An article in the New York Sun today mentions a 1995 statement by Sen. Joe Lieberman in which he opposed affirmative action (found online at the New York Times’ site):

Affirmative action is dividing us in ways its creators could never have intended because most Americans who do support equal opportunity and are not biased don’t think it is fair to discriminate against some Americans as a way to make up for historic discrimination against other Americans. For after all, if you discriminate in favor of one group on the basis of race, you thereby discriminate against another group on the basis of race. [New York Times, 2/8/00]

Sounds good. But then, by August 2000 Lieberman was running for vice president and was quoted by CNN as saying “I have supported affirmative action, I do support affirmative action and I will support affirmative action.” []

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