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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Lieberman vows to run as a independent if he loses Democratic primary

Now this is rich.
Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman said Tuesday he is ready to fight to retain his seat in the Senate even if it means running an independent campaign.

This would be a smart move seeing that he's so popular among Republicans in the state.

Between his interview with the left-leaning Fairfield Weekly (which on one point called him a traitor) and his recent statements, it seems that Lieberman knows that he is somewhat unpopular among liberals in the state and that he could be in for a pretty ugly during the primary season. Whether this means he'll lose in the primary remains to be seen but Lieberman has given ever indication that he will have his name on the ballot in November.

He then added, in response to a question, that if he were to lose a primary he would still seek re-election.

"I intend to be on the ballot in November," he declared.

BTW: Untill Ned Lamont or Lowell Weicker or another challenger offically gets into the race, there is no way to judge how the primary or the election will turn out so the new Quinnipiac poll means little to me at this time.

Talk to me in a few months once everyone gets to know Lamont better (if he runs). Right now, it's just too early (although Lieberman only has a 50% favorable rating among Democrats, and only 53% approve of him overall which shows that he's somewhat vulnerable).