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Lieberman to Speak at RNC! How Much Does He Help McCain?

Independent Senator Joe Lieberman will speak at the Republican National Convention, where Lieberman's former rivals will nominate his good friend John McCain for president. And an even juicier rumor is floating around: the real Lieberman surprise might come as a slot on the ticket, not merely as a speaking slot at the convention. John McCain is seriously considering Joe Lieberman as his vice-presidential nominee.

Let's get back the substantiated rumor that Lieberman will speak at the RNC. At first it seems a little odd that a senator who got the Democratic VP nod in 2000, ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004, and still caucuses with the Senate Democrats will speak at the Republican's biggest party. But it's also no secret that some of Lieberman's stances veer to the right. He strongly supports the Iraq war and crossed the aisle to support McCain early on.

A while back more of you thought Lieberman should speak at the RNC than those who thought a speech would be the ultimate betrayal. Now that the speech is happening, how much of an advantage does it give John McCain? As an Orthodox Jew, Lieberman could help McCain in a swing state like Florida. Should McCain go all the way and tap the recovering Democrat as his VP?


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