(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.
Joe says the offer is not acceptable? How imperious. He should not chair ANY committees.
Maybe Lieberman has something wrong with him mentally. Has he always waffled?
JOE TRIED TO STRADDLE THE FENCE AND LOST! GET RID OF HIM! ANYONE WHO AGREED TO PUT US IN GRAVE DANGER BY TRYING TO SELL AMERICA ON SARAH PALIN AS VP HAS "NO" BUSINESS IN WASHINGTON! REPUBLICANS DID NOT PUT COUNTRY FIRST, AND I PERSONALY WILL NEVER FORGIVE THE DANGER THEY COULD HAVE PUT US IN TO WIN AN ELECTION!
Liberman is NOT a Dem. He has made that very clear.
"Stupid is forever, ignorance can be fixed. "
You, Nashvillia, can't be fixed !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lieberman is a traitor to the US and the Dems....
After reading all the comments, there are a few things:
I was as big of an Obama supporter as there could be. I didn't agree with Senator Lieberman's views. However, this must be handled in a careful and delicate manner. We don't want to have a situation that further divides the parties and creates more partisanship and tensions. I remember in 2000 and 2004 voting for the candidate who lost and how I felt after the election. I remember how I felt when the voters of the other party did not reach out to me. The best thing we can do is now that the election is over is embrace and reach out to everyone and start working together. We all need to come together and show one another kindness and the willingness to work together, especially in these difficult economic times. We must be kind to one another.
YES he did! (Do something improper!)
You Dems are hilariously hypocritical. Whatever happened to the "Big Tent" we Republicans are supposed to have? Oh,I see: it's a "must' for us, but you anybody who wants to be welcome in Dem circles better goose-step in formation. Can you say, "thought fascists"?
How would you like unifying people among them there are some guys who stabbed you in the back? Well, some of you may say we should forgive them. Well, for the sake of unity we should love our enemy. Could a dead man forgive his enemy after he has been stabbed in the back to death?
i guess all senators should just do what their majority leader says and never exercise personal judgement.
i guess the new administsration we only act in a bipartisan way with people who endorsed pbama
"His Senators"? That's a bit over the top in the arrogance department. And all that "stuff"? Don't be afraid to dumb it down for us Harry. Is this guy for real? Does he have any education at all? I went to high school with his son, and I think his boy is more intelligent than he is. And how about that worm Lieberman for arrogance? "Not acceptable"? As if he's in a position to dictate terms. He backed the wrong pony in a big way and he's lucky the Dems are even still willing to talk to him.
"We must be kind to one another" –
Yah, you're right.. lets be nice to Lieberman, so he can continuously set traps for Democrats to fall in.. so he can successfully disrupt the progress we are trying to implement, as he plots to destroy us for political gain. This is precisely the politicking that Obama is addressing that we should NOT do at this time. Lieberman must go.
Vy, California November 7th, 2008 11:11 pm ET
Kick the old grunt to the curb
Spoken by a consummat "old grunt" no doubt! Look in the mirror, turkey!!!!!!!!!!
Lieberman is a pariah among the Democrats, and is obviously not Republican enough, or he'd have been McCain's running mate.
In fact, his only use to the Republicans was as a defector.
He's a man without a party or a use. Let him ready his escape pod, and blast off to retirement in Israel.
Yes - Obama is ever so much more impressive than Lieberman - given the parent teacher conference and picking a puppy ... Yes, indeed - aren't we all just so proud!
Dems will eat their young? Kind of like McCain's camp going out of their way to absolutely ruin Palin now that the election's lost? You mean kind of like that? Republicans are absolutely the last people on earth than can try to take the moral high ground because every single one of them is a venomous hatemonger.
Allowing him to stay on is a true sign of weakness. Obama is trying to build a strong Democratic party.
I'm hoping that Lieberman will go with the Republicans. I don't think we all need to bow down to Obama in this world. Democracy is supposed to be about different points of view and dissent. Me I'm Democratic but probably not a democrat anymore because I don't think they believe in democracy.
Since when is it improper to have your own opinion and act on your own actions? As a senator, you should be more worried about what your home state thinks, as they are the ones who you are supposed to be working for.
Maybe the Democrats are upset because their Congressional and Senate approval ratings are lower than Bush's?
Ruling from the middle? Openness to the ideas of others, even those who didn't support you? I want to hear you and listen to you?
It's three days since the election, and already we see that the Democrats will NOT be doing what they constantly yammered on about. Lieberman is exactly the kind of politician we need from BOTH parties, but because he doesn't toe the "Democratic party line" he's going to get punished.
We'll see very quickly how incredibly hypocritical the Democratic party is. Enjoy your power while it lasts.
Coming from a hard-core liberal Obama supporter:
Do we really want to lynch Lieberman? If so, should the Republicans lynch Colin Powell, Olympia Snowe, Charlie Crist, and Peggy Noonan because they crossed party lines to varying degrees?
I understand being pissed at him (I am) – but really, let's be adults about this.
How typical! Apparently, the only thing Dems know about bi-partisanship is how to say it so often in front of the cameras!
By the way, those of you who are calling Lieberman a "traitor", "turncoat", etc. are simply partisan idiots. You're probably the same "geniuses" who came up with all the clever "Mc..." names. You don't like the things he did? Fine, strip him of his responsibilities. But to call him a traitor is to expect him to "toe the line" of the Democratic party and we can't afford that kind of stupidity in this country any longer. We'll gladly take Joe in our party...he's a good man, a smart man, and he says and votes what he thinks, not what some party hack tells him to.
Reid is giving Lieberman a one way ticket to political Siberia.
Sarah Palin will be able to see him from her backyard.