Joe Lieberman on 'Hannity'
Connecticut senator on running for vice president
- Duration 7:21
- Date Aug 10, 2012
Connecticut senator on running for vice president
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And welcome back -- Hannity senator Joseph Lieberman has a laundry list of accomplishments when it comes -- his political career.
Perhaps one of the biggest his plan Al Gore selected him to be his running mate back in 2000 -- a look back.
It was the 2000 presidential election an outgoing vice president Al Gore was the democratic nominee.
And a short list for VP was a virtual who's who in Washington DC.
Then finally Al Gore announced that he had.
I'm here to announce my running -- the next vice president of the United States senator Joseph Lieberman -- -- Senator Joseph Lieberman became -- first Jewish candidate to ever appear.
On the presidential ticket -- major American political party I am humbled.
And I am grateful.
Viewed to be a more conservative leaning Democrat -- Al Gore senator Lieberman seemed to be a perfect fit.
To run alongside the outgoing vice president in addition Lieberman's public criticism of President Clinton in the wake of the Monica Lewinsky affair.
Help distance the campaign from the many scandals have played the departing administration.
The infamous Florida recount fiasco.
He gore Lieberman ticket was left defeated tonight for the sake of our unity as a people and strength of our democracy.
I offer my concession.
And although Joseph Lieberman's vice presidential aspirations came to an end his dedicated service to our nation continue.
And back -- -- senator Joseph Lieberman by the way his hit book is the gift of rest is now in paperback senator Lieberman.
They got tapped by Al Gore yes you do -- -- embedded in the story how you and your wife -- is with us tonight -- found out is a fast that you found on TV.
We pretty much know that it's down.
So uninteresting -- Sunday night we we hear pretty reliably that vice president Gore's gonna make the choice that night.
And we also hear reliably.
That it's down to -- Kerry John Edwards and me.
And I receive a call from Jim Kennedy who is -- been with me for seventeen years and was working in the gore -- -- have heard from a reliable source that he was sorry to have to tell the story that they have chosen John Edwards.
So my whole family was in the house -- in here we pulled out a bottle wine.
We said you know what a country I came this far it's amazing.
We went to bed I get up the alarm goes off about ten of five of seven.
I hit the remote and it goes on to the local -- station and at the and the woman is saying.
Now let me repeat that very exciting story the AP reports.
There vice president gore has chosen our own senator Joseph Lieberman.
Has his -- his presidential running away.
So -- that I -- I hit and I -- -- did you hear that mark just said they say Al chose me now I always like this as she said why.
I thought they said up to actually said what.
So all however well why didn't pour cold you -- I don't know what I try to this -- I don't know I actually and there was bedlam there of like fifteen satellite TV -- that's at a house I go downstairs.
To do the one thing -- those who they would -- in the house make coffee.
And I'm frankly I'm in my it's summer and in my underwear there's three guys with cameras in the kitchen window.
I hit the Florida held a -- So it was and finally it got to be about -- another funny story.
Industrials upstairs it's Al on the phone -- We'll laid out there that I pick up boys say hello and again and innocent.
Then says this is great goes I'm so excited -- say who is this.
All I think I'm sorry go ahead of the DLC but when I was coming back from heard from about 1230.
I was -- and -- called me from the car.
And asked me.
If I would -- isn't my -- and a half hour later a little odd but it was -- it was clear that there was no real in the but it would lead to know what has been called him.
One thing that that you said in an interview and and actually wrote about is the fact that it.
It struck you about the country and you did not it did not escape peel -- that you would be.
A Jewish American.
On a ticket to be vice president of the United -- first for the first time -- I mean first they gotta sit thanks to Al Gore and -- -- this decision.
The presidential candidates -- is is very singular bit that they they can do whatever they want the -- throwing it to the convention.
So in -- -- he took a risk but he expressed the kind of confidence in America this is obviously more liberal you.
-- and reading going -- a Jewish American and away he he was I think he may have been going for somebody who is a little more moderate to have.
Validate his -- -- but he he he.
He took a risk in -- but he was confident that the American people would not have any problem because somebody for the first time it was -- was on.
The ticket and that was the truth I mean we we we couldn't have had a warmer reception.
From from the America.
American people and you know one of the Secret Service agents who had.
And particularly because people -- -- was religious and it took place.
One of the Secret Service agents who have done on the national campaign said to -- when they -- follow you through these crowds and with the all the time.
I have never heard as many people say god bless you to a candidate and of course most of those were obviously not Jewish.
And I realize in and where they were saying to me you know we're we're connecting with you on this from in this wonderful American way on this ground of shared.
Faith in god and I'd be negligent if I didn't miss this one little political.
Al -- kind of in my mind.
He's kind of gone off the George Bush betrayed this country you know he played on our fears I played it a lot.
That surprise you.
You know Al Gore and -- for instance and all circumstances were different we were two of only ten Democrats.
Who voted through -- through is the gulf war in 1991.
With President Bush.
41 but you know it changes.
And have different opinions -- at different times so we we and I have agreed on a bunch of things.
It's disagree about -- bunch of things since 2000 but always be grateful.
Two on for the chance she gave me which was barrier breaking and historic and close polls close doesn't and of course we were in the election he did that at that noticed it.
It was close there with 37 great Jason.
-- -- -- dimpled temple hanging swinging chads I remembered doctors say this in terms of American American people but not not to re -- the election.
We got about a half million more votes than the other -- so what I'm saying is the first time a Jewish American was picked it obviously didn't stop people.
From voting for the ticket and you know that's that's America us our feel very blessed to have had the chance and obviously grateful to the American people that stay with the.