November 6th, 2008
12:25 PM ET
6 years ago

Lieberman meeting with Reid this afternoon

Lieberman was a strong supporter of John McCain’s presidential bid.
Lieberman was a strong supporter of John McCain’s presidential bid.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Democrat turned independent who backed Republican Sen. John McCain for president, will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to discuss Lieberman’s future with the Democratic caucus, according to two congressional sources familiar with the matter.

At stake is Lieberman’s chairmanship of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and possibly his other committee assignments. Reid could also ask Lieberman to leave the Democratic caucus altogether.

Lieberman’s support of McCain – and harshly critical words of President-elect Barack Obama during the campaign - angered many Senate Democrats but Reid was reluctant to act against the Connecticut senator earlier because Democratic control of the Senate relied on Lieberman’s decision to organize with the Democrats.

But after picking up multiple Democratic seats on Election Day, Reid is politically empowered to strip Lieberman of the coveted chairmanship if he chooses. The full Democratic caucus would have to approve any action Reid takes when it meets on Capitol Hill in two weeks.

Democratic leadership aides would not say what Reid will do at the highly-anticipated meeting which is expected to take place in Reid’s leadership suite off the Senate floor. Reid has not been shy in the past about expressing his frustration with Lieberman who just eight years ago was the Democrats’ nominee for Vice President. But he’s also repeatedly said he values Lieberman’s membership in the caucus because on most issues Lieberman votes with the Democrats.


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soundoff (322 Responses)
  1. ANGIE

    Reid Please Fire that Back stabber send him Packing with the rest let him help his sinking Party he fought so hard for HE IS A TRAITOR

    November 6, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. LuAnn

    Go away Joe.

    You make me sick.

    November 6, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. ANGIE

    DROP HIM DEMS HE IS NO DEMOCRAT

    November 6, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  4. kBest

    Now Joe can go rest in hell. Men without values have no place in this new dispensation.

    November 6, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. Josh

    Throw him to the curb. I think it's funny how people forget that this man betrayed his party a long time ago... the 2000 election. He doesn't deserve the responsibilities that have been given to him. By the way, he has not only become an Independent... but he practically ran with McCain this entire campaign cycle. This is a no-brainer.

    November 6, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  6. Sandra

    Get rid of him. He was very very disrespectful to President Elect Obama and all Democrats. He is not to be trusted and should resign his position but I doubt he'll do that, it would be the right thing to do.

    November 6, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. From Toronto

    How can you ever trust that lowlife again...

    Why risk having to look every which way to see if he'll drive a knife into the Democrats back again
    I say GET RID OF THE SCUMBAG!!!

    He had no faith in your party, why have faith in him!!!

    AMERICA WILL BE GREAT AGAIN...OF COURSE WITHOUT TRAITORS LIKE LIEBERMAN!!!

    November 6, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. Keith

    Dumb him and lets move on.

    November 6, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. Sharon, TX

    Come on CNN, get your story straight. Lieberman was the Dem VP candidate in 2000, not 2004.

    November 6, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. Salsa

    Cut that little weasel loose. He's not a Democrat and he certainly isn't loyal to anyone but his own self-interests. Joe the Turncoat needs to go!!!!!!!

    November 6, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  11. The BOTTOM Line..........

    GET THAT FRUAD UP OUTTA THERE!!!!!!

    November 6, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. Justin from New Haven, CT

    CT hates Joe, amend our the state constitution so we can recall this idiot.

    November 6, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. Fred Swealth

    Just FOUR years ago was VP Nominee? What does John Edwards have to say about that to your fact checker???

    November 6, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. Jerry

    He's not a democrat. McCain supports republican philosphies. I suggest that Lieberman is a Republican. He has made the choice. The honorable thing to do is to declare himself a Republican.

    November 6, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. Rob

    he is no longer welcome as a dem, he has no honor, we dont need him go sit with the right wing neo cons

    November 6, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. CONN YANKEE

    I HOPE REID BOOTS HIM IN THE ARSE ALL THE WAY DOWN THE CAPITOL STEPS. LIEBERMAN'S BEEN RUNNING FOR EITHER VICE PRESIDENT, PRESIDENT AND PROBABLY SECRETARY OF STATE FOR MCCAIN THESE PAST 8 PLUS YEARS. HE'S DONE ZILCH FOR CONNECTICUT CITIZENS.

    November 6, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. Joe

    Joe Lieberman does not deserve a committee chairmanship in a democratic senate. He showed his true colors during the campaign.

    November 6, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. Scott NYC Independent

    Kick Judus out and make sure he lands under the bus. The democratic party put him on the ticket in 2000; gave him a chairmanship when he lost and we get repaid by his slandering our candidate. Now that President elect Obama is the winner he hopes to come back into the fold – for what so he can betray us again.

    November 6, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. ricky

    Send him to SIBERIA....

    November 6, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. Taff Gidi

    My view is Reid should take his chairmanship away, but leave him the choice to choose if he wants tp stay in the Dems caucus. The chairmanship will send the strong message that he messed up, while allowing him to stay says the Dems are willing to look forward and work with people with opposing views.

    November 6, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  21. Fred

    He'll be known as "Joe the Outcast"

    HAHAHAHAHAAA

    November 6, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  22. stephanie

    Tell Loserman he no longer has his chairmanships..and his loyalties are clear...we dont need him. dont give him power, GIVE HIM HELL< HARRY!!!

    November 6, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  23. FreeNLovIt

    Just leave him alone. He's a good voice. It's good to have diversity, it brings perfection.

    Look at 8 years of just ELEPHANTS! THERE WAS COMPLETE UNITY. EVERYTHING HAD THE SAME IDEA OF HOW TO CLIMB OVER A HILL. it produced disaster

    November 6, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  24. josbam

    ahahah lol....Joe phe plummer should be dropped.lol

    November 6, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  25. Barnhardt in NC

    His support was far too enthusiastic and destructive toward Obama. I'd boot him no matter what the count was, he's totally lost his bearings and forgotten his party.

    November 6, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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