Lieberman not ruling out backing the ’08 Republican nominee

Posted by: ST on January 29, 2007 at 10:50 am

Good for him. Via AP:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee in 2000 who won re-election as an independent last year, says he is open to supporting any party’s White House nominee in 2008.

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“So I’m open to supporting a Democrat, Republican or even an Independent, if there’s a strong one. Stay tuned,” said the three-term lawmaker who caucuses with Senate Democrats.

Lieberman is an ally of GOP Sen. John McCain of Arizona, a 2008 hopeful, and supports President Bush’s new Iraq strategy. Lieberman won re-election as an independent last fall when Democrats backed an anti-war candidate who won the party primary.

Speaking of which politician he may support in 2008, Lieberman said, “Obviously, the positions that some candidates have taken in Iraq troubles me. Obviously, I will be looking at what positions they take in the larger war against Islamist terrorism.”

He added, “I am genuinely an independent. I agree more often than not with Democrats on domestic policy. I agree more often than not with Republicans on foreign and defense policy.”

The senator said he wanted to select someone “I believe is best for the future of our country. … Party is important, but more important is the national interest. And that’s the basis that I will decide whom to support for president.”

Methinks he’ll be voting for the Republican, if that’s the case ;)

Hat tip: Jeanette at Hang Right Politics

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  1. Leslie says:

    What Joe said:

    “I am genuinely an independent. I agree more often than not with Democrats on domestic policy. I agree more often than not with Republicans on foreign and defense policy.”

    What Joe meant:

    “I want to be the #2 on McCain’s ticket.”

    ;)