Lieberman Endorses McCain

Joe Lieberman, the Independent Democrat from Connecticut, today expressed his endorsement for Republican Presidential candidate John McCain. In recent days McCain’s diminishing candidacy has picked up key endorsements from the Boston Globe and the Des Moines Register.

There was once a time when I expressed support for a McCain-Lieberman ticket. I loved how these two could see across party lines to attempt to solve problems. However, as Lieberman stated in his speech defining why he supported McCain, this is not an ordinary election, and these are not ordinary times.

We are in the middle of a five year war that we should have never started, and McCain supports escalating that conflict. We are at the brink of starting another war with Iran over a nuclear program which was halted three years ago. We are at a point in time where it is still legal to fire someone based on sexual orientation. We are in a point in time where the balance of the Supreme Court hangs by a thread. There is already a distinct 5-4 conservative majority in the high court, and two or three judges are set to retire within the next four to eight years. Extremely important issues will be decided by this court in the near future; abortion/women’s rights, campaign finance laws, legality of suspending habeas corpus, and the legality of detaining “enemy combatants” for indefinite amounts of time with no trial, among many others.

However, I remain adamant that I will not support any candidate who believes we should continue a war based, at best, on misinformation, and at worst, on outright lies, that is taking the lives of thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians. I will not support any candidate who seeks diplomatic action in the form of a military campaign. I also express the hope that none of you will either.

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