Lieberman: Wash. state may clinch win for McCain

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SEATTLE -- Washington state could be in the national spotlight come election day, Sen. Joe Lieberman said during a stop in Seattle on Sunday.

Lieberman said Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain will bring real change, the kind of change America needs. Lieberman, an independent, is one of John McCain's most controversial supporters.

While in Seattle for a wedding over the weekend, Lieberman said Washington state is now a battleground state.

"I think you're going to find increasing activity from the McCain campaign in Washington state," he said. "This state may actually surprise (the nation), and in doing so, may be 'the' state to send John McCain to the White House."

Lieberman, who defected from the Democratic Party, has enraged his former party by ardently supporting for McCain and taking potshots at Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

"My friends who are Democrats know how independent John McCain is, what a different kind of Republican he is based on his record. So they're trying to make him into something he's not," he said.

On Saturday Howard Dean, one of the top voices in the Democratic Party, rallied the troops in Renton and lambasted the McCain campaign. He said the latest round of nasty political ads, tactics and lies is nothing new.

"It's just like every Republican. They say one thing at election time, then do something very different. That's why we're in such trouble in this country and I don't think we need four more years of this trouble," Dean said.

Lieberman said McCain would not continue the Bush legacy. The senator from Connecticut, who often has McCain's ear, also said McCain's running mate Sarah Palin is a very good choice who is capable of stepping up as the president if the need arises.

"Governor Palin will be ready. She's a strong, confident, smart person who has had some executive experience," Lieberman said.

Lieberman also noted that the majority of the media coverage of Palin has been unfair, but said in the next two months the candidates' distinct differences will become apparent to voters.

"This is a very important election. It's a crossroads election, in my opinion, for our country. I don't remember one that was more important," he said.