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Junior United States Senator from Connecticut


Joseph Isadore "Joe" Lieberman is first elected to the Senate in 1988, Lieberman was elected to a fourth term on November 7, 2006. In the 2000 United States presidential election, Lieberman was the Democratic nominee for Vice President, running with presidential nominee Al Gore, becoming the first Jewish candidate on a major American political party presidential ticket. The Gore–Lieberman ticket won the popular vote but ultimately failed to gain the electoral votes needed to win the controversial election. Lieberman ran for re-election to the U.S. Senate while he was also Gore's running mate, and he was re-elected by the voters of Connecticut. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in the 2004 presidential election.

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 In the end, it became noncontroversial. 
— Joe Lieberman about Congress's extension of the Patriot Act / February 26, 2010
 I'm getting toward that position where I can say what I've wanted to say all along, that I'm ready to vote for health-care reform 
— Joe Lieberman saying he is getting close to voting for the health care bill / December 15, 2009
 Put me down tonight as encouraged at the direction in which these discussions are going, But it ain't over till it's over. 
— Joe Lieberman on the health care plan / December 14, 2009
 We've got to stop adding to the bill. We've got to start subtracting some controversial things. I think the only way to get this done before Christmas is to bring in some Republicans who are open-minded on this, like Olympia Snowe. 
— Joe Lieberman saying he would vote against the health care legislation in its current form / December 13, 2009
 You've got to take out the Medicare buy-in... You've got to forget about the public option. You probably have to take out the Class Act, which was a whole new entitlement program that will, in future years, put us further into deficit. 
— Joe Lieberman on what it takes to get his vote / December 13, 2009

 We don't need to keep adding on to the back of this horse until the horse breaks down and we get nothing done. 
— Joe Lieberman on the health care bill / December 13, 2009
 I don't think the Senate has an appetite for another such epic, polarized legislative war this session, 
— Joe Lieberman on the American Clean Energy and Security Act / December 2009