Accommodations for Joe Lieberman

May 1, 2003

Source: The New York Times

On May 1, 2003 The New York Times reported that "the reason the debate on ABC News is starting so late on Saturday night, past many newspaper deadlines and considerably later than other candidates would have liked, is because Mr. Lieberman will not take his seat until after the sun has set and he has completed his weekly observance of the Jewish Sabbath... There has been much speculation, even among Mr. Lieberman's closest aides, about whether the nation is prepared to elect its first Jewish president next year beyond questions like whether Mr. Lieberman is too conservative for voters in Democratic primaries... A more immediate question for Mr. Lieberman's campaign is turning out to be logistical, and it has potentially serious implications for how voters perceive him. How does an Orthodox Jew run for president while obeying the extensive and intricate rules that govern the activities of religiously conservative members of his faith?"