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.”


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soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. LIEBERMAN is a TRADER

    STRIP HIM OF EVERYTHING ... WE DON'T NEED THIS WAR CRAZED KOOK RUNNING OUR HOMELAND SECURITY AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE.

    July 10, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  2. What?

    This doesn't interest me. Who cares?

    July 10, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  3. John, Brooklyn, New York

    Like him or hate him, we need him until we reach 60 seats (2010 is likely). So....keep him in the chairmanship, then campaign like hell for his Democratic opponent in 2012.

    July 10, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  4. RCH, St. Paul, MN

    Lieberman is nothing more than a Republican toad, who leaps at whatever flies they offer. He shouldn't be in charge of picking his own wardrobe, much less any government office!

    July 10, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  5. beverly

    absolutely not , liberman can't be trusted he step out side the box, i wouldn't trust him under no circumstances. he a republican evey where mccain is there is liberman, he's like a little mutt. heel, now sit, now roll over, that's what he good for.

    July 10, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  6. grant

    Lieberman should be running for a seat in the Knesset, not chairing Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. He is more concerned with the welfare of Isreal than he is for the United States.

    July 10, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  7. Ula Nejad- Sacramento Ca

    You see...try displacing Lieberman and democrats can call it good-bye. They should remove Pelosi first.

    July 10, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  8. Young Conservative

    Just like liberals....can't have descent. Anyone who descends from the Democrat Party is a "Judas." In a time where bipartisan support and united action is what the American people want, you all cry foul at TRUE Bipartisanship. Lieberman, a former Democrat, has voted on many issues with the Democrats but feels that McCain, regardless of his party, is the best man fit for the presidency.

    July 10, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  9. Griff

    1979 when Harold Wison was Murdered by the Conservatives so they could Win that Election Under Maggie the Terrible......

    July 10, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  10. Vera Butler

    Ask the question next year. No need to dwell on hypotheticals.

    July 10, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  11. Citizens For America First

    REID, WE ARE THE FOLKS KEEPING THE LIGHTS ON.

    LIBERFOOL SERVES ONLY HIS LOBBYISTS. HE SPENDS

    TENS OF MILLIONS OF OUR, OUR DOLLARS A YEAR

    JERKING AROND THE GLOBE MAKING A FOOL AOUT

    OF EVERY CITIZEN OF THIS NATION. IF THE SCUM BAGS

    HE REPRESENTS WANT TO PAY HI WAY, LET THEM. WE

    DO NOT. AND WE HAVE EVERY INTENSION OF MAKING

    AN ISSUE OFF IT.

    July 10, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  12. AT

    JOE LIBERMANN is unethical. H ecares more about ISRAEL than America. As an Army Recruiter in NYC, no Israeli Americans ever join the Army. In Northern New jesrsey, all I keep getting was, I would rather join the Isreli Army than the US. The Israeli's want us to do their dirty work in the Middle East. We went into Iraq worried about Saddam been a threat to his neigbours, now we are using the same logic to go after Iran, then it will be Syria, then Saudi Arabia. American's need to wake up, we are been used as idiots to do ISRAEL dirty games. ISRAEL HAVE NUCLEAR WEAPONS, WHY ISN'T THAT A PROBLEM. SAUDI ARABIA SHOULD GET SOME TOO, I bet there won't be any UPROAR about that either!!

    OBAMA-CLINTON for AMERICA STRONG!

    July 10, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  13. Charlotte

    Lieberman is an Independent, he votes his conscience dictates, he is not obligated to support Obama.. Neither am I Iwill write Hillary on my ballot in November, as is my conscience.

    July 10, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  14. vick

    Libermen is a looser. two face trater!!!!!!!

    July 10, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  15. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Griff, common sense is not so common.

    July 10, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  16. WORST PERSON!!!!

    Griff….. The Democrats are finished, in any office, of Government of the USA..........REPUBLICANS are BUSHED AS IN OVER, FINISHED .....
    AS IN STICK A FORK IN EM' THEY ARE DONE !!!!
    ****************************************************************************
    BARACK OBAMA PRESIDENT of UNITED STATES OF America
    COME on*** GRIFF the PRESIDENT PROMISED HIS GIRLS A DOG**

    July 10, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  17. Griff

    hillary is throwing her supporters under the bus campaigning for obama.her supporters should desert her,but,what do you expect from a bunch of female banshees? just vote for mccain,grils.at least he has good taste in girls.

    July 10, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  18. LYNETTE IN CA

    Lieberman just needs to come out the closet and be the republican that he is!

    July 10, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  19. Patrick

    hillary supporters should all vote for mccain.girls should like the maverick.he knows behind every man is a worman.

    July 10, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  20. Larry Buchas

    Hey Ridgeway,

    You are a loser. Maybe you can do your part and help pay for bushie's war?

    July 10, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  21. Jan from Michigan

    Vote for the man who walks the walk–not the man who talks the talk–vote McCain! You won't regret it1

    July 10, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  22. AJ in Fla

    I suspect the Mr. Reid will choose a typical Democrat, Socialist w/ communist tendencies Liberal,Anarchyst, perhaps someone from Vermont " The pedophilia state",. or someone from California w/San Francisco values ie: In favor of gay marriage, abortion on demand,
    and all the rest, etc....!!!!! but most likely one of our outstanding politically and morally corrupt politicians.

    God help us...!!!!!

    July 10, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  23. Ridgeway

    lieberman is an independent republican ,now.reid should do his party duty,and get rid of him.

    July 10, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  24. Jan

    What is wrong with someone who wants to work with both parties? Obama promotes bipartisinism–do you dems not want what your Messiah wants? He started out leftist–but, now has gone to the center-you can't have it both ways–follow the Messiah –or not!

    July 10, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  25. Robert in Seattle

    Feeling lonely yet Joe? A one member party is pretty sad, even Nader and Barr have more, and they are on the edge of lunacy!

    Goodbye Joe Lieberman, I hope you enjoy your retirement.

    July 10, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
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