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Lindsey Graham and other officials react to the death of Senator and vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman

Joe Lieberman – an independent four-term U.S. senator and Al Gore’s Democratic nominee in 2000 – died Wednesday at age 82 as a result of a fall in New York, according to a statement from his family.

As the first Jewish candidate on a major party’s state ballot, Lieberman gained a reputation as someone who supported abortion rights, gun control and gay rights, but gained some attention after the September 11, 2001 attacks for his support of the U.S. invasion of the United States Iraq and its strong views on foreign policy.

In response to the news of his death, Senator Lindsey Graham penned a lengthy tribute to him X (formerly Twitter), in which he called Lieberman his “dear friend” and wrote: “I feel fortunate to have been in his presence and to have traveled the world in support of America’s interests as we saw them.” .” Finally: “From the Last Amigo”.

Barack Obama admitted in his own statement on social media that he didn’t always agree with Lieberman, but praised him for his “extraordinary career in public service” and wrote, “He also worked hard on ‘Don’t Ask Don’ t’ repeal ‘Tell’ and helped us pass the Affordable Care Act. In both cases the politics were difficult, but he stuck to his principles because he knew it was the right thing to do.”

I remember him as “a man of devout faith.” Sen. Mitt Romney celebrates him as “a dedicated public servant and defender of American values.” And Sen. Susan Collins of Maine included a video in her sendoff, writing, “A student at Spruce Mountain Middle School in Jay, Maine, asked me this afternoon who my favorite person was in my career have worked together. I said: Joe Lieberman.

Al Gore had this to say:

I am deeply saddened by the loss of Joe Lieberman. First and foremost, he was a man of deep faith and devotion to his family. My heart goes out to Hadassah, Hana, Matt, Rebecca, Ethan, his sisters and everyone who mourns his loss.

Joe was a man of deep integrity who dedicated his life to serving his country. He was a truly gifted leader whose affable personality and strong will made him a force to be reckoned with. So it was no surprise to any of us who knew him when he started singing his favorite song: Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.” And doing things Joe’s way meant that his country and the values ​​of equality and fairness always came first.

His passionate commitment to these values ​​was clear even as a young man. When he wanted to travel to the South to join the civil rights movement in the 1960s, he wrote: “I am going because there is still much to do. I’m american. And this is a nation or it is nothing.” .” These are the words of a civil rights champion and a true patriot, which is why I shared this quote when I announced Joe as my running mate.

It was an honor to stand side by side with him on the campaign trail. I will forever be grateful for his tireless efforts to build a better future for America.

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