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. mike

    SGonzalez November 7th, 2008 6:57 pm ET

    For as long as Harry Reid has been in Washington he should know the meaning of independent. Congress members should represent their districts not the Democratic or Republican parties, and there lies the problem.
    Lieberman was sent there by the people he represents — UNDERSTAND THAT!!
    Do what you have to do but respect him as an independent.

    -We kicked him out of the party in 2006!!!! I know because I was there and put that ballot in for Lamont. It's the scummy Neocons and spiteful (not all Republicans) who kept him in office as an Independent. He has 4 years to go so we're stuck with him for a while longer even if he loses his chairmanship. Believe me he has become out of step with the will of CT since 2003. That's why he bolted to McCain, not for patriotism or glory or whatever bull people try to feed you. It was a last chance at a cabinet position because he saw the Congressional blue wave.

    November 7, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  2. olive oyl

    bravo to Lieberman! I'm registered democrat and almost always follow suit but that doesn't change the fact that more than being a dem, I'm my own person and I will voice my opinions and vote as I see fit. Sen. Lieberman has the same rights. I disagreed with his choice for President but applaud him for being his own man.

    November 7, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  3. jacko

    What's the big deal? It's only politics.

    November 7, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |

    Lieberman need to be kick out he is a disgrace to Democrats

    November 7, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  5. Fred

    Mr. Harry Reid, as far as I'm concerned you are the first one we the
    Democrats along with Speaker Nancy P. must remove from your
    positions leading both houses. I thank the two of you have done
    a lousy job . Not to say Joe Lieberman, has fared much better.
    I thank it is time for CHANGE in both houses. We need someone
    who has more grit, and who isn't afraid to do something. So please
    don't call the kettle black unless you through booth you and Nancy in
    the pot also.

    November 7, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  6. Dave, Illinois

    Reid is a twit. Pelossi is a twit. If you add both their favorability ratings, it just about matches Bush. So, I hope they just keep on going and going. Just like Clinton and the Dems overplayed their hand in 1992 and promptly brought about the Republican revolution, so will Obama/Pelossi/Reid. So, all you Obamite zombies keep up your good work. A rejuvinated Republican party, faithful to its roots, will emerge and take power again. Enjoy your time while you can.

    November 7, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  7. Miguel CA, San Francisco

    Joe should stay in the Democratic causcus but should be striped of his senority. Who would of ever thought that Al Gores running mate would of went as far as to support someone like a John McCain. Its mind blowing!

    November 7, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  8. mopy

    November 7th, 2008 7:41 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    hey where be the article about Obama being improper at his first press conference ripping on Nancy Reagan? I thought spouses were off limits?

    November 7, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  9. morris diehl

    I think of Joey Lieberman as a Israeli Senator first and a U.S. Senator second. He supported McCain because he saw this as a way to help the Israeli cause. Joe should go over to the losing party where he belongs. He put his country second by supporting Bush's clone. Good riddance joey.

    November 7, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  10. please

    alan, you are an idiot – any questions?

    November 7, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  11. Steve, Chelsea, MI

    For those defending Lieberman...

    If he wanted to support his friend McCain for president, that's fine.

    If he wanted to campaign for McCain, and speak at the RNC, that's ok.

    If he took every opportunity while campaigning for McCain to trash Obama.. that's where he crossed the line.

    November 7, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  12. Gilbert

    Joe "McCain" Lieberman is nothing but a traitor to the Democratic party and should be stripped of all priviledges of the majority party. Let Joe sit with his buddy John on the minority side. He has done nothing to our party but bash us and deserves no recognition at all. I hope Senator Reid and his fellow Democrats do not let one vote, which in most cases we will not need, let their wisdom lead them astray.

    November 7, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  13. tom

    Harry Reid is an example of everything that is wrong in WashingtonDC. He is petty, mean spirited and just plain nasty. Good luck , President Obama in dealing with this jerk and Ms. Pelosi, Mr. Reid's equal. President Obama will have a much harder time dealing with these two prima donna jerks than he will with the Republicans

    November 7, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  14. Barry in CT

    The thing I hate most about living in CT is that Joe Lieberman is my Senator.

    November 7, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  15. CMJ

    Prefering McCain over Obama was not improper, nor campaigning with McCain, or speaking that the GOP convention. He has every right to choose who he thougth was best.

    But Lieberman said he "fears" for the country if Democrats get elected. What kind of crud is that? That is fear mongering and divisive. It plays into the stereotype and MYTH that Democrats don't love their country and wouldn't do everything to protect it. This was indeed improper, and he should have supported McCain without causing division and fear in the country.

    November 7, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  16. tyler w (portland, OR)

    hey Vegas...

    Disagrees with one major issue? No i'd say supporting the Republican canidate and pretty much renouncing his Dem loyalty is the reason.... he was practically giving McCain a (explitive).

    Joe tried to play both sides, unfortunately people noticed this and now he just seems likea two-faced backstabber.

    November 7, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  17. Colin

    If Lieberman had just gone for McCain it wouldn't have been that big of a problem as I see it. The problem with Lieberman is he went in front of the RNC and lied about and distorted Obama's record (as confirmed by a number of independent fact checking organizations). Now it is one thing for the opposing party to do that but he professes to be of Obama's same party. You can't do something like that and expect no retribution.

    November 7, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  18. Lissa

    Lieberman's free to back whomever he wants. But he burned bridges in the same insidious manner the GOP adopted as its attack strategy. Negative campaigning should have been left to those with nothing to lose; Lieberman stood to lose a lot if McCain lost – as he may be coming to realize now.

    November 7, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  19. PoliticalRevolutioUND

    Oh and one more thing about Harry and Joe.
    For you idiots out there...Joe is a INDEPENDENT. He is NOT part of the Democratic Party. He only sides with them on most cases. Idiots. Go back to school. You need to be re-educated.

    November 7, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  20. JT from TN

    Leiberman is an idiot!! He turned his back on the democratic party but expects everything to be hunky doory afterwards. Seems to me he just wants to be on the same party that is in the White House. How the hell he keeps getting re-elected is beyond me, connecticut must be blind, deaf and easily pursuaded. Far as I'm concern he can go home and never show his face agian.

    November 7, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  21. KEN

    The Dems are about to loose one of the best!

    November 7, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  22. Rorschach

    Two words, Joe: Personal Responsibility.

    November 7, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  23. Michael from St. Louis

    As far as im concerned, there is no law mandating a government official, or anyone for that matter, against being one's own person. As a democrat, I do believe that Lieberman made a mistake, but everyone is entitled to do whatever they wish to in the land of opportunity. He saw an opportunity and went for it. It backfired in the eyes of people like Reid, but to Lieberman's defense, he is an independant swearing allegance to neither side. In that regard, I respect his ability to go "with his gut" and not to specifiaclly one side.

    November 7, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  24. Brian

    McCain is totally "out of touch" with the war in Iraq and the nation's major economic problems. Since McCain lost badly, what does that say about Lieberman??? Are independents going to support him next time around? That is the question......

    November 7, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  25. Dyan

    Let me get this straight.......... Leiberman campaigns not only for McCain, he also campaigns for OTHER Republicans and he speaks to their convention to say that Obama shouldn't be president. And he thinks losing his chair at a major committee is "unacceptable'?????

    That man should thank his luck stars that the Democratic leadership offered him anything at all. Lieberman picked his side, and he has to live with the results of that choice.

    November 7, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
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