Lieberman: I'm Not a Candidate for VP

Sunday, 13 Jul 2008 02:03 PM

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Sen. Joseph Lieberman says he has no desire to be the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, holding fast to a position he's held for months.

"As regards the vice presidency, I really have been there and done that," Lieberman told ABC News. "I am not a candidate. I am not interested in doing it. I hope John [McCain] is elected president. I'm going to work hard to do that. And I think the best thing I can do to help him be the great president I think he's capable of being is to be Democratic senator working across party lines to get things done."

Lieberman, who was Al Gore's running mate in 2000, was re-elected in 2006 as an independent to his fourth term after failing to win the Democratic nomination. He caucuses with the Democrats in the Senate. However, he has endorsed McCain's candidacy, and has often been mentioned by the media as a possible running mate.

Lieberman told ABC that even if McCain asks him outright, he won't join the GOP ticket.

"It's not going to happen. But I'd tell him, 'You honor me by this request to your friend but you can do a lot better, so thank you.'"

For months, Lieberman has has maintained that he has no interest in running for vice president again. In January, he told The Associated Press:

“I’d tell him, ‘Thanks, John, I’ve been there, I’ve done that. You can find much better.' I’m not seeking anything else.”

He also said he had "no intention of leaving the Democratic Party,” but added that he'd be open to attending the Republican convention to witness McCain's official nomination. “I’d probably be more welcome there,” he told the AP.

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