November 6th, 2008
12:25 PM ET
5 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. Pat

    Kick him to the curb. He can join the Mavarick party with John McCain. I doubt that he will keep his seat much longer anyway.

    November 6, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. Lyndon,CA

    This guy has to GO, plain and simple! I am being kind here by addressing him as a guy.

    November 6, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. Jordan

    He was the nominee for VP eight years ago, not four. Sorry CNN.

    November 6, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  4. Brad S. in Knoxville, TN

    They Should allow him to stay on in the Democratic Caucus as an Independant, but they should strip him of the committee chairman position on Homeland Security!

    November 6, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. Bye Joe

    Bye Joe and when you're up for re-election in the great state of CT, we will vote you OUT!!!

    How can anyone trust this man?

    November 6, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. sam

    Why Dem's need Lieberman? Anyway they are going to get 60 votes even with his help.....Dump him and find a good candidate who can beat him in the next election.

    November 6, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. Matt

    As a democrat who voted for Obama, I think people are going overboard just a tad.

    Where does it say that all people of one party have to think the same. Now while I agree that Lieberman seems more independant than anything else, I think the talk of turncoat and traitor is a little sad.

    November 6, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  8. Marc PDX

    Looks like they don't need Lieberman anymore so... poof!

    November 6, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  9. Vince -- Northern California

    I am a democrat, so Lieberman you made your bed, now sleep in it .... so take a hike !

    November 6, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. Dawn

    Politics are politcs and they can play one side against the other, and Lieberman is no different. In my opinion he should humble himself to President-elect Obama and kiss alot of bootie

    Bless this Country with many good years, but remember it will take time to get us back to where we were 8 years ago.

    Bill Clinton had said it best...He knows what it is like to take over the presidency after a Bush

    November 6, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. david

    No cause for any punishment. Lieberman commits to reaching across the aisle, the rest is up to voters in Connecticut and Joe's conscience.

    Note that many of the people posting here claiming to be Dem's aren't, dont feed the trolls.

    November 6, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. Geek For Obama

    You chose the wrong side, Joe. Now, deal with it.

    November 6, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  13. Pat

    Kick him to the curb. He can join the Mavarick party with John McCain. I doubt that he will keep his seat much longer anyway.

    November 6, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. KC

    So if you choose to back who you believe to be the best candidate you are criticized, ostricized and dumped? Wow, so much for non-partisan politics.....I thought this was America. You remember? Home of the Free. Gee, sad to think my grandfather took a load of mustard gas while serving in the military during WWI (in Europe) so that we have no choice about who we can vote for, support in a campaign or call friend. Is this an America we are proud of?

    November 6, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  15. Drew, Hoboken, NJ

    This is not what Obama has in mind for our future. Sure Lieberman said some nasty things about Obama, but so did Hillary Clinton and so did John McCain. They will continue to serve in the Senate and all is forgiven when you win. Lieberman, despite appearing more and more senile, should not be admonished for supporting McCain. We need him for filibusters and we need him on many of the important issues! My fellow democrats, let by-gones be by-gones and let's unite to heal this country!

    Drew

    November 6, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  16. Obama08!

    Lieberman was a turncoat before Obama was elected. If McCain had won where do you think good ole Joe would have turned for his political life- don't make this about Obama's administration this happened under the Bush/McCain reign! Good riddance to Joe is what I say.

    November 6, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  17. Don

    It is too bad that many of the posts have had such a negative tone.

    We are at a point in this Nation where Unity has to be a priority.

    To throw Joe under the bus and make disparaging remarks about him is not the kind of action we need.

    Why is it that the political arena always becomes ugly? What is there about Politics that always seems to bring out the darker side of people?

    What would be accomplished by "throwing" him out of the Democratic Caucus?

    What would be gained by reaching out in a spirit of reconciliation and moving forward to heal this Nation?

    November 6, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  18. karen-phoenix

    Liberman would have to really prove himself worthy of being a democrat again!!!! AND he needs to do some BIG apologizing to the democratic party (a public statement!) for what he did and said at the republican convention.

    November 6, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  19. david

    No cause for any punishment. Lieberman is an effective and needed help in reaching across the aisle, the rest is up to voters in Connecticut and Joe's conscience. His faith will call him to atone if he believes atonement is called for.

    Note that many of the people posting here claiming to be Dem's aren't, dont feed the trolls.

    November 6, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  20. Oseki Otens Evans

    Fire the sucker!!!

    November 6, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  21. jubei

    When you play with fire, you may get burned!!

    The reality factor just touched down on Mr. Leiberman. I understand that McCain was a friend. Noone in the democratic party ever asked him to diss his buddy, but He alone, with his own conviction beleived that Barack was not qualified to be president. Fine that is understandable. But there is an honorable manner to present a position and a dishonorable manner, and his was the latter. For that He should not even need to be brought before Reid, he ought to just step out of the democratic party and become completely republican, and take the hit with his constituites when they decide they do or dont want to be represented by the GOP.

    Obama Won, fair and square, Give Props where props are due!!
    To the victor go the spoils, and trechorous minds must be made silent.

    November 6, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  22. Edward

    I love how the hypocrisy of your 'change' campaign is finally being exposed. Joe Lieberman votes with Democrats on everything except the Iraq War! And now you guys are calling for his head because he supported John McCain?

    You guys really don't make any of us believe change is coming. More of the same partisan bickering.

    November 6, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  23. david

    No cause for any punishment. Lieberman commits to reaching across the aisle, the rest is up to voters in Connecticut and Joe's conscience.

    Note that many of the people posting here claiming to be Dem's aren't, dont feed the trolls.

    November 6, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  24. Eric from Ohio

    Do not let Joe caucus with the dems anymore. His views are turning more and more anti-American like those of the extreme Right. He needs to move down south so he can be party of the regional party known as the GOP. Please kick Joe out. Country First!!!

    November 6, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  25. GREG

    I hold Lieberman in lower regard than anyone in the Bush administration. He knowingly sold his soul for a handful of power. He's a sad sorry disgrace, skulking around DC, respected by NO ONE.

    November 6, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
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