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. Bill

    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.

    November 8, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  2. Johnny V

    Reid is giving Lieberman a one way ticket to political Siberia.

    Sarah Palin will be able to see him from her backyard.

    November 8, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  3. JD

    So, let me get this straight...Lieberman stands on principals and doesn't change his stances on the whim of whatever party is in control and He gets punished. On the other hand, B.O...the least experienced person ever elected to the oval office, casts dozens of "present" votes-not taking a stand on ANY type of controversial issue. Spineless! Get ready for the Obamanation! All hail Premier Obama!!!

    November 8, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  4. Unshrub

    Joe Lieberman isn't in trouble with the Democrats because he supported the war and McCain, he is in trouble because he condemned Obama. There is a difference.

    November 8, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  5. Bill

    To "New Citizen" said " I'm new in this country but following politics closely during this presidential election . Now I can conclude one thing: Most Republicans are ignorant."

    Now I have to ask you...are YOU ignorant or just stupid? Seriously...based on a blanket statement like that my guess is you're simply not a very smart person, and/or maybe you've bought into the starry-eyed hysteria of Obama. How about this? Try waiting until Obama has actually DONE something in the role rather than simply TALKED about it. It's not hard to get elected when you tell people a) exactly what they want to hear and b) that you're going to give them more money.

    Obama has already been anointed as the Savior and he's done NOTHING, people. I have high hopes for him, and I think he's probably the better choice right now (especially globally) but c'mon...let's be real about we hold off rating him as our finest President ever until he actually DOES something!!!


    November 8, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  6. Anonymous

    Politicians should never be chastised for standing up for what they believe in. They need to stop worrying about their party all the time and start worrying about what they truly believe is for the good of the country.

    November 8, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  7. Charlize

    The very moment he announced his support for McCain and started bashing Obama, ha should have been kicked out of the democratic caucus. Democrats didn't do it, because they needed his tie-break vote in the senate. Now that democrats are the majority in the senate and don't need his vote to break a tie, there's no reason to keep that two-faced hypocrite caucusing as a democrat.

    November 8, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  8. Elaina

    Regardless of party, I have never been impressed with Lieberman as he seems to be playing games and jumping fences all the time. Moreover, he is not very bright. Has anyone also noticed that he is always out in left field. He brings bad luck to every group he sides with. He cost Gore the election, made dems look bad throughout his tenure and still can't make up his mind who to pal around with. I don't know why his home state keeps him in office as I do not think he should be in senate attached to any party. Maybe the people from his home state will realize he is a lame duck to the entire nation.

    November 8, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  9. John G

    Joe Lieberman crossed the line on this one. He had the audacity to hold and express an opinion that was contrary to someone elses as if it were his constitutionally guaranteed right to do so.

    I can't stomach what this country is coming to when people run around having and freely expressing their opinions all willy nilly. Next they'll want to let women and black people vote....

    November 8, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  10. Ezra

    Senator Lieberman is a Republican Fifth Column; he should be stripped of his position within the Democratic Party. In addition, Senator Lieberman is the type of person that doesn’t stand for anything, so he falls for anything. Similar to Senator McCain’s bitterness after his first failed attempt to run for the presidency, McCain wanted to switch party affiliation, of course, so this is Senator Lieberman’s time to switch party affiliation. I suspect, however, the reason Lieberman want do so is because he would most likely not be re-elected. Oh, I forgot, he lost his democratic bid as senator so he ran as an independent.

    November 8, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  11. Mike in L.A.

    Looks like the Democratic lynch-mob is gathering up, lighting their torches and arming themselves with pitchforks and clubs to go deal 'justice' to those that dared – d-a-r-e-d – go against their policy and speak out against 'The Chosen One'. How DARE ol' Joe Lieberman endorse his friend – that being Republican John McCain. How could he even think about voting his conscience on national security issues. Back the surge in Iraq? Blasphemy! Well, now that the dems have the legitimacy of popular vote behind them, watch out!

    Poor Joe Lieberman. Onetime dem vp candidate, now offcast and sent off. Stripped of all and sent to the desert of Independentness or, worse yet, off to join those dastardly Republicans -shudder!-.

    Fact is Joe Lieberman represents the best of the Democratic Party, a free thinker that actually does what is best for his constituents and his country. A bipartisan leader that is looked upon favorably by all (oh, make that all but Democrats who he DARED cross).

    Lets all get ready for the 'CHANGES' that we got'a comin'! God help us all, we have chosen our lot, now we will all have to live with the consequences!

    November 8, 2008 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  12. wantedClintonbutgotObama

    To Ben, and all you other anti-Obama-ite whiners: Now you know how we've been feeling for years. It sucks, doesn't it? But it is reality now, so either get on board respectfully or get lost. And by the way, Ben, we have an opposing view of Sen. L.'s 'oppossing views' – he totally "dissed" not only our main man, but our entire belief system. He's committed treason against us and should be cast out, as "oppossed" to having our now-ruling party sink to the level of keeping him around to simply use him.

    And good riddance, Joe the Traitor...

    November 8, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  13. gerri

    Did friends of Lieberman hack the computors?The truth will never be told will it?

    November 8, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  14. geen

    forget party labels...politicians today are either reactionary or progressive. us progressives believe, and will vote for, only candidates with progressive programs, the foremost of which are, aside of the economy–which it is clear,- NONE of them know what's going on; 1) voted against the moron's illegal invasion and occupation at the senseless deaths of 4200 americans for oil in Iraq; 2)actually read (WHICH VERY FEW of them did, and voted against the constituion negating PATRIOT act; 3)are opposed to the death penalty; 4)support and ACTIVELY work for labor law reform; 5)are opposed to nuclear power (until, if ever, the issue of waste and the costs of de-commisioning, which the utilities have lied about in liscence proceedings and which are, with the FIRST decommisioning of the Zion plant in Illinois is making public for the first time..$$$$$$$$$!!!!–there are other issues, but without these positions, there are NO progressive candidates. Reid is a 'leader' in name only..where did the politicians with b....s go...

    November 8, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  15. Ryan

    Reid is an idiot. Anyone that has a problem with Lieberman speaking his mind is an idiot. Just because he is a Democrat doesn't mean he should get strung up for supporting McCain. The Republicans would never do this to Powell.

    Absolutely ridiculous.

    November 8, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  16. Ed

    Screw Lieberman! His loyalties are obvious.

    November 8, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |

    Obama changing Republican Party!!!!

    The Republicans have decided to hold someone accountable!!!!

    Too bad it is seven years too late!!!!

    November 8, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  18. OurnextPresident

    He needs to be sent home to Connecticut for good .
    He only regained the Senate seat with dirty campaigning and he lost the Democratic Primary against Ned Lamont .
    Liberman is a liar and a loser.
    Let him go to the Republican Party and stay their.

    November 8, 2008 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  19. Barb N.

    To JD: very clever... Abomination!

    November 8, 2008 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  20. David

    Well this is alot like in Star Wars esp when Palpatine took power and his lil minions through out any desenters of the Senate. This is a time for us to restore Honor to the REPUBLIC which this Country was founded.

    November 8, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  21. Matthew

    Lieberman is a Judas. He reaps what he sows. How many republicans would want him voting with them? Not really sure. He deserves to have the rug pulled out from under him. Obama, in a memorable senate floor comfrontation, got in his face the day after he was bashing the dems and Obama.

    November 8, 2008 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  22. Nancy

    Reid is why our country is in SO much trouble. There will never be "reaching across the aisle" by Obama or any Democrat. I thought this was still a free country where Joe Lieberman could still choose who he wants for president regardless of party. This is just a small taste of what's to come. First our new mutt president will implement the so-called Fairness Doctrine to silence conservative talk radio. We will not be allowed to speak out against the government (wonder what this sounds like). People voted for the end of our country as we know it, not the end of the economic crisis and not the end of hard times, but the end of capitalism and the end of chasing after the American dream. OH AND WE WILL HAVE PLENTY OF JOBS IF WE KICK THE ILLEGAL ALIENS OUT OF THIS COUNTRY!! Mr. Mutt wants to make them legal. We need to close our borders and take care of our own and MAKE THE ONES THAT ARE LEGAL ALREADY LEARN ENGLISH OR GET OUT! When my ancestors came over through Ellis Island, they weren't allowed to continue to speak Austrian and German without learning English. I am sick of this. We are becoming Northern Mexico. Wake up America. People need to speak up or it will be too late.

    November 8, 2008 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  23. RLT

    Lieberman doesn't know what he wants to do!! He needs to go ahead and decide!! You cannot cross parties and openly support the other party and think that your so called collegues are going to take you back! The government is like a clique. How sad. Lieberman is something else. He preyed on Democrats when he ran for office who THOUGHT he was for the American people. He is for himself and his 'party' NEEDS to question this!

    November 8, 2008 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  24. Bob Reynolds U.S. Navy Veteran

    Hey Hatefull Harry! You, and the rest of the Extreme Left Wing DNC Leadership left Lieberman out to dry when he was running for reelection as a Democrat. Because of your lack of support for him to be reelected as a Democrat, and in spite of the DNC shunning him because he's not a partisan flaming liberal like you are, and has more experience, and cares about the defense of his country. Joe lieberman went Independent, and he won. Senator Liberman is exactly the kind of guy that needs to continue being the Homeland Security Chair, so that he can help the DNC bridge issues with the GOP, and demonstrate that America still has a spine and a strong defense. I hope to hell that President elect Obama will reign you and your Broom Stick Riding Speaker Pelosi in from your partisan hateful ways that will cause moderates and conservatives to rethink how they voted, and may be viewed by Jewish and Catholic voters, and the Israelies as anti-semedic.

    November 8, 2008 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  25. Robert

    Look at what the leaders of the Democratic party did to him the last time he ran for re-election. They stripped him of getting any money and demonized him . The party spent a fortune against Joe to see him defeated. The great Democratic party ran a lackey against him and would totally push a man of conscious , dignity and honesty aside. I do not believe in most of his politics but one has to think much of him for telling them to go to -. He ran as an independent and taught them a lesson. The great Democratic has to get even for him making them what they really are, Fools. So, who screwed who?

    November 8, 2008 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
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