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. 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 |
  2. 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 |
  3. Sean

    Dear Republican friends, please take him! I have way more respect for you guys than him!!

    November 7, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  4. citytrucker

    All you folks who object to Reid's demoting Lieberman as "unfair" don't understand that the Majority Leader doesn't have appoint any particular person for any reason other than his own preference. Lieberman certainly understands this, and he won't say its unfair. Chairmanships are about status and power. Lieberman lost both in the Democratic landslide. The losers never get committee chairmanships, and Lieberman is a loser in more ways than one.

    November 7, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  5. bill for barack

    Leiberman showed his true stripes durning the campaign – the stripes of a skunk.
    He deserves chairmanship of absolutely nothing – especially now that He says he wants to be a republican.
    They're welcome to him – senile though he is.

    November 7, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  6. Hayden

    So disagreement is "improper?" Isn't this the total opposite of what Obama has preached?

    November 7, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  7. Joe

    As my mother used to say you make the bed you lie in. Joe deserves what he is about to get "nothing". He will be voting as an Independent and will have no power other than that. I this is harsh, but even I as an independent understand that he crossed the line with many of his comments during the campaign. Sorry Joe, but you know how politics work.

    November 7, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  8. DHL, Indialantic, FL

    The failure to accept reality is sometimes referred to as denial. At this point, the failure to accept this reality has past the denial phase and causes question of the ability to distinguish between the light of an on coming train and lightning bug.

    November 7, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  9. Joan

    Until Jan. 20th 2009 The United States of America is a free country!

    After that, we can only hope.

    Good for Joe Lieberman speaking his mind and heart in 2008!

    Good for Zell Miller speaking his mind and heart in 2004!

    We need more real men like these to stand up, and as Lee Greenwood sings, "defend her still today, cause there ain't no doubt I (they) love this land, God bless the USA!" God bless Joe and Zell too!

    November 7, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  10. RC

    where is the freedom of speech that we claim we have.

    He chose to support McCain, so what. Is that a crime?

    November 7, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  11. BK

    I am a little dumbfounded about Joe's apparent betrayal because he disagreed with them on ~one~ thing.

    November 7, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  12. Dee

    Everyone expected Joe Lieberman to support John mcCain. What no one expected were his repugnant comments about Ayers, Khalidi and everything that he could think of to smear and destroy Obama's run for the presidency. For goodness sake when he was running as Al Gore's VP he never indulged in that kind of vitriol against his opponents. His attacks against Obama were not only about his ideas and policies. They were personal attacks on who he is and his character. And that's the crux of the issue. The Homeland Security Committee is too important a committee to have Joe Lieberman as Chairman. He cannot be trusted, especially in that role. Reid should show some backbone and boot him out.

    November 7, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  13. Dave in OR

    SHAME ON YOU HARRY REID! How dare you chastise a member of Congress for having his own morals and opinions. YOU should be ashamed of yourself. This is America, and the last time I checked no one HAS to "toe the party line." If you were from my state I would not only vote against you for evermore, but I would convince all my friends to do the same.

    You are a bad person.

    November 7, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  14. Fred

    "Lieberman reportedly called the proposal "not acceptable." I'm sorry, but am I missing something here? Sorry Joe, but you've lost the option of providing an opinion.

    November 7, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  15. Ed

    "Improper" means nothing more than Lieberman doesn't think the same as Harry does. Anyone notice that Harry Reid is beginning to sound like Vladimir Putin?

    November 7, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  16. Daisy

    The Republicans can have him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 7, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  17. BJ

    What about all this talk about coming together and divided we fail. Does that only work when it's in favor of the Democrat party?

    Joe Leiberman is an Independent and shouldn't be shamed for supporting John McCain in his candidacy. We need more people reaching across the isle. Let's see more of this.

    November 7, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  18. Bill

    Ultimately the voters of CT are going to decide Lieberman's political fate. He couldn't get elected as a Dem in '06 in a state that showed over 60% support for Obama. My gut tells me that this guy has won his last election.

    November 7, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  19. tom

    Change was supposed to be a new kind of politics, one that embraced bipartisanship to bring Red and Blue together. So far, change has meant Blue Partisanship instead of Red Partisanship. Reid's comments and the choice of Rahm Emanuel are not good signs if Obama wants to follow through on his campaign rhetoric.

    November 7, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  20. Simmy

    Is Lieberman a mess or what?

    November 7, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  21. Charlie

    Bye bye, Joe. Your self-righteous, santimonious attitude won't be missed. You could have opposed Obama on policy grounds - fine; but many of your comments about him were demeaning, insulting, and false. Go sit on the GOP side of the aisle where you belong.

    November 7, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  22. Carla Patterson

    Mr. reid you are absolutly right about Liberman. Frankly he is a disgrace to Men, Politicans and Jews!

    November 7, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  23. gwen

    Lieberman is a joke and a snake who only looks out for himself. Why does he continue to call himself a liberal, there is a better name for this type of person, a republican!

    November 7, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  24. Ben in Dallas

    Joe Lieberman caucuses with the democrats, and is therefore subject to the democratic leadership.

    Do with him what you will. He needs a lesson.

    November 7, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  25. Joe the $1/4M plumber, Idaho Falls

    I saw Lieberman follow Larry Craig into the men's room at the Minneapolis airport one time.......

    November 7, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
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