Lieberman for VP
- Strictly regarding politics and policies, as a conservative, I would rather
see Lieberman at the top of the ticket. I would vote for him over Bush.
However, it's the top of the ticket that ultimately matters. And from this
perspective, there are a lot of inconsistencies between Gore and Lieberman,
which leads me to ask which principles the Senator from CT would be willing
to give up if push comes to shove. For this reason (and others), I am
genuinely concerned that the faith issue will get the blame if
Gore/Lieberman loose, and Sen. Lieberman, as a man of character and
integrity, will receive very little credit if they win.
That's my $.02
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1. Lieberman for VP... Good for the Jews? Let's discuss...
Date: Mon, 7 Aug 2000 21:22:46 -0700
Subject: Lieberman for VP... Good for the Jews? Let's discuss...
Today's announcement of that Joe Lieberman will be Al Gore's runningmate
may come as a bigger shock to Jews than the rest of the nation. In the
last 15 years or so, it has been clear that the Jewish community is not
monolitic politically , socially and religiously. Yet know we are faced
with some hard decisions as a community. Where are we...let's talk, let's
discuss. As our Bubbie and Zeydes used to ask, is this good for the Jews.
As American and Jews, we need to ask is this good for America and our
community. I suspect there will be an interesting discussion amongst
will be Gore's
Tuesday in Nashville
MSNBC STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 7 - Despite rumblings that it could be a
political risk, Democratic presidential hopeful Al Gore will choose Sen.
Joseph Lieberman as his running mate, sources have told NBC News.
Lieberman would be the first Jew in American history selected as a major
vice presidential candidate.
Describes Lieberman as a "positive" choice for Gore
Notes Lieberman is respected by Republicans -- but "big unknown" is
whether many Americans harbor anti-Semitic feelings
GORE HAS planned an official announcement on Tuesday in
Nashville, a week before the Democratic National Convention opens in Los
Angeles to nominate him and his running mate to face Republicans George
W. Bush and Dick Cheney in the fall.
Gore is expected to telephone the 58-year-old Lieberman on Monday
to inform him of the decision and to invite him to Nashville for the
Gore is said to have made his decision after discussions late
Sunday and early Monday with top advisers, including former Secretary of
State Warren Christopher, who headed up his search process, his
brother-in-law Frank Hunger, his wife, Tipper, and campaign chairman Bill
A Democratic official involved in the process told NBC News'
Andrea Mitchell that Gore felt comfortable with Lieberman, with whom he
worked in the Democratic Leadership Council, an organization of centrist
The choice is a stunning one to many political insiders, including
some Democrats, who had wondered whether Lieberman's strong religious
views as an orthodox Jew could be a liability.
Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman
But Daley dismissed such concerns, telling NBC News that
Lieberman would be "highly capable."
And Sen. John Breaux, D-La.,told NBC's "Today" show he was
delighted by Gore's choice of Lieberman, describing him as a "rock-solid
official" who can attract independent and moderate Republican votes with
his moral and family values. "He's the total package," Breaux said.
Breaux added that Lieberman's political courage to criticize
President Bill Clinton's personal misbehavior can only help the Gore
A Democratic centrist, Lieberman would amplify Gore support of
fiscal discipline and middle-class tax cuts, the sources said. The choice
also gives Gore a chance to reverse claims that he is a practicioner of
old-guard politics - as he could contrast his selection to Bush's pick of
former defense secretary Cheney.
Moreover, Lieberman's harsh criticism of Clinton's conduct during the
impeachment controversy gives Gore an opportunity to rebuff criticism
that a Gore administration would be simply an extension of the Clinton
Ironically, Lieberman's political roots are with Bill Clinton:
They both worked for Joe Duffy's Senate race in 1970 in Connecticut when
Clinton was still in law school.
The bold choice also gives Gore the opportunity to build buzz
around his campaign in the week leading up to the Democratic convention,
which begins Aug. 14. Gore's campaign had been in a low-key mode during
the weeks leading up to last week's Republican convention.
One source told The Associated Press the choice will help make
the ticket more appealing to independents and swing voters who favor
Clinton's policies but were turned off by his personal conduct.
At least one Republican had nothing but praise for Lieberman.
"I think he's a very, very good man, a disinguished public
servant," New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani told NBC's "Today" show. "I
think he's an excellent choice."
Lieberman, the junior U.S. senator from Connecticut, beats out
three other leading prospects, all senators: Evan Bayh, 44, of Indiana,
John Edwards, 47, of North Carolina and John Kerry, 56, of Massachusetts.
Kerry and Edwards had been considered by most Gore advisers to be the
most likely choices.
Two others on Gore's short list, House Democratic Leader Richard
Gephardt, 59, and New Hampshire Gov. Jeanne Shaheen, 53, had said they
didn't want the job.
STRONG SUPPORT AT HOME
Lieberman was first sent to the Senate by Connecticut voters in
1988 and was re-elected in a landslide in 1994, taking some 67 percent of
the vote in a year when many Democrats fell prey to a strong GOP push for
Congressional turnover. Lieberman enjoys popular support in his home
state and throughout the Democratic party, though he has occasionally
been criticized for his overtly political crusades.
In the Senate, he is the ranking Democrat on the governmental
affairs committee, which handles everything from federal budget
considerations to handling oversight of the independent counsel process.
In the shadow of the Clinton impeachment trial, Lieberman co-sponsored a
1999 bill to overhaul the independent counsel act.
Prior to serving as a senator, he was Connecticut's attorney
general for six years and served as a state legislator before that. He
has also authored five non-fiction books.
NBC News Correspondent Andrea Mitchell, NBC News Correspondent
Claire Shipman, MSNBC.com's Jon Bonne and The Associated Press and
Reuters contributed to this report.
Dr. Edward S. Beck, Director, Susquehanna Institute
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