(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.
WHERE IS CAFFERTY FILE?
some sarcastic sick questions pleeeease?
Yea you rotten us like that.
Remember those of you who call Lieberman a traitor.
The same can easily be said for Harry Reid, and yes, your incoming President who knew how to sit in a hate-filled pew for 20 years yet never had the cojones to get up and walk out. Or really serve America ala Colin Powell.
It will be a great day when that Judas LIEberman is voted out of office.
I dont think Lieberman did anything "improper". He just exercised his individual will – hardly "improper". That said, I disagree with what he did, but he could have done MUCH worse. At least he's not hanging out in bathroom stalls...
Hey, Reid - YOU and your cohorts caused the economy to tank. YOU should all be run out of the Senate and House !!!!!!!!!!!!
Dump (Benedict Arnold) Joe Leiberman.
As usual Harry gets it wrong. Sen. Liberman didn't do anything improper, he mearly followed his conscience. Nothing improper about that. What Harry hates is that Liberman didn't hew the Dem line despite being back stabbed by the very same party when he was up for reelection. Harry doesn't seem to understand that if you betray someone, that someone will not feel obligated in the future to please you. Harry needs to grow up!
He deserves a chairmanship on a committee where he agrees with the majority party. He does not enjoy the latitude to push the minority agenda given his lack of loyalty.
His tone on the campaign trail was terrible. He needs to indicate where his allegiances lie.
Jon Stewart had the best of all takes on Lieberman right after his speech at the Republican convention when the Daily Show was juxtaposing him with shots of the old cartoon character Droopy Dog....
I can't take the guy seriously anymore after that....
That's right shoot Joe in the back because he didn't do everything that the deomocrats wanted him to do. This is the same attitude that the dem's have towards the rep's call them names spit in there face & expect them to invite you over for dinner. I can see how polite the next 4 years will be.
Harry Reid did exactly the correct thing. By offering Lieberman a lessor chairmanship he shifted the decision to Lieberman wether to stay with the Democrats or bolt to the Republicans.
Lieberman did not anger the Democrats as much with his endorsement of McCain as his comments about Obama and the speech at the Repubican Convention. He made his choice, but there are consequences. He can't expect to do what he did and then come back as if nothing happened. Reid made an offer. Lieberman can accept or not.
If he declines I guess we will see how much of a man of conscious he is. If he is a man of conscious, of his beliefs, he will vote with the Democrats on most issues. If he doesn't........ Well there you have it.
Political prostitutes like Lieberman have no place among decent, progressive people. Kick him out of the Dem caucus now.
Crap like this is why the congress has such low approval ratings. Dumb partisanship and little actual thinking.
Not worst that what Reid and Pelosi have done to the country.
Billions of dollars gave away to Big Wall St companies and banks, and now all these companies are giving year-end BONUSES to their executives.
Mr Reid, you were the one wanting our money to go to these jerks at Wall ST. what about that ????
Yes, I think Liberman should loose his Chairmanship, he is not part of the majority party and he was not wise enough to stand up and get behind President Obama. I certainly don't trust Liberman with my security. Time for Change...
Now lets see if Obama keeps to his promises. My feelings are he will go the way of the best of them – empty promises and blame it on others
Give the chair to a LOYAL Dem. If Joe still wants to caucus with the Dems, fine. I have to laugh at the GOP'ers on this site whining about Bi-partisanship. What in the world do they know about that? Joe chose, he chose wrong and now he has to suffer the consequences. It's all about taking responsibility for your actions. Something the Repubs are always whining about. Hypocrites!
Bye, Joe the Judas
Bye Bye, Joe the Judas
Obama promised to work across party lines, but just a few days after the election we are seeing one of his main senators posturing on how to "punish" another American citizen (Lieberman) for supporting the presidential candidate of his choice.
I'm ashamed that Lieberman belongs to my people. American Jews like myself deserve better representation in Congress. I'm sure he'd work for the Spanish Inquisition if it were politically convenient.
Get rid of this two timer; cannot be trusted
Reid is a moron and should be shown the door when he is up for re-election. Under his leadership, congress has earned lower appoval ratings than Bush.
It is not about party, it is about the nation.
I commend Lieberman for standing up for his beliefs. If more politicians did and not worry about the next election or who is power maybe we can they can get something done for the good of all.
Lieberman will give his allegiance to whatever Party that he feels will benefit him. He had no problem with supporting the Democrats when he was picked by Gore to be V.P. so now he runs to the Republicans looking for a better political position.
It is quite fair to relieve Lieberman of his chairmanship. He campaigned on behalf of the GOP (the opposition). That was his choice, but the party leadership is certainly correct to give that plum committee position to a more loyal Democrat. Think about it. It's not dirty politics. It does make sense and should be expected.