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Lieberman Said Conceding if Winless Tues.
AP ^ | Feb 3, 2004 | LOLITA C. BALDOR

Posted on 02/03/2004 2:49:50 PM PST by Liz

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrat Joe Lieberman, facing an uncertain showing in his must-win state of Delaware, was making contingency plans Tuesday to withdraw from the presidential race, according to sources close to the campaign.

The campaign was making calls to close supporters asking them to be at the Hyatt Regency in Arlington, Va., Tuesday night at the postelection party. If Lieberman does not win at least one state - and his best hope is Delaware - he will make his concession speech there, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

He then would head home to Connecticut for a formal announcement in Hartford Wednesday.

While campaign staff continued to insist that Lieberman was moving on to campaign in Virginia this week, others close to the senator confirmed they have been told about a tentative 3 p.m. event in Hartford on Wednesday.

Campaign spokesman Adam Kovacevich denied that calls were being made.

"Funny things happen on election day, and I'm certain the other campaigns would love not to have to compete against the candidate who George Bush fears the most," Kovacevich said. "But we're moving forward and will be campaigning in Virginia on Wednesday."

Lieberman had pinned his hopes on the Tuesday contests, dubbed Tidal Wave Tuesday by his supporters, hoping they would catapult him to the front of the pack in the presidential race.

But public opinion polls show front-runner John Kerry, the winner in Iowa and New Hampshire, with the lead in at least five of the seven contests Tuesday. Rivals John Edwards and Wesley Clark were looking for strong finishes to keep them in the race.

With his poll numbers stalled in single digits, Lieberman was never able to overcome a campaign crippled by a slow start, tepid fund-raising and a message that was often haphazard.

And while he was praised as thoughtful and intelligent, his close supporters acknowledged that his moderate views and staunch support of the war in Iraq would be tough sells to the more liberal Democratic primary voters.

Lieberman was the 2000 vice presidential nominee and held off in announcing his presidential bid until former running mate Al Gore signaled that he would not make another run for the White House.


TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2004; de; lieberman
.....he was praised as thoughtful and intelligent, (but) his close supporters acknowledged that his moderate views and staunch support of the war in Iraq would be tough sells to the more liberal Democratic primary voters......

And his habit of saying one thing and doing another made him unacceptable to almost all voters.

1 posted on 02/03/2004 2:49:51 PM PST by Liz
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To: Liz
In the end, Holy Joe didn't know who the heck he really was...
2 posted on 02/03/2004 2:52:00 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Liz
In other words, "I concede."
3 posted on 02/03/2004 2:52:29 PM PST by TheBigB (My opinions aren't formed with your approval in mind.)
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To: Liz
Bye Joe.
4 posted on 02/03/2004 2:52:50 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Come see the violence inherent in the system!)
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To: Liz
Bye Joe.

Here are the latest results from Drudge:

AZ Kerry 46, Clark 24, Dean 13
MO Kerry 52, Edwards 23, Dean 10
SC Edwards 44, Kerry 30, Sharpton 10
OK Edwards 31, Kerry 29, Clark 28
DE Kerry 47, Dean 14, Lieberman 11, Edwards 11

Looks like Clark and Dean are out too. Edwards will be able to hold on for a little while before Kerry locks the nomination.

Too bad. I was really hoping for a lengthy fight to the death among the Democrats.

5 posted on 02/03/2004 2:57:05 PM PST by kennedy
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To: Liz
The Joepus is about to be penned. I'll help.

You'll be missed Joe. Without Loserman, Sore would've looked weird on yard signs.

6 posted on 02/03/2004 2:59:06 PM PST by small voice in the wilderness (1)
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To: small voice in the wilderness
He'll jump the aisle to the Republican side, where he belongs.....
7 posted on 02/03/2004 3:02:39 PM PST by tracer (ay)
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To: Liz
So much for Joe-mentum.
8 posted on 02/03/2004 3:02:51 PM PST by Akira (The people have spoken.....the bastards.)
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To: Liz
I thought at first glance it said he'd concede if he was "whineless". Based on that, I expected him to go on running no matter what. Does this man have any testosterone in his system at all? Is there anyone else out there who just can't STAND the sound of his voice?
9 posted on 02/03/2004 3:23:47 PM PST by RightthinkinAmerican (Try and tackle ME, Franken.)
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To: Akira
Not after all of the rotten crap he said about Bush. By no means does he belong or will he join the republican party.
10 posted on 02/03/2004 3:25:11 PM PST by dc-zoo
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To: dc-zoo
Sorry, that was meant for "tracer".
11 posted on 02/03/2004 3:28:27 PM PST by dc-zoo
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To: Akira; tracer; small voice in the wilderness; kennedy; Tijeras_Slim; TheBigB; Eric in the Ozarks
So long Joe LIEberman. You were so deserving of losing. The way you publicly berated Clinton then voted not to impeach him. The way you berated Hollywood then went crawling to the moguls to get campaign donations as Gore's VP running mate. Below is the way people will always remember you......especially the "astute strategy" you used to lie your way into the Senate.



http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/872877/posts
12 posted on 02/03/2004 3:30:51 PM PST by Liz
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To: dc-zoo
You got that right. He better not even think about it.
13 posted on 02/03/2004 3:32:41 PM PST by Liz
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To: RightthinkinAmerican
"Whineless".....heheh.....good one.
14 posted on 02/03/2004 3:33:27 PM PST by Liz
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To: Liz
I agree. St Joseph, the 'conscience of the senate' is an empty suit who showed his true colors in crunch time. I always laugh when he is on screen - such a shallow fraud, with little conviction or principle.
15 posted on 02/03/2004 3:36:02 PM PST by HitmanLV (I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered. My life is my own.)
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To: tracer
He'll jump the aisle to the Republican side, where he belongs.....

Where he belongs is right next to Jeffords. Not enough conviction to be anywhere but in an aisle seat. I have no sympathy for Joe.

16 posted on 02/03/2004 3:38:29 PM PST by small voice in the wilderness (1)
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To: HitmanNY
Nice, very nice, take.
17 posted on 02/03/2004 3:59:39 PM PST by Liz
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To: small voice in the wilderness
Joe's convictions:

Abortion is wrong, unless it gets in the way of a few votes.
18 posted on 02/03/2004 4:03:30 PM PST by Bluntpoint
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
In the end, Holy Joe didn't know who the heck he really was...

The voter profile that Joe was going after was the real problem.

Joe was aiming for the voters who really liked George Bush, but thought that Bush just wasn't 'jewish' enough.

19 posted on 02/03/2004 4:17:17 PM PST by WL-law
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To: Liz
Well the most moderate of all the dems is bailing out. God help us all if any of the rest win the general election.
20 posted on 02/03/2004 4:20:09 PM PST by mware
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To: Liz
Don't be surprised if he turns up as the running mate of GW next fall. You heard it first here....
21 posted on 02/03/2004 4:38:55 PM PST by tracer (ay)
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To: Liz
The really sad thing is that Joe was the least offensive of all of the Democrat presidential candidates.
22 posted on 02/04/2004 7:11:25 AM PST by kennedy
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