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Lieberman, Sticking With Democrats for Now, Warns Them on Iraq
|Last Edited||RP May 25, 2007 01:02pm|
|News Date||Tuesday, May 22, 2007 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||Senator Joe Lieberman, a Connecticut independent, says his disagreement with the Democrats over the Iraq war won't prevent him from working with his former party. For now. |
``I hope the moment doesn't come that I feel so separated from the caucus'' that he decides to shift allegiance to the Republicans, he said in an interview. Asked what Democratic actions might cause such a break, he invoked Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart's famous 1964 definition of pornography: ``I'll know it when I see it.''
The 65-year-old lawmaker is the margin of difference in the Democrats' 51-49 control of the Senate. A switch to the Republicans, which he won't rule out, would create a 50-50 tie that would allow Vice President Dick Cheney to cast a deciding vote for Republican control.
He has already used his leverage to help Republicans thwart efforts by Reid earlier this year to pass a resolution expressing opposition to President George W. Bush's plan to send 21,500 additional U.S. troops into Iraq. He has voted against his former party on every bill and every amendment demanding troop withdrawals this year.
The senator said his new-found independence may extend to presidential politics. In the interview, he said he is intrigued by talk of an independent candidate in the 2008 race. He also often praises Arizona Senator John McCain, a Republican contender and fellow war-supporter. He has had much less to say about his fellow Connecticut senator, Chris Dodd, who supported Lamont in last year's race and is now running for president.
``It's quite possible I would support a Republican or independent,'' Lieberman said.
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