June 5th, 2008
04:01 PM ET
7 years ago

Reid stands by Lieberman despite Obama attack

Reid is standing by Lieberman.
Reid is standing by Lieberman.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday stood by Sen. Joseph Lieberman, the Connecticut independent, despite Lieberman's attack on presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama a day earlier.

Lieberman criticized Obama's Middle East policy Wednesday in a conference call organized by the presumptive Republican nominee, Sen. John McCain.

"I think everyone should understand that Joe Lieberman has made a decision on issues related to the war. And he's decided to back John McCain.

But Joe Lieberman is an important vote for this caucus," Reid told reporters after being asked if he was considering removing Lieberman as chair of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

The Democrats control the Senate by a 51-49 majority because Lieberman and another independent, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, vote with the Democrats.

During a brief Senate floor appearance Wednesday, Obama pulled Lieberman aside and held a lengthy and animated conversation with him.

The interaction took place shortly after Lieberman criticized Obama's speech to an influential pro-Israel group.

Obama later declined to say what he told Lieberman other than to say it involved his speech to the America-Israel Public Affairs Committee and that the two were "talking some politics."

Reid said he also talked with Lieberman on Wednesday.

"I had a conversation with Joe Lieberman at some length," Reid said. "I'm not going to discuss the conversation here. But I think the discussion he had with Obama yesterday and the discussion he had with me were fruitful. We'll let the future decided what it's going to be, but I'm not going to threaten anyone at this point."

Lieberman was the Democratic candidate for vice president in 2000. He left the party in 2006 after losing to Ned Lamont in a Democratic primary race to hold his seat. He defeated Lamont in the general election.


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soundoff (193 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    None of you have any idea what they were talking about. Until you do, maybe you should lay off the ad hominem attaccks . . . especially you ridiculous "if-not-Hillary-than-McCain-who-cares-about-Roe v. Wade" people.

    June 5, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  2. Mark

    Hang tough, Joe Lieberman. Don't let Obama and his minions silence you. We Hillary supporters are with you.

    June 5, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  3. Agnostic Democrat

    Spineless Harry Reid and the rest of the jellyfish in Congress can't even end this forsaken war. Why would he stand up to McLieberman?

    June 5, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  4. Sean Berry

    McInsane and Lie-Berman fit of each other !!!

    McSame as Bush so Joe=Bush which equals disaster for another 4 years or less (71 years Mc Old).

    Now you tell me why you would NOT support Obama mama ding dong!!

    June 5, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  5. OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

    A President Mccain Equals A Draft For World Was Three!

    June 5, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  6. Joshua College Station Texas

    Reid is doing a fine job. So is Pelosi. This will be apparent when there is a Democrat in the White House and the Senate is then able to move forward with policy and not always have to face vetoes from the President. I am not so sure about Lieberman. He seems to be conflicted in his loyalties, but I suppose that's why he is an independent.

    June 5, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  7. Ray from CA

    Um Just saying the people bashing Reid are pretty stupid because, he is supporting Obama and is a good person.

    The other guy is stupid.

    Reid and Obama are good

    Obama 08

    June 5, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  8. Independent-Cuban-American-woman-voter-for-Obama

    TO ALL WHO WOULD VOTE FOR MCCAIN INSTEAD OF OBAMA, HERE ARE SOME FACTS YOU WILL HAVE TO LIVE WITH:

    A VOTE FOR MCCAIN IS A VOTE FOR.........

    MORE WAR, NOT ONLY IN IRAQ BUT POSSIBLY WITH IRAN

    MORE OF OUR TROOPS COMING HOME DEAD, MAIMED OR WORSE TO COMMIT SUICIDE

    MORE AMERICANS BEING BANKRUPTED BY MEDICAL BILLS

    MORE AMERICANS UNEMPLOYED AS THE REPUBLICANS CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE BIG CORPORATIONS

    MORE OF OUR CHILDREN WITHOUT HEALTHCARE

    MORE DEBT.......OUR NATIONAL DEBT IS OVER $1O TRILLION........WHY IS IT THAT ALL OF YOU WOULD-BE-MCCAIN SUPPORTERS DON'T EXPLAIN HOW ALL OF THE ABOVE PROBLEMS WILL BE BETTER UNDER MCCAIN?????????????

    IF YOU VOTE FOR MCCAIN YOU VOTE FOR 'STAYING THE COURSE' AND 81% OF AMERICANS BELIEVE THAT WE ARE HEADED IN THE WRONG DIRECTION

    June 5, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  9. No McSame

    Birds of a feather flock together. See ya. Show your support for McSame by sending your kids to the army so that they can help out in Iraq. You Hillary supporter are the ones that run your mouth but didn't send her any money. All of you are worthless so go and jump ship just like Joe.
    Joe, how many Israeli soldiers are in Iraq?

    June 5, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  10. What if?

    Tom, ALBUQUERQUE, NM June 5th, 2008 6:13 pm ET
    Count me in Joe, as a devout African American democrat and Hillary supporter I will readily cast my vote for McCain.

    Well I am a Obama supporters and I plead with you, we DO need Clinton supporters. I was always told that it better to have more, then to fall short with less. Please reconsider your decision to change party's and vote for McCain, we really need a democratic president in November. I am struggling to keep my home, buy food and gas and most of all care for my daughter who has severe allergies and asthma, so of course the meds are expensive.

    I know you think a lot of these comments are coming from dems., but there's no way we would be responsible for some of the harsh things that are being said. Just think about this...John McCain, Bush and Lieberman are all peas in a pot. I wouldn't be surprise if they are not paying people to go on all these blogs and pretend to be dems.

    They have some voters thinking that they really care about Clinton feelings and make these so called nice remarks to act as if it‘s sincere, please don’t fall for it. Each election year they come up with other ways to use trickery, just as they are doing now trying to get the dems that is upset about the decision of the DNC, acting as if they really want you to feel welcome, it’s only your votes. That is obvious in 2004 Bush was the most religious president I had seen, but once he got our votes, there was a change as soon as the next day. Family losing family members to this war he made us think was a matter of WMD, when there was none. Thanks to his formal staff book now we know the truth about the war and the underhand way he is.

    This playing a caring role isn't anything different for them, that's why they used religion to fool voters into thinking they were so religions “2004“, and once the election was over it was clear that was a lie. Now they want you think they care about your happiness during this hurdle in our dems. Party, Please don't fall for it this time, I beg you...........

    June 5, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  11. shirley moore

    Joe Lieberman ...is the only honest democrat there is.

    June 5, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  12. birdman

    Joe Liberman is again resorting to his high & mighty ways – this is the same guy who did not like the outcome of his Senate Democratic primary which he lost to Ned Lamont. The spineless ass decided to run as an independent just ‘cause he did not want to play by the rules!!! Is he really a Democrat?

    June 5, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  13. Dedrick from Atlanta (in Portland)

    And we still continue to attempt to walk all over people of color. This nation STILL has a long way to go even though Barack is the nominee.

    Sincerely,
    Disappointed

    June 5, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  14. Chut Pata

    Joe Lieberman, the "Loserman" from "Sore-Loserman-2000", is blackmailing the Democrats. It is a matter of time before Democrats get a few more seats and Lieberman becomes Loserman once more.

    June 5, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  15. Jerry Roselle, Illinois

    America, are you ready? Next dream team.

    McCain/Lieberman 2008

    On to the Senior Center.

    June 5, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  16. birdman

    I hope the Dems can pick up a few of the Republican seats in the Senate – that way they don't need Turncoat Lieberman to caucus with them – he can then join the Republicans.

    Both Joe & John McCain are classic instances of people staying on in the Senate past their prime – we definitely need term limits in Congress!!

    June 5, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  17. antman

    For those anti-Barry Obama people here who like what McSame and Lieberman speak, get a brain. If you think we have a mess in Iraq, wait 'till we start messing with Iran. Both of those Bozos want to bomb Iran (with nukes, I presume) and call it a day. If McCain gets elected, life as you know it will be over, that is, if you are alive to witness it.

    June 5, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  18. Steve From Oregon

    The problem with Sen. Lieberman is that he's a "Republican" in an "Independent" body. Why the heck he would vote with one party and back another is beyond understanding by me.

    June 5, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
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