Sen. Joe Lieberman on Sunday announced that he will not endorse Mitt Romney or any other GOP presidential hopeful during the 2012 Presidential race, despite the fact that Mitt Romney is now the presumptive GOP nominee.
Speaking on Fox News Sunday Lieberman said:
“This year when it comes to the presidential election, I’m just gonna do what most Americans do: go into the voting booth on election day, and in the privacy of the booth, cast my vote.”
Lieberman has no reason to throw his support behind a candidate since he will be retiring at the end of the year. In 2008 Lieberman, a former Democrat, angered his former base when he came out to strongly support Sen. John McCain in the political race against President Obama.
“I’m going to try something different this year. I’m going to try to stay out of this one,” Lieberman joked, “You know, I’m not running for reelection. I’m enjoying not being involved in the nastiness of campaigning.”
While Lieberman will not endorse a candidate for president he did admit that a lingering economy will likely lead to a “close and unpredictable” contest.
Speaking about the voter based in American Lieberman revealed:
“The American people are very unsettled. They’re very uneasy about the economy, about the government. This is going to be a very close and unpredictable presidential election, right down to election day.”
In the meantime a Joe Lieberman endorsement likely wouldn’t have changed much during the 2012 election cycle, just as his opinion didn’t manage to help John McCain during his 2008 contest against then Sen. Barack Obama.