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Kristol: McCain may pick Lieberman as running mate
David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Wednesday May 21, 2008

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Neocon commentator Bill Kristol told the hosts of Fox & Friends on Wednesday that Sen. John McCain's vice-presidential pick could be a significant factor in the campaign.

"It's going to be a tough year for Republicans," Kristol stated. "He's got to run a bold and strong campaign, make an interesting VP pick."

"After seeing Joe Lieberman's speech Sunday night, I really wonder whether he will pick Joe Lieberman," continued Kristol. "Joe Lieberman or Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisiana. Either a Democrat or a young guy."

Kristol has been pushing the idea of a McCain-Lieberman ticket for some time. He told a conservative Jewish audience in February that Lieberman "was McCain's preferred running mate," and in March, Kristol suggested, "Perhaps the most obvious way McCain could upend the normal dynamics of this year’s election would be a bold vice presidential choice. He could pick a hawkish and principled Democrat like Joe Lieberman."

Recently, Lieberman's name has appeared less often in vice-presidential speculations. Two weeks ago, Kristol wrote that "in separate conversations last week, no fewer than four McCain staffers and advisers mentioned as a possible vice-presidential pick the 36-year-old Louisiana governor, Bobby Jindal. They’re tempted by the idea of picking someone so young, with real accomplishments and a strong reformist streak."

However, in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, adapted from the speech to which Kristol referred, Lieberman strongly criticized the Democratic Party for not having "embrace[d] the basic framework the president had advanced for the war on terror as our own."

"Sen. Obama stands in stark contrast to John McCain, who has shown the political courage throughout his career to do what he thinks is right – regardless of its popularity in his party or outside it," Lieberman wrote. "John also understands something else that too many Democrats seem to have become confused about lately – the difference between America's friends and America's enemies."

This video is from Fox's Fox & Friends, broadcast May 21, 2008.


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