Lieberman says safety forces not seeing enough security money

By M.R. KROPKO, Associated Press Writer
CLEVELAND (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Joe
Lieberman visited a downtown fire station Monday to emphasize what he said will be a cornerstone of his campaign -- more federal money for first responders.
The Connecticut Democrat also said he will soon present a plan that will aim to promote manufacturing in the United States.
Lieberman, Al Gore's running mate on the 2000 Democratic ticket, is perhaps the most well-know of the Democratic candidates and perhaps the most centrist candidate. He made his stance evident in a debate Saturday in Columbia, S.C., by strongly approving the U.S.-led war in Iraq and criticizing "big-spending Democratic ideas of the past" such as expensive health care programs.
Lieberman, at an appearance with no political fanfare, sat at a table in the city's No. 1 fire station with the city's safety director, fire chief and eight firefighters.
Chief Kevin Gerrity mentioned that Cleveland lacks financial resources to adequately train against terrorism.
The Bush administration "has left the cupboard effectively bare so that there is not money ... to back up its promise to keep the American people safe and secure here at home," Lieberman said.
He said some of President Bush's proposed tax cuts ought to be set aside for more pressing needs, including homeland security.
Lieberman (pictured, above) said he intends to make the nation's manufacturing base an issue in his campaign. Ohio's manufacturing sector has been hard hit during the recession.
"We're not going to be a strong economy unless we are making things here in America," Lieberman said.
He planned to have several private meetings in Cleveland Monday, including one with mayor Jane Campbell, before a public reception with young professionals.
Lieberman is one of nine candidates so far for the Democratic nomination.
The others are Sens. John Edwards of North Carolina, John Kerry of Massachusetts and Bob Graham of Florida; Reps. Dick Gephardt of Missouri and Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, whose district includes parts of Cleveland; former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean; former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun and civil rights activist Al Sharpton.
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