Joe Lieberman: McCain's Vice President?

09/21/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • The Huffington Post

AUG 20 -- GOP Officials Try To Head Off Lieberman Pick: Republicans are concerned that McCain might actually choose the Independent Democrat as his VP.

Officials with John McCain's campaign made a series of conference calls Monday and Tuesday with supporters nationwide to say that Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman may be named as the Arizona senator's vice presidential running mate, immediately sparking a frenzied effort by some state Republican officials to come up with a strategy to head off such a move, The Washington Times has learned.

One of the concerned state GOP officials told The Washington Times that he talked with two "high-level" campaign officials who said "Lieberman is a very real possibility."

AUG 19 -- Lieberman Aides Collecting Info On Their Boss: Staffers are compiling a portfolio, probably for McCain's vetting.

Clarine Nardi Riddle, Lieberman's Chief of Staff, and Sherry Brown, a top district aide and his 2006 campaign manager, are working the phones and sending emails in an apparent attempt to compile a portfolio for the former Democratic vice-presidential nominee.

Without saying defnitively that the information-gathering was being done to share with McCain's campaign, this source said "it would be unusual if not in the context of being vetted."

AUG 9 -- Lieberman On McCain's VP "Short List": The 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee could run on the Republican ticket.

Joe Lieberman, the former Democratic vice-presidential nominee who has endorsed John McCain, is being vetted as a potential running mate for the Republican presidential hopeful, according to an adviser to Mr McCain's ­campaign.

Mr Lieberman, who has campaigned for the Arizona senator, has long been ­considered an unconventional but plausible choice for Mr McCain.