Responding to a Rick Perry supporter's description of Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith as a “cult” last week, Sen. Joe Lieberman, I/D-Conn., published an op-ed piece in The Washington Post on Friday defending the rights of candidates from all faiths. Lieberman, Al Gore’s running mate in 2000, was the first Jewish American to be nominated for national office.
“I personally experienced the American people’s generosity of spirit, fairness and acceptance of religious diversity,” Lieberman wrote of his experience on the 2000 campaign.
“Now we have two Mormon candidates running for president in 2012, and one of them, Romney, may well be the Republican nominee.”
Lieberman called on Americans to embrace religious diversity among their leaders so that “once again, a barrier may be broken.”