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. Kevin Weaver

    We need more people in our government to support whom ever they feel is the best candidate for the job, without fear of punishment from one's party. Also, we need term limits to get these career people out of our government and make it a public service.

    November 7, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  2. Kwaku A. Danso

    Joe Lieberman should be out!
    Politics is a competitive engagement and one chooses a side. In such a desperate race as the last elections, it was a shock to see Lieberman endorse McCain and condemn or criticize the Democratic nominee and candidate, Barack Obama, publicly. Joe wanted Obama to lose!

    I support a no-forgivenss and buddy-buddy at all!
    I wont'say that a competitioon in a Presidential race is like friend and foe contest. No. However, in the end that is exactly what McCain /Palin team seems to have made it – a personal contest of destruction of Obama.
    Please democrats, work with all for the country, but never call Joe Lieberman your friend!
    Remember the wise words of Chaka Zulu "Never leave an enemy behind". A word to the wise.

    November 7, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  3. Baruch

    Joe says the offer is not acceptable? How imperious. He should not chair ANY committees.

    November 7, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  4. KJL

    Maybe Lieberman has something wrong with him mentally. Has he always waffled?

    November 7, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  5. Miami for Obama


    November 7, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  6. don

    Liberman is NOT a Dem. He has made that very clear.

    November 7, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  7. Pat


    "Stupid is forever, ignorance can be fixed. "

    You, Nashvillia, can't be fixed !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 7, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  8. Rich

    Lieberman is a traitor to the US and the Dems....

    November 7, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  9. Al

    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.

    November 7, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  10. go away mongers- Ventura,CA

    YES he did! (Do something improper!)

    November 7, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  11. Nancy

    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"?

    November 7, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  12. Wanderer

    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?

    November 7, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  13. nkc46

    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

    November 7, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  14. C Barbre

    "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.

    November 8, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  15. Sue

    "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.

    November 8, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  16. Pat

    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!!!!!!!!!!

    November 8, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  17. Arkaz

    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.

    November 8, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  18. Pat

    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!

    November 8, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  19. C Barbre

    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.

    November 8, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  20. luvinman29

    Allowing him to stay on is a true sign of weakness. Obama is trying to build a strong Democratic party.

    November 8, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  21. Lynn E

    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.

    November 8, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  22. Anonymous

    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?

    November 8, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  23. Bill

    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.

    November 8, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  24. Wendy Piersall

    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.

    November 8, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  25. Grant

    How typical! Apparently, the only thing Dems know about bi-partisanship is how to say it so often in front of the cameras!

    November 8, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
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