After hearing President Nixon's address to the nation announcing the mining of North Vietnamese ports, some members of the House of Representatives in Washington began preparing a motion for the impeachment of the President.
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ABZUG: "I think the President's actions are entirely unconstitutional, entirely without the authority of Congress, primarily because of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. I think that the blockade is an act of war. But only Congress can declare war. I think that the President has also ignored the will of the people. I challenge the President to come before Congress to see the Declaration of War. I believe that his actions are such that they constitute a...(INDISTINGUISHABLE) misdemeanour under the Constitution and that subject to impeachment, I have made that charge and a group of us in the House are preparing a motion for impeachment.
REPORTER: "There's considerable alarm being expressed by Democrats today at the powerful escalation of the war to a confrontation with the Soviet and Chinese -- does that worry you?"
GOLDWATER: "If the Democrats had the guts to do this eight years ago, the war would have been over. So I'm not surprised at their weak-kneed attitude."
REPORTER: "Senator, if we do start sinking Russian ships why would there not be a risk of war with Russia?"
GOLDWATER: "There is always a risk, whenever you do anything like that. But I have a feeling -- and I can't say it's any more than a feeling, and I haven't talked to anyone about it -- that the Russians were well aware of this move. And I have a feeling again...it's really just a hunch...that some good things will come out of this, and good things will include sinking Russian ships."
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Background: After hearing President Nixon's address to the nation announcing the mining of North Vietnamese ports, some members of the House of Representatives in Washington began preparing a motion for the impeachment of the President.
But reaction to the latest moves in the United States was mixed. Leading Democratic Presidential candidates were sharply critical, with Senator Hubert Humphrey describing them as unpredictably dangerous and Senator George McGovern calling them a flirtation with World War Three.
Another critic was the New York representative Bella Abzug, who said she believed the President's actions constituted a misdemeanour under the United States Constitution and that the blockade of North Vietnamese ports was an "act of war".
Senator Barry Goldwater, who ran against Lyndon Johnson for the Presidency in 1964, did not share this opinion.
SYNOPSIS: In Washington, there's been more reaction to the mining of North Vietnamese ports. New York Representative Bella Abzug spoke of impeaching President Nixon.
"I think the President's actions...."
Senator Barry Goldwater commented on the risk of war.
"There is considerable alarm..."
"...sinking Russian ships".