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. joseph

    John November 7th, 2008 4:31 pm ET

    Can a man have his own mind?

    That dweeb from Nevada needs to let go of whatever Anguish Joe has caused him.

    WELL SAID!

    November 7, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    Thow the trader out!

    November 7, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  3. Joe

    This is insane. We are still a democracy, correct? You mean to tell me that a sitting Senator cannot endorse and vote for whomever he feels would best lead this country? Obama has all along talked about getting rid of this partisanness and yet Reid is threatening to take Leiberman's chairmanship away. OMG this is digusting! I'm not a big fan of Leiberman but the way Reid is acting and leading is disturbing.

    November 7, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  4. Fred

    I agree with Senator Reid. Joe L. quit being a Dem a while ago.No offers should be extended for chairmanship to an independent who left his party during the primary. In contrast, Sen. Hagel supported PE Obama quietly and deserves credit for not damaging the GOP hopeful's reputation.

    November 7, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. Accountability

    Lieberman should be in no position to dictate what he will and will not accept. He aligned himself with the vanquished candidate...since when does the loser get to determine his fate?

    November 7, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. RealityKing

    Harry Reid: The only man left in America with a worse rating than Bush.

    November 7, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  7. Sue

    I agree.. Joe Lieberman is a maveric operating against party whenever he sees a bandwagon to jump on. He did it against Gore when he demaded military votes be counted in the Recount, and he did by being Mccain's side-kick thinking he was going to win. He's simply an opportunist when it comes to his shady politics. Lieberman is a politician that we can seriously do without.

    November 7, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. Rob

    Reid's definition of improper being anything that supports the U.S. troops or what America stands for. Lieberman should have been a good little Democrat, like Reid would want, and bash them as murderers committing genocide (thank you Barrack, Murtha, and Kerry), vote to not give them the protection they need.

    Joe, the reason you are 'improper' in Reid's eyes is because you value the American soldier as more than dirt, and don't want them to fail. Shame on you!

    November 7, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  9. nerakami

    Please pay him his 30 pieces of silver and send him on his way...

    November 7, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. Sue

    It is incredible to me that Lieberman thinks that the chairmanship of a less high-profile committee is "not acceptable". I think he is lucky to be offered that. Since he was elected as an independent, he has been courted by both sides. Apparently his ego is like a sponge and he just can't get enough attention. What made me angry at the GOP national convention was when he made the comment that "as a democrat" he was proud to support John McCain. He should have said that "as an independent". He is no democrat.

    November 7, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. Christopher

    I agree with Reid

    November 7, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. Carl

    Oh I see. So if you supported the other candidate, lost, and then said you are in full support of the one elected because it's the right thing to do, then apparently it's not good enough for Senator Reid.

    I guess, according ro Reid's remarks, it's ok to have thoughts, but only thoughts that are just like his.

    And we wonder why Congress's approval rating is lowest in history?

    November 7, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    The only thing improper here is Mr reid trying to punish Mr Liberman for not supporting OBAMA. It is disgraceful and fully shows how childish these politicans are.

    November 7, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  14. Susan in Delaware

    This punishment from t he most ineffective speaker in history? Maybe Harry should be thrown out of the Dem caucus.

    November 7, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  15. Spencer/Virginia

    Send him to the rethuglicans. Joe "Judas" Lieberman. Anyone notice that the first three letters of Lieberman are L-I-E.

    November 7, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  16. Phil Newton in Murphy, Oregon

    Joe Lieberman is an arrogant Israeli agent.

    Principles, sir.

    Expel him from the caucus.

    November 7, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  17. mark

    Attacking people already, can't we just get along.

    November 7, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  18. The Enforcer

    Lieberman can't win re-electin in 2012 as a Republican running at the same time as a popular President Obama.

    Pick your poison Joe ... spend 4 years as a REpublican and be done or redeem yourself with the Democrats.

    November 7, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  19. Jude

    I agree with Reid....I think Reid is correct in doing what is proper as a response to what Lieberman did. Come on people just think about this for one second.

    I think if Lieberman would have just supported McCain and talk about why he picked McCain over Obama that would be fair game, but when he goes out and criticizes Obama in a way that disrespects him, I think that's crossing the line and he should be reprimanded for that action. The analogy is like if a kid continues to do something even after you have told him to stop several times. Somethings got to be done to show that kind of behaviour is unacceptable. He should be punished and strip of certain positions that he has.

    If he doesn't like it...fine...go join the other party because you backstab your own collegue...now you can go and backstap the other party too.

    This is definitely fair...

    November 7, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  20. wethepeople

    It wasn't his support of John McCain that angered the Dems, it was his negative remarks about Obama at the GOP convention.

    Senator Lieberman thought McCain would win so he wanted to set himself up with the GOP. Loser.

    November 7, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  21. FreeNLovIt

    Someone commented on Obama SHOWING off his ECONOMIC political thing and commented on how they are from the past....

    First and foremost, the past is the future. If you understand the past, you will understand the future. We are humans and we make the same mistakes.

    Obama needs people from the past, to fulfill the future. It is interconnected.

    November 7, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  22. KC

    Reid so did you, Pelosi, Dodd and Franks when you didn't step in sooner on this mortgage/banking meltdown. Let's call for a little investigation shall we?

    November 7, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  23. to Priscilla

    Using that reference of Obama and Palin is getting ridiculous.

    It's like saying Pickens is an oilman or that Obama is a lawyer.

    There are good and bad in every field, including "hold your breath"

    COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS.

    Just like in that area, there are a few winners and a whole bunch of losers.

    November 7, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  24. Hold firm

    It's one thing to endorse someone outside a party who you feel is a better candidate.
    But you take the stage of the opposition's convention, totally trash your parties nominee, and then take to the trail spreading filth about him...is totally another thing.

    He should be thankful that he is still allowed to caucus with the majority party.
    He is even getting to keep a different chairmanship.
    He should take the Veterans chairmanship and feel fortunate he is still in the caucus.

    If he caucuses with the GOP he will not get re-elected in CT.

    November 7, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  25. FreeNLovIt

    Past administration in new administration... some parts of life requires you to know the past to help the future.

    In Computers, you need to know and read binary to understand why technology is the way it is today, so you can move it, to the future.

    November 7, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
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