Joe Lieberman remembered as a force in politics

A fixture in Connecticut politics who came tantalizingly close to the vice presidency.

John Craven

Mar 28, 2024, 2:17 AM

Updated 18 days ago

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Joe Lieberman was a force of politics both in Connecticut and around the world.
A force who wasn't afraid to go his own way even if it frustrated his own party. But on Wednesday, even Lieberman's one-time opponents are remembering a giant.
LOVE HIM OR HATE HIM
Lieberman always had your attention.
A fixture in Connecticut politics who came tantalizingly close to the vice presidency.
Lieberman was Al Gore's running mate in 2000 -- America's first Jewish VP candidate.
But it would never happen.
The Supreme Court ultimately awarded the election to George W. Bush in a disputed race that literally "hung" on "hanging chads."
Lieberman's relationship with Democrats grew strained over his strong support of the Iraq War -- a move that doomed him 2004 presidential run.
In 2006, Lieberman left the Democrats once and for all after losing a primary to a political newcomer named Ned Lamont.
When Joe Lieberman was first elected to the Senate in 1989, he replaced another maverick who also savored a good fight -- Lowell Weicker. Weicker passed away last June.

News12 Connecticut's John Craven spoke to director Jonathan Gruber, the writer and director of Joe Lieberman: Centered. Gruber spoke to Lieberman just a week before his passing.

Politicians across Connecticut react to Lieberman's death.


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