Congressman and presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich drew applause on a recent campaign stop in New Mexico by suggesting that if President Bush isn’t impeached by Congress, his successor to the White House should “hand over Bush and his administration to law enforcement officials.”

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Kucinich said he would create a policy of “strength through peace,” which would focus on diplomacy, open dialogue and “at its core, would reject war as an instrument of policy.”

“Somehow war and strength became equated, but now war and stupidity are being equated,” he said. “We cannot buy into this mentality that the war is going to be with us for a long time.”

He emphasized that he voted against the war because “there was no proof” that Iraq was linked to the Sept. 11 attacks or that Iraqis held weapons of mass destruction.

The occupation of Iraq is based on lies and oil, and Kucinich said the U.S. presence is only making things worse.

“Iraq cannot be stabilized through continued U.S. presence,” he said. “The occupation is fueling the insurgency.”

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