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No Second Shot at V.P. For Lieberman

By Juliet Eilperin
DERRY, N.H.--Ending the speculation over whether he might join Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) presidential ticket, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) ruled out the prospect of serving as McCain's running mate.

When asked by a voter whether he was interested in running for vice president should McCain win the GOP nomination, Lieberman initially deflected the query with a quip.

"I'm supporting John McCain because he has good judgment," the senator said.

But after McCain told the crowd he doubted Lieberman coveted a job that has two duties--breaking ties in the Senate and inquiring each day about the president's health--the Connecticut independent made it clear he wouldn't be joining the ticket.

"I'm staying in the United States Senate and it's going to be great to have a friend like John McCain in the White House," Lieberman said.

By Washington Post editors  |  January 3, 2008; 7:08 PM ET
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