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Lieberman backs Jeb Bush move to keep woman alive

WASHINGTON -- Democrat Joseph I. Lieberman sided yesterday with Republican Governor Jeb Bush of Florida for ordering a feeding tube reinserted into a brain-damaged woman, saying government must "honor life."

In a wide-ranging interview with the Associated Press, the presidential candidate said, "I feel very strongly that we ought to honor life and we ought not to create a system where people are being deprived of nutrition or hydration in a way that ends their lives."

Lieberman waded into another medical debate, breaking with President Bush's policy to limit scientific research involving human embryonic cells.

"The day I walk into the Oval Office, the first thing I'm going to do is rescind the Bush administration restrictions on stem-cell research," the Connecticut senator said. "They're not compassionate. They block work that will save lives and extend lives."

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