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. sage

    Joe has to go!!!! He should be taught a lesson!!!!

    November 7, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  2. Nate D-O-Double-G

    Lieberman may have violated party protocol and I may disagree with his views on some important issues (including but not limited to his support of McCain), but a Senator must not be punished for supporting the candidate whom he believes is best qualified for the job. Reid should back off.

    November 7, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  3. LMC in Seattle

    I think Lieberman backed McCain out of friendship and that is understandable. Since he won his last term as an independent, I don't think it's really fair to chastise and "punish" him, even if I personally don't care for him. President Elect Obama doesn't have control over the Democratic party in the Senate, but I don't like to see people punished for their political views, which they have a right to, even if I totally disagree with them! As long as a persona isn't advocating violence or refusing equality to all, then they have a right to follow their own political beliefs.

    November 7, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  4. Independant vet

    IN 4 YEARS , YOU WILL BE WISHING YOU HAD LISTENED TO JOE .

    JUST ONE BIG QUESTION, WHERE IN THE SAM h- IS HE GOING TO GET ALL THIS MONEY TO PAY ALL THESE GIVE AWAY'S. mYSELF AN FELLOW NEIGHBORS NEVER RECIVED THE FIRST ROUND OF CHECK'S. OR IS IT BECAUSE WE ARE NOT OUTRIGHT DEMOCRATS OR ILLEGALS .

    I AM SURE HE IS NOT GOING TO GIVE BACK ANY OF THOSE FOREIGN COUNTRIES DOLLARS. AN YET HAS NOT DISCLOSED WHOM THEY WERE FROM ?

    SO DON'T PUT ALL THE BLAME ON JOE. ALREADY HOW MUCH HAS THE MARKET DROPPED. AND THERE IS NO END IN SIGHT . WITH ALL THOSE NEW TAX 'S ON HIS MENUE.

    AND THE FORECAST IS FOR MANY MORE THOUSANDS OF JOBS GONNA GO DOWN THE DRAIN. OBAMA STYLE . SHOULD SAY THE MEDIA'S DARLING . WAITE TILL ONE OF THEM LOOSES THERE JOB, AND HAVE TO BACK TO HOLLYWOOD .

    jUST GLAD TO SEE SOME ONE WHO WILL WORK BOTH SIDES FOR THE GOOD OF OUR CIUNTRY. gOD BLESS YOU jOE L.

    November 7, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  5. foxglove

    Senator Lieberman made he choice. He is not in a position to
    say what is acceptable and not. He made a bad decision.

    Senator Lieberman and his wife will miss all those dinners and parties at the White House. Let him find other sources for dinning.

    Being resourceful as he is he will have no problem finding a dinning place. The next time around CT will probably dump him.

    This guy looks out for #1.

    November 7, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  6. Patiem

    Bottom line is that the Dems cannot trust Lieberman and we are all wanting to start with a clean house. He has to go.

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

    Reid has one HECK of a nerve. Leiberman was doing what every candidate and stumper does during a campaign, building up the candidate and attacking the opposition. Just look at what Biden did. He said BHO was not experienced enough to lead, among MANY other things, the list is too long to mention. And everyone knows that what is said in the campaign is history after election day. In THIS ARTICLE Reid said Leiberman votes with him a lot more than some democrat senators.

    HE HAS A MIND OF HIS OWN, Reid. That's a lot more than most of the looneys in your party. What more do you want? He shouldn't have to lick your boots. If BHO doesn't rein in you and your yellow dogs, he's going to have his hands full trying to get anything done.

    November 7, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  8. CB

    What would Obama do?
    Guys, in order to have change we have to change washington. Get rid of these political middle schoolers.

    That's why its so important to vote to get immature people like both reid and liberman out!

    November 7, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  9. MICHAEL LILLY .

    HI EVERYONE ,
    I AM VERY HAPPY WE GOT A NEW LEADER – OBAMA / HE CARES ABOUT THE RICH AND POOR .
    ABOUT – JOE LIEBERMAN / HE NEEDS TO CHANGE OVER TO REPUBICAN , BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT HE IS . A TRADER – FOR SURE . AMERICA DOES NOT NEED HIM – NO WHERE , IN THE WHITE HOUSE .
    OBAMA – CAN FIND SOMEONE TO TAKE HIS PLACE .
    LETS GET AMERICA BACK – THANK OUR – GOD FOR OBAMA . EVERYONE ENJOY – THE GREAT NEW CHANGE . TAKE CARE EVERYONE .

    November 7, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  10. Carlo DiCesare

    So much for the "new tone" in Washington...

    Can we get back to the mean-spirited, tit-for-tat, partisanship of old? Yes we can.

    November 7, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  11. Patiem

    It is fine to quote Obama on reaching across party lines. In reaching across, you know and understand who you are dealing with. That is the problem with Lieberman, you never are sure who you are dealing with. The Dems need people heading up the important committees that are strong and knowable. Lieberman is not strong. He should be given a lessor position that is more in alignment with who he is.

    November 7, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  12. joe

    To : Pat in Canada November 7th, 2008 7:12 pm ET
    Now lets see if Obama keeps to his promises. My feelings are he will go the way of the best of them – empty promises and blame it on others.
    You are nothing but a moron.
    Go get your high school before you on line blood sucker.

    November 7, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  13. carol kesling

    two words "GOODBYE JOE" !!!!!!!!!!

    November 7, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  14. Wynter

    Sen Reid,
    What is "unacceptable" is that you are even discussing it. Lieberman does not "deserve" a leadership post.. period. Leave him as an independent... if he goes to the Republicans then he can be a moderate "thorn" in their side.

    No one likes a traitor. He lied to the Democratic Leadership, so why reward him?

    Wynter

    November 7, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  15. branbeth

    To BLR and the Rest who believe Joe should remain w/o chastisement: Joe Lieberman can not be trusted. He has no right to be a chairman of any committee. If I were a Republican I would not want him in my camp. He can not be trusted. He is a traitor and I bet I know why!!!! Isreal, Isreal, Isreal!!!!! Need I say more. Joe wanted to make sure that Isreal will not be left out of the mix. He just looked quite stupid and now he has to reap what he sowed.

    November 7, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  16. mitch

    he bashed our next president. waterboard him!

    November 7, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  17. April

    It's one thing to endorse McCain which I didn't have a problem with since he's an Independent now. It was another thing to actually campaign with him. Colin Powell didn't campaign with Obama when he endorsed him. The whole lot of Republicans that endorsed Obama never campaigned with him. He gave a speech at the RNC for crying out loud!!!

    November 7, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  18. Proud Military Wife

    Wow, so Joe Lieberman, an INDEPENDENT, disagrees with his FORMER party over the Iraq war, the military and Obama as a presidential candidate and Harry Reid gets his panties into a wad? It seems that the "great Senator from Nevada" has an axe to grind and a power trip. Obviously, Senator Reid has nothing else to do but to find fault with every politician that is a Republican and also include Lieberman with the group.

    Since Reid and Pelosi have taken over the Congress, nothing has been accomplished due to both individuals refusing to lead their party for the good of the country. Reid and Pelosi are hedionistic and self-centered individuals who only care about making petty statements in the media to make themselves feel important. I guess the economy is not important enough for them to take time out of their busy "Lieberman/Republican Media Express Slander Tour."

    November 7, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  19. mitch

    independent vet. the market was up today. when it goes down its repubs fault. joe voted for mccain. he is not worthy of our party. move to alaska with ur precious palin!

    November 7, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  20. Linda Jimenez

    For the last eight years we have heard the Republicans say my way or the highway. If Lieberman's comments had not been so disrespectful of Obama during the election and he had not made a show of shadowing the Republican ticket Reid's decision might have been different. I say Joe has to go. If the shoe had been on the other foot the Republicans would have thrown him out of the party. That is how they operate.

    November 7, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  21. Lone Ranger

    This just proves it will be partisan politics as usual and I will not support this president or congress with anything they do, because I storngly believe that this country has elected a socialist/marxist government into power that is going to look to take over more of our lives, take more of our hard earned money and fully remove the idea of personal responsiblity that this country was founded on.

    November 7, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  22. Frank

    Want the secret to spreading the wealth? When the next round of stimulus checks come out, put yours in Walmart stock so you can make money off everbody else's stimulus checks. Thats where the last round of checks went.

    November 7, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  23. Marie Lowgren

    Reid has always come across as pompous and whiny to me. There is something very patriarichal about him that seems out of touch and old-fashioned. What does he and Obama have in common other than party affiliation? I fully agree with those complimenting Lieberman for reaching across the party line. Is that not what they are all supposed to do? Reid, don't you have worse issues to occupy yourself with at this time and place than a moment of media attention that serves your purposes well?

    November 7, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  24. Charlie

    Quite the new spirit of "change" that they're preaching, them Dems. Looks like they're already going back on their campaign promises of working as one United States. Was anyone actually gullible enough to believe them? Not I.

    November 7, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  25. Marc L.

    Reed is a sniveling coward. Joe Lieberman is a civil servant and he behaves that way. Talk about a rare breed. This guy puts Country above party and this is how he is treated? Obama was elected because he promised change and everybody bought into it. Everybody blames the Republicans for the atmosphere in Washington, yet, here is the proof that politicians are all the same- Democrat and Republican. It is disgarceful the way Reed is behaving.

    November 7, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
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