Incumbent U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, right, chats with his Democratic primary challenger, Ned Lamont, before their debate in West Hartford, Conn., July 6. Lieberman currently trails Lamont in the polls by 6 to 13 points.
Down in the polls against challenger Ned Lamont, and with under 24 hours to go before the U.S. Senate primary in Connecticut, Sen. Joe Lieberman tried to distance himself from Bush. You’ll love how he tried to spin his infamous career-killing line, “In matters of war, we undermine presidential credibility at our nation’s peril.”
Lamont, in the meantime, accused Lieberman of engaging in Karl Rove-style personal attacks.
EAST HAVEN, Conn., Aug. 6—In a dramatic bid to stave off a potential defeat in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (Conn.) on Sunday rejected charges from rival Ned Lamont that he has been one of the chief cheerleaders for President Bush’s Iraq policy, but he reaffirmed his belief that a hasty withdrawal of U.S. forces would prove disastrous for Iraqis and for the United States.
With polls showing Lamont leading the three-term incumbent, Lieberman at last moved to confront the issues—opposition to the war and anger with Bush—that have put his political career in jeopardy. The decision came after a lengthy debate within his campaign over whether he could win the primary without directly addressing his position on the war and his relationship with the president.
Campaigning with renewed intensity 48 hours before the balloting, Lieberman described himself as a proud and loyal Democrat who not only has opposed nearly all of Bush’s domestic agenda but also has repeatedly criticized the administration’s handling of the Iraq conflict.