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Joe Lieberman's outspoken advocacy for Republican John McCain's presidential candidacy crossed a line this week, prompting Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to corral the 2000 Democratic vice-presidential nominee into pointed face-to-face discussions.

Lieberman, the Connecticut independent who caucuses with Democrats, went beyond simply promoting McCain's candidacy on Wednesday. He joined a conference call in which Republicans attacked Obama's position on Iran moments after the Illinois senator had delivered a foreign policy address to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

On Monday, only a day before Obama would claim the delegates to become the Democratic nominee, Lieberman co-hosted an event with deep-pocketed donors who are part of the "McCain 2008 Victory Jewish Coalition" in a ballroom of the Grand Hyatt in Washington. According to one participant, Lieberman criticized Obama for his policies on Iran and Israel during the event, which drew fundraising pledges totaling $2 million for McCain and the Republican National Committee.

Topping all of this on the grievance list some party regulars are compiling on Lieberman is that he is open to taking a prominent speaking role at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., if McCain asks him to do so.

"I'm going to do everything I can to help him get elected. I'm going to do it my way," Lieberman said of McCain in an interview Thursday. "But there will be times when I'll comment, in fairness, on Sen. Obama's positions."

McCain/Lieberman .......... The 2008 GOP Ticket?

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