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No Labels to appoint a panel Thursday to pick presidential candidate

No
Labels,
the
centrist
group
planning
a
third-party
presidential
bid,
plans
to
announce
a
nominating
committee
Thursday
that
will
be
charged
with
selecting
a
presidential
candidate
in
the
coming
weeks,
the
group’s
co-chair
Joseph
Lieberman
said
in
an
interview
Wednesday.

The
new
committee,
which
Lieberman,
a
former
U.S.
Senator
from
Connecticut,
expects
to
join,
will
also
be
charged
with
making
sure
that
the
nominee
has
a
path
to
victory
in
a
race
against
Democrat
President
Biden
and
Republican
Donald
Trump.

“We
are
going
to
do
a
final
determination
that
at
least
at
this
point
we
have
met
all
of
our
standards,
and
we
are
not
going
to
be
a
spoiler
and
that
we
are
not
going
to
reelect
Trump
and
that
we
actually
have
a
chance
to
win,”
Lieberman
said.

He
reiterated
that
he
does
not
want
to
participate
in
a
process
that
makes
Trump’s
election
more
likely.

“To
me
personally,
stopping
him
from
being
reelected
is
a
goal
even
greater
than
restoring
bipartisanship
to
Washington,”
said
Lieberman,
who
served
as
both
a
Democrat
and
independent
senator.

Mike
Rawlings,
a
former
Dallas
mayor
and
CEO
of
Pizza
Hut
who
is
running
the
No
Labels
convention
process,
told
the
group’s
chosen
delegates
on
a
call
last
week
that
they
may
have
only
48
hours’
notice
of
the
need
to
nominate
a
candidate.
He
said
a
nomination
would
be
made
by
early
April.

“It
is
possible
in
the
end
we
won’t
find
suitable
candidates.
We
all
realize
that,”
he
said.

Lieberman
said
the
group
was
looking
at
appointing
a
conservative
or
Republican
to
lead
the
ticket,
in
part
to
make
sure
that
any
candidate
does
not
pull
more
strongly
from
Biden
than
Trump.
The
Wall
Street
Journal
has
reported
that
the
group
is
considering
Geoff
Duncan,
the
Republican
lieutenant
governor
of
Georgia,
as
a
possible
nominee.

When
asked
by
a
Washington
Post
reporter
for
a
comment,
a
person
close
to
Duncan,
who
was
not
authorized
to
speak
publicly,
said
that
Duncan
was
in
discussions
with
No
Labels
but
that
no
decisions
have
been
made.

Lieberman
added
that
No
Labels
leadership
would
have
the
option
of
pulling
down
the
effort
if
a
No
Labels
candidate
failed
to
gain
traction
after
a
few
months.

“We
are
going
to
keep
an
eye
on
the
numbers,
both
through
our
data
collection
and
polling
and
the
public
numbers,”
Lieberman
said.

“We
want
to
give
the
American
people
the
third
choice,
bipartisan,
moderate,
that
the
say
they
want,”
he
continued.
“But
if
for
some
reason
after
two
or
three
months,
they
say
they
don’t
want
it,
we
have
got
to
be
realistic
and
say,
‘This
is
not
the
year.’”

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