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Lieberman to party with Grand Old Party

It's not enough that Sen. Joe Lieberman, left, the one-time Democrat turned independent from Connecticut, has endorsed Republican John McCain for president. It's not enough that Lieberman has been critical of Democratic nominee Barack Obama. Now, it has been announced that Lieberman, who you may recall was on the Democratic ticket for vice president in 2000, will be speaking at the Republican National Convention. He's in the first night's lineup on Sept. 1, along with Vice President Dick Cheney and President Bush. The theme of the night is "Service." Rumors persist that Lieberman is in the mix to join McCain as a running mate. Many other VP contenders also are speaking during the week.

Has a Democrat ever done this before? Yes. Then-Sen. Zell Miller, D-Georgia, addressed Republicans at the 2004 convention. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez are scheduled to speak on the final night of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. That's Sept. 4. It's the same night McCain will accept the Republican presidential nomination. If you're looking for VP news here, we should note that Sept. 3 would be a likely time for the VP to speak, and Mitt Romney and Bobby Jindal are set for that night. Obama and his running mate will be together Saturday in Springfield, Ill., but the campaign is not saying if it will be the first time they're together. One top contender, Delaware Sen. Joe Biden, revealed Wednesday that his son, Joseph Robinette "Beau" Biden III, deploys to Iraq on Oct. 3. Beau Biden, 39, is Delaware's attorney general and a captain in the Army National Guard. He's seen as a possible successor to his father.

Lieberman to party with Grand Old Party 08/20/08 [Last modified: Thursday, August 21, 2008 3:49pm]
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