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. Michael

    Joe did wrong by the party, he should lose the chair he holds, if he wants to bolt to the republicans let him, because Joe of today is not the same as the Joe of 2000. Let the people of Conn decided if he should remain in office next election.

    November 7, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  2. Fred Crockett

    BK an RC represent the addled confusion of the religious right. Joe had/has fundamental beliefs that deserve respect, but he can't park them on the shelf when they aren't consistent with the democratic will of the American people. If Joe had any credibility and ethical base, he would acknowledge this will, and seek a rear seat in the Senate. He has shown his mettle by his whining....

    November 7, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  3. John from Las Vegas

    Joe " two face" Lieberman is a Republican and they're welcome to have him.... the sooner the better.

    November 7, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  4. John Cuffe

    Comments are somewhat ironic considering what the Dems did to Lieberman in the 06 election

    November 7, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  5. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    Sorry Lieberman crossed the line in not only supporting an inferior candidate in the opposition party but went further by dissing Obama.

    In politics that's treason and should be treated as such. It has nothing to do with reaching across the aisle as he was supposed to be on the same side and received the Chairmanship for his support.

    Let the Republicans have him as there may be a couple of them to reach out to for support and you already know where they stand and what to expect from them.

    November 7, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  6. BLR

    It's nice to see how the Dems are keeping Obama's word of reaching accross the party lines. Lieberman did just that and Ried wants to punish him for the same thing that Obama and Biden just praised in their speaches. Was I the only one that watched them speak. Dems or Rep, they are only for themselves. Nothing will change until people stop choosing sides and start thinking about America as a whole.

    November 7, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  7. Enjoying life to the fullest! :)

    To: Fred

    "There are no mavericks in their party"...implies to me, that's a GOOD thing! We now see how the "mavericks" performed these past months huh!?

    November 7, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  8. End Of An Error

    Lieberman is not a democrat. He only calls himself one for advantage.

    November 7, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  9. Cynthia; Bham

    Sounds fair to me, remove him from head of the Homeland Security Committee and put him over a smaller committee. When re-election time comes again find a strong Democrat to run against him.

    November 7, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  10. Josef Fq

    It has nothing to do with being "wrong" or with "loyalty" or with "punishment". But there are actions and there are consequences. Joe Leiberman made the choice to support McCain of Obama and that's fine. But the Democrats are in control of the Senate (by a wider margin than before, no less) and as the controlling party should have people in charge of high profile committees that reflect their platform. Leiberman obviously doesn't. I think he would be happier (and more genuine) if he were to switch parties anyway.

    November 7, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  11. Juan

    He acts like a Republican. He talks like a Republican. He campaigned for a Republican....Let him join the Republicans and see if he can get re-elected as a Republican!


    Reed you must punish him or you yourself will loose respect.

    Los Angeles, California

    November 7, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  12. Steve Lance

    Joe has to go.

    If any Republican criticized George W Bush 4 years ago, he would have been gone.

    Dem's must show... ready for it.
    In order to keep those middle grounders who switched from red to blue.
    There must be a hard line on this one.

    It is OK to disagree with your party, but you do not endorse against your party.
    For those who have trouble understanding this:
    Imagine you went public on a family rift.
    Your side loses, and you ask to be accepted back into the fold.
    Your family will never be the same, you will never have the trust of your family as you once did.
    They will never know if they can trust you.

    Joe criticizing – totally OK
    Joe getting on stage with the other side – NOT OK

    Cut him loose now.

    November 7, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  13. nobody

    Perhaps Reed is really referring to LIEberman's unusually super-close connections with Israel and the Israel lobby? It's borderline espionage!

    November 7, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  14. Oregonian

    It's ironic how some think Lieberman cost Gore the election in 2000, and here he was in 2008 tied to the losing candidate from the other party. Each stand has lowered his stature, until now he might as well go home and run for state senate.

    November 7, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  15. dwayne

    if Lie-berman just said he would support McCain and that was it, fine! However, this jackel went on the campaign trail with McCain and Palin. When Palin was dividing the country with her hate talking, he was there, pumping his fist, clapping, cheering her on! So what if he gets his @$$ thrown out. All he care about is his damm self! Trust, if Gore never took Lie-berman as he running mate in 2000, Gore would of won that election. Lie-berman is nothing but a punk! Let him join his buddies McSenile and Graham. The Democrats don't need his trick @$$!

    November 7, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  16. Hellooooo

    Hey Mr Reid,

    Ya think Lieberman was improper????

    Ya feel ya can put some energy into that???


    Ya think thats improper? yes, no , maybe

    Keep avoiding the Elephant, jerk

    November 7, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  17. A Real American

    Reid needs to find the spine he seems to have been born missing. Boot Lieberman off the committee and have done with the whining little traitor.

    Elections have consequences. Now institute them, dammit!

    November 7, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  18. R. Squibbs

    Screw Lieberman.

    He could've supported McCain *without* also bashing Obama harshly and repeatedly.

    But he took the low road, and now should pay the price.

    November 7, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  19. Logtaads

    Joe you've got backbone! something a lot of your critics don't even know how to spell. You are a man that stood by his principles despite the odds and the ridicule you would face. Good for you.

    November 7, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  20. Matt

    Good for Joe for actually doing his job. Our elected officials' first loyalty should be to their conscience and their constituents, not to their party. I'm glad somebody finally realized that. It was McCain's unflinching loyalty to Bush and unwillingness to publicize their disagreements that did him in. As far as a committee chairmanship goes, that should go to whomever would do the job best, and Joe's experience in in foreign affairs seems to indicate he's still the best man for the job. Too bad Harry Reed seems to be playing politics again, like when he said that 100 feet underground in an unpopulated desert would be an inappropriate place to store nuclear waste; better to keep it scattered at 50 minimally guarded sites around the country.

    November 7, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  21. Bob C.

    I respect a man or woman who stands for their principles and accepts the consequences of their actions.

    Senator Lieberman you took a stand based on your principles. Your fellow countrymen disagreed. Your formerly fellow Democrats disagreed. Now, if you truly have principles, you have to deal with the consequences.

    I believe stripping you of your chairmanship is a mild rebuke in response to your comments regarding the Democratic nominee.

    BTW, what were you promised if McCain had won? Just asking.

    November 7, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  22. WIlly Brown

    Harry get Pelosi to change your diaper.Joe Liberman is twice the man you'll never be.

    November 7, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  23. chris

    Why is it wrong? He voted who he believed in and that is wrong? who cares that he is a Dem. I think its great he crossed party lines. There are too many peole that vote based only on the party they are in as opposed to voting who is the right person for the job....

    November 7, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  24. SN

    Fire him from head of the committee of homeland security. I don't trust his loyalties. He seems to be bitter and taking some kind of revenge out on democrats since his state didn't vote for him and he had to switch to independent. If he wants to still caucus with dems that's ok.

    November 7, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  25. rgn

    Joe Liebermn was completely inappropriate during the campaig (in particular the Republican Convention). He should be kicked out of the Democratic party – he has no busness affiliating with and/or calling himself a democrat.

    November 7, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
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