Iowa Senate candidate: Roadblock to Obama impeachment is race

Republican Iowa Senate candidate Sam Clovis says President Obama’s race is standing in the GOP's way of their goal to impeach him.

A number of people in the House want to start the process, he said in an interview with The Daily Times Herald in Carroll, Iowa.

"And I think the reason that they're not is because they're concerned about the media," he said. 

The impeachment of former President Bill Clinton didn’t end well, Clovis added. 

“Now we have a situation where race is thrown into the cards as well," Clovis said. "Whether we like it or not, race is an issue."

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The newspaper said Clovis declined to elaborate on what would make an impeachment of Obama legitimate, but stressed that the media would cover proceedings differently because he’s black. 

The Obama administration has appeased Syria, Iran and Egypt, and has “agitated and aggravated” countries like Israel and South Korea, the Republican said.

Clovis is running in a crowded GOP field of four other candidates for the seat that Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) will leave when he retires at the end of the year.

Retired energy executive Mark Jacobs and state Sen. Joni Ernst have been leading the GOP field to face Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa), the likely the Democratic nominee.

Clovis is a retired Air Force colonel and former conservative talk-shot host, and says if he is elected, he would only serve two terms in the Senate. He told the newspaper lawmakers in the House should also be limited to 12 years in Congress.