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Lieberman: I Endorsed The Only Candidate Who Wanted My Support

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This morning, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) made news by crossing party lines and endorsing Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) for president. Announcing his support, Lieberman said he backed McCain because the Arizona senator is “a leader who can break through the partisan gridlock.”

Today on MSNBC, Lieberman admitted that McCain was the only ’08 presidential candidate who sought him out, telling MSNBC’s Monica Novotny that “not one of the Democrats asked for my support”:

NOVOTNY: Well, it is unusual, as you know, for a Democrat or an independent Democrat, as you call yourself, to endorse a Republican. Did you consider any of your Democratic colleagues?

LIEBERMAN: Well, I did. I mean, to have full disclosure, not one of the Democrats asked for my support, which may be a story in itself. John McCain and I are friends. He did ask for my support.

Later in the interview, Lieberman admitted he wouldn’t have supported a Democrat anyway. “I think it’s obviously because I have such a different view of foreign policy,” said Lieberman. Watch it:

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Lieberman’s right that he has a “different” view of foreign policy. Lieberman and McCain oppose withdrawing troops from Iraq, while the overwhelming majority of the American public supports it.

As Matt Stoller notes, Lieberman’s endorsement “means that they must think [he] has appeal to Republican primary voters, and given his strong support from Republicans in Connecticut and constant praise from George Bush and Dick Cheney, Lieberman probably does.” A Research 2000 poll conducted recently showed that Lieberman’s foreign policy views have caused him to lose support among Democrats and Independents in his own state.

UPDATE: Lieberman told the New Haven Register:

There’s no question that at times I think some of the Democrats look at me sort of like the… eccentric uncle, perhaps even the odd uncle at the family gatherings: ‘We like him, but every now and then he says things that makes us wonder.’

Ari Melber has more.

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Transcript:

NOVOTNY: Well, it is unusual, as you know, for a Democrat or an independent Democrat, as you call yourself, to endorse a Republican. Did you consider any of your Democratic colleagues?

LIEBERMAN: Well, I did. I mean, to have full disclosure, not one of the Democrats asked for my support, which may be a story in itself.

John McCain and I are friends. He did ask for my support. Of course, I know it’s unusual for even an independent Democrat to endorse a Republican, but I think the stakes in this election are so big, the challenges we face here at home and abroad, particularly the threat of Islamist terrorism, that I think you got to put party behind the interest of the country and who you think is the best candidate. [...]

NOVOTNY: Senator, I have to ask, because you brought it up. You mentioned that none of the Democratic candidates asked for your endorsement.

LIEBERMAN: Right.

NOVOTNY: Did you have someone in mind? Had someone asked, would you have gone in that direction?

LIEBERMAN: No. I just think it’s noteworthy. And I think it’s obviously because I have such a different view of foreign policy.

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