(CNN) - Democrat-turned-independent Sen. Joe Lieberman vowed to stay out of presidential politics during the 2012 race, a marked difference from campaigns past.
“I’m going to try something different this year,” Lieberman said on “Fox News Sunday.” “I’m going to try to stay out of this one.”
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The senior Connecticut senator served as Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore’s running mate in 2000 and backed his colleague, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, for president in 2008.
But Lieberman, who is not seeking re-election in 2012, said casting his ballot will be the extent of his participation in the race for the White House.
“I’m enjoying not being involved in the nastiness of campaigning in America these days,” he said. “I’m just going to do what most Americans do, go in the voting booth on Election Day and in the privacy of the booth cast my vote.”