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Joe Lieberman

Joe Lieberman
Joseph I. Lieberman's political career began as a popular Connecticut Democrat, but ultimately left him an independent U.S. Senator. Only a few years after a campaign as the Democratic party's nominee for vice president, Lieberman lost a contentious re-election primary for his Senate seat and opted to run as an independent. His split from his party was fueled by his strong support for the war in Iraq. Lieberman is chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which is responsible for oversight of the Department of Homeland Security. He was a vocal advocate of legislation creating the department. Born in Stamford, on Feb. 24, 1942, Lieberman earned his law degree from... Show more »
Joseph I. Lieberman's political career began as a popular Connecticut Democrat, but ultimately left him an independent U.S. Senator. Only a few years after a campaign as the Democratic party's nominee for vice president, Lieberman lost a contentious re-election primary for his Senate seat and opted to run as an independent. His split from his party was fueled by his strong support for the war in Iraq. Lieberman is chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which is responsible for oversight of the Department of Homeland Security. He was a vocal advocate of legislation creating the department. Born in Stamford, on Feb. 24, 1942, Lieberman earned his law degree from Yale Law School in 1967. He was elected to the state Senate in 1970 and served there for ten years, the last six as majority leader. He was elected as state attorney general in 1982. He won his first term to the U.S. Senate in 1988, defeating Lowell Weicker by a huge margin. Lieberman's popularity soared in 2000 when he became Al Gore's running mate and the first Jewish American to seek the vice presidency. Fueled by concerns about the ongoing Iraq war, his 2006 campaign drew national attention when businessman Ned Lamont defeated him in the primary, but lost to him in the general election. Lieberman lives in Stamford and Washington with his wife Hadassah. They have four children. (Photo AP) « Show less

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  • Romney VP pick: What's needed in a No. 2

    Romney VP pick: What's needed in a No. 2
    There is one necessary condition for the selection of a vice president, and that is whether the individual has the experience and capacity to become president of the United States on Day One. Nine vice presidents have succeeded to the presidency upon...
  • Syria would be no cakewalk

    Syria would be no cakewalk
    With Bashar Assad waging a brutal war on his own people, there's a definite temptation for Americans to look for ways the United States could use its military power to turn the tide against the dictator. And past interventions in Libya and Kosovo have...
  • Presidential campaign song quiz

    Presidential campaign song quiz
    Choose whether each song is on (A) Barack Obama’s campaign Spotify playist, (B) Mitt Romney’s campaign Spotify playlist or (C) Neither. 1. “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow,” The Soggy Bottom Boys 2. “I Won’t Back Down,&...
  • Jokin' Joe Lieberman: Wrapping Up His Time in the Spotlight

    You may hate Joe Lieberman's politics. Lord knows a hell of a lot of Connecticut voters have gotten tired those over the years. But Joe's always had a nice sense of humor. (That appearence on stage at the Republican National Convention back in 2008 was...
  • Allow Me to Spike the Football

    Allow Me to Spike the Football
    I write this just after returning from McCormick Place where I listened to President Barack Obama deliver one of the best speeches of his political career. My back, legs and feet ache from standing on the unforgiving concrete for six-and-a-half hours...
  • How would Mark Twain React to Pols Congratulating Themselves on Twain Coin?

    So Congress has finally passed the "Mark Twain Commemorative Coin Act," which will help bring in some cash for four worthy non-profit outfits including Connecticut's Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford. And some of Connecticut's congressional pols...
  • Mildred Otenasek, 98, professor, mentor

    Mildred Otenasek, 98, professor, mentor
    Mildred Otenasek, a pioneering force for women in Maryland Democratic politics and a much-loved professor and mentor at her alma mater, Notre Dame of Maryland University, died Nov. 19 at her home in Roland Park. She was 98. A diminutive, soft-spoken...
  • Three keys to saving the U.S. Postal Service

    Three keys to saving the U.S. Postal Service
    The only way to reach Supai, Ariz. (population 208), is to hike or helicopter eight miles to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. TheU.S. Postal Servicedelivers mail and supplies there three days a week — by mule. Although the country's steepest...
  • Lieberman might back 3rd party candidate - and that's news?

    Lieberman might back 3rd party candidate - and that's news?
    Joe Lieberman is telling Politico that he could see himself backing a third-party centrist candidate for president. A stunning revelation. Somehow that reminds me of Claude Rains line from"Casablanca," when his Vichy French police captain character is...
  • The conversation: Why Joe Lieberman's retirement has sparked debate

     
    Things are looking up for liberals. Sure, the House GOP passed a resolution to repeal the healthcare law, but that was just a big ol' political show that now gives Dems another chance to sell the law. Otherwise, President Obama's......
  • Sunday shows: McCain, Schumer, Cantor, McConnell

     
    Also, Dick Durbin, Joe Lieberman, Kent Conrad, Henry Kissinger, Tim Kaine and Colin Powell....