Rep. Paul: Impeachment a possibility for Obama
October 3rd, 2011
04:11 PM ET
9 years ago

Rep. Paul: Impeachment a possibility for Obama

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Ron Paul suggested Monday President Obama could be impeached for the killing of American-born al Qaeda official Anwar al-Awlaki.

Al-Awlaki, who preached terror as the public face of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, was killed by a drone strike in Yemen last week in a joint mission between the U.S. and Yemeni governments.

"I think the impeachment process would be possible," the Republican presidential candidate said in response to a question from a student at the University of New Hampshire, where he hosted a town hall.

Last week Paul said al-Awlaki, who was born in New Mexico, should have been tried in a U.S. court.

He added, however, that he believed every U.S. president had committed impeachable offenses, and said the success of a push for impeachment would depend on the political conditions in Washington.

Two of his GOP opponents, Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, have both lauded the president's role in the drone strike that killed al-Awlaki.


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Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire • President Obama • Ron Paul
soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Spike

    Give it up Ron.

    October 3, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Excommunication from conservatives is possible for Rep. Paul if he keeps making remarks that go against the grain of main stream, extreme right wing thinking.

    October 3, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. rdepontb

    Well, Rep Paul really does not want to be President, any more than Dr. Gingrich does. They both come out with knowingly outlandish satements in hopes of quashing any possible victory, yet still throwing red meat to what they perceive as their followers.

    Sorry, Ron-we hate to see ye go like this!

    October 3, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. Luther

    There are people who actually take this man seriously. Very scary state of affairs in our government when people actually consider voting for people like this.

    October 3, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  5. carly

    what a moron!

    October 3, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  6. Ibrahim

    None of the republican candidates have the gravitas and the backbone to sit in the oval office . Being President of the most powerful nation on the face of the earth requires life and death decision making every day and Mr Paul does not have that gut .

    October 3, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. YOU Decide 2012: A bankrupt socialist welfare country or a thriving capitalist super power

    It is very interesting to hear the leftists applaud Obama's killing of an American citizen in the name of defeating terrorism while they attacked and vilified Bush and Cheney for simply waterboarding a few known terrorists to glean intelligence. The lesson we all learn from the left is that it is OK to murder an American citizen without due process in the name of the cause.

    Now I Am glad this clown is dead, bit I just love to see the libtards twist in the wind trying to reconcile these events in their warped and confused mind.

    October 3, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. Mike

    Now I'm convinced! A real nut-job.

    October 3, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. patty

    Now I know he is nuts.

    October 3, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. bb

    The oldcoot has lost it.

    October 3, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  11. TXJim

    Now Ron Paul supporters officially know why he has no shot. The old man is crazy and senile. If that was an impeachable offense, then every president we have ever had has committed impeachable offenses.

    No Congressman/woman in their right mind would vote for it, because if they did, they would be seen as soft on terrorists.

    October 3, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. Nash

    What? Where was Ron Paul when Congress passed the Patriot Act? Don't blame the President for the mistakes of Congress. If anything start by prosecuting war criminals who glorified war and in the process bankrupted our nation to enrich their cronies.

    October 3, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. john doe

    people in this country are so blind to the storm that is brewing.....the goverment now apparently has the right to label you as a terrorsit and kill you without trial.......wake up! how do we define a terrorsit? some labeled wikileaks as terrorists and all they did was post material provided to them.....should obama order the execution of Assange as well............this is dangerous waters

    October 3, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. frank in valparaiso

    IF we didn't impeach Bush and Cheney, there are no grounds to impeach President Obama. Heck, you'd need a dead girl or a live boy in bed to do it from now on, and I doubt even then we'd impeach.

    October 3, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. Liz the First

    We are at war, or so the rethugs keep screaming, and this person was an enemy combatant. we had every right and responsibility to take him out. The rethugs have gone impeachment-crazy, first with Clinton, and how much did that fiasco cost the country? now with Obama, they would impeach him for jaywalking. every rethug in congress should be impeached, or recalled, or just plain fired for their failure to govern ever since Obama took office. if i refused to work, which is exactly what they've done for the past two and a half years, i'd be fired. kick these sorry excuses for representatives and senators to the curb, the whole lot of them!!!!!!!

    October 3, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    The only problem I have with the death of al-Awlaki is Mr. Ron Paul (and others) trying to turn al-Awlaki into a victim. Beyond that, I don't care what happened to the treasonous traitor, except to offer heartfelt relief that he has been stopped from killing U.S. citizens.

    October 3, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  17. skokie

    Mr Paul he gave up his US benefits when he became apart of a terrorist group.

    October 3, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. Kirk Jonas

    Ron Paul is an idiot. Al Awlaki defected to an enemy, was a leader of a paramilitary force which has already attacked the United States and is planning to do so again. As a leader of an enemy force he was a legitimate target for a military strike, regardless of his citizenship.

    Grow up Paul, the world isn't perfect black and white like your ideological purity.

    October 3, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. hondabear

    i for one support the President. a terrorist is a terrorist no matter what country they are from. countless men, women and children have been saved by this action. stop trying to back stab our President and work with him and take these terrorist down. they are here in this country plotting to kill us and we need to take action before an another 9/11 happens!!!

    October 3, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  20. bob

    Ron Paul is a nut.

    October 3, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  21. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    While this is one of the most out of line things from Ron Paul, he needs to be impeached or resign. I am so tire of Libertarian garbage. If Libertarians are so anti government, why do they run each term to destroy it. Maybe Ron should just form his own government in Galveston, make himself king, and shut down every form of US government there.

    October 3, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  22. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Libertarians are the real lib tards.

    October 3, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  23. Woman In California

    I told you this guy was dangerous. He is a racist pure and simple and resents ANY minority getting ahead of him. I can't wait for his demise AGAIN.

    October 3, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  24. Jeff in Virginia

    Ron Paul- soft on terror.

    October 3, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  25. ss26mar

    from paul's lips to god's ear

    October 3, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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