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Joe Lieberman

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I have great respect for Dick Cheney. I don't agree with a lot of things he said in this campaign. He was a very distinguished Secretary of Defense, and I don't have anything negative to say about him.
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October 5, 2000 vice-presidential debate with Dick Cheney

 
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