Lieberman Open to Cabinet Position

Published November 19, 2004, issue of November 19, 2004.

Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut — the leader of the hawkish “Scoop Jackson” wing of the Democratic Party — is responding positively to the suggestion that President Bush offer him a post in his Cabinet.

On Sunday, asked by interviewer Chris Wallace on Fox News whether he would accept such a position, Lieberman replied, “I’d certainly think about it.”

Lieberman added that, discussion of himself aside, “it would be very good for the country to have some Democrats in the Cabinet” in order “to make clear to America and to the world that George Bush’s policy in the war on terror is not just his policy, it’s American policy.”

The speculation that Bush might tap Lieberman, who flopped in the Democratic presidential primaries, for a Cabinet post has been advanced by his friend, Senator John McCain, an Arizona Republican, as well as by the neoconservative commentator William Kristol and by New Republic writer Lawrence Kaplan. Kaplan wrote in the magazine’s November 16 online edition that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld “and the neoconservatives around him will be departing soon enough — replaced, in all likelihood, by a senator, perhaps even Joe Lieberman.”



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