Lieberman "Hurt" by Muslim Criticism

October 27, 2000

Source: The Washington Post

On October 27, 2000, The Washington Post reported that, "Connecticut Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman said he is stung by concerns raised about his candidacy for vice president by Arab American groups, which are clearly hurting the Democratic ticket in several key states. In an interview with WWMT-TV in Kalamazoo, Mich., Lieberman, the first Jewish major-party nominee for national office, said, 'I'm hurt [by such criticism]. They have a right to what they choose to do. The fact is I've worked very closely with Arab American groups.' He also asked Americans of Arab descent to focus on the nation's prosperity, 'look fairly at my record and know that I'm a person who loves his country and most of all, wants everybody to feel part of it.'... In recent days, the Arab American Political Action Committee in Detroit, the Arab American and Chaldean Leadership Council of Michigan and the American Muslim Political Coordinating Council, an umbrella association of four groups, have declared for the GOP ticket. They cited issues, including Bush's outreach to Muslim Americans on civil rights and police issues, as well as Lieberman's strong support of Israel, his signing of a Senate letter to President Clinton strongly siding with Israel and condemning the current Palestinian uprising and his support of moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem."