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Bachmann: We'll Impeach If Obama Uses 14th Amendment

'He would effectively be a dictator'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 28, 2011 2:18 PM CDT

(Newser) – Michele Bachmann had some strong words today about the idea that Barack Obama could raise the debt ceiling himself with the 14th Amendment, saying it would make him “effectively a dictator,” and lead to his impeachment. “It's Congress that does the spending,” she told CNN. “The president is prohibited to do that. If he had the power to do that he would effectively be a dictator. There would be no reason for Congress to even come into Washington DC.”

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“Clearly that’s unconstitutional,” she concluded. “If it happened there would be a call for the president’s impeachment within seconds.” Of course, raising the debt ceiling isn’t technically a spending or taxation decision, but Obama has said that his lawyers don’t believe invoking the 14th Amendment is a “winning argument.” (At the Daily Intel blog, Dan Amira writes that Bachmann's argument is way off.)

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