While speaking at a town hall in Birmingham earlier this week, Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich., said it would be a "dream come true" to write a bill to impeach President Obama, Politico reported Wednesday.
“If I could write that bill and submit it, it would be a dream come true,” he told a woman who asked about impeaching Obama and who will “stop this runaway train that we have in the White House.”
Right now, though, he says he doesn't have enough evidence.
Although he admitted that he "can't stand" Obama, he respects the office he holds.
“I feel your pain, I know. I stood 12 feet away from the guy and listened to him, and I couldn’t stand being there. But because he is president, I have to respect the office, that’s my job,” he said.
Without evidence of wrongdoing, he said anyone submitting impeachment articles would be made a laughingstock by the so-called "mainstream media."
"Until we have evidence, you’re going to become a laughing stock if you’ve submitted a bill to impeach the president, because number one, you’ve got to convince the press,” he explained. “There are some people out there no matter what Obama does, he’s still the greatest president they’ve ever had. That’s what you’re fighting.”
But that doesn't mean he's not working on it.
"I went back to my office and I have had lawyers come in, and these are lawyers, well — Ph.D.s in history — I said, ‘Tell me how I can impeach the president of the United States. What evidence do you have?’ You’ve got to have the evidence,” he said.
Michigan Democrats shot back, calling on him to drop his support for Republican ideas.
"Rep. Bentivolio showed that he’d rather wage tired ideological political battles and give us more Washington dysfunction than do anything to create jobs or focus on Michigan’s middle class," Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lon Johnson said. "He’d rather make inflammatory statements than drop his support for out-of-touch Republican proposals that hurt the middle class."
Bentivolio spokesman Matt Chisholm said the Congressman opposes Obamacare because it hurts the middle class.
"Rep. Bentivolio is focused on helping the middle class, which why is he supports the full repeal and defunding of Obamacare, because it is costing Michiganders full-time jobs and making it more difficult for families to purchase health insurance," he said.
Democrats, The Hill reported, are looking at Bentivolio's seat as a possible pickup opportunity in the 2014 midterm election.
Video of Bentivolio's comments can be seen here.
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