Sheehan Formally Announces Plans To Oppose Pelosi

(July 10, 2007)—Activist Cindy Sheehan, whose roadside vigil in 2005 near the president’s Central Texas ranch galvanized the peace movement, said Tuesday she’ll challenge US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in 2008 unless Pelosi moves to oust the president within the next two weeks.

Six weeks ago Sheehan, who turned 50 Tuesday, said she was leaving the peace movement.

But Tuesday in Crawford, the outspoken critic of President Bush and the war in Iraq said that she'll run against Pelosi unless the House speaker introduces articles of impeachment against Bush by July 23, which is the date Sheehan and a group of her supporters are scheduled to arrive in Washington, D.C. after a caravan and walking tour to protest the war in Iraq.

Pelosi’s spokesman earlier said the Speaker’s focus is on ending the war in Iraq.

He says there will be a vote in July to redeploy troops by spring.

Brendan Daly said in an e-mail to The Associated Press that Pelosi believes the best way to support troops in Iraq is to bring them home safely and soon.

The White House had declined to comment on Sheehan's plans.

Since 1987, Pelosi has represented what is now California’s 8th Congressional District, which includes most of San Francisco.

She became the first woman to serve as House speaker in January as Democrats took control of the US House.

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