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Sen. Joe Lieberman to Speak at GOP Convention

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., share a laugh while speaking to reporters during a news conference Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008, in Birmingham, Mich.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., share a laugh while speaking to reporters during a news conference Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008, in Birmingham, Mich. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

August 20, 2008

(AP) - There's word that a political independent will get some of the spotlight at the Republican National Convention.

A party official says Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman has been chosen to address next month's GOP gathering, where Republicans will formally nominate John McCain for president.

Lieberman ran as the 2000 Democratic vice-presidential nominee. Eight years later, he's being seen as a possibility for McCain's vice-presidential pick.

The 66-year-old lawmaker tends to vote with Democrats on most issues. He's a longtime supporter of abortion rights, a stance that would rankle conservatives if he landed on the GOP ticket.

He's also angered Democrats with his strong support for the Iraq war, as well as his backing of McCain's White House bid.

Meanwhile, Lieberman's office is declining to comment.


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