Joe Lieberman joins conservative think tank

The Democrat-turned-Independent will join the conservative American Enterprise Institute

Published March 11, 2013 7:58PM (EDT)

Former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman will join former Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., as the co-chair of a new project at the conservative think tank the American Enterprise Institute.

"The American Internationalism Project, under the leadership of Sen. Lieberman and Sen. Jon Kyl, is critical to opening a discussion about the challenges facing America in the coming decades -- and strategizing about how to meet them," said AEI president Arthur C. Brooks in a statement, the Hill reports.

In a statement, Lieberman said that there's an "urgent need to rebuild bipartisan — indeed non-political — consensus for American diplomatic, economic, and military leadership in the world." He added: "That's why I am grateful to AEI for initiating and sponsoring this project and why I look forward to leading it with my friend Jon Kyl."

Lieberman, who was the Democrats' nominee for vice-president in 2000, became an independent in 2006 after losing his primary to Ned Lamont. He went on to win the general election, but decided against running again in 2012.

By Jillian Rayfield

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