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Lauer to Lieberman: Haven’t the Voters Spoken?

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Posted on Aug 9, 2006
Matt Lauer and Joe Lieberman

Matt Lauer interviews Sen. Joe Lieberman the morning after his upset primary loss to Ned Lamont.

Matt Lauer tells the senator that many Dems think Lieberman is putting his own ambitions ahead of the good of the party. Lieberman’s response: Parties are the problem. But Lauer doesn’t let him off that easy….


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LAUER: Let me go back to that line in your speech last night. I’ll paraphrase it if you don’t mind. You said, for the sake of your state, your country and my party, you will not let these results stand. It’s a nice line in the speech, but the fact of the matter is there are a lot of Democrats who think that now going forward you are putting your own personal ambitions above the good of the party.

How do you respond to that?

LIEBERMAN: Well, I think it’s time for somebody to break through the dominance of both parties by the margins of the parties, which happens in primaries. I think it’s time for somebody to break through and say, Hey, let’s cut out the partisan nonsense.

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Yes, I’m a proud Democrat, but I’m more devoted to my state and my country than I am to my party. And the parties today are getting in the way of our government doing for our people what they need their government to do.

So in the end, Matt—the great thing about America is that the people will have the last word.

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By jon, August 13, 2006 at 9:00 pm Link to this comment
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Who knows, perhaps Lieberman is neocon’s undercover.
Then again, perhaps a lot of for War in Iraq senators are actually neocon’s supporters.

I am sure these lots knew the fact that Iraq and Saddam had nothing whatsoever to do with 9/11. Osama is the one they should have gone after. They knew it, I know it, the world knows it, but they went after Iraq anyway.

Kick them all out.

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By Hondo, August 13, 2006 at 5:16 pm Link to this comment
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The hatred spewed by the lunatic left towards a good and decent man is truly frightening. Joe Lieberman voted with his party and against the GOP 90% of the time during the last 6 years, but still you hate him. That hate has blinded you to a few facts, I’m afraid. In November, everybody in Connecticut gets to vote. The GOP candidate is a deadbeat, degenerate gambler who many Republicans won’t vote for. There’s no way in the world that guy will win, so that leaves Lamont/Lieberman II. Election analysis written by Ed Koch and Dick Morris (you can find it at http://www.newsmax.com) suggests that Lieberman could get close to half of the Democrat vote and as much as 35-40% of the Republican vote. Lamont might get 50-52% of the Democrat vote, but none of the GOP vote. If those predictions from Koch and Morris prove true, Joe Lieberman, a good and decent man, will get 6 more years. It will be interesting to see what kinds of dirty tricks the lunatic left will pull out in an attempt to disenfranchise the pro-lieberman voters. I suspect it will make the web site sabatoge look like a Sunday School picnic.

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By eric, August 12, 2006 at 1:24 pm Link to this comment
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most people forget that lieberman supports the iraq war because his family is part of the military industrial complex - his uncle owns a company that has multimillion dollar contracts with the department of defence. lieberman and the neocons are fearmongering so that they can profit from the war. the military industrial complex has made more than $300 billion from the iraq war.

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By George S Semsel, August 12, 2006 at 6:48 am Link to this comment
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It’s quite clear that Leiberman intends to divide the Democrats in order to make sure the Republicans gain another senate seat.

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By J Jonah, August 10, 2006 at 11:26 pm Link to this comment
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Simple fact. If the neocons are for it, it must be bad. Sorry, Joe.

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By HOBOJO, August 10, 2006 at 9:32 am Link to this comment
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Cheer up Joe your wife will bring home the bacon as high payed lobbyist for pharmaceutical Industry.Where you helped pass phoney drug bill to pay for seniors drugs and medicare pays through the nose and seniors cost goes up 19% every year.I hope they drive the stake in you in November.

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By TomChicago, August 10, 2006 at 3:57 am Link to this comment
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The CT primary was a referendum on the current US regime, and if Stephanopolous was right about Rove offering help from “the boss”, we can expect the swiftboating of Lamont in the dog days leading up to the election.  The interesting question will be how “proud Democrat” Joe will handle all this help while even repugs are distancing themselves from our prez.

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By Anne, August 9, 2006 at 10:53 pm Link to this comment
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Joe refuses to accpet the clear cut results of this election. But had no problem with the GOP stealing his 2000 election

He’s a Repug mole in freefall

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By OCPatriot, August 9, 2006 at 10:15 pm Link to this comment
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Lieberman either is so addled that he doesn’t believe in what he’s saying and says it to preserve his staying in the race, or he does believe it and thinks he’s non-partisan, a middle-of-the-roader.  How pathetic.  He’s been an apologist for Bush’s failed policies for some time now, and the polls show that most people in the U.S. disagree with the direction he thinks the country should go in.  I still think he’s desperately eager to stay on as a permanent Senator. It seems to me that there was always something a little too smug, self-satisfied, sanctimonious, holier-than-thou about Lieberman. This happens to many people who have been in the Senate for too long; they start to think their stuff doesn’t stink.  So now it appears he’ll do anything to stay on as a Senator; an ignoble end to his career.  What a not very pretty spectacle he makes of himself.

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By Mike #2, August 9, 2006 at 6:22 pm Link to this comment
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Leiberman is full of sh*t.  Yeah, he’s doing this “for the good of the country”.  What an *sshole.  There’s zero chance he could win. The only thing he could accomplish is take enough votes from Lamont to give the seat to the Republican. That’s why Rove is so anxious to help him.  Lieberman is a ho’.

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By Chris M, August 9, 2006 at 5:13 pm Link to this comment
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Still can’t believe Lamont won. What an upset! I dislike both parties but when I heard Lamont won I thought it was a daydream out of control. Leiberman may embarass himself if he truly decides to run as an independent. It isn’t a sin for a person to admit that they have been beaten fair and square.

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By Linda Sutton, August 9, 2006 at 5:11 pm Link to this comment
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Dear Joe,
You don’t have to tell Democrats that you’re not devoted to your party. It was fairly obvious when you announced WEEKS ago that you didn’t care how Democrats voted, it was all about you and your ambitions to continue in the Senate regardless of what the Connecticut Dems voted. With your very words “partisan nonsense” you acknowledge how clueless you are about the reasons the PARTISAN DEMOCRATS REJECTED YOU! We don’t want any of your type representing the people anymore, because you have been clearly kow-towing to the corporate masters so long that you can’t even see straight. The only thing left for you to do now is recognize YOU LOST!!!!But, it looks like your ego won’t allow you to do that…may the voters in CT deal you the fatal blow, then, in November and destroy any remnant of any positive memory any of them have left of you.

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