November 7th, 2008
08:10 PM ET
6 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. Don

    It is sad that we are no longer allowed inependant thought and values. If we voted for McCain we need to come to the light. We are not allowed to have another view. If Lieberman doesn't agree with the Democrats on everything he should be punished. This all sounds a bit childish. A bit like, 'I don't like the how you are playing the game so I am going to take my ball and go home". It may be in with in the rights of the Dems to cut him out but it is awfully childish. We need to grow up and stop being Democrats, or Republicans. We need to stop being ????-Americans and just be Americans. We need to stop being Red States and Blue States, we ned to be United States. Divided we fall and it feels like we are getting too close to the edge!

    November 7, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  2. bkrane/pgh

    Yo Joe,

    Ya gotta go 'cause you a hoe!

    November 7, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  3. Mark

    Reid is unacceptable. Joe should tell him to shove it. What goes around comes around. I voted for Obama, but not for Reid. Either we come together or we pull apart. Reid is exactly what we fought against. His partisan attitude dismisses all that Obama is fighting to overcome.

    November 7, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  4. Texas Teacher

    Seriously.... give me a break! This man who has been your bosom buddy.. turns on you..... he joins forces with those who are kicking you in the crotch.... then stabbing you in the back.... just before trying to cut your head off? This is a man you want to embrace back into the fold? I don't think so!

    These ugly evil dirty politics have gone WAY too far! That is a large part of what turned so many off! I'm a teacher.... I have to face students daily and try to explain why someone helping to run our government....running for President, acts like a drug pimpin' thug! And now it is over, they expect it to be like nothing happened?! Really?

    Of course, I am not a Christian... I don't have to turn the other cheek. I do NOT have to say, "come on, buddy, let's kiss and make up... go ahead, kick me again!!" I may have to deal with the man and watch my back.... but I do NOT have to embrace the evil that I just defeated! I would merely wish him well, bless him on his Path, and get back on my own!

    November 7, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  5. BeefyDaddy

    Since he votes more often along Dem values/ideals, it does not make sense for him to switch to the GOP. He would be a RINO anyway. However, due to his aggressively anti-Obama rhetoric, there is no way that he should be rewarded for that behavior. Lose the chair. Stay in the caucus. Negotiate for your standing in another committee. Simple. GOP is just using this to bash Dems (there's a shock!). As they scream about Dem "hypocrisy" toward Lieberman – saying that Dems preach change and unity but don't practice it, they are by virtue of making this a politically divisive issue are in fact engaging in the same hypocrisy. Whatever. Reasoning with a Republican is like teaching a pig to sing – it wastes your time and just annoys the pig.

    November 7, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  6. Walter

    Sorry, but this is still America and Lieberman is entitled to his own position on any issue. This is not a communist country. period.

    November 7, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  7. Shannon

    this is what it's going to be like in obama land, think my way, or get out. Welcome to the new world!

    November 7, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  8. Thank you America

    Lieberman has some nerve and absolutely no loyality or dignity. He suggested that our president elect was a socialist, un-American, unworthy, and unqualified. He stood with Rudy Gulliani and blasted the democratic party and Obama. He stood there when the Palin and McCain crowd shouted obscenities and threated Obama's life. Lieberman needs to be kicked out immediately.

    Yes we Did!!!!!

    November 7, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  9. annie - never again a dem.

    Lieberman should just go Republican – that would hurt the demmies more than anything else!!!

    November 7, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  10. tundemans

    These Repubs are sooo soooo out of their league. i wonder what would have happened if one of their leaders had gone to praise Obama and trashed Mccain. They wouldnt even let the young evangelical guy pray at the Democratic convention.
    Joe disagrees with the Democrats and vehemently but wants the spoil of a Democratic majority. Let him become the leader of the Repubs if they like him so much.
    Colin Powell endorsed Obama but said he wasnt campaigning and he was villified by the extremist right.what if he campaigned????
    See why people with brain are not excited about the Repubs?

    November 7, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  11. Texas Teacher

    Alan.... you and the Republicans have him.... remember? Now you see how long it is before he turns his back on you following what he thinks is the pervailing wind!

    I say, let him lie in the bed he has made! If you lie down with pigs... don't be surprised when you get up smelling like a HOG!

    November 7, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  12. Good riddance

    Lieberman should join the Republican party. Didn't he want to be McCain's VP. – LOSER!

    Good riddance and don't let the door hit you.

    November 7, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  13. Dan

    Alan, you need to calm down. Lieberman didn't vote or represent his state. They also are going to deal with him just as the Dem's in Wash. D.C. – like they should. Alan – your as nutty as Bush and Palin!

    U.S. let's unite and be patriotic again – Obama unite the clan!

    November 7, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  14. Hal, Redondo Beach, CA

    Let the GOP have Lieberman!!! Then we will see whether his support of McCain was a matter of principle or not. They will NEVER tolerate his stance on social issues, domestic policy, health care or civil rights. The fact of the matter is that Lieberman backed McCain SOLELY to appease Israel his largest and most influential backers. If Lieberman were truly concerned about this nation he would never, COULD never in good conscience back a McCain/Puffball ticket. She can't even find Israel on a map!!!!!!!!

    Lieberman is not simply a traitor to his party, he is a traitor to this nation and should be treated as such.

    Right now the GOP loves him. "He is a man of conviction. . He followed his conscience." Let's put that to the test, shall we!?!

    I CHALLENGE THE GOP TO TAKE LIEBERMAN INTO THEIR CAUCUS!! If you really believe that this guy is a man of honor then take him in and let's see if he is more loyal to this nation or another!!

    November 7, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  15. An American

    The thoughts and reaction of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid are a clear and dispicable example of the partisanship that has cast a dark and dangerous shadow over American politics. Although I may not agree with his presidential pick, Lieberman has the right as a citizen and as a politician to use his own judgement and cross party lines to support who he believed would be a good president. We need to escape the devastating partisanship of our politics and renew the ideals of liberty and freedom on which our great nation was founded.

    November 7, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  16. ag

    If Liberman switches to republican he will be defeated in the next senate election in CT. He can only win in CT as a democrat or independent.

    November 7, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  17. MBFLA

    It seems that Mr Lieberman made his bed, now let him lie in it. Take some responsibility for your betrayals, Joe!

    November 7, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  18. 30-m-PA-Democrat-voted McCain

    In my opinion what the democratic leaders did to Hillary was done improper, wrong, and I'd like if it wasn't for CNN comment policy, I'd use a stronger word of describing what they did!

    PUMA

    November 7, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  19. Kirk

    Lieberman was just trying to make a name for himself because he thought McCain would win. His argument at the beginning seemed reasonable, when he was comparing experience. However, later on, even after the debates, he was actually arguing that Palin had enough experience which completely revealed that his position was fraudulent and he was just another stooge trying to trick the American people. it was a big gamble by Lieberman that didn't come close to paying off.

    November 7, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  20. Truth Hurts from Liberty Island ; )

    'Change' has come to America and it's knocking on your door Joe !!

    November 7, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    GIve me a break. All of a sudden a politician is not allowed to have an opinion? Have a good 4 years.

    November 7, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  22. Brad

    Why was it wrong and improper? Because he went against his political party? Harry Reid is a hack and is making Democrats look bad.

    November 7, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  23. Frank

    Im commenting on this thread because the screeners wouldn't post this on the other thread.

    To all the people that are commenting that the election is over and to stop the hating comments on Obama, I agree whole heartedly.

    But nobody is making the same statement about Sarah Palin, and she has become a bigger punching bag with the media since Tues than before the election. The media is even getting away with flat out lies now that they wouldn't attempt to make up before the election.

    November 7, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  24. W.R.Printz

    Joe must lose his chairmanship. You do not get to vote against, in public, the parties nominee for President that controlls your appointment to the Chairmanship.

    It is not done. If he leaves the caucus, so be it. If he votes against the Democrats, so be it. He was offered Vetrans Affairs, and he turned it down. No way can he keep Homeland security, when the rest of the Homeland Security team (The incomming President/VP/SecState/ SecDef/NSAdvisor, chair of House, and others) will not be able to trust him.

    As an independant, he does not even have a right to sit on ANY committee (sad, but true), as a former Demo, and traitor to the Demo cause, he has lost his rigtht to throw a fit.

    BTW, Chuck Hagel siding with Obama would get similar treatment if he was staying in, and he also left the Repubs (which he has not).

    You do not get to defy the party and still reap the rewards. Those who suggest otherwise are....silly.

    November 7, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  25. pete

    Just get it over with and kick his butt out of here, NOW!!!!!!!! He's already a republican after the stunt he pulled. keep him on that side of the aisle until the AMERICAN PEOPLE kick him out for good. Which will probably happen once he's up for re-election! People in Connecticut should be disgusted that they actually put him there!

    November 7, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
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