La­mont’s com­plaint

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Demo­cratic Se­nate nom­i­nee Ned La­mont, the anti-war can­di­date who top­pled Sen. Joe Lieber­man in the Con­necti­cut pri­mary, says he was sur­prised by Mr. Lieber­man and Vice Pres­i­dent Dick Cheney’s charge that his vic­tory could em­bolden ter­ror­ists.

“My God, here we have a ter­ror­ist threat against hearth and home, and the very first thing that comes out of their mind is how can we turn this to par­ti­san ad­van­tage. I find that of­fen­sive,” Mr. La­mont said in an in­ter­view Aug. 13 with the As­so­ci­ated Press.

Af­ter Bri­tish of­fi­cials dis­closed they had thwarted a ter­ror­ist air­liner-bomb­ing plot on Aug. 10, Mr. Lieber­man warned that Mr. La­mont’s call for a phased with­drawal of troops from Iraq would be “taken as a tremen­dous vic­tory” by ter­ror­ists.

Mr. Cheney sug­gested Aug. 9 that Mr. La­mont’s vic­tory might en­cour­age “the al Qaeda types” who want to “break the will of the Amer­i­can peo­ple in terms of our abil­ity to stay in the fight and com­plete the task.”

Mr.La­mont said Mr.Lieber­man’s swipe at his can­di­dacy“soundedan aw­ful lot” likeMr. Cheney.

“It sur­prised me,” he said. “It seemed al­most or­ches­trated. It’s sort of de­mean­ing to the peo­ple of Con­necti­cut. [. . .] I thought the sen­a­tor and the vice pres­i­dent were both wrong to use that at­tack [strat­egy] on the vot­ers of Con­necti­cut.”

The Lieber­man camp on Aug. 13 brushed aside Mr. La­mont’s com­ments, the AP said.

“All Lieber­man did was point out an im­por­tant dif­fer­ence be­tween his approach to na­tional se­cu­rity and Ned La­mont’s, which is what cam­paigns are all about,” said Lieber­man spokesman Dan Ger­stein.

Greg Pierce can be reached at 202/636-3285 or gpierce@wash­ing­ton­

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