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. 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 |
  2. 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 |
  3. Ben in NC

    He should be purged from the party, so they can consolidate and solidify their power over the American people more efficiently.

    November 7, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  4. Terry

    Joe Lieberman is a true leader–someone who bucks the party he has aligned himself with for decades to do what is right. It would be nice if there were more LEADERS like Lieberman in D.C. Unfortunately, that is not the case, and for that reason, our country is heading down the toilet. The American people are sick of partisan politics. It's time the Dems and Republicans join together to do WHAT IS RIGHT by the American people.

    November 7, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  5. Reality check

    "But Joe Lieberman votes with me a lot more than a lot of my senators."

    "...MY SENATORS..."...?

    This PARTISAN crap needs to stop!

    Of the party, by the party & for the party ... how about of the PEOPLE?!

    Joe Lieberman is the only one who has it correct ... !!

    November 7, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  6. Jen

    Why is it okay for Republicans to cross the aisle and endorse Democrats, yet you people complain when a Democrat does the same thing? Just wondering.

    November 7, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  7. pam Eugene OR

    It doesn't really matter that Lieberman thinks it is unacceptable. It is not his decision to make and I strongly believe that the chairmanship should be taken from him.
    Even if he represents the 60th vote he is a turn coat and he can't be counted on.
    I say throw the bum out!

    November 7, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  8. NYC Anti-Lieberman

    Joe's behavior is "not acceptable." He does not deserve to anything from the Dem's. He is a disgrace.

    November 7, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  9. Mark, Pasadena, CA

    Strip him of the Chairmanship. If he bolts for the Republicans or changes his voting pattern, then let the good citizens of CT deal with him as they see fit.

    November 7, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  10. Titanium Dragon

    Okay, seriously folks. I know you're Republicans, and not too sharp, but seriously folks.

    Lieberman supported the wrong guy for the presidency. He supported bad policies. And now, he expects no consequences for supporting those bad policies.

    Its not a matter of conscience, its a matter of consequences. Lieberman no longer supports the interests of the Democratic party; ergo, why should the Democrats allow him to continue to acct as their representative?

    The answer is, quite clearly, that they should not.

    They aren't kicking him out of Congress, they're just not giving him power voluntarily.

    You're criticizing them, in short, for doing something they're ENTIRELY entitled to do?

    And then you're calling THEM dictators?

    No, I'm sorry. It is you who are clueless.

    Lieberman does not deserve the Democrats' voluntary deference, and anyone who says otherwise is clearly not in touch with reality.

    There's nothing wrong with supporting someone other than your own party's candidate, but if you expect your own party to be nice to you after you've done so, then you've got another thing coming.

    November 7, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  11. CanIcallyouJoe


    "Harry Reid is a fool and sucks big time."

    What kind of an argument is that? What if, in the presidential debate, McCain stood up and pointed at Obama, and used "Well this guy sucks, that's why" as an answer?

    ( I almost used a Palin/Biden debate example there, but I fully expect Palin to do this at some point – right after the "his argument is invalid because he's a buttmunch" attack)

    Not only is this hilariously ignorant, but you don't even display any information as to why this man "sucks big time".

    November 7, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  12. Alan

    Lieberman's a proud Jew but even better a proud Jewish American patriot.

    By contrast Harry Reid is a gutless Jew-hater.

    Any questions?

    November 7, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  13. Honeybee58

    Harry Reid's an absolute dolt. Cheers to Lieberman for being his own man, and a smart one at that!!

    November 7, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  14. Edgar

    Democrats aren't "strong-arming" Lieberman. They're removing him from a committee chair because his views are not our party views. The rest is just him throwing a hissy fit. Oust him.

    November 7, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  15. orville

    Lieberman can't have it both ways! As an independent he now needs to lie in the bed he made!...And how can someone who was so critical of the democratic ticket be considered an overseer of the policies of the winning platform? It is obvious that his position during this election period was with the republicans, so let him now be apart of the minority party where he belongs!

    November 7, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  16. Jenn

    The fact is that if Lieberman hadn't lost his primary in CT, forcing him to either give in gracefully or become an "independent", he wouldn't have dared to speak at the RNC. Not while calling himself a Democrat.

    He needs to decide where he stands. I voted for him in 2K, and now wonder why I did. The man doesn't know whether to crap or get off the pot.

    November 7, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  17. Alan

    To the Lieberman haters:

    If you don't want him, we in the Republican Party will gladly accepted him.

    He's an American patriot who thinks of country first. The same cannot be said of your incoming President-elect or Harry the Coward and Bigot Reid.

    November 7, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  18. John

    Maybe he was pulling a Colin Powell...switching allegiances because of the shade of his skin. I guess that is only admirable if you are a Republican...Harry Reid is a nut case!

    November 7, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  19. mona

    this guy has got to go. he is a supporter of Israel with absolutely no conditions on them which is very malignant to any peace efforts in the middle east. This bias is what has created so much resentment by the muslims in the area and around the world towards the united states. I have no issues with him supporting someone of a different party, but to support a party that was running the dirtiest campaign is unacceptable.

    November 7, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  20. Elizabeth

    It's really very simple. The party in the majority chooses who will chair the committees. Period. As an Independent Senator Lieberman was granted a great deal of leeway in keeping chairmanship of a committee in a Democrat controlled Senate. He's intelligent enough to realize that when you flirt with the party across the aisle it may be forgiven, but when you meet with the Democratic caucus and have the chair of a Senate committee you do NOT go on the attack against the Democratic Party candidate, speak at the convention for the party across the aisle and then criss-cross the country stumping for the Republican candidate and expect to retain your chairmanship when the ride is over and you return home. He's been in the Senate long enough to know that.

    November 7, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  21. Denise....Boardman, Ohio

    Throw the (joker) out on his head...he is a "Benedict Arnold" that can't be trusted.....he is a "turn coat" of the worse kind.....he knew what he was doing by "endorsing" wasn't the fact that he supported McCain, but he campaigned with him and said some very nasty things about President-elect Obama...I don't want them to forgive him...but I think they will, because Democratic are not as evil or unforgiving as Republicans....

    November 7, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  22. Susan Messina

    Your improper mister Reid. Leiberman was just doing what he belived was best for this county. You on the other hand are promoting coal mining in your home state of Nevada. However your colleagues' Obama/Biden are threatening to bankrupt the coal mining industry. When all is said and done Bush is not the only one to blame for all of this. If you and Pelosi would spend more time working things out and not blaming and fighting maybe we could get something done in this country. Also tell Nancy to quit spending so much time adjusting he scarf when she is in session, it looks like she's not really paying attention.

    November 7, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  23. gandoman - SF, CA

    I am a Jew who is on the verge of despair knowing that Joe Lieberman pushed back 50 years the opportunity for a Jewish President & 25 years for another chance at a Jewish Vice-President. Lieberman is exactly what cartoons have portrayed about Jews for a hundred years.
    1. You can't trust them.
    2. They put themselves first and to hell with everyone else.
    3. Support me and if I deem it a wise move, I will support you.
    4. Money & the power to turn a buck is all that is important.
    Joe, it's too late to say, "It ain't so Joe," because the damage has been done. You supported McCain ONLY in the hopes that you would either be his pick for Vice-President or at the very least grab a position in his cabinet.
    SHAME on YOU!
    Please crawl back to wherever you belong because it is not in Washington. I hope the Democrats throw you out on your Jewish ear and you scrape your Jewish nose all the way down to those beady eyes and evil lips. I am insulted you even 'look' Jewish.

    November 7, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  24. Jeanette Issano

    Dump Benedict Arnold.

    November 7, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  25. Rex

    Mr. Lieberman went with who he thought would be the winner. He hopped on the proverbial bandwagon and threw his own party under the bus. What he did is inexcusable and he should be sanctioned by the Democratic party. I'd like to see him dismissed.

    November 7, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
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