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Former vice presidential candidate warns of possibility of a third-party campaign in 2008

Former vice presidential candidate warns of possibility of a third-party campaign in 2008

Democrat-turned-independent Sen. Joe Lieberman said Monday a third-party candidate could emerge in the 2008 U.S. presidential race unless the two major parties tackle the growing problem of partisan polarization that has alienated many voters.
"I think the public is fed up," Lieberman said. "If the two major parties don't hear this going into '08, there is a real chance of an independent third-party candidacy _ and watch out if that happens," he said at a forum on civility and politics in Congress.
Extremists in both parties are driving the debate in the 2008 primary, said Lieberman, who was the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 2000 and who ran unsuccessfully for the party's 2004 presidential nomination.
The fastest growing political party in America, he said, is "no party."
Lieberman, the Democrats' nominee for vice president in 2000, has cast himself as an independent voice in the closely divided Senate. His Iraq war support angered many Democrats and led to his loss in the primary election loss last summer to challenger Ned Lamont. Lieberman entered the general election as an independent, however, and won re-election over Lamont and an innocuous Republican by stressing his desire to work across party lines to get things done.
Citing the harsh, divisive tone of attack ads, bloggers, talk radio and cable TV news, Lieberman said Monday that most voters across the country are beginning to reject the partisan bombast and registering to vote as independents in greater numbers.
"The disease is partisanship," he said. "The lack of civility is one of the symptoms of that disease."


Updated : 2021-02-27 21:22 GMT+08:00