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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Five reasons to dump Joe

Here are five reasons you should not vote for Joe Lieberman courtesy of Connecticut Choice Voice.
#1 Choice and the U.S. Supreme Court

Joe Lieberman voted for cloture and would not support the Democrat-led filibuster which would have challenged the nomination of Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Only when it was too late to stop the Alito nomination did Lieberman announce he would cast a meaningless vote against Alito...

#2 Rape Victims’ Access to Emergency Contraception

Joe Lieberman is on record as opposing the proposed legislation in Connecticut that would require all Connecticut hospitals to offer emergency contraceptives to rape victims. According to the New Haven Register, “Lieberman believes hospitals that refuse to give contraceptives to rape victims for ‘principled reasons’ shouldn’t be forced to do so.”

“In Connecticut, it shouldn’t take more than a short ride to get to another hospital.”—Joe Lieberman, interview, New Haven Register, March 13, 2006

#3 Choice and the Right to Privacy

Joe Lieberman believes it was proper for the U.S. government to intervene in the Terry Schiavo case. He claimed it was “justified to give this woman, more than her parents and husband, the opportunity for one more chance before her life was terminated,” and that government “must honor life.”

“You would have kept the tube in?”—Tim Russert’s question, Meet the Press interview, March 27, 2005
“I would have kept the tube in.”
—Joe Lieberman’s answer

#4 Equality in Marriage

Joe Lieberman opposes the right of all women—and men—to marry the person of their choice. Even though he has stated that he supports civil and human rights, he does not support marriage for same-sex couples.

“If you have the respect for gay and lesbian people that you say you do … why not support full marriage rights?”—Josh Mamis’s interview question, New Haven Advocate, January 5, 2006
“Well I think that makes a statement on society’s behalf that I think is wrong. I think marriage is and should be a special status conveyed by society that should be reserved for heterosexual marriage.”
—Joe Lieberman, in response


#5 War in Iraq

Joe Lieberman has steadfastly supported the war in Iraq. He has been a vocal, public defender of the Bush-Cheney administration’s decision to continue to wage war and cites the need to “finish the job,” going so far as to suggest that anyone who opposes the war is unpatriotic.

“It’s time for Democrats who distrust President Bush to acknowledge that he will be the commander in chief for three more critical years, and that in matters of war, we undermine presidential credibility at our nation’s peril.”—Joe Lieberman, news conference, December 6, 2005
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