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Harkin: "embarrassed by Dems"

On backbone and censure …
Iowa's Tom Harkin joined the Bill Press Show to talk about censuring George Bush:
Bill Press: Senator Tom Harkin our guest on The Bill Press Show. Senator, your colleague and buddy Russ Feingold had a hearing last Friday on his motion to censure President Bush over the NSA spying program. Why haven't more democrats lined up behind him?
Senator Tom Harkin: Well, Bill, quite frankly I don't know, and I'm embarassed that more democrats haven't lined up on this. I mean, for crying out loud, the republicans, they can see fit to impeach… IMPEACH a president, Bill Clinton for lying about having an extramarital affair. But they won't stand for a censure. The democrats don't have the guts to stand up to censure a president who misled us, who lied to the American people, who broke the law and violated the Constitution of the United States in spying on the American people. I tell you, we've got to get some more backbone to a lot of democrats. We need to hear from people. We need to hear from people. The American people need to know, and to show support for this resolution.
You can listen to the senator's comments here.
Jan Frel is an AlterNet staff writer.