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Ad urging Bush impeachment prompts angry response

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SAN FRANCISCO, California (Reuters) -- A full-page advertisement in the San Francisco Chronicle calling for the impeachment of President Bush has provoked dozens of angry responses from readers, the paper reported Tuesday.

The paper said the ad was the brainchild of former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, long a figure on the American left who is opposed to U.S. intervention in the Persian Gulf, and his group, The ad, which cost about $45,000, appeared on Monday in the Chronicle, the city's leading newspaper. A similar one appeared last month in The New York Times.

"The U.S. Constitution provides the means for preventing George W. Bush from engaging in a war of aggression against Iraq, and from advancing a first strike potentially nuclear preemptive war," VoteToImpeach says on its Web site. "It's called impeachment."

The Chronicle reported the ad prompted dozens of angry responses in a city that has seen the most vocal anti-war movement nationwide.

"We consider it an outrage that you accepted the advertisement to impeach our United States president," one reader said.

Clark, who was attorney general under President Lyndon Johnson, set up a "tribunal" after the 1991 Persian Gulf War that found then-President George Bush, the incumbent president's father, guilty of war crimes. On behalf of several anti-war groups, Clark also flew to Baghdad in February to meet Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

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