Democratic presidential candidate Joseph Lieberman says he is sickened by President Bush’s decision-making on the economy and foreign policy. Lieberman says when he “thinks of the radical, right direction George Bush has taken America,” it makes him “sick.” Lieberman, the Connecticut Senator who was Al Gore’s running-mate in 2000, appeared at a forum Sunday in Cedar Rapids. Lieberman says he and Gore tried to warn the country about Bush. Lieberman says as every day passes, the American people have less and less trust in Bush. Lieberman since 1998 has advocated intervention in Iraq to get rid of dictator Saddam Hussein, but many Democratic party activists oppose the war. Lieberman defends his position, but criticizes Bush for failing to have a plan for post-Saddam Iraq. Lieberman says Bush should have ensured that Iraqis seized control of their own government more quickly, and secured Iraq’s borders. Lieberman says because the U.S. didn’t have enough troops to guard the borders, terrorists flooded in and now they’re killing American troops. Lieberman repeated his analysis that “Bush has given a bad name to a just war.” Lieberman is near the back of the pack in public opinion polls in Iowa. Lieberman is the last of nine democratic presidential candidates to appear at a 90-minute forum hosted by Senator Tom Harkin. Harkin’s staff is trying to schedule a 10th forum with Wesley Clark, who jumped in the race this past Wednesday.
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