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Former Sen. Joe Lieberman will speak at fundraiser in Spokane

UPDATED: Mon., June 25, 2018

FILE - Former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman gives a 'thumbs-up' as he leaves the West Wing of the White House, on May 17, 2017. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP)
FILE - Former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman gives a 'thumbs-up' as he leaves the West Wing of the White House, on May 17, 2017. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP)

Former Democratic vice presidential nominee and U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman will speak at an October fundraiser in Spokane for the right-leaning think tank The Washington Policy Center.

The nonprofit, which last fall brought “Brexit” architect Nigel Farage to the Davenport Grand Hotel for its annual dinner, announced Lieberman’s appearance in a news release Monday. The group highlighted Lieberman’s independent streak and support for school choice in introducing the longtime politician from Connecticut. During his final years in the Senate, Lieberman was officially listed as an Independent Democrat.

“Senator Lieberman is widely respected for his commitment to put country above party and for working to put aside partisan rancor to get things done,” said Washington Policy Center President Dann Mead Smith in the release.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will speak at the center’s fundraiser in Bellevue, Washington, on Oct. 12. The center describes itself as nonpartisan, but many of its speakers trend conservative and its policy positions are often right-of-center.

Lieberman came as close as Vancouver, Washington, during his unsuccessful run for vice president in 2000 on the Al Gore ticket. He later went on to speak at the Republican National Convention in 2008, supporting the nomination of Sen. John McCain.

Lieberman endorsed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, however his name was briefly floated as a potential director of the FBI under President Donald Trump.

Tickets for the event, which will take place Oct. 24, are on sale at the Washington Policy Center’s website.

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