Presidential candidate Buddy Roemer today announced that Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman would be his first choice for a Vice Presidential running mate. Governor Roemer issued the following statement:
"Senator Joe Lieberman's reputation as a reformer and a man of integrity is unrivaled in American politics. He is unequivocally my first choice for a Vice Presidential running mate."
"Ours are similar stories. We are both public servants who switched political parties. We both understand that we have to change the very nature of our political system, that campaign finance reform is sorely needed, and that corruption is a real problem in Washington, D.C. Joe and I both served our states in addition to being elected to federal office; he was a State Senator and an Attorney General; I was a Governor as well as a Congressman."
"We both campaigned for John McCain throughout the country four years ago and witnessed first-hand the struggles of everyday Americans. But here is the most important point. Joe and I both have the capacity to transcend partisanship, to put America first, and to solve America's problems. I am asking independent-minded voters to imagine what we could accomplish with this ticket. Americans are justifiably frustrated with their politicians and parties. Joe and I could change that. To me, it's a dream team."
Governor Roemer's Campaign Manager, Carlos Sierra, clarified that Roemer's statement is not meant to imply any decision on Senator Lieberman's part as to whether he would run for Vice President, only that Governor Roemer thinks highly of the Senator and believes he would be the best person for the job. Sierra said that "the list of people who command the same type of universal respect in American politics as Senator Lieberman is quite short. Our purpose is to get people thinking about a different approach to politics, one based on unity, integrity and civility, not necessarily on party affiliation."