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Condolences Pour In for Joseph I. Lieberman, Former Senator and Democratic Standard-Bearer

Friends, allies, and former rivals of Joseph I. Lieberman, who passed away on Wednesday, have offered heartfelt condolences and commendations for the four-term senator from Connecticut, once a stalwart figure of the Democratic Party.

Mr. Lieberman, who served as Al Gore’s running mate in the 2000 presidential election, left an indelible mark on politics long after his defeat in that contentious race. He notably played a pivotal role in the passage of the Affordable Care Act as the deciding Senate vote, utilizing his leverage to veto specific provisions such as a public health insurance option.

In addition, Mr. Lieberman had recently lent his support to the centrist organization No Labels in its quest to identify a viable presidential candidate for the 2024 election.

“Senator Lieberman leaves behind an irreplaceable void,” expressed the group in a statement. “Yet, we are privileged to have crossed paths with him, and we hope his family can find solace during these trying times, knowing the monumental impact he had.”

Reflecting on their partnership during the 2000 election, former Vice President Al Gore remarked, “It was an honor to stand shoulder to shoulder with him on the campaign trail.” He continued, expressing eternal gratitude for Mr. Lieberman’s relentless endeavors to shape a brighter future for America.

Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a close confidant of Mr. Lieberman alongside Senator John McCain of Arizona, fondly recalled their camaraderie as “the three amigos.” Reacting to Mr. Lieberman’s passing, Mr. Graham expressed profound sorrow, noting, “While it saddens me deeply, I take solace in knowing he is now in the embrace of a benevolent God.” He humorously added, “On the downside, I imagine John McCain is giving him an earful about the state of affairs up here,” signing off as “the Last Amigo.”

Former Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, who had engaged with Mr. Lieberman regarding a potential presidential bid under the No Labels banner, conveyed his condolences while reminiscing about their friendship. “I am deeply saddened by his loss, both as a friend and as a role model for ethical conduct in public life,” expressed Mr. Christie, affirming that “the nation is richer for his example, yet poorer today in the absence of his bold leadership.”

Jonathan James
Jonathan James
I serve as a Senior Executive Journalist of The National Era
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