November 7th, 2008
08:10 PM ET
5 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. Reality check

    How 'bout we do away with political parties & vote the best person for the job & appoint the best person for the committee??!! That way the people WE elect can actually think for themselves ... Wow, what a concept!!

    November 7, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  2. ExRev

    One question needs to be asked. "Mr Lieberman, if Sen. McCain had won the election, would you be talking with the republican party about caucusing with them?"

    November 7, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  3. Jim

    So it's about supporting the party rather than doing what's best for America? Lieberman had the integrity to do what he thought was best for the country instead of behaving like a party lemming. Kicking him out of the committee leadership position and out of the Democratic caucus would cost the Democrats more than Lieberman and increase the filbuster capacity of the Republicans. Go for it Reid, make my day.

    November 7, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  4. suval

    I don't care how strong a voting record Sen Lieberman has. His behavior during the Presidential campaign, his insulting remarks to Sen Obama and the damage he did to some in his own Party was dispicable .If the Democrats had an ounce of courage and ethics ,they would boot him from their Party. They need to take away his Committee Chair and not allow him to caucus with them. He has been a closet Republican for years .His thirst for power keeps leading him towards them. Free him so he can go be with them full time.

    Sen. Reid needs to show some guts or step aside and let someone else lead the Senate. Lieberman did not suck up to the Republicans out of any idealism. He thought they were going to win and he wanted to be with them. They lost. He should have to go with them.

    If Pres elect Obama wants to reach across the aisle, he can tap any number of decent acting Republicans. Some even spoke out when things went to far and the campaign got ugly. Not Joe. He stood right next to McCain and let both McCain and Palin call Obama a Socialist.

    The Democrats need to get rid of Lieberman .They can sacrifice the vote instead of their integrity.

    November 7, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  5. bt

    Kick him out and you can follow...he could have done anything but when he talked about Obama as he did ... he doesn't need to lead any committees...he loves the Repubs so much that iswhere he needs to be...

    November 7, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  6. Independent in NC

    "Lieberman supported the wrong guy for the presidency. He supported bad policies. And now, he expects no consequences for supporting those bad policies."

    So now there are consequences for not voting Obama? What are you going to do, throw half the country in internment camps for not thinking as you do? Unity crumbles after less than a week.

    The only question here should be whether or not Lieberman has done his job well as chairman. That should determine if he should be removed. We have policies in place in this country to prevent someone from being fired due to race, creed, religion, gender – why not political affliation? Because he spoke against Obama, he's out? So did Biden, and now he's VP elect, and so did Hillary, but she's ok now as long as she does what she's told.

    Every smart leader knows that the real danger lies in surrounding yourself only with people who agree with you. Lieberman has shown that he is willing to vote on the issues, not a party, and that is something valuable and sorely lacking right in Washington. Reid is a moron if he forces him out.

    November 7, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  7. Scott

    Being Jewish-American how could Lieberman deal with all the racially toned rhetoric towards African-Americans and Arab-Americans during McFailin's campaign? The DNC reflects the diversity of America, the RNC doesn't know what the hell it is anymore. Remove Joe as chairman, the Obama-Biden supporters won't mind in the least bit...

    November 7, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  8. Moderate Republican

    Joe Lieberman could be the new face of our party. He is the leader we need in this environment.

    November 7, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  9. PCS / North Carolina

    viny November 7th, 2008 7:31 pm ET

    "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."

    Is Joe going to be in the senate 4yrs from now.? THE TRAITOR need to be kicked out of the Homeland Security Committee, his agenda is not about America. Go figure.

    November 7, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  10. democraticjack

    If I were a candidate of either party, I would run from Senator Lieberman like a scalded cat. His support seems to be the kiss of death.

    November 7, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  11. Hooray for Joe - Reid is an Idiot

    Good for Joe Lieberman – Reid is a total idiot with a 6% approval rationg He will be gone with the mid term elections and Liberman will be with the new majority Republican party Reid and Pelosi represent the worst of partisan politics

    November 7, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  12. Wabigbear

    "Not acceptable"???

    He had no problem publicly standing behind McCain diring speeches that not only lied about Obama, but lied about the Democratic Party. THAT is what's not 'acceptable'.

    November 7, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  13. Anthony Meyer

    Joe Lieberman should not even be allowed back in the Democratic Caucus. His support for John McCain went well beyond what is acceptable. He not only attacked Obama, he campaigned for Republican candidates up and down the ticket and spoke at the Republican Convention. Harry Reid should be replaced as the Democratic leader if he gives one inch to Lieberman.

    November 7, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  14. indy

    How about the fact that the Democrats for all intents and purposes dumped Lieberman in his last election. He ran anyway and won as an Independent. That's why he's an Independent. Amazing how they expect him to fall in line when people like Senator Dodd wanted him to bow out of his last Senatorial race. Good for Senator Lieberman for not backing down. The people in Connecticut voted him back in because they like him. So do many of the rest of us.

    November 7, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  15. Bobc

    Voting just because one belongs to that Party, is insane.....one should support who they think will follow what our forefathers put forth.

    I vote for who I think is best for the country and true citizens, not for Party.

    JFK said, "Ask not what your Country can do for you....", and now we have millions that ask what our Country is going to give them!

    Amazing!

    November 7, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  16. B. Victor

    Joe Liberman shamelessly trashed Obama and the Democratic party at the RNC. That public display was irresponsible and unbecoming of a former Dem VP candidate that we all supported 8 yrs ago. Joe Lib deserves to be demoted or expelled permanently from the Democratic party for anti-party activities.
    Good riddance to bad rubbish.

    November 7, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  17. annie - never again a dem.

    Doesn't reid think stealing tax payers money like he does is improper? Every day he shows up to work (the few that he does) he is stealing dollars from tax payers. If reid is so in to being 'proper' he should resign!

    November 7, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  18. DOCS 3

    IF OUR MEMORY IS CORRECT, IT WAS THE SCRIBES THAT TRIED TO GET JESUS TO COMMIT TREASON. MR. LIBERMAN TRIED AND FAILED. RIGHT ALWAYS WIN IN THE FINAL ANALYSIS. WE THINK THAT ANY PERSON WITH COMMON SENSE WOULD HAVE SECOND THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS MAN. WHETHER HE GOES REPUBLICAN OR STAY DEMOCRAT SOLELY DEPENDS ON HIM. OUR COUNTRY DON'T HAVE TIME TO EVEN DWELL ON THIS MAN'S PRIORITIES. WE THINK THAT WHAT WE AS A COUNTRY HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT IS THAT MINORITY THAT FELL UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF THAT BACK WOODS "REDNECK PALIN EFFECT". IN MANY PARTS OF THE SOUTH TRULY UNDERSTAND THAT LIBERMAN IS NOT THE PROBLEM. IT IS THE "REDNECK SYNDROME" HE SO WILLINGLY FOLLOWED BEING JEWISH. HE IS ENTITLED TO FOLLOW HIS POLITICIAN FEELINGS. HE AND ONLY HE HAS TO LIVE WITH THOSE FEELINGS. JUST DON'T PUT HIM IN ANY POSITION THAT WOULD INTERFERE WITH THE "CHANGE" THE PEOPLE VOTED FOR.

    November 7, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  19. PCS / North Carolina

    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."

    The same can not be said about the sitting cowboy President who led us into two wars (WMD !!), and happily leaving us with 14trillion debt. During the last 8yrs, he was also giving taxcuts to the wealthy to create jobs, but we lost 1.2 million jobs this year. Who are the cowards and bigots ? GOP !!!!!!!

    November 7, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  20. Reality check

    If Joe is the best person for the job he should keep it ... if he isn't the best person for the job – why was he appointed to it in the first place?

    This is exactly why, all politicians should serve only one term in any one office & once elected, party affiliation should be dropped.

    November 7, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  21. annie - never again a dem.

    Guess according the the obamanuts we shouldn't have the freedom to think for ourselves! Umh sure sounds like obama to me. Let's see who would we rather have in congress – someone who thinks for themselves like Lieberman OR someone who is incapable of thinking like reid?

    November 7, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  22. A White Male For Obama

    Goodbye Joe

    November 7, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  23. Richard A. Spomer

    Those of you ignorant self righteous Dem's are clearly as narrow minded as the President of the Senate Harry Reed of Nevada!

    So shut your frikin holes! Joe L. has got the seniority in the Senate!!!

    November 7, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  24. Pat

    If you want to talk about "improper," talk about Reid and his cronies, who sent our economy into the tank.

    The sub-prime meltdown is at the root of our current economic disasaster, and it started in late 2006/early 2007 - right after the Democrats won a majority in both houses - and not much after the Democrats hijacked the boards of directors of Fanny and Freddie - and declared that everything is "honkey-dorey" - then enabling these directors to walk away with millions of "sweetheart" severance deals.

    Reid and his ilk should not only be stripped of all committee memberships - they should be run out of the House and Senate entirely !!!!!!!!!!!

    They are not only "improper" - they're CRIMINALS !!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 7, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  25. Richard A. Spomer

    Goes too show how power has gone to thier heads!

    Those of you ignorant self righteous Dem's are clearly as narrow minded as the President of the Senate Harry Ried of Nevada!

    So shut your frikin holes! Joe L. has got the seniority in the Senate!!!

    November 7, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
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