A: Public service is a profession. It doesn’t mean that the only way you come into it is by being in public service. But president of the US is the most important, complicated, demanding job in the world. And when you look at the relative experience of these two candidates and what their record is, I just think that Al Gore is so much more ready to be a great president. He’s had national and international experience that is wide. He knows world leaders. He’s worked to balance the budget and keep the economy growing. I think, on balance, Governor Bush is not ready, with all respect, at this point, to be the kind of president that America needs and Al Gore is.
LIEBERMAN: Al Gore and I have felt for a long time that we cannot let America’s parents stand alone in this competition that they feel they’re in with Hollywood to raise their own kids. John McCain and I requested the report that proved conclusively that the entertainment industry is marketing adult-rated products to our children. When that report came out, Al Gore and I said to the industry, “Stop it. And if you don’t stop it in six months, we’re going to ask the FTC to take action against you.” Al Gore and I agree on most everything. We disagree on some things, and I have not changed a single position since Al Gore nominated me.
Lieberman said he thought Gore wanted to run with someone with whom he shared “values and policies... And you know, I’m sure people in these few days will point out a couple of the areas where I may have taken different positions but, honestly if you look at our overall record support for environmental protection, support of the Gulf War, strong support for the economic policies that have brought us such extraordinary growth in the last decade, on and on and on, Al Gore and I have pretty much walked the same path.”
“But after much reflection and review of the extensive evidence before us, of the meaning of the term ‘high Crimes and Misdemeanors,’ and, most importantly, of the best interests of the nation, I have concluded that the facts do not meet the high standard the Founders established for conviction and removal,” Lieberman said.
“No matter how deeply disappointed I am that our President, who has worked so successfully to lift up the lives of so many people, so lowered himself and his office, I conclude that his wrongdoing in this sordid saga does not justify making him the first President to be ousted from office in our history.”
“Impeachment is not an instrument of protest, or of prosecution, but one of protection, of our country, its people, and our democratic ideals,” Lieberman said.
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