

But look at what happens five years from now.  They will be following our lead.  We were out early against Vietnam.  And the country came around to San Francisco's position.  We were out early against the war in Iraq.  The country's come around to our position. 

And now when we're talking about the lack of response to Katrina, I passed a resolution yesterday not knowing about this tape that surfaced at “Newsweek” magazine today.  If you look at it.  It's unraveling.  It's the top story on your show tonight.  You know, things are following San Francisco's lead at this point. 

CARLSON:  I love San Francisco, as I was telling you in the break.  You know, I was born there.  My family is from there.  I think it's a great city.  But it's also a city with some problems and some pretty obvious problems. 

DALY:  Absolutely. 

CARLSON:  Parts of it are dirty.  You've got a lot of homeless people wandering around. 

DALY:  Yes, we do.

CARLSON:  You have some labor problems.  The city is not perfect at all.  It's a mess in some ways.  Why aren't you spending your time worrying about how to make the city better and worrying less about, say, global warming or the president's impeachment?

DALY:  That's a great question, Tucker, except we do spend most of our times worrying about these problems. 

Yesterday we passed this resolution calling for impeachment of the president and the vice president, I think, because there's a strong case to be made.  We spent 10 minutes on the item.  The meeting yesterday was six hours, where we grappled with 50-some different items. 

The importance to San Francisco, about violence in the city, around street resurfacing, around the parks, around housing issues, school issues, everything.  We grapple with the tough issues. 

If you look at the war in Iraq, in one of our points about impeaching the president is San Francisco's share in terms of our tax dollars that have gone into the war in Iraq with current appropriations from Congress is over $800 million. 

And Tucker, you give the San Francisco board of supervisors $800 million, we'll solve homelessness. 

CARLSON:  You know, first of all, that's completely untrue.  You will not solve homelessness. 

DALY:  With $800 million we would.  Absolutely.

CARLSON:  No, you won't.  No, you won't.  You will blow it on silly resolutions like this one. 

DALY:  This resolution costs no money.  Costs no money, Tucker.

CARLSON:  There are Republican fundraisers sitting at home right now, taking notes on you, ready to raise more dough in direct mail pitches. 

DALY:  That's beautiful.

CARLSON:  Congratulations.

DALY:  I'll take on their direct mail and square off on them and I'll beat them.  And San Francisco will lead the country.  And George Bush will go down as the worst president in American history. 

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