NewsJoe Lieberman, former U.S. senator and vice presidential candidate, dies at 82

Joe Lieberman, former U.S. senator and vice presidential candidate, dies at 82

He was a candidate for Vice President of the USA. Joe Lieberman is dead.
He was a candidate for Vice President of the USA. Joe Lieberman is dead.
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7:39 AM EDT, March 28, 2024

Joe Lieberman, a prominent former U.S. senator, passed away at 82. His family reported that he died following a fall at his home on Wednesday.

Initially elected to represent Connecticut in the Senate in 1989, Lieberman served until his retirement in 2013. Though he spent the majority of his career as a Democrat, he declared himself an independent towards the end of his tenure.

He was Al Gore's running mate in the contentious 2000 presidential election, which George W. Bush eventually won.

Lieberman bid for the presidency in 2004 but didn't secure the Democratic nomination, losing out to John Kerry. In 2008, he notably broke party ranks to support Republican John McCain over Barack Obama, citing McCain's stance on the war on terrorism as the key reason.

In the 2020 elections, Lieberman threw his support behind Joe Biden for the U.S. presidency.

Contributing to public discourse to the end

Recently, Lieberman penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal in which he criticized Senator Chuck Schumer's advocacy for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, exemplifying his enduring engagement in political discussion.

Lieberman leaves behind his wife Hadassah, to whom he was married since 1982, their three children, and numerous grandchildren.

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