Sen. Joe Lieberman, who was the Democratic vice presidential nominee eight years ago, is on Sen. John McCain's short list of VP candidates, according to a McCain campaign adviser.
“[McCain] loves Lieberman. And he is on the [short] list because Lieberman has never embarrassed anyone, never misspoken. The first rule is, don’t take someone who costs you votes,” the McCain adviser told the Financial Times.
Still, warned the adviser, Lieberman on the GOP ticket won't be easy, noting that the independent Lieberman caucuses with Democrats in the Senate.
“Conservatives would be pissed as hell – I think you would have a revolt, but sometimes John does what John wants to do,” the McCain adviser said.
Another McCain adviser told the Times that McCain wouldn't base his VP decision on “tactical considerations.”
“He can be pragmatic, but on the biggest decisions he tends to favor his instinct for the bigger picture,” the adviser said.
Lieberman’s office declined to comment, as did the McCain campaign.
Lieberman has consistenly said he wouldn't run for vice president on the GOP ticket.
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