Monitor: Reaction in the US Press to Al Gore's Surprise Nomination of Joseph Lieberman, an Orthodox Jew, as His Running Mate ; ALL THE NEWS OF THE WORLD
The Washington Times
Who can rationally argue that Mr Lieberman is not qualified to be president? In 1984, the last time a Democratic presidential candidate sought a running- mate out of desperation, Walter Mondale picked Geraldine Ferraro, an utterly unqualified three-term representative. Mr Gore, thankfully, did not repeat that gambit. Mr Gore deserves credit for selecting an extremely qualified candidate to be a heartbeat away from the presidency. If anybody can inoculate Mr Gore from the "Clinton fatigue" that has infected his presidential candidacy, it is Mr Lieberman, who became the first senior Democratic lawmaker to condemn President Clinton for the moral recklessness he pursued by having a sexual affair with an intern. But in the end, no matter how well received either vice- presidential candidate is, voters will do what they always do: they will cast their vote based on their views of the presidential candidates. For Mr Gore, based on voters' current perceptions, the journey to the White House is still a steep one fraught with problems that Mr Lieberman, however attractive a candidate he proves to be, cannot solve.
New York Post
Did the race for the White House just tighten a tad? What the pick means in the long run remains to be seen. But, in one fell swoop, Al Gore has given America some things to think about. Although Gore-Lieberman isn't likely to attract many more Jewish votes - Jews tend to vote for Dems anyway - the combination may recapture some straying Democrats, including many in New York, who have become disgusted by the Clinton-Gore foibles. Certainly, picking Lieberman, an obvious effort to distance himself from the President, doesn't say much for Gore's loyalty, now, does it?
The Hartford Courant
Those of us who have followed Mr Lieberman's public life since his days in the state senate can report that he has built a distinguished record as majority leader, state attorney general and, since 1988, US senator. …