On Tuesday, December 13, 2011, Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman joined the Monitor Breakfast for a conversation with reporters. Joseph Isadore ‘Joe’ Lieberman is the senior United States Senator from Connecticut. A former member of the Democratic Party, he was the party's nominee for Vice President in the 2000 election. Currently an independent, he remains closely affiliated with the party."
Sen. Joe Lieberman
Joe Lieberman is the senior United States Senator from Connecticut. Lieberman was first elected to the United States Senate in 1988, and was elected to his fourth term on November 7, 2006. In the 2000 U.S. presidential election, Lieberman was the Democratic candidate for Vice President, running with presidential nominee Al Gore, becoming the first Jewish candidate on a major American political party presidential ticket. He and his running mate won the popular vote, but failed to gain the electoral votes needed to win the heavily 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 attempted to become the Democratic nominee in the 2004 Presidential election, but was unsuccessful.
During his re-election bid in 2006, he lost the Democratic Party primary election, but won re-election in the general election as a third party candidate under the party label "Connecticut for Lieberman." Lieberman is now officially listed in Senate records for the 110th Congress as an "Independent Democrat", and sits as part of the Democratic Senate caucus in the 110th Congress.
Responding to comments made by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich that there is no such thing as a Palestinian people, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) told reporters at a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor that the important point is that "Palestinians are a people today" and are a necessary part of the peace process.
Saying he was "cautiously optimistic" about Iraq's future, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) told reporters at a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor that the Iraq War was, in the final analysis, worth America's time and that it served as a positive symbol for Arab revolutionaries in the last year.
Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) told reporters at a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor that he had not seen evidence of insider trading by members of Congress or their staff, but that the public's perception of impropriety and potential legal loopholes for such activity should compel Congress to take new legal measures.