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Lieberman Says He Won’t Quit After N.H.

January 21, 2004

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) _ Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Lieberman said Tuesday he won’t drop out of the race, even if he places below third in next week’s New Hampshire primary.

Lieberman, mired in single digits in New Hampshire polls, reminded reporters that voters have not yet had a chance to vote for him. He bypassed the Iowa caucuses Monday night to focus on next Tuesday’s primary.

The Connecticut senator said the surprising results of the caucus, which placed John Kerry and John Edwards in first and second place, only reinforce his belief that pollsters and pundits don’t pick presidents.

``New Hampshire is going to change political history again one week from today,″ he said.

Lieberman said he believes his ability to appeal to the political center _ by attracting independents, Democrats and moderate Republicans _ will lead him to a better-than-expected finish in New Hampshire.

Lieberman said Iowa voters took a second look at the supposed front-runners and picked Kerry and Edwards. He said New Hampshire voters are doing the same and taking a second look at Howard Dean and Wesley Clark.

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