Bill Clinton Campaigning for Lieberman

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Howard Roark

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Bill Clinton Campaigning for Lieberman
Jul 24 5:40 PM US/Eastern
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By DAVID ESPO
AP Special Correspondent

WATERBURY, Conn.

His political career in jeopardy, Sen. Joe Lieberman said Monday, "I'm in a big fight here," and looked to Bill Clinton to help him avoid defeat in next month's Democratic primary.

"And it's an important fight," the three-term Connecticut senator said as he struggled to turn back a surprisingly tough challenge from war critic Ned Lamont.

The former president wasn't the only nationally known Democrat campaigning for Lieberman as the lawmaker sought to rebuild support among Democrats who long supported him.

Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, an ardent critic of the war, praised Lieberman for his stand on other issues. "If you want to meet a leader on the environment, a leader on all the difficult choice issues, you got one here," she said at a campaign stop at a candy store.

Even then, Lieberman was looking forward to Clinton's visit.

"You know, I'm in a big fight here, and I understand that ... and as our mutual friend who's coming in later today, President Clinton, always reminds us, every campaign is about the future," he said.

The most recent public poll rated the race a tossup with the wealthy Lamont, whose Web site boasts that he will give Connecticut, "finally, a senator who will stand up to George Bush."

Lamont countered with endorsements of his own during the day. His office said he had gained the support of Carl S. Feen, the finance chair of Lieberman's first campaign and a former Clinton appointee.

Irving Stolberg, two-term speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives in the 1980s, also swung behind Lamont, a Greenwich, Conn., businessman who made millions in telecommunications. His political experience is limited to two years as a Greenwich selectman from 1987-89 and six years on the town's Board of Estimate and Taxation from 1989-95.

Lieberman has filed petitions to run as an independent if he loses the Aug. 8 primary to Lamont, although it seems likely he would come under heavy pressure from party leaders to reconsider his plans.

Clinton has said he will support the winner of the primary in the fall campaign, and it would be highly unusual if the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Democratic National Committee didn't follow precedent and do the same.

There was irony in Lieberman's decision to call on Clinton.

Once, the senator gained national prominence for criticizing the president on the Senate floor over his relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

That led to Lieberman's selection as Al Gore's vice presidential running mate in 2000.

Lieberman ran for president four years later, and defended his decision to work across party lines in the Senate. He fared poorly in the early nominating contests and dropped out of the race.

Now, his horizon has shrunk to his home state, and his votes in support of the Iraq War have helped energize Lamont and the rank-and- file Democrats eager for a change.

Democratic strategists have said Lieberman awoke belatedly to the severity of the challenge, and in recent weeks, he has tried to regain the offensive.

"I know George Bush. I've worked against George Bush. I've even run against George Bush. But Ned, I'm not George Bush," Lieberman said recently during the only debate of their campaign.

"So why don't you stop running against him and have the courage and honesty to run against me and the facts of my record."

Lieberman also brought in fresh help to organize a get-out-the-vote operation, fearful that previous efforts were insufficient.
 

dixie

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thank goodness the demorats don't know what they have with Joe Lieberman! Just goes to show clintax will do anything for a buck
 
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Got a good quote today...

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"Six years ago, [Joe Lieberman] was the party's beaming vice presidential nominee. Two years ago, he was an also-ran for the presidential nomination.
This summer, he's an incumbent senator struggling not to lose in his own primary to a candidate who's the darling of the anti-war netroots left.
What's the senator done to offend the base? Nothing—except be broadly supportive of the Iraq campaign and other military goals in the war on terror. He's one of a very few Democrats who give the impression they'd like America to win.
But in today's Democratic Party it's the mainstream that gets marginalized. Forty years ago, George Aiken recommended that in Vietnam America 'declare victory and go home.' Today, the likes of Jack Murtha, John Kerry and Ted Kennedy have come up with their own ingenious improvement: Declare defeat and go home." —Columnist Mark Steyn
 

SBG

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Howard Roark said:
Bill Clinton Campaigning for Lieberman
Jul 24 5:40 PM US/Eastern
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Check out the date.

Since Clinton started campaigning for Liberman, the senators poll numbers have dropped.

So much for the Clinton mystique.
 
Steyn, his childish talking-points mischaracterization of Democrats aside, has it exactly wrong. Democrats, excluding Lieberman, understand that winning means a change is necessary in Iraq.
 

dixie

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clintax, carter, gore, all make tons of money speaking at events, they're gonna say WHATEVER the crowd wants to hear, kinda like the rep from Nevada supporting the " ladies of the evening" they support whatever gonna line their pockets with cash
 

WTM45

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Linwood said:
Steyn, his childish talking-points mischaracterization of Democrats aside, has it exactly wrong. Democrats, excluding Lieberman, understand that winning means a change is necessary in Iraq.
And, what exactly is that recommended change proposed by the Dems? Huh?
Pick up everything and leave. Why see things through so that a fledgling government can defend itself? And, America can establish a "foothold" of democracy in the region just like the BI-PARTISAN 9/11 Commission Report recommended.

Lieberman knows more about foreign policy than Lamont knows about the American Communist Party movement, and Lamont's father and uncle were BIG TIME involved with it!
 
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Heard on the news earlier that a crowd of Shia Iraqis estimated at 250,000 demonstrated today in support of Hezbollah. Is that the type of democracy you support?
 

WTM45

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There were more illegals here in the US demonstrating just a few weeks ago.
History has proven that the Islamist arabs will gather in the streets for anything that is anti American or anti Israel.

Can't answer the question, so you come off topic, Linwood?
 

dixie

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WTM45 said:
There were more illegals here in the US demonstrating just a few weeks ago.
History has proven that the Islamist arabs will gather in the streets for anything that is anti American or anti Israel.

Can't answer the question, so you come off topic, Linwood?
makes one wonder if their governments are so rich with oil money why so many there live in squalor and have so much free time.
 
WTM45 said:
There were more illegals here in the US demonstrating just a few weeks ago.
History has proven that the Islamist arabs will gather in the streets for anything that is anti American or anti Israel.

Can't answer the question, so you come off topic, Linwood?
I have already said in the other thread that we should get out.

The US, in the guise of bringing freedom and western-style democracy to Iraq (remember "freedom is on the march"?) has overseen the installation of a government the majority of which is pro Iran, and now we see substantial support for the terrorist group Hezbollah from Iraqi citizens. Given this and your statement that Arabs historicallly are anti-American, would you think perhaps Bush was mistaken in thinking he could remake the Middle East?
 
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WTM45

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The radical Islamists hate Israel and the US. THEY ARE NOT THE MAJORITY! They incite the poor and uneducated citizens in ways similiar to what the Democratic party in America does with the poor and uneducated. The vast majority of Arabs and Persians just want a glass of cool, clean water.

We only observed the set-up of the government, as the free and open elections of the people who voted in the face of adversity made the decisions. We have attempted to follow the will of the people of Iraq.

Cut and run. What an idiotic strategy.

Howard, sorry for derailing your thread. I think Joe will do OK in CT. If loses the Democratic primary, he will go Independant and pick up a lot of support from across the aisle. Lamont is a total sham, a fraud and a socialist.
 
The vast majority of Arabs and Persians just want a glass of cool, clean water.

That might be hard to get in the aftermath of a full-scale, preemptive nuclear strike.
 

dixie

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Linwood said:
I have already said in the other thread that we should get out.

The US has, in the guise of bringing freedom and western-style democracy to Iraq (remember "freedom is on the march"?) has overseen the installation of a government the majority of which is pro Iran, and now we see substantial support for the terrorist group Hezbollah from Iraqi citizens. Given this and your statement that Arabs historicallly are anti-American, would you think perhaps Bush was mistaken in thinking he could remake the Middle East?
Saudi, Kuwait,Jordan, and even Egypt don't count huh?
 
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? Not sure what you are referring to Dixie.
 

dixie

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Linwood said:
? Not sure what you are referring to Dixie.
that democracy works very well in the middle east,, Oh BTW, I heard tonight on Fox at Saudi Clerics have told their people NOT TO PRAY for hezbo and its cause.
 

WTM45

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Linwood said:
The vast majority of Arabs and Persians just want a glass of cool, clean water.

That might be hard to get in the aftermath of a full-scale, preemptive nuclear strike.
You do not have much understanding of tactical nuclear useage. It is not total destruction.
After taking care of the power bases, that cool, clean water would be provided to the people who would welcome it and food with open arms. Never would a fine upstanding Islamist or North Korean raise a weapon towards us again.
 

dbone

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They can't provide reliable potable water now , and they'll be able to after a Nuke strike :eek: :crazy: :crazy: take out brain , wash rinse repeat Oh !! thats right you already have , throughly washed
 
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