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Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., left, watches while campaigning for Republican
presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain.

Campaign Profiles: Key Speakers at the Republican National Convention: Tuesday

September 02, 2008
by findingDulcinea Staff
Hurricane Gustav caused the Republican Party to delay the ceremonies associated with their national convention. As a result, the speaking lineup has seen some last-minute changes, with Sen. Joe Lieberman and former presidential candidate Fred Thompson filling in for keynote speaker Rudy Giuliani.

Joe Lieberman

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Joe Lieberman is currently in his fourth term as senator of Connecticut. He entered the national spotlight in 2000 when he joined the Democratic ticket as Al Gore’s vice-president choice. The self-described “independent Democrat” supported John McCain early in the election, marking the first cross-party endorsement of 2008.

The senator joined Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina as a constant fixture on the McCain campaign, which sparked speculation that he would be McCain’s pick for vice president. But Lieberman consistently denied any interest in the position.