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Exit Interview: Sen. Lieberman on Newtown, 24 Years in Senate

On Wednesday’s NewsHour, correspondent Judy Woodruff spoke with retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn. Here is an extended version of that interview.

Lieberman discussed the recent tragedy in Newtown, Conn. and his hope that Congress can strengthen gun control through legislation.

“People are heartbroken. People are angry,” he said. “After every previous act of gun violence shooting … nothing’s been done.”

I would vote today to restore the assault weapons ban. These are military weapons. There’s no need for them in hunting and target practice. I would close the so-called gunshot loophole … The reason I’m proposing a commission is that there are other elements that are part of this that are going to take more time and need to be part of a national conversation.

Beginning our set of conversations with outgoing lawmakers, Lieberman also reflected on his last 24 years in the U.S. Senate, what he sees as “dysfunction” in the U.S. Senate, why he relates most with Independents, his friendship with Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. and his not-so-good assessment of former Sen. Chuck Hagel’s expected nomination to be Defense Secretary.

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