(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.
What's the big deal? It's only politics.
Lieberman need to be kick out he is a disgrace to Democrats
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.
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.
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 7th, 2008 7:41 pm ET
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hey where be the article about Obama being improper at his first press conference ripping on Nancy Reagan? I thought spouses were off limits?
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.
alan, you are an idiot – any questions?
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.
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.
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
The thing I hate most about living in CT is that Joe Lieberman is my Senator.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Dems are about to loose one of the best!
Two words, Joe: Personal Responsibility.
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.
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......
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.
To the Lieberman haters:
If you don't want him, we in the Republican Party will gladly accepted him.
Reid is a slime ball. The way he is, you wonder how many little boys he has molested.