2006 CT Senate Debate: on Principles & Values


Joseph Lieberman: Iím not George Bush, but Lamont is running against him

I know George Bush. I have worked against George Bush. I have even run against George Bush. But, Ned, Iím not George Bush. So why donít you stop running against him and have the courage and honesty to run against me and the facts of my record? The fact is that I have opposed George Bush on most of the major policy initiatives of his administration, from tax cuts for the rich to privatizing Social Security.

I have done so not for partisan reasons, but because I believe he was wrong. Iím a Democrat with a 35-year record of fighting for progressive causes, for the middle class, for civil rights, for womenís rights, for human rights and a lot more. I voted with my Senate Democratic colleagues 90% of the time. And when I have disagreed, I have had the courage of my convictions to say so. Thatís who I am. Thatís who I have been. And thatís what I offer Connecticut voters for the next six years -- experience, principles and results.

Source: 2006 Connecticut Democratic Senate Primary debate Jul 6, 2006

Joseph Lieberman: Would run Independent due to Lamontís single-issue candidacy

Q: What does being a Democrat mean to you and why have you opted to become a petitioning candidate if you donít win the primary?

A: What a Democrat means to me is what it meant in 1960 when President Kennedy summoned my generation into public service. In our time, the Democratic Party has been the great hope of people rising in our country, and it remains that way.

[My opponent] is running a single issue campaign. He is a single issue candidate who is applying a litmus test to me. Itís not good enough to be 90% voting with my colleagues in the Senate Democratic Caucus. He wants 100%. And when a party does that, itís the beginning of the defeat of that party. I want Democrats to be back in the majority in Washington and elect a Democratic president in 2008. This man and his supporters will frustrate and defeat our hopes of doing that.

Source: 2006 Connecticut Democratic Senate Primary debate Jul 6, 2006

Ned Lamont: I say what I mean, and I mean what I say

People tell me that they want their political leaders to stand up, think big ideas, dream big dreams, say what you mean, and mean what you say. And with Ned Lamont as your next Democratic senator, I mean to do just that. It wonít take me 18 years to sign onto a bill that says health care is a basic right for every American. And Iíll vote to roll back the Bush-Cheney-Lieberman energy bill, which provides billions of subsidies to big oil and does so little for energy independence and the environment.
Source: 2006 Connecticut Democratic Senate Primary debate Jul 6, 2006

Ned Lamont: If Lieberman wonít take on George Bush, I will

As a volunteer teacher, I was talking to the kids and telling them that if you work hard and you play by the rules and make good choices, opportunity is going to come your way. But as I was saying this, I was thinking, in Washington, we are making a lot of bad choices right now. Weíre losing a lot of our good-paying jobs here in the state of Connecticut, and I wonder about the opportunities for our kids as they get older. And, Senator Lieberman, if you wonít challenge President Bush on his failed agenda, I will.

Look at the record. Gas prices have doubled. Skyrocketing health care costs are bankrupting families and small businesses alike. Connecticut families are working harder and harder and earning less and less. Weíre more dependent upon foreign oil. Weíre more dependent upon foreign capital, and we have 135,000 of our bravest troops stuck in the middle of a bloody civil war. And I say that those who got us into this mess should be held accountable.

Source: 2006 Connecticut Democratic Senate Primary debate Jul 6, 2006

Ned Lamont: My support is grassroots -- stand up and be clear

Q: This contest between the two of you has been described as a fight for the soul of the Democratic Party. Who are your supporters? And if you were to win the primary, would you broaden your appeal to more of the party?

A: In terms of support for the Ned Lamont campaign, itís grassroots support. We have got tens of thousands of people across the state of Connecticut and beyond who want the Democrats to stand up and be counted, be clear about where we stand, think boldly, talk boldly about what we want to do, offer real, constructive alternatives to the Bush agenda.

Right now we have got 63 lobbyists for every Congressman in Washington DC. You have got the best Congress that money can buy. But when it comes to the Democrats, I think itís important we go down to Washington DC, and start talking about the common good. I think thatís where we make a difference as Democrats, and I think thatís when we start winning again.

Source: 2006 Connecticut Democratic Senate Primary debate Jul 6, 2006

Ned Lamont: Democrats should present constructive alternatives to Bush

LAMONT: I think itís so important that the Democrats stand up and present a constructive alternative to the Bush administration. I find that Sen. Lieberman too often is willing to undermine the Democrats, be it on issues like the war in Iraq, or on a variety of other issues, be it Social Security, be it affirmative action, be it vouchers. These are important issues that say a lot about what we stand for. We stand for the public good. We stand for public education. We stand for universal health care for every American, and when Democrats say that, thatís when we start winning again.

LIEBERMAN: On Social Security privatization--I looked at it in the late 90s. I decided it was a bad idea. I opposed it in 2000. I voted for resolutions against it. On the day that Pres. Bush started his campaign to privatize Social Security in 2005, I was one of 41 Democratic senators to say explicitly that I think itís a bad idea, it would hurt Social Security. So why donít you stop spreading that kind of untruth?

Source: 2006 Connecticut Democratic Senate Primary debate Jul 6, 2006

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