July 10th, 2008
04:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Reid non-committal on Lieberman chairmanship next year

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was non-committal Thursday when asked if he would like to retain Sen. Joe Lieberman as chairman of a key Senate committee next year if Democrats retain control.

Liberal bloggers, who are angry with the former Democrat for supporting Republican Sen. John McCain for president, have started a campaign to pressure lawmakers to strip him of his job leading the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Asked about that drive, Reid first praised Lieberman for voting with Democrats on many key issues but made no promises the Connecticut senator would keep his chairmanship next year.

“Let’s talk about this year,” Reid initially responded. “Anytime we have a problem here, with the exception of Iraq, Joe Lieberman is with us. So I wish people would leave him alone.”

But what about next year, a reporter asked, when Democrats are expected to expand their majority which is currently razor-thin?

“Well, next year we’ll get to next year when we get there,” he said with a shrug.

“Sounds like you're open to a change,” a reporter pressed.

Responded Reid, “I’m not open to anything. I’m just waiting to get through this year, when I have a 51 vote majority.”


Filed under: Harry Reid • Joe Lieberman
soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. Doris,Memphis,TN

    No, Joe Lieberman is a traitor!
    Put him under the bus!

    July 10, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  2. McSameMcCain on myspace

    Strip Joe of his leadership no matter what the outcome of the November election. Then throw lard butt Rove in jail and haul President Bush back up on war crimes (and Cheney and Rumsfield)

    July 10, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  3. Griff

    You People? Where do you get this garbage thought from... The Democrats are finished, in any office, of Government of the USA.
    Finished! When Obama loses the Election,and he will!
    Democrats will be diving for cover,,,,

    July 10, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  4. skunkrat The Marine

    Sweet Joe is so undeserving of a Chairmanship. The Repukes can making him a ranking member. Joe is confused and he must suffer the consequences of his actions. DUMP THE CLOWN.

    July 10, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  5. BT, Houston, Tx

    CNN....I AM TIRED OF SEEING NOTHING BUT MCSAME ON THIS PAGE EVERYDAY... HAS SOME EONE STATED THEY NEED HIM HERE EVERYDAY...USE TO SEE OBAMA...BUT APPEARS YOU ARE CATCHING PRESSURE FROM SOMEONE...IF I CONTINUE TO SEE MCSAME EVERYDAY...I WILL JUST STOP TUNNING IN...THIS MAN IS NOT A NICE SIGHT TO LOOK AT AND HE IS ABSOLUTELY BORING AND LIKE BUSH...A BIG LIAR...

    July 10, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  6. james

    Harry reid can leave with the judas leiberman

    July 10, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. Saad from NJ

    Is Lieberman part of Senator Reid's family? Or part of any other Democrat's family? Only in a family, you cannot just let go of a son/daughter/father/mother if they become morons. But if teh person is not family and turns moron one day because he is eating wrong food or drinking wrong type of alcohol, you gotta just let him go.

    Thank him for anything good he has done in the past but just let him go.... part ways... that's only the wise thing to do.

    July 10, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  8. NotFallingInLine.org

    Reid, you're worse than Daschle, and that really bad. For the sake of the Democratic Party, give it up and turn over power to a real leader.

    July 10, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  9. Cat

    Why do we not vote people into these positions? Instead of politicians playing musical chairs, let's "we the people" decide who runs our government and what office they hold!

    July 10, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  10. NW

    Majority Leader Harry Reid you must listen to the people of your party instead of trying to backing up Liberman. We know that he is absolutely agaisnt every issues proposed by the Democrats why can't you see that? Are you worried about that man not hanging on behind your pants? Common man... Think carefully for the people not for that man.

    July 10, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  11. bernj

    With us? What us is he with Harry? Not the Democratic Party us. Not the American People us. I really wish these career politicians could live like ordinary folks for a few years. I bet ole Harry would understand the definition of "us" a good bit better. Joe Lieberman is trying to get McCain elected. How in hades does that help "us" Mr. Majority Leader?

    July 10, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  12. McCain=the draft

    LIEberman is a disgrace!

    July 10, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  13. Franky

    Lieberman is not gonna get "whacked", he's gonna 'sleep with the fishes", LOL!!! Get it? Get it? LOL!!!

    July 10, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  14. Dusacre

    Joe is "worse" than a republican. At least you know from the start that a republican is in opposition, but with Joe, you find it out when it is too late.

    July 10, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  15. Dems be dopes

    One sane Democrat among so many fools.....

    Maybe, just maybe if Obama wins the election the Dems could double their Congressional approval rate to maybe , 20%?

    July 10, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  16. Sam

    Lieberman is probably one of the most shameles persons in this country. Not only should he not be allowed any committee chairmanship, he should not even be allowed to caucus with the Democrats.

    July 10, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  17. Larry Buchas

    A message to Harry:

    Joe Lieberman is NOT A DEMOCRAT! We did you a favor and threw him out of the party. Remember?

    Now do your part and give this Benedict Arnold the boot!

    July 10, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  18. Ridgeway

    Yeah, Reid! Turn power over to a real Democrat who can lead. Oops, there aren't any. Or you could turn it over to a real public servant, Lieberman. Libs are just ineffectual crack pots. I hope all you Obamanites get a real dose of Islam if he wins. He's a political Jihadest.

    July 10, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  19. The Surly Scholar

    Joe Lieberman is, and always has been, a tool of chokingly unsubtle proportions. He regularly employs the lowest and most vile form of fear-mongering politics, such as a few weeks ago when he he said that "terrorists will test the next president," and expressed his belief that McCain would be more qualified to handle the situation. By all the protocols of Orwellian codewording employed by him and his treasonous ilk, this translates to "vote for McCain or else." Apparently fear is the only maneuver left in the republican playbook, and boy have they played it out.

    I'm most put off by Lieberman's apparently absolute certainty that terrorists will attack us in 2009. Just how WOULD he know that, anyway?

    July 10, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  20. american

    if you dont get rid of him,we will get rid of you too.'a change is a comin' and you may become a big part of it,if you fail democrats with this party traitor.HE IS A REPUBLICAN NOW!

    July 10, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  21. DJ, LA, CA

    Yes Joe has got to go. He is a warmongerer and confused on what party he belongs to.

    July 10, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  22. Traitor

    CNN) Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was non-committal Thursday when asked if he would like to retain Sen. Joe Lieberman as chairman of a key Senate committee next year if Democrats retain contro......Lieberman is a Traitor a Benedick Arnold....feed him beans

    July 10, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  23. Patrick

    People complain about congress not working together but they are sure fast to throw Lieberman under a bus when he tried to work with the other party. We need more of this from Washington. I applaud senators Lieberman and Hagel for standing up to their own parties. This is why I'm voting for McCain.

    July 10, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  24. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz

    REID. I SAY HELL NO.

    LIEBERFOOL CAN BE GIVEN THE CHAIRMANSHIP

    OF THE JANITORIAL SERVICES COMITY. IF YOU

    DON'T HAVE ONE, I'LL HELP SET IT UP, FREE OF CHARGE.

    July 10, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  25. Walt, Belton,TX

    I'm in total rapture over Reid's comments, or is that rupture.......... For a Senate and House that promised wonderful reforms and cleaning out two years ago, this Congress has done little if not nothing that it can honestly brag about. But that's what you have to expect when you have two doofuses running two houses of do nothings. It has nothing to do with party lines, these gomers just continued the traditions established almost 20 years ago!

    July 10, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
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