Connecticut Senate challenger Ned Lamont told Stephen Colbert that he became a Democrat to fight Richard Nixon at age 18, and he’s still fighting a Democratic battle against Nixon’s heir in the White House today. Lamont: “I think George Bush is driving this country into a ditch, and if Joe Lieberman won’t challenge him, I will.”

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Partial transcript:

Colbert: In a time of war, is that really the time to be asking whether we should be at war?

Lamont: We’ve been over there three-and-a-half years —

Colbert: Right —

Lamont: We’ve been over there in Iraq almost longer than our troops who were in World War II.

Colbert: Once it’s over, we can ask whether we should leave.

Lamont: At the pace we’re going, we’re going to be there for an awful long time. I think the best hope for us is to start bringing those troops home. We got to start asking those questions now. Look, we got into this mess not ’cause we asked too many questions, but because we asked too few, and now’s the time to start asking those questions.

… Stephen: You are rich and best of all, you didn’t have to work for all of it. Why aren’t you a Republican?

Ned: I have been a Democrat all my life. When I turned 18 we had a guy named Richard Nixon who was our president and we had a war going on in Vietnam. And I just think the Democratic Party is a lot more progressive and a lot more entrepreneurial. I am a guy who started up a business from scratch and I think if you are an entrepreneur in business are you more likely to be a Democrat when it am comes to your politicals.


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