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.”