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   A Tripartisan Solution?

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8/2/2007 2:00 pm

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Entered 8/2/2007, Updated 8/2/2007

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Senator Lieberman is someone we watch closely. Not only is he a former vice presidential nominee of the Democrats who is one of the few senators to be elected as an independent, but he also has been a stalwart in the war on Islamic extremist terrorism. So when the junior senator from Connecticut joined yesterday with a former Republican presidential candidate, Senator Alexander of Tennessee, and a Democrat of Minnesota, Senator Klobuchar, to propose what they billed as a "tripartisan solution" to the presidential nominee selection process, it got our attention. In a press release explaining the legislation, Mr. Lieberman said, "The guiding principle of our democracy is that every citizen has the opportunity to choose his or her political leaders. But the sad truth is this principle no longer bears a resemblance to the reality of an increasingly compressed and arbitrary presidential primary system." He said, "The most powerful political figure in the world should be chosen in a fair, inclusive, and structured way that reflects the importance of the office."


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