- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 8, 2003

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Jan. 8 (UPI) — Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., reportedly intends to announce next week he will run for president in 2004.

The former vice presidential candidate made his plans known Monday at a meeting with Connecticut Democrats, the New Haven Register reported Wednesday.

Lieberman would join a growing list of Democrats hoping to spoil Republican President George W. Bush's expected re-election bid.

Sens. John Kerry of Massachusetts and John Edwards of North Carolina, Vermont Gov. Howard Dean and former House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt of Missouri have all announced they will run.

Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, D-Conn., is also considering a run, as are Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla., and civic activist the Rev. Al Sharpton.

Lieberman's running mate in the last election, then Vice President Al Gore, has said he will not run, and Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota made a surprise announcement Tuesday that he would not be a presidential candidate.

The Register said Lieberman, 60, met Monday with some two dozen top Connecticut Democrats in New Haven, who applauded his decision to run.

"Everybody was genuinely excited and excited for Joe," one unidentified Democrat told the newspaper. "He told us he was going to run and that it would be a hard struggle but he is ready."

The announcement "may very well come very early next week," Lieberman later told the paper.

New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr. said Lieberman would have a "tremendous advantage" among the growing field of 2004 candidates because he's "well known nationally and he compares very well against Bush."

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