Senator Joseph Lieberman

Feb. 2, 2004, midnight | By Vivek Chellappa | 16 years, 11 months ago

Profile for the 2004 Blair Primary

Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) has distanced himself from the rest of the six candidates through his centrist policies, designed to attract independent voters who in the past have supported 2000 presidential candidate John McCain and former President Bill Clinton.

Lieberman, who became a household name when he ran as vice president under Al Gore in the 2000 presidential elections, has served a distinguished career as a senator for Connecticut. The platform he is running on includes helping small business, universal access to affordable healthcare, reducing our dependence on foreign oil, reducing the national debt, and turning over some responsibilities to international forces in Iraq.

Lieberman and his wife, Hadassah, are both Orthodox Jews, and believe that a President should be religious in order to be a good leader. Lieberman is known for distinguishing himself from his democratic colleagues during the Clinton sex scandal, when he sharply criticized the president.

Lieberman is one of the few candidates that would continue the tax cuts that President Bush signed into law last year. He is a self-described social-progressive, who supports the right to gay marriage, and a woman's right to choose.

Lieberman had a humble beginning. His father owned a liquor store, and both his parents were the children of immigrants. Joe began serving in the State Senate in 1971. Lieberman than became the state's attorney general from 1983 to 1989, before getting elected to the Senate. Lieberman has served fourteen years as a Senator.

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