November 7th, 2008
08:10 PM ET
6 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. FORMER GOP

    Repubs have Joe six pack, Joe the plumber, now they have Joe the traitor.

    November 7, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  2. Rich Lady

    Let by gones be by gones, if he's the best person for the job (which I doubt) let him keep the positon.

    November 7, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  3. floridian

    I forgot to add that Sen. Reid ought to look in a mirror and consider some of his shady real estate dealings as more "improper" than what Sen. Liebermann did.

    November 7, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  4. Chappy in Jacksonville, Florida

    How sad that the Senator from Nevada forgets that it was the man
    that he wishs to replace, that made him the MAJORITY LEADER.
    I'm an Obama man, through and through.

    November 7, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  5. Matt

    Senator Liberman is an independent, and he should not be forced to support someone he doesn't want to. Last I checked Independent is not Republican or Democrat.
    To some it may just seem like petty partisanship but this is how things started with Nazi Germany and Stalin's USSR.
    Really is this the "change" people wanted, I doubt it. Kind of ironic that we live in a country where people were encouraged to speak what they believe despite who disagrees. Now it's become a place where if you don't completely agree with someone they'll cut your throat and hang your corpse from the rafters.

    November 7, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  6. Goodie-Ga.

    How do you deal with a cancer? Get rid of it. Democrats being too generaous to this guy. Please throw him off the bus NOW. This is enemy within the party. Another Zeal miller of Georgia. Remember him.

    November 7, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  7. Tim

    Harry Reid is a wimp. I love Joe Lieberman for his independence. More politicians should be like him.

    November 7, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  8. Gobama

    Judas Joe Lie-berman is a slug.
    The Dems have Al Gore to thank for this traitor, Judas Joe!

    Harry Reid has no choice but to de-chair Judas Joe.
    There MUST be consequences for Judas Joe's treachery!

    No consequence for INCOMPETENT Republi-cons over 911, has emboldened the deceptive and divisive Republicons to even try to make Democrats responsible for their 911, Katrina, Iraq, Recession INCOMPETENCE!

    November 7, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  9. Bob

    Hello Harry! You continue to have lights on but nobody's at home. You would not support him, so he went INDEPENDENT–and YOU LOST!!!!!!!!. Harry what part of independent is it that you don't understand!

    November 7, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  10. pancho villa

    Who cares what "dirty" Harry thinks ?

    November 7, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  11. Phil

    The Democrats are removing him from Democrat positions. I do not see what the fuss is about, the man is obviously not a Democrat. He's an Independent who supported McCain. He used to be a Democrat but went across the aisel a long time ago. After he supported McCain they were like "ok, time to remove you from your former Democrat duties."

    There is nothing partisan, or hateful about it. The guy is not a Democrat, and shouldn't be in their congressional democrat positions. He's free to join the Republicans if he wants. I see nothing at all wrong with what they did.

    November 7, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  12. bern

    Joe needs to go period.

    November 7, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  13. Matt in VA

    Let the Liberal blood letting begin! Hell hath no fury like a Democrat scorned.

    November 7, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  14. Tim - Colorado

    I think it's time for maverick McCain and hawk Lieberman to form their own third party and leave the Republican party for Palin and the evangelical conservatives and hatemongers. Lieberman should be stripped of his chairmanship for deserting the Democrats in this most critical election cycle. I, for one, don't believe that the Departnment of Homeland Security should be overseen by someone like Lieberman. We need people in there that respect the Constitution of the United States and don't look at it as something that might get in the way of our support for Israel's wars.

    November 7, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  15. Robert Bauer, Sonoma County, CA

    Excuuuuuse me, Mr. Leiberman, but I find your presence in the Senate to be unacceptable, and I won't have to wait but about 2 more years to start working on your removal, and the end of your career.

    November 7, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  16. Jim Doyle

    The people of Connecticutt voted first for a Democrat, then for a so-called Independent. They never voted for a Republican. Do his recent positions really represent the will of the people who voted for him? Can Senators be impeached?

    November 7, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  17. issa

    i 'm gonig to call him as he shoud be called he is a rat,a power hungry person he should be stripped out of every chairmanship.i could not stand to see his rat facebehind mccain with an ugly sirk in his face.to tell you the truth i don't trust him he is a traitor who knows what he may do next

    November 7, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  18. Co Girl

    Joe Lieberman is a senator who speaks his mind and votes his conscience. He is not swayed by polls. He was abandoned by the Democratic party during a tough primary fight, yet, he agreed to caucus with the Democrats so that they could have a majority. Harry Reid no longer needs his vote so he will punish him for his support of McCain. Harry Reid is a typical partisan hack. I don't know if the Obama Administration will be able to control this power hungry madman and he will stop "change" in its tracks.

    November 7, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  19. Ronda

    It is one thing to endorse John McCain but to spit all the venom Lieberman did, is a REAL big deal! He's obviously very confused going from a Democrat, to a Indepent, then a Republican supporter asking people to cross party lines! He was soooo sure Obama would not get elected! You don't know what his motive was! HE CAN'T BE TRUSTED!!!!!!!!

    November 7, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  20. Not Stupid

    Lieberman wants to keep his Homeland Security post so he can keep on spying on Americans and feeding it to the Mossad.

    November 7, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  21. Ronda

    It is one thing to endorse John McCain but to spit all the venom Lieberman did, is a REAL big deal! He's obviously very confused going from a Democrat, to a Independent, then a Republican supporter asking people to cross party lines! He was soooo sure Obama would not get elected! You don't know what his motive was! HE CAN'T BE TRUSTED!!!!!!!!

    November 7, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  22. SGonzalez

    For as long as Harry Reid has been in Washington he should know the meaning of independent. Congress members should represent their districts not the Democratic or Republican parties, and there lies the problem.
    Lieberman was sent there by the people he represents - UNDERSTAND THAT!!
    Do what you have to do but respect him as an independent.

    November 7, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  23. Rusty

    Interesting to see how Reid is "reaching across the aisle".

    I'm sure we'll see more of this wonderful bipartisanship in the months to come. Pelosi's broken promise is now Obama's to break.

    Lieberman will get screwed just because he dared speak his mind and act on his beliefs. That's okay – it'll be one step AWAY from the Democrats magic 60 number.

    November 7, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  24. Ricky

    Lieberman needs to be kicked out of his chairmanship role, period. He is no more a Democrat now than George Bush. All the shame in the world should be upon him and his family.

    November 7, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  25. bernardo

    McCain had two Joe:the Plummer and Joe the Pharisee,the traitor,the angry loser.Mr Liberman belongs to the Republicans,I don't want him in my party,he doesn't deserve to be.

    November 7, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
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