Sen. Joe Lieberman said Friday afternoon that his central role in the push to repeal the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy banning openly gay service members would not preclude him from running as a Republican in 2012.
While much has been written in recent days suggesting that the Connecticut Independent is using the issue to solidify his Democratic credentials before a difficult re-election bid, Lieberman said the timing was simply “a coincidence” and his position could help him with voters across the political spectrum.
He spoke to Roll Call briefly after leading a Capitol Hill press conference Friday afternoon with the pro-repeal group Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. The vote on repealing the Bill Clinton-era policy is expected Saturday.
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