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Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman, a former Democrat who sits with Democratic caucus, said Tuesday that he would not rule out running for re-election in 2012 as a Republican.Lieberman angered his colleagues in the Democratic caucus this week by threatening to torpedo health care legislation if it contains a government-run public health insurance or an expansion of Medicare.
Lieberman said he wasn’t sure which party, if any, he would represent in his next election.
“I like being an independent, so that’s definitely a possibility,” the Connecticut senator said. “But I’d say all options are open.”
He called running as a Republican “unlikely” but added that he wouldn’t “foreclose any possibility.”
Lieberman certainly has angered his Democrat friends during the last week!
His insistance of dropping the public option from the proposed health care reform bill has been a point of contention for many Democrats. So much so, that there has been an all out attack not just on him, but on his wife as well, with Democrats calling for her to lose her position as the global embassador for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
His support of John McCain in his run for President last year certainly hasn’t endeared him to the Democrats either.
If Lieberman were to run as a Republican, would he be successful?
Although his continuing support of the troops and military actions abroad aligns with the Republican base, on social issues, Lieberman is still to the left of most conservatives (including moderates) making their support harder to win.
Only time will tell if Lieberman decides to make the step across the aisle, but given the Democrats treatment of him, and his wife, he certainly owes them no favors.