2000 Democratic Party vice presidential candidate selection

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2000 Democratic vice presidential nomination
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Nominee Joe Lieberman
Home state Connecticut

Previous Vice Presidential nominee

Al Gore

Vice Presidential nominee

Joe Lieberman

This article lists those who were potential candidates for the Democratic nomination for Vice President of the United States in the 2000 election. Incumbent Vice President Al Gore won the 2000 Democratic nomination for President of the United States, and chose Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman as his running mate on August 7, 2000.[1] Lieberman, a centrist two-term Democratic senator, was chosen for being "tough on defense" and foreign policy issues. Lieberman was the first Jew chosen for a national ticket.[2] The choice of Lieberman was announced shortly before the 2000 Democratic National Convention.[2] Former Secretary of State Warren Christopher led the vetting process.[3] The Gore–Lieberman ticket ultimately lost to the BushCheney ticket. Coincidental to the presidential election, Lieberman was re-elected to a third term as senator from Connecticut.





In August 2000, Gore announced that he had selected Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut as his vice presidential running mate. Lieberman became the first person of the Jewish faith to appear on a major party's presidential ticket (Barry Goldwater, the Republican presidential nominee in 1964, was of Jewish descent but identified as an Episcopalian).[4] Lieberman, who was a more conservative Democrat than Gore, had publicly blasted President Clinton for the Monica Lewinsky affair. Many pundits saw Gore's choice of Lieberman as another way of trying to distance himself from the scandals of the Clinton White House.[5]

Media speculation on possible vice presidential candidates[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Knowlton, Brian (8 August 2000). "Gore's Choice for His Running Mate:Moderate Senator Who Scorned Clinton : Selecting Lieberman Is Seen as Bold Move; Religion May Be Issue". New York Times. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b Connolly, Ceci (4 August 2000). "Gore Trims VP List To Six -- Senators Have Inside Track / Bradley could be 'wild card' pick". Washington Post. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Joe Lieberman". The New York Observer. August 13, 2000. Archived from the original on December 7, 2008. Retrieved July 15, 2008.
  5. ^ Sack, Kevin (August 9, 2000). "THE 2000 CAMPAIGN: THE VICE PRESIDENT; Gore and Lieberman Make Tolerance the Centerpiece". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-07-03.
  6. ^ a b c Starr, Alexandra (July–August 1999). "Running Mates: Who will be on the ticket in 2000?". The Washington Monthly. Archived from the original on 2000-03-05.
  7. ^ a b c Seelye, Katherine (26 July 2000). "THE 2000 CAMPAIGN: THE VICE PRESIDENT; Democrats Say Bush's Choice Gives Gore a Freer Hand". New York Times. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  8. ^ a b http://www.onlineathens.com/stories/080400/ele_0804000019.shtml
  9. ^ a b DePaulo, Lisa (14 December 2011). "The (Real) Governator". GQ.