Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Ct.) is in a tough primary race. He's worried he may not win--so he is making plans to run as an Independent is he loses in the August primary.
I’ve had the honor of representing the people of Connecticut for a long time – as a Democratic member of the State Senate for 10 years, as a Democratic Majority Leader of the State Senate for six of those years, as Democratic Attorney General for six years, as your Democratic United States Senator for 18 years. And, I’ve always leveled with you.
That’s why I want to tell you that I have made the decision to allow signatures to be collected that will enable me to appear on the November Ballot as an individual Democratic candidate for re-election to the Senate if I don’t win the Democratic Party’s nomination in the Primary on August 8th.
I want to be clear about why I have made this decision and what it means.
First, I have been a proud, loyal and progressive Democrat since John F. Kennedy inspired my generation of Americans into public service. And I will stay a Democrat, whether I am the Democratic Party’s nominee or a petitioning Democratic candidate on the November ballot.
And, If I am privileged enough to be re-elected in November, I will remain a member of the Democratic Caucus, hopefully a Senate Democratic Majority Caucus.
Now, my reasons for making this decision:
While I believe that I will win the August 8th Primary, I know that there are no guarantees in elections. I am very confident that if every Democrat, or even a majority of them, vote on August 8th I will be nominated by a very comfortable margin.
But, no one knows how many Democrats will come out to vote on August 8th, and few think it will be more than 25 or 30 percent. And what if my opponent, who says he is worth somewhere between $90 and $300 million dollars decides to write bigger and bigger checks in the last weeks of the campaign?
After 18 years of working for, fighting for, and delivering for all the people of Connecticut, I want the opportunity to make my case to all the voters in November --- they are the voters who have been good enough to elect me in the Senate in the November elections of 1988, 1994 and 2000.
My opponent in the Democratic Primary is asking Democrats to vote against me because of position on one issue—Iraq. I am asking Democrats in the Primary in August and the General Election in November to consider my total record of service to our state and country over 18 years. Every election is about the future, about which of the candidates can do more for the voters, their families, and our state and country in the years ahead and that choice involves a lot more than one issue. I am asking voters in the Primary and the General Election to ask themselves which one of us can do more to save their jobs and create new ones, to protect their security, their freedom, and their environment, to bring energy costs and health care costs under control.
The six years ahead will be tough ones for a lot of people in Connecticut and they will need help from their Senator.
Based on my experience, principles and accomplishments, I know that I can do more for the people of Connecticut than my opponents.
But that ultimately won’t be up to me or the other candidates. It will be decided by the voters of Connecticut --- first the Democratic voters in the Primary on August 8th, and then by all the voters in the General Election on November 7th.
Now, having made this decision, my supporters and I are going to focus with single-minded intensity on our goal of winning the Democratic Primary, and we look forward to August 9th. When all we have to do is celebrate our victory in the Primary the day before.