12/22/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Obama Aides: Lieberman Would Have Helped McCain

Top advisers to President-elect Barack Obama's presidential campaign said Thursday that Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) would have been a powerful boost to the Republican ticket.

During a conference on the 2008 election hosted by Politico and the University of Southern California, Obama-Biden deputy campaign manager Steve Hildebrand said choosing the renegade senator as his running mate would have helped McCain undermine Obama's claim to represent a new kind of politics.

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