Lieberman Would Speak at RNC

Independent's support might be just what McCain needs
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2008 1:08 PM CDT
Senator John McCain leads Senator Joe Lieberman to a meeting with French Prime Minister Francois Fillon. Lieberman is behind McCain all the way, and is willing to sing his praises to the RNC.   (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
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(Newser) – Former Democrat Joe Lieberman could cross the aisle in primetime to give a speech in support of John McCain at September's Republican National Convention, the Hill reports. The Connecticut Independent hasn't been tapped yet, but told reporters, “If Sen. McCain, who I support so strongly, asked me to do it, if he thinks it will help him, I will."

Lieberman doesn't think it likely he'll be called upon to give a keynote speech, but expects to take the podium in some form. The onetime Democratic nominee for veep could help draw moderate or undecided voters to McCain's side, but a speech at the RNC could also hurt Lieberman's standing among the Democrats he caucuses with in the Senate.