Bill Kristol: Joe Lieberman to Endorse John McCain for President

This comes to us from the Weekly Standard’s blog Campaign Standard. My first response was surprise, but it makes sense. I just can’t see Lieberman endorsing any of the Democratic candidates because they are all against the issue he cares so much about: winning the war in Iraq.

Hat tip: Hot Air

Update: Fox News has more.

The McCain campaign told FOX News earlier that it was holding a “newsworthy” town hall meeting at 8 a.m. Monday but would not give details. On Sunday, the campaign said the meeting was to announce an endorsement, but did not say whose.

However, a senior Lieberman aide told FOX News on Sunday that Lieberman was approached by McCain, a longtime friend and ally, a couple of weeks ago and asked for the endorsement.

The two had just traveled together, once again, to Iraq for the Thanksgiving holiday. Lieberman has long said he would let the process “play itself out” — meaning, not endorse a candidate early, but according to the aide, “Lieberman just thought McCain was clearly the most qualified candidate (of the entire ’08 line-up) to be commander in chief from day one so rather than just observe from the sidelines, the senator now hopes to actually influence the process.”

The aide said Lieberman was not courted by anyone else in the race.

“I think McCain is the only one who asked for the senator’s endorsement,” he added.

In a pre-emptive comment against the questions that will inevitably come and that have swirled around the senator since his own contentious 2006 re-election, when he was knocked out of the Democratic primary by a political neophyte because of his pro-Iraq position, Lieberman is not switching parties.

“This is in no way an endorsement of the (Republican) Party, just the man,” the aide said, adding that McCain did not ask Lieberman to join his ticket in the vice presidential slot.

Lieberman “just wants to serve as a U.S. senator, nothing more,” the aide said. Lieberman was the Democrats’ vice presidential candidate in the 2000 race alongside Al Gore.

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