Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski To Run As Write-In Candidate

Monday, September 20, 2010

Lisa Murkowski, the Republican senator from Alaska, may have lost the bid for nomination in the Republican primary, but that fact hasn't seemed to dampen her plans to continue her campaign for November's general election. 

Murkowski announced on Friday that she plans to run as a write-in candidate against Tea Party-backed Joe Miller, who won the Republican nomination. Ever since her announcement, however, Murkowski has received a great deal of backlash from Republican officials.

Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich joins us to discuss whether this negative reaction by Republicans is warranted, and how Murkowski's decision may affect Alaska's senate elections in November.

Guests:

Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Amanda Moore

Comments [2]

LYNDA

HOW MUCH DID THE DEMS PAY YOU TO CAUSE THE REPUBLICANS TO POSSIBLE LOSE THIS SEAT. I THINK YOU ARE A SORE LOSER. I HOPE YOU WILL NEVER RUN FOR OFFICE AGAIN YOU ARE A DISGRACE TO OUR PARTY

Sep. 20 2010 04:05 PM
Charles

John Hockenberry compared the nascent write-in campaign of Lisa Murkowski to the independent candidacy of Joe Leiberman in Connecticut.

Hockenberry's entitled to his opinion, but the comparison has limited merit, for exactly the reasons that Karl Rove suggests.

Lisa Murkowski cannot and will not win as a write-in candidate. Joe Lieberman can and did win, as a duly-listed Independent candidate from Connecticut.

That Murkowski's act of political vandalism at this point has drawn a "backlash" form Republicans is hardly surprising; I recall the wicked attacks on Leiberman from Democrats and liberals, like John Hockenberry, when he ran and defeated the liberals' favored Democrat, Ned Lamont in 2006.

Sep. 20 2010 11:21 AM

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