WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 (AP) - Republican National Committee Chairman Jim Nicholson on Monday criticized Democratic vice presidential candidate Joseph Lieberman for considering a meeting with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, calling the idea "disturbing."

"We expected him to make compromises to be Al Gore's running mate," Nicholson said. "We expected him to make concessions to placate the radical left wing of the Democrat Party. But no one expected him to go so far as to lend legitimacy to the likes of Louis Farrakhan."

Last week, Lieberman, the first Jewish politician to run on a major U.S. political ticket, told American Urban Radio Networks he was open to meeting Farrakhan to promote reconciliation in the United Staes.

The Muslim leader campaigns for black empowerment, but has drawn criticism for statements against whites and Jews. He once called Judaism a "gutter religion."

Farrakhan is spearheading the Million Family March in Washington on Oct. 16, which he says is open to families of all religions, including Jews.

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