Cindy Sheehan is considering a run for Congress
(CNN) - Despite swearing off public life earlier this year, peace activist Cindy Sheehan would run against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as an independent in 2008 unless the speaker moves to impeach President Bush, a Sheehan spokeswoman said Sunday.
Sheehan, a northern California resident, is taking part in a protest caravan from President Bush's home in Crawford, Texas, to Washington, which is scheduled to arrive July 23. Spokeswoman Tiffany Burns told CNN that Sheehan would challenge the speaker, who has held her San Francisco-area seat since 1987, unless Pelosi introduces articles of impeachment before then.
There was no immediate reaction from Pelosi's office to Sheehan's threat. The speaker said in November that calls for impeaching Bush were "off the table," but that Congress would push for an end to the widely unpopular, 4-year-old war under Democratic control.
Sheehan achieved national attention when she camped outside Bush's home throughout August 2005 to demand a meeting with the president over her son's death. While Bush ignored her, the vigil made her one of the most prominent figures among opponents of the war.
But in May, after congressional Democratic efforts to set a March 2008 goal for a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq failed in the face of a presidential veto, Sheehan quit the anti-war movement in disgust and declared that her son Casey - a U.S. soldier killed in Baghdad in 2004 - had died "for nothing."
She said she was exhausted by the personal, financial and emotional toll her campaign had taken, disillusioned by the failure of Democratic politicians to end the war and tired of a peace movement she said "often puts personal egos above peace and human life."
Senator Richard Lugar, R-Indiana
WASHINGTON (CNN)–Sen. Richard Lugar, (R – Indiana), who called last week for a change of course in Iraq, thinks American forces could leave by the middle of 2008. On CNN’s Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer, Sen. Lugar said, “I would think a majority of our forces could redeploy by the midpoint of next year, probably before that time, but by then. I've advocated a majority to come out of Iraq, that the rest to redeploy somewhere other than going door to door in the present surge.”
Sen. Lugar made headlines last week with a speech on the Senate floor calling for an end to the current strategy in Iraq. He is the first of three Senate Republicans to criticize the administration’s approach in the last two weeks.
- CNN Associate Producer Jennifer Burch
WASHINGTON (CNN)–Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy (D – Vermont) and ranking member Sen. Arlen Specter (R – Pennsylvania) both have concerns towards the conduct of the Libby trial prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald. On CNN’s Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer, Sen. Specter indicated he’d be comfortable bringing Fitzgerald before the Judiciary Committee: “Why were they pursuing the matter long after there was no underlying crime on the outing of the CIA agent? Why were they pursuing it after we knew who the leaker was?”
Sen. Leahy agreed, saying, “I think you may very well see Mr. Fitzgerald before the Senate Judiciary Committee.”
- CNN Associate Producer Jennifer Burch
(CNN) – Don't look for any surprise presidential announcements, or change of party from Senator Chuck Hagel anytime soon. "I'm not considering an independent bid for the presidency," the Republican from Nebraska told NBC's Tim Russert on Sunday.
"I don't have any plans to change parties," he said when asked whether he was considering becoming an idependent. "I'm a Republican." Hagel has been the subject of speculation regarding such a move.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg made headlines, and whispers of a possible presidential run last month, when he dropped his standing as a Republican and announced he was an independent. Hagel said the current political climate might allow for an independent candidate in the race. "I do think that because of the political currrents, as they are running unpredicatbly today opens up all kinds of possibilites for next year that we haven't seen maybe ever in this country," he said. "A legitimate bid for the presidency could well be very possible next year for someone."
- CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford