Lieberman to endorse McCain
By GLEN JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 9
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
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
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
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
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
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