November 7th, 2008
08:10 PM ET
10 years ago

Reid: Lieberman did something 'improper'

Reid is torn over Lieberman.

Reid is torn over Lieberman.

(CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made clear Friday he's not happy with Joe Lieberman over the onetime Democrat's avid support of John McCain's White House bid, but told CNN the Connecticut independent has a strong record of voting with the Democrats.

Watch: Reid torn over Lieberman

"Joe Lieberman has done something that I think was improper, wrong, and I'd like if we weren't on television, I'd use a stronger word of describing what he did," Reid told CNN's John King. "But Joe Lieberman votes with me a lot more than a lot of my senators. He didn't support us on military stuff and he didn't support us on Iraq stuff. You look at his record, it's pretty good."

Sources tell CNN Reid wants to strip Lieberman of his Homeland Security Committee chairmanship and offer him the chairmanship of a less high-profile committee. Lieberman reportedly called the proposal "not acceptable."

The full interview with Reid airs on CNN's Late Edition, Sunday at 11 a.m. ET.

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  1. Vegas

    Dang... the Dems will eat their own young...

    The guy disagrees with you on one major issue and you slam him for having an opinion... I guess freedom to disagree isn't a Dem priority.

    Best wishes Joe...

    November 7, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. angie

    "not acceptable" .... ha, that's rich. Joe L is the most fork-tongued politician there is. I wish we could just kick him out of the senate.

    November 7, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. Liebermyself

    Hey Joe, see how fast the GOP loves your voting record on abortion, etc. They'll marginalize you once you're in their house......

    November 7, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. John

    Can a man have his own mind?

    That dweeb from Nevada needs to let go of whatever Anguish Joe has caused him.

    November 7, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  5. Corey Gabriel

    Dump Lieberman, let him go be a Republican.

    November 7, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |



    November 7, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. S. Boatman Warrensburg, Mo.

    What He Did Was Not Acceptable And He Should Be Striped Of His Chair!

    November 7, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. sabuc in Atlanta

    Lieberman's career is in dire straights. Can he really be trusted as a Republican since the only reason he'd go that way is to stay in power? Can he be trusted as a Democrat since he's already betrayed his party with his support of McCain and Obama bashing? Lieberman needs to step down along with McCain and Stevens.

    November 7, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  9. Annick , Washington DC

    Well, he started....Now take your beating like a man Joe! No whining!!!

    November 7, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. Former Republican in TX ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I used to like Joe Lieberman, but he was a turn-coat in this election.

    My attitude is I don't really care if he thinks the proposal is "not acceptable". He's the one who turned his back on the party. He's not the one calling the shots on this deal. I say Reid should strip him of the HSC chairmanship.

    November 7, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. C Spurgeon

    He lost the election as a democrat, ran as an independent and Gop Voters elected him as an independent. He may be friends with MCCain but he was looking for a job and thats what he was doing. Let him go to the republicans, The next election if the the dems and moderate republicans do the job, he will be gone anyway.

    November 7, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. independent

    throw him under the bus

    November 7, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. Priscilla for Obama

    I am reminded of the ridicule President-Elect Obama had to endure from the Republican Party at their convention. They made fun of President-Elect Obama for being a community organizer. Well, I guess it paid off. After all, Jesus was a community organizer, Pontus Pilate was governor. Lieberman should be kicked out. He is a traitor.

    November 7, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. Dee

    Yep – definitely "wrong" (or stronger word!)to act on principle over party line. You get him, Harry!

    November 7, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  15. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Come on Harry, whose running the show, you or Lieberman. You man up and tell Lieberman he's not acceptable.

    November 7, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  16. Tom in CA

    Joe – at least Harry's going to let you caucus with the Senate Democrats and still have a chairmanship. You don't hold the cards – Harry does and it's his game.

    Don't get too pig headed because you might find yourself left out in the cold as a caucus of ONE.

    November 7, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  17. Truth Hurts

    Harry Reid as the determiner of what is proper and improper in politics.

    Something wrong with this world.

    November 7, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  18. Bingo

    The Democratic Party ran another candidate against Senator Lieberman when he was a still a Democrat. In response, Senator Lieberman ran as an Independent, won, but still supports the Democrats. Now Senator Reid has the absolute gall to say that an Independent Senator Lieberman did something "improper" to support Senator McCain? Just typical of this petty, mean spirited, small person that Senator Reid continues to prove himself to be. Hardly in keeping with President Elect Obama's call for bipartisan unity.

    November 7, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  19. Herbie

    Reid: You're an idiot and always will be. You know NOTHING!

    November 7, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  20. Archie H.

    What ; not toeing the Democrat line ? Reid is the dumbest loser in the party! And the list is long !!!

    November 7, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  21. Jeff in NJ

    Hey Joe ... don't let the door hit you in the ___ on the way across the aisle!

    Hopefully your former party will work with you on a bipartisan effort to fix things ... but only with you stripped of your chairmanship!

    You played both parties against each other. And lost. Hopefully you're out in 2012 so we can forget you were ever a part of the Senate.

    November 7, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |

    Harry Reid is a fool and sucks big time. The man needs to disapear.

    November 7, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  23. alyssa young

    look i don't even know this guy but if i knew him i would tell forget, forget, and move on who cares about doing something wrong as long as you say sorry.


    November 7, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  24. Joe in NJ

    So basically what Reid is saying is that Americans shouldn't have the choice to support the candidate they want even if it means crossing party lines. Are we allowed to impeach the Senate Majority Leader?

    November 7, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  25. therealist

    Bitter partisan politics at its worse..., no change here.

    November 7, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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