Former Senator Joe Lieberman Passes Away


Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., waves to the crowd gathered in downtown Nashville, Tenn., Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, for a rally announcing Lieberman as Gore's running mate. Behind Lieberman are from left Tipper Gore, Democratic presidential candidate Vice President Al Gore and Hadassah Lieberman. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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Joel Lieberman, known for his groundbreaking role as the first Jewish vice presidential candidate and a distinguished tenure in the U.S. Senate, has passed away at 82 surrounded by his loved ones due to complications from a fall.

His career was marked by significant moments such as his nomination alongside Al Gore in the 2000 election and his stance on various key issues positioning him as a centrist within the Democratic Party.

Lieberman’s commitment to bipartisanship and his independent streak led him to support the Iraq war, causing a rift within his party and leading to his independence and a victory in 2006. Lieberman’s political journey was also notable for his support of Republican John McCain in 2008, showcasing his cross-party alliances.

The dedication to his Orthodox Jewish faith alongside a career advocating for important issues like environmental protection and health care reform underscored his unique position in American politics. His loss is felt across the political spectrum with tributes acknowledging his service and impact on American political life.

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