"MS. MITCHELL: Senator Schumer, as you well know, in Connecticut your colleague and friend and former vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman has a heated primary race on his hands against anti-war candidate Ned Lamont. Now let me show you a bit of a new ad that the Lamont campaign is airing, which morphs Joe Lieberman with pictures of President Bush.
AD ANNOUNCER: Joe Lieberman on the Iraq war:
SEN. JOSEPH LIEBERMAN: (With George W. Bush’s face) We are now at a point where the war in Iraq is a war of necessity.
AD ANNOUNCER: Joe Lieberman may say he represents us, but if it talks like George W. Bush and acts like George W. Bush, it’s certainly not a Connecticut Democrat.
MS. MITCHELL: OK, as campaign chairman, will you now, today, commit to supporting whoever wins that Democratic primary in Connecticut where he is now facing that tough challenge?
SEN. SCHUMER: Well, let me say this, Andrea. Harry Reid, myself, the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, in this primary, are supporting Joe Lieberman. And we’re doing everything we can to help him. I’m not going to speculate on what happens after the primary, because we believe Joe Lieberman is going to win, and it—I’m not going to undermine my candidate by speculating about what might happen afterwards. We think he’s going to win and we’re supporting him in the primaries.
MS. MITCHELL: You’re supporting him even though his position on the war is completely contrary to most, most Democrats?
SEN. SCHUMER: Well, again, the Democratic Party is united in holding the president’s feet to the fire on oversight, but...
MS. MITCHELL: But why won’t you commit today to supporting Joe Lieberman, the former vice presidential nominee?
SEN. SCHUMER: Because...
MS. MITCHELL: You’re basically saying that you will support the Democrat, whoever wins?
SEN. SCHUMER: I am saying that we are supporting Joe Lieberman in the primary...
MS. MITCHELL: But only for the primary.
SEN. SCHUMER: ...and we’re not going to speculate about things afterwards because that undermines your candidate. We’re supporting Joe. He’s going to win.
MS. MITCHELL: Are you suggesting that you might not support the Democratic winner?
SEN. SCHUMER: As I said, I am not going to speculate on the future because we’re for Joe Lieberman in this primary.
MS. MITCHELL: We’re talking about what the definition of “is” is here, but...
SEN. SCHUMER: Well, there you go.
MS. MITCHELL: So, Joe Lieberman up through the primary, and then he’s on his own?
SEN. SCHUMER: We’re not speculating after the primary.
MS. MITCHELL: What if he runs as an independent?
SEN. SCHUMER: We’re not speculating after the primary. It doesn’t make sense. When you have a candidate you’re supporting, you don’t say, “What happens if he doesn’t win?”
SEN. McCONNELL: Andrea?
MS. MITCHELL: Yes.
SEN. McCONNELL: Could I just say, this illustrates the nature...
SEN. SCHUMER: I’m sure you’ll want to. Weigh in.
MS. MITCHELL: Weigh in on this one.
SEN. McCONNELL: ...the nature of the Democrats’ problem. Joe Lieberman voted against all of their cut-and-run proposals. All of them. He supports the president in his war on terror and in the Iraqi chapter of that, and it creates a real dilemma. The Democrats are obviously totally divided on the issue of how to handle the war on terror.
MS. MITCHELL: Well, let me help you get off the...
SEN. SCHUMER: But, Andrea, wait, I don’t agree with that. If you look at every poll, who do the American people have more faith in in terms of Iraq? It’s the Democrats. Who do the American people—do they want to see a change in direction in Iraq? Absolutely.
MS. MITCHELL: But, Senator...
SEN. SCHUMER: And I think they respect the fact that Democrats do have divisions and are debating this, and not just marching in lockstep to whatever the president does, because they’re not happy with what the president is doing, and that’s going to help us.
SEN. McCONNELL: The debate that Chuck and I are having—this debate that Chuck and I are having is likely to be the big issue in the fall campaign. We’re going to have this debate with the American people."
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
the DLC is sooo nervous about Lamont.
from MTP on Sunday, with mrs greenspan sitting in for punkinhead timmeh - the DLC is sooo nervous about Lamont.
Posted by lukery at 7/04/2006 12:22:00 PM