September 9th, 2008
04:35 PM ET
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Lieberman, Reid deny reports of exclusion from Dem lunches

Lieberman is still a part of the Democratic Caucus.

Lieberman is still a part of the Democratic Caucus.

(CNN) – Sen. Joe Lieberman and Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid are denying reports that Lieberman has been excluded from Democratic Caucus lunches in the wake of his recent speech at the Republican convention which unexpectedly attacked Sen. Barack Obama, the party’s presidential nominee.

“While it is no secret that the Democratic Caucus is disappointed in Senator Lieberman’s attacks on Senator Obama, the irresponsible report that Senator Lieberman has been excluded from caucus meetings is completely untrue,” Reid spokesman Jim Manley said in a statement released Monday. “Senator Lieberman has chosen to not attend Democratic caucus lunches, and that is his choice,” Manley said.

The Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call originally reported this week that Lieberman had been banned from Democratic Caucus lunches then amended its report once both Reid and Lieberman denied there was a ban.

Democratic leaders had previously denied reports they already have a plan to strip Lieberman of his committee chairmanship should the party pad its Senate majority, though many — including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — have said it remains up for consideration.

“The Roll Call report was completely false,” Lieberman spokesman Marshall Wittmann told CNN. “The senator chose not to attend today’s caucus lunch because he thought it would focus on presidential politics and he has an informal policy of not attending when he thinks the discussion will focus on the presidential race.”

He also said that Lieberman also has an informal policy of not attending the lunches when he thinks discussion will focus on legislative policy about Iraq, an issue where he parts ways with the Democratic Party.

Lieberman’s outspoken support for Sen. John McCain, the Republican nominee for president, has strained relations between him and many congressional Democrats. But Lieberman “certainly considers himself a member of the Democratic caucus and nothing has changed,” Wittmann said.

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  1. BKOI

    Mr. Lieberman , what position did McCain offer you in his cabinet ? I hear the position of Brutus , Caesars friend , is vacant .

    September 9, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  2. Pat

    Campbell brown...NO BIAS! NO BULL! You are the bias and you are the bull. You have a lot of nerve...we must not trust a word Campbell said...she wants to gain your trust and stir the republican ticket under your neck in election day. The table is already fixing to overturn the election anyway.

    September 9, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  3. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Give Lieberman a jar of peanut butter and some crackers and
    send him back to the Straight Talk Express. Democrats don't want
    him back. Traitor!

    September 9, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  4. Jacob

    Is LIEberman jot a Judas now? You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.

    I am still waiting for Sarah Palin to we the American People on a one on one basis not through teleprompter. Also, if a VP cannot stand on her own to discuss issues that matter to the people and will rather stay to be shielded by a campaigne, tells me that someone would not be able to stand up to a President (I pray it does not happen) like McCain to defend the people she is elected to serve.

    And oh, did you notice that gas price came down when congress was on recess, but wait till they start the energy saga again, you will see that gas prices will start going back up. I personally just think that if they can just zip their mouths for a while, the price could return back to Pre-2001 level.

    September 9, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  5. Griff

    America? The last frontier? Being destroyed!

    September 9, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |

    “The senator chose not to attend today’s caucus lunch because he thought it would focus on presidential politics and he has an informal policy of not attending when he thinks the discussion will focus on the presidential race.”


    September 9, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  7. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    sorry, Joe ... out you go! You are not a Democrat or you would not be supporting McCain policies – the opposite of everything the Democrats abhor ..

    You aren't really "independent" – you are a McCain whisperer – and on the short list to be McCain's VP until he caved into the right-wing ..

    Go ahead and wander in the political desert for 40 years – you don't know where you stand ...

    September 9, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  8. Hopeful

    Since McSame couldn't choose you for his VP, I'm sure if he wins he will set you up in a cushy cabinet position.

    September 9, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  9. mel from Ohio

    Lieberman should be excluded !! He's a traitor and shouldn't be around ANYONE who is discussing serious business because he'll just take it back to McBush.

    September 9, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  10. SENIOR


    September 9, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  11. Harvey, Tampa, FL

    Excluded from lunches? Big deal.

    Walk down a few blocks, grab a Subway sub, go back to your office or sit in your car, and listen to Rush nail the silly Democrats. That's what I do.

    September 9, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  12. Rick in Az

    I live in the state that John McCain represents and, it's such a shame watching all these republicans Just praise John McCain. It's actually beginning to make me ill. The John McCain that represented Arizona is long gone and has been replaced by a typical republican;" say ANYTHING to get elected clone that it is depressing". I have to admitt that I don't much have the stomach to watch CNN anymore since you don't seem to call him on anything he and his new running mate says, "Even if they spew out bold face lies". John McCain better hopes he gets into the White House because there is NO WAY this NEW McCain will be re-elected here in Az

    September 9, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  13. John

    Joe Liebermann appears to have decided that he is happier with the GOP rather than being an Independent (Democrat). Unfortunately, he is from a heavily Democratic state (Connecticut). He needs to change over, if he is so happy wiht the GOP and his pal McCain. He is acting like a GOP member already. Now he just needs to switch. Would this be another example of Political fence-sitting? Is he waiting to seewho wins in November – McCain-Palin or Obama-Biden. Once the election is over, Joe will make his couragous decision. To the victor go the spoils. In this case Joe Liebermann. The quetsion is – Does anybody want him?

    September 9, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  14. frank Honolulu HI

    Sen. Joe Lieberman;
    You can't have your cake and eat it too.

    Sen. Harry Reid;
    Stop backing up this idiot. He's trying to ruin the democratic party
    and you're the in the leadership.

    September 9, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
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