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.
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