August 11, 2000
NASHVILLE, Aug. 8 -- Al Gore today announced Joseph Lieberman, a well-respected two-term senator from Connecticut, as his vice presidential running mate. Lieberman has been fighting for working families and standing up to special interests throughout a 30-year career in public service.
"With pride in his achievements, with gratitude for his willingness to stand with me, and with faith in his fight for working families I'm here to announce my running mate, the next vice president of the United States of America, Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut," said Gore. "Together, we're going to take this ticket from Nashville, Tennessee, today, to Los Angeles, California, next week, and in the months and miles ahead, all the way across America to the White House this November."
Gore made the announcement at the historic War Memorial/Legislative Plaza located in downtown Nashville. In 1998, he gave his father's eulogy at the same site. Gore's parents met across the street at the old Andrew Jackson coffeehouse, which is no longer standing. In 1992, Gore held his victory rally in the same location. Al and Tipper Gore appeared together with Joe and Hadassah Lieberman. Each spoke after a program that included a performance by Jewel, a multi-award winning singer/songwriter.
"Forty years ago I was an 18-year-old who watched in awe as John F. Kennedy became the first Roman Catholic elected to be President. To me, it said a lot, about the courage and character of the American people," said Lieberman. "I think choosing me as his running mate says the same thing about the courage and character of Al Gore. In fact, you could call this ticket the American Dream ticket."
Born in Connecticut, Lieber-man still lives in New Haven, Conn., with his wife, Hadas-sah. They have four children: Matthew, age 32; Rebecca, age 31; Ethan, age 24; and Hana, age 12. The Liebermans also have two grandchildren: Willie D. and 3-year-old Tennessee. Lieberman was first elected to the Connecticut State House in 1970, where he served as Majority Leader for six years. From 1982 to 1988, Lieberman was Connecticut's attorney general, where he defended consumers against unfair price-gouging by Big Oil companies.
In 1988, Lieberman was elected to the U.S. Senate. He was re-elected to his seat in 1994 with more than 67 percent of the vote. As a member of the Senate, Lieberman has served on the Armed Services, Environment and Public Works and Small Business Committees. He is also the ranking Democratic member of the Government Affairs Committee.
Gore and Lieberman formed a close relationship during their
years together in the Senate. On his first Friday night in office
in early 1989, Lieberman, an orthodox Jew, planned to sleep in
the Senate gym in order to avoid driving on the Sabbath. Gore,
then a senator, persuaded Lieberman to stay at his parents' nearby
apartment. In accordance with the tenets of Orthodox Judaism,
turned the apartment lights on and off for Lieberman.
Both Gore and Lieberman have been fighting for working families throughout their careers as public servants.