Sen. John McCain, trying to build momentum toward a reprise of his 2000 New Hampshire primary victory, is piling up high-profile endorsements, including one from another political maverick, Sen. Joseph Lieberman.

The Connecticut senator, an independent who was the Democrats’ 2000 vice presidential nominee, was scheduled to announce his support for McCain at a town hall meeting Monday morning in Hillsborough.

A Lieberman adviser said the senator decided to back McCain despite being a Republican because he believes his colleague from Arizona “has the best chance of uniting the country in its fight against Islamic terrorism.”

The adviser, who spoke on the condition of anonymity in advance of the formal announcement, said Lieberman would continue to caucus with Senate Democrats, and said his decision was not a reflection of any lingering tension with his old party after high-profile Democrats abandoned him when he lost the Democratic primary during his 2006 Senate re-election campaign.

One 2008 White House contender, Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, supported Lieberman in the primary, but said after he lost, “I’m going to just hope Senator Lieberman will take a hard look at this and do what is best for Connecticut and the Democratic Party.”

Another leading Democratic candidate, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, donated $5,000 to the Democratic nominee, Ned Lamont, and sent an e-mail just before the general election saying, “Please join me in supporting Ned Lamont with your hard work on-the-ground in these closing weeks of the campaign.”

Lieberman subsequently won re-election with an independent candidacy and has since been the darling of many prominent Republicans, including former White House adviser Karl Rove, for pushing a hard line in support of the country’s war in Iraq. McCain also supports the war, calling it a critical battlefront in the fight against terrorism.

A top McCain aide said: “They are obviously very good friends. McCain helped him in his re-elect, and the significance of the support he will help attract to McCain cannot be overstated.”

The aide also spoke on the condition of anonymity prior to the Monday event, which the campaign generically advertised as “a major new endorsement.”

Word of the endorsement follows several other high-profile announcements for McCain, including weekend endorsements by The Des Moines Register and The Boston Globe.

McCain has largely ceded the Iowa caucuses to front-runners Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney, but the Register said, “McCain is most ready to lead America in a complex and dangerous world and to rebuild trust at home and abroad by inspiring confidence in his leadership.”

The Globe, while not based in New Hampshire, circulates in New Hampshire’s vote-rich southern tier. McCain has focused his campaign on the Granite State, hoping to repeat his 2000 victory over George W. Bush.

“The iconoclastic senator from Arizona has earned his reputation for straight talk by actually leveling with voters, even at significant political expense,” the Globe wrote.

McCain has also picked up endorsements from The New Hampshire Union Leader, the state’s largest newspaper, and The Portsmouth Herald.

“U.S. Sen. John McCain will tell you the truth, even if it costs him the election,” the Herald wrote.

McCain, campaigning Sunday in Florida, said he expected the endorsements would help him with undecided voters, especially registered Republicans.

“All of them say the same thing — that I have the experience and the judgment to lead this country and that I have been the one who is presidential,” the senator said. “Obviously that will help me as we get down in the last few weeks before the Iowa caucuses, New Hampshire primary, Michigan and South Carolina primaries and the Florida primary.”


Associated Press Writers Andrew Miga in Washington and Brendan Farrington in Fort Myers, Fla., contributed to this report.


  1. “We don’t need it and it is supposed to be banned in CHB.” …barak

    Hi barak…

    I agree with you that a mindless carte-blanche indictment of American and world-wide Jewry is out of line, but never, ever should ideas be banned from public scrutiny for the protection of a another “ism”; ie.., Zionism or any other “ism” for that matter.

    It’s when ideas are banned that it gives both fascination and attraction to them regardless of how dark in nature. We want ideas to be exposed in the sunlight of public scrutiny…no?!

    “I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”… Thomas Jefferson

    This tryanny includes Zionist Jews from preventing free discourse concerning their historically negative agenda relative to host nations. Yes there are millions of committed, reasonable Jews;ie., Americans that love their country, but there are many that place Israel above all, and for those Jews I say fie on them and their selfish, nationalist agenda, quite possibly a world-destroying agenda.

    Jesus would say…”render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s” and to God the things that are God’s… and I say too, that Jews need to render unto the U.S., their loyalty as citizens, and to Israel the things that are theirs, but not ours, and to Yahweh the things that are His…!

    Either American Jews are with us, the U.S. as a nation; ie., American citizens swearing allegiance to the U.S. or they are citizens of Israel, swearing allegiance to Israel, but they can’t have it both ways regardless of the dual-citizenship phenomena…no?!

    We the People of the U.S., have a committment, but not an absolute obligation to protect the somewhat fragile Israeli nation; surely not at the expense of destroying the United States of America and the free world in the process…!

    I rest my case.

    Carl Nemo **==

  2. Many Americans feel a need to secure Israel. I tend to me one of these Americans. I do not believe that keeping the war going in the middle east is the way to do it! There is a crazed emotional movement to continue this crusade to destroy Islam and is simply throwing our American power against the Muslim nations.

    The Bush Administration was driven by this move along with making America a Christian nation. He carelessly sacrificed our own American soldiers for his agenda and finally went too far. It will be proven that his Administration has been run on lies and corruption and destroyed the GOP. It must be done!

    Only the GOP can run these bastards out of office and hopefully the Democrats will do the same. Neither party party represents the people of America.

  3. The Jews did it! That’s the bullshit excuse that naive fools like anthny and jerryg try to put on anyone who is Jewish who does something that their warped minds don’t like or understand.
    When we in this country finally understand that Jewish people are just like the rest of Americans with differing points of view, ideas, policies, and practices, this country might begin to coalesce into the great nation that began in 1776 (with the help of a prominent Jewish resident, by the way.) Jews have contributed much to our nation, and to try to belittle the group because of the actions of an off track politician like Joe Lieberman is bigotry personified.
    We don’t need it and it is supposed to be banned in CHB.

  4. Okay, so Joe has endorsed John! Big deal! Consider it akin to T-Rex aligning with Allosaurus to stave off the inevitable – extinction! They’re both a couple of political dinosaurs from States with an electorate that quite frankly, has been politically marginalized. Connecticut being nothing more than a “colony” of New York and Arizona nullified by a combination of the retiree vote versus the “illegal”.

    Oh, one last thing about Joe. He’s bought and paid for by the Israeli lobby so it should be no surprise that he feels he’s invulnerable as he goes about his vagabond ways!

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