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Monday, January 13, 2003


It's official: Lieberman's in the race

posted by annatopia at Monday, January 13, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Senator Joseph Liberman has announced his intent to seek the Presidency in 2004:

"We must rise above politics and restore independence to the White House, not compromise our economic or environmental or health security for political contributors or extreme ideologues. We must rise above partisan politics and stand up for our values here at home, because family and faith and responsibility matter more than power and partisanship and privilege."

Personally, I do not believe that Senator Lieberman can beat George W Bush. Lieberman is one of those Democrats that makes me vote Green. What I mean by that is that Lieberman isn't distinguishable from many of his Republican counterparts. His voting record is very conservative, and like many congressional Democrats, he's caved in to almost every bad piece of legislation the Republicans have offered since 9/11. I don't believe this will be an attractive thing to the average Democrat on the street.

Overall, Lieberman's entry into the race should be a plus for Governor Dean. After all, it won't be very difficult for Dean to distinguish himself from a conservative like Lieberman. Lieberman may also push the traditionally independent New England voters toward the governor, and historically Lieberman has not played well in the "liberal west".

Overall I'm not quite sure why he's chosen to run. After all, it was the draw of Al Gore that led the majority of voters to the Democrats during the 2000 election - not Lieberman. Your thoughts?


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