[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/09/02/art.lieb.gi.jpg caption="Lieberman is being applauded by GOP delegates."] ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) - Republican delegates Tuesday applauded the courage of Sen. Joe Lieberman’s decision to speak at the Republican National Convention on behalf of his friend, Sen. John McCain.
“It was exciting to see Joe Lieberman put his country first,” Jon Woodward of St. Augustine, Florida, said.
None of the delegates appeared to be put out by the fact that a former Democrat was on stage. Lieberman, an independent senator from Connecticut, was the Democrat’s vice presidential nominee in 2000.
“It was a historic night for our country… It was magnificent.” Jean Peterson of Virginia said. “I think he did the country a great favor.”
“I was impressed by the personal courage he showed,” Jim Dicke, II, of New Bremen, Ohio, said.
Dicke said he believed Democrats who where waving between McCain and his Democratic rival, Sen. Barack Obama, would vote for McCain if they heard Lieberman’s speech.
“I think he was sincere, and so well and so much from the heart that people have to consider what he said.”