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A single issue _ opposition to the Iraq war_ powered Ned Lamont in his dramatic primary victory over Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman. Now Lamont is letting voters know he's got more to talk about, because Iraq alone isn't doing it for him in the fall campaign.
Two months ago, the multimillionaire businessman became a rising Democratic star with his insurgency against Lieberman, a moderate Democrat who dug in his heels in supporting the war even when other Democrats peeled away.
After his loss, Lieberman quickly shifted the focus from his support of the war and onto Lamont's inexperience. Reaching out to Republicans and moderates, he ran ads stressing his ability to work with both parties.
After 18 years as a Senate Democrat, Lieberman is running as an independent in the Nov. 7 vote. The three-way race includes long-shot Republican Alan Schlesinger, who could cut into Lieberman's support from Republicans.
Lamont is now ticking off plans for expanded health care, universal preschool education and curbs in the influence of lobbyists. He's decrying U.S. addiction to foreign oil. To be sure, Iraq is no more settled than when he tapped the anger of so many Democrats over the war's course, securing the Democratic place on the ticket from a veteran who almost became Al Gore's vice president in the disputed 2000 election.
But Lamont's post-primary glow has faded and he trails in opinion polls against Lieberman.
When Lamont stood in a college lecture hall in the old mill town of Willimantic, the war he wanted to talk about is the one he thinks should be declared on American reliance on foreign oil.
Thirty three of the 100 Senate seats are up for election, and Democrats are hoping to gain control of the Senate and also the House of Representatives, where all 435 seats are up for a vote.


Updated : 2021-10-27 21:08 GMT+08:00