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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071217/ap_po/mccain_lieberman;_ylt=AmGeGSjCJ44qZhR7BWyjiFms0NUE Lieberman to endorse McCain By GLEN JOHNSON, Associated Press
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      Lieberman to endorse McCain

      By GLEN JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 9
      minutes ago

      MANCHESTER, N.H. - Sen. John McCain, trying to build
      momentum toward a reprise of his 2000 New Hampshire
      primary victory, is piling up high-profile
      endorsements, including one from another political
      maverick, Sen. Joseph Lieberman.

      The Connecticut senator, an independent who was the
      Democrats' 2000 vice presidential nominee, was
      scheduled to announce his support for McCain at a town
      hall meeting Monday morning in Hillsborough.

      A Lieberman adviser said the senator decided to back
      McCain despite being a Republican because he believes
      his colleague from Arizona "has the best chance of
      uniting the country in its fight against Islamic
      terrorism."

      The adviser, who spoke on the condition of anonymity
      in advance of the formal announcement, said Lieberman
      would continue to caucus with Senate Democrats, and
      said his decision was not a reflection of any
      lingering tension with his old party after
      high-profile Democrats abandoned him when he lost the
      Democratic primary during his 2006 Senate re-election
      campaign.

      One 2008 White House contender, Democrat Hillary
      Rodham Clinton of New York, supported Lieberman in the
      primary, but said after he lost, "I'm going to just
      hope Senator Lieberman will take a hard look at this
      and do what is best for Connecticut and the Democratic
      Party."

      Another leading Democratic candidate, Illinois Sen.
      Barack Obama, donated $5,000 to the Democratic
      nominee, Ned Lamont, and sent an e-mail just before
      the general election saying, "Please join me in
      supporting Ned Lamont with your hard work
      on-the-ground in these closing weeks of the campaign."

      Lieberman subsequently won re-election with an
      independent candidacy and has since been the darling
      of many prominent Republicans, including former White
      House adviser Karl Rove, for pushing a hard line in
      support of the country's war in Iraq. McCain also
      supports the war, calling it a critical battlefront in
      the fight against terrorism.

      A top McCain aide said: "They are obviously very good
      friends. McCain helped him in his re-elect, and the
      significance of the support he will help attract to
      McCain cannot be overstated."

      The aide also spoke on the condition of anonymity
      prior to the Monday event, which the campaign
      generically advertised as "a major new endorsement."

      Word of the endorsement follows several other
      high-profile announcements for McCain, including
      weekend endorsements by The Des Moines Register and
      The Boston Globe.

      McCain has largely ceded the Iowa caucuses to
      front-runners Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney, but the
      Register said, "McCain is most ready to lead America
      in a complex and dangerous world and to rebuild trust
      at home and abroad by inspiring confidence in his
      leadership."

      The Globe, while not based in New Hampshire,
      circulates in New Hampshire's vote-rich southern tier.
      McCain has focused his campaign on the Granite State,
      hoping to repeat his 2000 victory over George W. Bush.

      "The iconoclastic senator from Arizona has earned his
      reputation for straight talk by actually leveling with
      voters, even at significant political expense," the
      Globe wrote.

      McCain has also picked up endorsements from The New
      Hampshire Union Leader, the state's largest newspaper,
      and The Portsmouth Herald.

      "U.S. Sen. John McCain will tell you the truth, even
      if it costs him the election," the Herald wrote.

      McCain, campaigning Sunday in Florida, said he
      expected the endorsements would help him with
      undecided voters, especially registered Republicans.

      "All of them say the same thing — that I have the
      experience and the judgment to lead this country and
      that I have been the one who is presidential," the
      senator said. "Obviously that will help me as we get
      down in the last few weeks before the Iowa caucuses,
      New Hampshire primary, Michigan and South Carolina
      primaries and the Florida primary."

      ___

      Associated Press Writers Andrew Miga in Washington and
      Brendan Farrington in Fort Myers, Fla., contributed to
      this report.
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