Joe Lieberman Makes Pitch for 3rd-Party Candidates in Roanoke College Address

Joe Lieberman

By Tiffany Holland

Former vice presidential candidate and retired U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman visited Roanoke College on Wednesday night to discuss the partisan politics of Congress, which he feels are detrimental to the country and said the country needs more strong third-party candidates.

He also said there should be a “strong emergence of a third party in this country.”

He acknowledges that third-party candidates usually do not succeed, but they can leave a lasting effect on a race. He cited Ross Perot’s failed presidential bid as an example.

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16 thoughts on “Joe Lieberman Makes Pitch for 3rd-Party Candidates in Roanoke College Address

  1. Jed Ziggler Post author

    I appreciate Sen. Lieberman’s sentiments, but if he really wanted to develop a strong third party movement in American he would do real work to strengthen parties that already exist. What has he done to grow the Libertarian Party? Green Party? Constitution Party? Justice Party? Reform Party?

  2. langa

    I definitely wouldn’t expect Lieberman to do anything to help the LP. He loves big government, he loves war, and he hates the free market. He’s basically an anti-libertarian.

  3. jared King

    The kind of third party this asshole would want would be more dangerous than even the Republicrats.

  4. Jed Ziggler Post author

    I’m merely taking him at his word that he wants a strong third party, regardless of ideology. If that was true, imagine how much any third party could benefit from the Senator setting up a PAC to advertise for promising candidates, or funding ballot access drives, or setting up call centers to encourage people to vote for principled, non-duopoly candidates. Instead, he makes speeches.

  5. paulie

    I definitely wouldn’t expect Lieberman to do anything to help the LP. He loves big government, he loves war, and he hates the free market. He’s basically an anti-libertarian.

    True, and he’s also fond of using big government to enforce his ideas about morality. All reasons why Error Donderror says “true libertarians suppport him.”

    http://www.smallgov.org/?p=355#comment-4549

    # Eric Dondero Says:
    September 9th, 2006 at 9:44 pm

    Same feeling many of us have with Joe Lieberman.

    He’s mostly wrong on a whole slew of social and economic matters. But he is RIGHT ON on the War in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    That’s why True libertarians support him.

    As of this writing the original is “temporarily unavailable” …but it has been mentioned in many past treads and dondipshit did not deny it.

  6. paulie

    I’m merely taking him at his word that he wants a strong third party, regardless of ideology.

    No, Jared Kind is correct. It will be something like Americans Elect, with a definite ideology while hypocritically claiming to have none.

  7. Jed Ziggler Post author

    Proud to be a fake libertarian.

    But then, I’m not just here to advocate for libertarianism or the Libertarian Party, I’m here to advocate for principled third parties of all stripes, because I want voters to have more strong choices. So I’m encouraged that a former Senator is advocating for that. But we need more than just speeches, and we need to help those that already have skin in the game.

  8. paulie

    Lieberman will do nothing like that. He may hook up with other like minded people such as Bloomberg, Trump etc in some warmongering corporatist “centrist” party.

  9. Jed Ziggler Post author

    Likely, but the last such example, Americans Elect, at least inadvertently helped 2 independent U.S. House candidates get on the ballot in Arizona last year, so maybe there’s a silver lining to every raincloud after all.

  10. langa

    Paulie, I’m almost certain that Cruz article is a satire, albeit a fairly subtle one. The two things that gave it away were the lines about women not being able to buy birth control without a note from their pastor, and wanting to get back to the smog levels of the 1970s. Even if Cruz believed those things, he wouldn’t be politically tone-deaf enough to publicly admit to it.

  11. paulie

    I’m almost certain that Cruz article is a satire, albeit a fairly subtle one. The two things that gave it away were the lines about women not being able to buy birth control without a note from their pastor, and wanting to get back to the smog levels of the 1970s. Even if Cruz believed those things, he wouldn’t be politically tone-deaf enough to publicly admit to it.

    LOL I guess I should have read the whole thing, huh?

  12. paulie

    This is copyrighted material. Was permission obtained pursuant to http://www.roanoke.com/privacypolicy/ ?

    Jed is new to posting articles and I’m glad he’s doing it, since I have mostly run out of patience for doing it myself, at least for now. However, William has a point. Jed, please cut this article and any other articles from copyrighted sources down to 3-5 paragraphs and a link back to the source, with the author’s name whenever available. Do not post the whole article. We are arguably a commercial site, even though Warren is not running ads right now presumably he will resume them at some point. As such we should not post full articles. I used to do it all the time for a long time, but then we got threatened by a copyright troll, the site’s owner at the time folded, paid a four figure blackmail bounty, removed the IPR author who got caught (Cody Quirk) and all his past articles. Since then we have tried to be more careful. The copyright troll that shook us down was eventually stood up to by others and put out of business, but we should still try not to flout copyright law. That does not apply to things like party press releases, candidate blog posts or articles sent in to us by their authors.

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