On the one hand, Lamont said, "The war is a big issue. It speaks volumes about what kind of a country we are."
On the other hand, Lamont said his campaign focuses on a host of issues on which he and Lieberman disagree, citing the energy bill, school vouchers, and Alito's Supreme Court nomination.
He did characterize Lieberman's independent petitioning as in keeping with the senator's stands on issues like school vouchers, social security, and the Supreme Court nominations of Alito and Clarence Thomas -- as "hedging his bets."
Lamont also responded to Lieberman's argument that Lamont's personal wealth (estimated at between $90 and $300 million) requires Lieberman to take extra steps to compete fairly. Lamont noted that Lieberman has had up to $7 million in the bank and far outspent the Lamont campaign...
"If he wants to cap spending, let's go at it," Lamont said, referring to a previous challenge to Lieberman to agree to a maximum each campaign would spend. He noted that Lieberman has raised millions from "corporate lobbyists." Lamont added that "well over 10,000 people" have made small donations to his campaign.
"If he wants to run as a Democrat, run as a Democrat. Stop gaming the system," Lamont said. "Over 18 years on a lot of issues, he has tried to have it both ways." (Bass)
Paul Bass portrays Lamont as cool, calm and confident. Which he has every right to be, considering Joe Lieberman just gave him the best shot he's going to have at a Senate seat.
The primary is Lamont's to win. His first big test will come on Thursday night--when he'll have to face the cameras and Joe Lieberman not as a plucky upstart, but as a serious contender who is expected to carry the primary. Everyone will be watching to see how he does.
I hope you weren't planning on doing anything for the next month.
Bass, Paul. "Lieberman Launches "Cut & Run" Campaign." New Haven Independent 3 July, 2006.