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. Rojosoho

    Harry Reid feels betrayed by Lieberman? Give me a break. No one has been more treasonous than Reid. He has sided with America's enemies on a regular basis. He is a TRAITOR to the nation, not just a political party. His public comments regarding the war and the surge emboldened our enemies and costs American lives. If Lieberman loses his chairmanship over his stances, Reid should lose his Citizenship over his.

    November 7, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  2. Jaye

    Joe Lieberman got himself mixed up with the wrong people and let his ambitions outweigh his common sense.
    McCain and Palin slandered and slimed their way across the United States, and many republicans followed suit.
    It really is a shame when people in high office attack a persons being instead of their policy.
    Joe Lieberman, Rudy Guiliani, John McCain, and especially Sara Palin (plus many others) shamed themselves and our country.

    November 7, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  3. Shmo the Dumber

    Joe Leib is a tool for the war hawks and Neo cons that want to continue an Imperialistic agenda of death and destruction. He uses his love of Isreal as a shield to pursue his nefarious interests. He went against the party that has SUPPORTED HIM thru the years. He betrayed my vote for him in 2000, by his words against Obama and his pitiful performance at the GOP convention. I say strip him of any Democratic status and past achievements. He lived by the sword, no he can flounder under its weight.

    November 7, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  4. Andrew

    I hardly think that it's Lieberman's position to dictate what is and is not acceptable. He quit the party, he failed to support the candidate – the party gets to do what it wants, and if he wants to play ball he should fall in line.

    November 7, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  5. James

    I say "No more Israelies in our American government." Oh Yeah, 9/11 was indeed an inside job. So says the victims families. Research it yourselves. You will see what I'm talking about. We are in deep doo doo.

    November 7, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  6. Independent white female patriotic voter

    Liberman has the nerve to expect anything less from Reid and the democrats. He pretty much attacked Barack Obama. I do believe in less politics and more working together, but Lieberman does not deserve any special treatment or chairmanship by the democrats whatsoever. He was a low life when he addressed Obama. I a gld Obama won and I'd love to see Lieberman get what is coming to him.

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

    Get rid of him! The thought revolves around the fact that, had McCain won the election, Lieberman would have bolted the Dems asap. This is his choice, now it's the Dems. You're fired!

    November 7, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  8. DeVone

    why when some people write their comments they all can find some thing RACIEST every one do something the next person donot like but raceisum is a sin and if you donot belive in that that is all so
    your privledge, oh but you will see so it is ignorant and a sin
    so while you are talking about some one of a nother race
    you are mixed with some thing other then ignorance

    November 7, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  9. JG

    The Democrats will never be able to hold the Congress together. There is already in-fighting in the House (i.e. Waxman) and Reed wants to toss out or punish Joe Lieberman. I hope they do toss him out of their caucus; they seem to forget that they do not have 60 seats in the Senate. But, Congress always works this way and that is why their approval rating is 14 percent. It really doesn't make much difference which party controls the Congress, they act the same and Democrats will likely lose seats in 2010. This is American politics.

    November 7, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  10. hjs98663

    I think they should get rid of Lieberman sense you never know what he will do. He can move in with his buddy McCain. I use to think he was ok but now I think he is another brain dead in office.

    November 7, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  11. Obama for President

    While bi-partisanship is good, forgiving Joe Leiberman for embracing McCain is really going too far. He just spent a year trying to defeat the best Democratic nominee that's come along for many years. And he expects to retain his favored status in the party?
    He left the party when he became an Independent.
    Then he compounded it with the McCain campaign.
    He's not a Democrat. He's not a Republican. What is he? He's for number one. Joe Leiberman. I say Reid is right. Kick him out.

    November 7, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  12. james

    Stick to own thoughts Joe, don't let them control you.

    November 7, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  13. Edward S.

    Reid should re-think his desire to knock Sen. Lieberman from his Homeland Security post. I get the sense that he really IS torn, and doesn't want to take punitive action, but he's motivated by political tradition as well as pressure from other Democratic party leaders.

    Sen. Reid, don't give in to your darker instincts. Keep Sen. Lieberman where he is. Allow moderates and those who cross party lines to keep their voice in this party... otherwise, you have no right to say you represent the voice of the people.

    November 7, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  14. mike

    Alan November 7th, 2008 7:06 pm ET

    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.

    -This second part of your post is typical Republican nonsense (one of many reasons why your clock got cleaned.........AGAIN)

    If you want him you can have him; just beware when he says "Country First" he means Israel and not the United States.

    November 7, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  15. Jim

    Just goes to show that you must walk in lockstep with the Dem leadership or get all support taken away.
    Lieberman was right on the war and because he wasn't pro-surrender and say that we lost the war already (like Harry did last year-just a bit premature...) and act politically instead of acting with integrity, Harry and the Dems took away all support for his last election cycle and got a fruitcake to run (the guy was so freaking left he lost in the anti-war, blue-as-blue-can-be state).
    Either you are in lockstep with the party aparatchiks or you are not wanted. There is no big tent in the Dem party.

    Grace and Peace,

    November 7, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  16. SHELLI1313

    The first 3 letters in LIebermans name is LIE, SO he is telling them and has told them left and right and now he wants to be forgiven. I THINK NOT!

    November 7, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  17. Hilary

    Lieberman is for Lieberman. He'll go with whatever will benefit him the most.

    November 7, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  18. viny

    He is an independant caucasing as a Democrat, Democrats can kick him off of the chairmanship if they want, they will need his vote in 2 or 4 years for now, if they continue to have Harry as their majority leader. But that would mean being farsighted and that Ried isnt.

    November 7, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  19. Ryan


    About time that that Senate Majority leader Reid laid him on the carpet.

    Lieberman hasn't been faithful to the DNC nor the Democratic platform, and he should be reminded of that fact. Joe's support for McCain was the wrong decision, as was confirmed by the American people's recent mandate for President-elect Barack Obama on Nov. 4th. He has drifted further away from the Democratic party, and if he wants to jump ship, let him! Put him oon a subcommittee, and let him think about his options for awhile......Go Obama – Biden!

    November 7, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  20. Ellen

    Those getting their knickers in a twist over *any* suggestion that Lieberman might deserve a reprimand would do well to recall that Obama backed him in his 2006 primary contest in Connecticut despite theri differences on Iraq.

    Lieberman rewarded him by speaking at the GOP convention and campaigning at McCain's side. He thumbed his nose bigtime at the Democratic party and a friendly colleague, but he and some of you are offended at the idea that this has consequences?


    November 7, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  21. McNulty

    Speak for yourself Alan. I'm a Republican and I don't want Lieberman in the party. He may agree with us on Iraq (an issue I could care less for) but on more important things like fiscal policy, tax cuts, and derregulation, Lieberman is a true dem. Republicans don't need a loser like this.

    November 7, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  22. Stinky

    Lieberman should have been cut loose long ago and Reid needs to go as well. The Democrats need people who are willing to fight. If Reid can't even summon the balls to expel a turncoat like Joe that only underscores my point. How is he going to rub the Republicans nose in it if he can't even keep his own house in order?

    November 7, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  23. bob

    I do not think it is the Dem's Congress is it? It is the people's congress! Screw Harry Reid. He must be gay too!

    November 7, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  24. nannasc

    Reid needs to follow Obama's lead from his election night speech – try to work together for the good of the country. Grow up – there is no need for this sort of attitude in his position.

    November 7, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  25. Lieberman Chairman for pornography

    Kick him out of this great chain of Democrates. We hate traters specially someone who stab us from back. Shame on you Joe, if i see you next time i will spit on you.

    November 7, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
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