Local Activists Want Bush Out

"Hello - would you like to sign our petition today?"

This was a familiar sight in Wisconsin a year ago - volunteers going door to door, asking residents to sign a petition supporting the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

This year, it's volunteers in Stoughton pounding the pavement.

And this time, a question asking for a troop withdrawal is coupled with a question asking if President Bush should be impeached.

"So we need to collect 800 signatures in the next couple weeks and we'll get those questions on the ballot and let the voters of Stoughton have their say April 3rd," says volunteer Dennis Coyier.

Last year, a measure asking to bring the troops home passed in 24 of the 32 communities that had the question on their ballot.

If polls are any indication, this year will be no different.
A recent CNN poll showed public approval of the war at a new low, with 28% of those questioned supporting Bush's handling of the war.

But petition organizer Buzz Davis says plenty of Stoughton residents don't agree with the petition, or are uncomfortable with the impeachment question.

"Of the people that are home, maybe 40% of them feel we should not do impeachment, we should not bring the troops home."

A group of Dane county residents created the group "Vote No to Cut and Run", opposing the referenda asking for troop withdrawal.

In an email to NBC-15, the group's treasurer says the referendum will only do damage to the morale of our troops.

He adds that voters can express themselves by voting for politicians with similar beliefs.

But those signing it this weekend say this is their way of supporting our troops.

"I just feel like it's time to come home."

Volunteers need to collect about 800 signatures in the next two and a half weeks to get the questions on the April ballot in Stoughton.

The referendum has no legal weight, it's more a way for voters to make a statement.


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