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Rep. Noem speaks against impeachment

Mark Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., down as against impeaching President Barack Obama.

After taking decidedly vague public positions on the South Dakota Republican Party's vote at its June convention to call for President Obama's impeachment, Noem told reporters Wednesday that she is against the idea.

"I've never thought that was the solution we should be pursuing," Noem said during a regular conference call with the press. "With the arguments for impeachment, the president has to have taken, himself personally, actions that are criminal."

Noem made her statements after House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said this week that talk of impeachment is being whipped up by White House aides in an effort to make Republicans look unreasonable.

When asked by The Daily Republic earlier this month about her stand on the South Dakota GOP's resolution favoring impeachment, Noem spoke only of her "frustration" with the president, saying he routinely disregarded "the legislative process." She also called for more oversight hearings.

Noem said Wednesday that she agrees with Boehner and said she doesn't believe the House speaker ever publicly supported impeachment.

Instead, Noem said she backs a lawsuit planned by Boehner against the president over moves to delay parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known commonly as Obamacare.

"We've got a lawsuit we voted on that I believe is one of the constitutional tools the House is entitled to," Noem said. "When we see the president unilaterally circumventing the laws this country has established, it's time for the judicial system to weigh in."

Noem said it is the House's duty to uphold the nation's laws and to hold the executive branch accountable.

"We cannot have a lawless country," Noem said. "I think it's very clear that he's ignoring the law that's been set forward by delaying the individual mandate included in the Affordable Care Act. The correct way to approach that would be to change the law if he didn't think it was workable."

On Wednesday, Obama talked at length about the House's vote to sue him, calling it "a political stunt."