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. Dennis

    You nasty Dem's take the cake.

    Now that Reid does not need Joe, he is ready and willing to toss him aside. Well if The Great One and his two lap dogs don't get the job done, Harry may need him again in 2010. Maybe Joe will have shorter memory than Harry, then again maybe not.

    November 7, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  2. Larry

    Joe was the only Dem with the bravery to stand up in Senate and tell the world that Clinton was a philandering sinner and that he was an embarrasment to the country. All of the other Dem's just kept their heads down and tried to shrink into the carpet. Joe has earned respect for his principled stands that might be unpopular with his Democratic union brotherhood but has almost always had the country's dignity at heart. Those of you who brand him a traitor, can't see past party lines.

    November 7, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  3. me


    some sarcastic sick questions pleeeease?

    Yea you rotten us like that.

    November 7, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  4. Alan

    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.

    November 7, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  5. Bridg

    It will be a great day when that Judas LIEberman is voted out of office.

    November 7, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  6. bckm, Los Angeles

    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...

    November 7, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  7. Pat

    Hey, Reid - YOU and your cohorts caused the economy to tank. YOU should all be run out of the Senate and House !!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 7, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  8. Jeanette Issano

    Dump (Benedict Arnold) Joe Leiberman.

    November 7, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  9. jim

    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!

    November 7, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  10. jon

    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.

    November 7, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  11. Guy the Gorilla

    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....

    November 7, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  12. Gerry

    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.

    November 7, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  13. Tom In Millstadt

    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.

    November 7, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  14. Unreadable

    Political prostitutes like Lieberman have no place among decent, progressive people. Kick him out of the Dem caucus now.

    November 7, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Crap like this is why the congress has such low approval ratings. Dumb partisanship and little actual thinking.

    November 7, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  16. improper ?

    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 ????

    November 7, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  17. jj An American for Obama

    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...

    November 7, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  18. Pat in Canada

    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

    November 7, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  19. mark in az

    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!

    November 7, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  20. JAck Walden

    Bye, Joe the Judas

    November 7, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  21. Jack Walden

    Bye Bye, Joe the Judas

    November 7, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  22. James

    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.

    November 7, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  23. Alex

    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.

    November 7, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  24. Joe Acarai

    Get rid of this two timer; cannot be trusted

    November 7, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  25. Joe in Ohio

    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.

    November 7, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
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