WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold announced Sunday he will introduce two censure resolutions to condemn President Bush and other top administration officials over the Iraq war and "repeated assaults on the rule of law."
In a written announcement, his office called the resolutions "appropriate and necessary steps for Congress to rebuke an administration that is responsible for some of the worst misconduct and the worst abuses of the law in American history."
Feingold told NBC's "Meet the Press" the censure resolutions have not yet been drafted, though he has discussed the idea with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy.
Reid, D-Nev., told CBS' "Face the Nation" that while Feingold is "a very brilliant man," the Senate should be focusing on passing legislation.
"The president already has the mark of the American people that he's the worst president we've ever had, and I don't think we need a censure resolution in the Senate to prove that," he said.
"Russ is going to have to make his case as to why we should do that rather than do our appropriation bills, finish the defense authorization bill, Homeland Security appropriation bill."
Reid added that he expects Republicans to block a vote on the resolutions.
WASHINGTON (CNN)–Republican Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell,
(R-Kentucky) was "stunned" at Sen. Russ Feingold's (D-Wisconsin) plan to censure the president and his administration.
On CNN's Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer, McConnell said: "You know, today marks the 200th day of the new Congress. And I'm kind of stunned that Senator Feingold just recommended on the heels of the all-night theater of Tuesday night gives you a sense, Wolf, of why this Congress now has a 14 percent approval rating. We think it's the lowest in the history of polling."
One supporter of Feingold's measure is Senate Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-Illinois). Sen. Durbin told Wolf Blitzer, "This administration has gone far beyond the exercise of political power. They have abused the Constitution in some respects, and I think it's appropriate for us to take this censure resolution up. It is short of impeachment, but it's an important debate."
- CNN Associate Producer Jennifer Burch
Thompson campaigned in Iowa on Saturday
HUMBOLDT, Iowa (CNN) - At a stop on his bus trip through Iowa Saturday, GOP presidential candidate Tommy Thompson fired away at Republican opponent Mitt Romney, who also recently began his own bus tour of the Hawkeye State, saying that Romney is mimicking his plans.
"I'm the one that started the bus tour, and Romney is copying me," Thompson said forcefully. "And what's the best sense of flattery? It's when they copy you... He's following me around the state because I think he's seeing the polls and seeing we're starting to grow, and that's going to be threatening to him."
Thompson is currently on his tour of the 99 counties of Iowa in an “Iowa-made” Winnebago. His comments came shortly after both GOP candidates were in the rural town of Algona, Iowa.
When asked if he was bothered by the fact that Romney may be pulling potential attendees away from Thompson's events, Thompson said 'absolutely not.'
"We've been on this tour now for two weeks and he is just starting yesterday," said Thompson. "He's going to the same place I am, hopefully to show that he's got support better than mine, but I think overall [my campaign is] doing very, very well."
Romney’s Iowa spokesperson Tim Albrecht declined to comment.
- CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch