Senator Joe Lieberman is retiring
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
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.