Former U.S. Senator and Vice Presidential Nominee Joe Lieberman Passes Away at 82



Joseph I. Lieberman, former U.S. senator for Connecticut and Al Gore’s running mate in the 2000 presidential election, died at the age of 82 due to complications from a fall. Lieberman served four terms as senator and was the first Jewish candidate on a major-party presidential ticket. Throughout his political career, he was known for his independent stance, aligning with Democrats on domestic issues and Republicans on foreign and defense policies, and later became associated with bipartisan political organization No Labels.

Joseph I. Lieberman, Renowned US Senator, Dies at 82

Four-term Connecticut Senator and Al Gore’s Democratic running mate in the 2000 presidential election, Joseph I. Lieberman, died on Wednesday in Manhattan due to complications of a fall. The distinguished US political figure was 82.

Vice Presidency Nomination and Influential Career

At the peak of his political career, Lieberman— lauded for his moral stance as the first major Democrat to reprimand President Bill Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky scandal — was chosen as Mr. Gore’s running mate in the Democratic National Convention. Notably, Lieberman was the first Jewish candidate on a major-party presidential ticket.

Close Race in 2000 Presidential Election

The Gore-Lieberman ticket marginally won the popular vote, surpassing the Bush-Cheney Republican ticket by half a million votes. However, the results in the Electoral College failed to declare a clear winner. The intense legal battle that followed focused on the controversial Florida results, with the US Supreme Court eventually ruling in favor of Bush-Cheney and halting the recounts.

Political Resilience and Bipartisan Nature

Lieberman unsuccessfully sought the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination but remained a prominent political figure. Known for his unwavering bipartisan approach, he supported Republican Senator John McCain in the 2008 presidential race. Despite reduced support within his own party, he retained his Homeland Security Committee chairmanship after discussions with Senate majority leader, Harry Reid.

Legacy and Post-Senate Life

Lieberman, an independent moderate Democrat who regularly sided with the Republicans on foreign and defense policies, had a significant impact on US politics. He played a crucial role in the creation of the Department of Homeland Security and was instrumental in the repeal of the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy. After leaving the Senate, he joined Manhattan law firm Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman, and later founded bipartisan political organization, No Labels.

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