Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut said Wednesday that he will retire

next year, ending a career in which he became his party’s vice

presidential nominee but six years later ran as an independent after

losing the Democratic primary.

“The reason I have decided not to run for re-election in 2012 is best

expressed in the wise words from Ecclesiastes: ‘To everything there is a

season, and a time to every purpose under Heaven,”‘ Lieberman said in

prepared remarks.

While Lieberman’s hawkish views on the military and the Iraq war

rankled some Democrats, his support for gay rights and abortion rights

won him the praise of many liberals.


68, nearly won the vice presidency on the Democratic ticket with

running mate Al Gore in 2000 and mounted an unsuccessful presidential

bid in 2004.