Lieberman Accuses GOP of Disrupting Miami-Dade Recount

By Scott Hogenson | July 7, 2008 | 8:27 PM EDT

( - Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman Friday accused Republicans of "orchestrated demonstrations" in Miami-Dade County designed to "disrupt and halt the counting of ballots," there.

Lieberman charged GOP partisans of deliberately trying to end the hand recount of votes there, and claimed that local canvassing board members decided to not continue a hand recount because of the protests.

Lawyers for the Al Gore campaign lost a decision before the Florida Supreme Court Thursday in which they sought to force Miami-Dade County to complete a hand count of ballots before a court-imposed deadline of Sunday, November 26.

"There are now reports that these very same methods may be taken to Broward County for similar demonstrations and similar disruption," said Lieberman, who neglected to mention that Democratic protesters and Al Gore partisans gathered outside the Broward County Courthouse Friday morning.

In making his remarks from the vice presidential residence at the Naval Observatory in Washington, DC, Lieberman said he was "deeply disappointed by reports of demonstrations," in Florida earlier this week, claiming they were designed to "prevent a simple count of votes from going forward."

Republicans did not immediately respond to Lieberman's accusations.