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  Lieberman Slams Clark Following Debate
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News DateFriday, September 26, 2003 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionTaking aim at the newcomer, Joe Lieberman on Friday accused presidential rival Wesley Clark of joining the Democratic Party for "political convenience, not conviction" as the retired general came under increased scrutiny.

"I was fighting (Bush's) reckless economic strategy while Wes Clark was working to forward the Republican agenda by raising money for the Republican Party," the Connecticut senator said.

Lieberman's criticism underscores a potential vulnerability for Clark, who had not publicly embraced the Democratic Party until days before entering the race. Democratic caucuses and primaries are dominated by liberals and other voters angry with President Bush. It is unclear how they will react to Clark praising former President Reagan, the first President Bush and the current Bush administration in the 2001 speech.

Instead of hiding his GOP past, Clark is embracing it. At a post-debate fund-raiser, he called himself "the newest Democrat in the room" and vowed to bring millions of new voters into the party's fold.
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