Lieberman to run for president in 2004

(01/13/03) STAMFORD - Senator Joe Lieberman surrounded himself with family and Stamford High School classmates as he made the announcement everyone was expecting.

"I am a candidate for President of the United States in 2004, and I intend to win."

Calling himself a different kind of Democrat, Lieberman supported President Bush on the war with Iraq while criticizing his economic and tax policies.

His speech attempted to place him in a middle road between Bush and his likely Democrat opponents.

"I will not hesitate to tell my friends when I think they're wrong and to tell my opponents when I think they're right."

Forty-three years ago, Lieberman ran for Stamford High Class President, and many current and former students were proud to have one of their own make a bid for Commander in Chief."

Lieberman became the first Jew on a major-party presidential ticket when Al Gore picked him to be his running mate in 2000. Lieberman said he would not seek the presidency in 2004 if Gore did. But the former vice president announced in December he would not run again.

As for his competition on the campaign trail, Senators John Edwards of North Carolina and John Kerry of Massachusetts have formed presidential exploratory committees, as have Missouri Representative Dick Gephardt and Vermont Governor Howard Dean. The Reverend Al Sharpton of New York says he will file papers for an exploratory committee January 21.

Campaign officials said things went smoothly on the first day. After his announcement, Lieberman made his first official campaign stop in Room 131, Mr. Terlizzo's European history class. 

The big election is 22-months away.

Click here here for reaction from Lieberman's old classmates and current students from his alma mater, Stamford High School.

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