November 7th, 2008
08:10 PM ET
9 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. Edwin, Fayetteville, NC

    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.

    November 7, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  2. Jim in Asheville

    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.

    November 7, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  3. Herman In LA

    Kick him out...

    November 7, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |

    It's time for Lieberman to go! Yes, he's sucking up now, but you do not know what to expect next. You didn't expect this. What makes you think he will vote w/Dems now???

    November 7, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  5. DeVone

    J oe Liberman was on the ticket with Al Gore in 2000, so he actuly
    go were he thinks is best for him that is sad McCain Joe Liberman
    they are all for them selfs

    November 7, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  6. Humm

    I thought Lieberman was a part of the Likud party?

    November 7, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  7. Luigi ina California

    This guy is about one thing- himself. He keeps putting himself front and center, and I, for one, am sick of him. He needs to get over himself. I'll be happy when he takes his fence-sitting, prima donna self back to where ever he came from.

    November 7, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  8. V

    Poor Joe...and you lose your chairmanships over a group of people that would hang you from the same tree they'd like to hang President-elect Obama from. Pathetic.

    November 7, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  9. Bill, ca

    Lieberman should switch to the republicans as he won't be trusted any more.

    He;s done with the democratic party.

    And there should be no room for him in an Obama administration. Period.

    November 7, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  10. Jim

    Joe Lieberman is a weasel! He weaseled himself back to the Senate by "jumping ship," declaring himself an Independent. Then he sided with Republicans, it appears, primarily because of John McCain's support for Mr. Bush's policy in Iraq. I question his real motivation here. Now he speaks out, suggesting that we "unite" and move forward (kind of like Rodney King's query: "Why can't we all just be friends?" I believe that Joe Lieberman's loyalty is based on a different agenda and a divided loyalty. He needs to get it clear in his head that although we have interests and friends in the Middle East, we need to support policy that puts the interests of the US before the interests of others, sometimes even our friends.

    November 7, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  11. SimplyObama

    Get rid of Lieberman

    November 7, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  12. JB

    This is typical liberal behavior. "How dare you believe something we don't!'

    Similar to branding all republicans war mongers, racists and bible thumpers. And what is sad, the people of the USA are allowing it.

    Now they want to eliminate talk radio, labeling it porn. And the media just let's it go.

    I thought liberals were supposed to be open and inclusive to everyone. Clearly, that is not the case. It is their way or the highway. The highway being taking away prominent positions.

    This sickness is going to become even more open and vile in the next four years.

    To all politicians: Don't go say or do anything contrary to Reid or Pelosi. Or else they will belittle you in public!

    November 7, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  13. CT DEM

    I'm from Conn, supported Obama and voted for Joe every time. He didn't sink Gore, Gore sunk Gore. Gore was a crummy choice for Pres. . I applaud Joe for his honesty. He tells it like he sees it, you may not agree with him but this is freedom of speech or does that only apply when you say what that dolt Reid and Pelosi have to agree upon. Go Joe Go– be honest!! MAybe Chris Dodd can give up all his chairmaen ships since he has not been honest about the Country Wide loan scandal.

    November 7, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  14. Buddy from Cali

    Let the Repubs have the Israeli shill. Lieberman doesn't know if he's a citizen of the U.S.A or Israel.

    November 7, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  15. Joshua

    Hey Republicans, YOU LOST! Get It! We do not care about anything you say. Infact why dont you spill you Obama hatred on Fox News blogs where i'm sure it will be appreciated.

    November 7, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  16. Cal Dem.

    Was it wrong of him to endorse McCain, no. Was it wrong of him to campaign with McCain, no. What bothered me was the negativity he stated against Sen. (now Pres-elect) Obama.
    I'm mad at him, but I do not want him booted from the caucus, we need to show some bipartisanship, there shouldn't be infighting in the Democratic party.

    November 7, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  17. ed

    name three things joe lieberman cant carry? forget the first two, but the big one is florida. he couldnt deliver for gore or mac.
    being a CT democrat i have never voted for joe lieberman, he has been an outspoken, holier-than-thou, opportunistic, weathervane politician his whole career and the senate republicans can have him.
    his success will lead them to a smaller caucus in 2010 & 2012 and he can try to help mitt, newt, mike or mel in florida, good riddance!!!

    November 7, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  18. reggie

    So, why is it improper to switch sides to support the better candidate? Most the other dems rallied behind Obama simply because they wanted a dem in the White House. McCain was the better candidate and Lieberman knew it.

    November 7, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  19. EJ

    Alan, stop spewing negative words...this is a new world whether you like it or not. And President Elect Obama is ALL of ours President!
    Open to change my friend....let go or your acid spite.

    November 7, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  20. Tommy Redcloud

    Lieberman has no claim on any committee. He's not a Democrat. He was elected as an Independent. He therefore has NO seniority in the Democratic Caucus. Furthermore, Harry Reid is a moron if he thinks Lieberman votes with the Democratic caucus, a cursory examination of Lieberman's record shows that he rarely if ever votes in line with the Democrats.

    November 7, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  21. Mike

    Now we see that the partisanship the plagues our government is born of the likes of incompetents like harry Reid.

    November 7, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  22. Jerry

    Joe, please tell Reed to shove it. Of course, along with Queen Pelosi!

    We are proud of you for always doing what you think is proper.

    November 7, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  23. Miami

    Joe calls it "unacceptable" ?

    Whats unacceptable is his behavior.

    He should be booted from the party, as in go work for Palin in Alaska and teach her some geography and come back in 2012 with her and run for president!

    Or better yet join the AIP

    November 7, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  24. Mike, Vancouver

    Change does not come easy,even Reid must learn from the Obama's claim that "We're all Americans".

    Change does not come overnight as evidenced by how long it has taken to get a White/African elected to the Presidency.

    Change does not come without an emotional response. It will take time to break the partisan politcal barriers as individuals are taught how to be non-partisan.

    If you take one person and teach them to not hate, leave their baggage at the door and be respectful even when you disagree.

    The United States of America will be so far ahead of the rest of the world being elevated again to the greates nation once again.

    Hate, is limiting, divisive, destructive and 100% non-productive.

    Get together USA, you need it.

    November 7, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  25. Jackson

    I agree, these republicans are very ignorant. They used to be the party of small government, small spending etc. Now they are right wing evangelical haters!

    November 7, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
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