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Sen. Joe Lieberman tells Newsmax that he will probably seek re-election in 2012 and will likely run again as an independent.
Newsmax chief Washington correspondent Ronald Kessler asked the senator, who lost the Democratic primary in 2006 and was elected as an independent in the general election, if he could see himself running as a Republican.
“I’ve been a Democrat all my life. I got rejected by the Democratic Party in 2006 and went on as an independent, and thank God and the people of Connecticut, I got re-elected,” Lieberman responds.
“So I’m up again in 2012. I probably will run again. I’ve got to make that decision by the end of this year, I would say. You know, it’s possible. I haven’t decided what banner I would like to run under. Probably independent is the one that suits me best, because that’s what I am.
“In this very partisan time, it’s not my nature or my philosophy to just walk down one party road whether I think it’s right or not. I’m going to, like a lot of Americans, decide what makes the most sense on issue to issue and do what I think is right.
“So right now I’d probably be more inclined to run again as an independent. But anything is possible.”
IPR Note: Lieberman was actually elected in 2006 under the banner of the newly formed Connecticut for Lieberman Party after losing the Democratic Party primary for reelection. In an ironic twist, that new party has since been taken over by opponents of Sen. Lieberman. The Newsmax article does not make it clear whether Lieberman will try to take that party back over, create a new one, or run as a true independent (with no party affiliation).