November 7th, 2008
08:10 PM ET
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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. Doug R.

    Hillary Clinton should replace Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader. Reid has no backbone and lacks decisive leadership abilities.
    And LIEberman is a two faced dog who has more allegiance to Israel that to the United States or the Democratic party. Strip him of his chairmanships.

    November 7, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  2. Mark L.

    Oh, Lieberman is just upset that he won't get anymore from his mistress, Sarah Palin...

    Don't worry Joe – You could always move to AK from CT after you get 'booted' out of office... Or, why not just go after Tina Fey while you're at it... She's just as HOT and funny too...

    November 7, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  3. Erik from Golden, CO

    Lieberman can't be trusted. First he begged Obama to campaign with and for him in 2006, calling Barack "a blessing to the United States Senate, to America, and to our shared hopes for better, safer tomorrows for all our families."

    And we all know what happened during this election season.

    His actions and his words show that he is as venomous, dangerous, and untrustworthy as a scorpion. So the Dems need to be smart and turn him loose before he spreads even more poison and deceit. Let him go to the Republicans. He will turn on them just as he turned on the Democrats—and then he will have nowhere else to turn.

    November 7, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. Boot Man

    Kick him (Joe L) to the curb.....The trash (Republicans) was taken out on Nov 4 and was with them!

    November 7, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. Denny Sangiovanni

    I voted for Obama. I don't care if he voted with you or not. If he voted Democrat or not. Just get rid of him, please... That guy is a traitor.

    November 7, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. maurice

    i think if i were liberman i`d tell reed to shove where the sun don`t shine and work on a new liberterian party. when this country was still in its young years we had 4 or more parties at a time. it would get rid of the 2 sided politics we have now.

    November 7, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. Bridgette-PA

    "FREEDOM OF SPEECH" is something I admire about this country. Joe Lieberman decided to speak on behalf of John McCain which is his right. However, when he bashed OBAMA in the most divisive ways at the RNC, he crossed the line big time. There's a difference here folks. Let this "Joe" go find the plumber and live happily ever after!

    November 7, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. Shara


    November 7, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. Ron

    Revenge is pointless, Dems need Lieberman's just know that if they push him out and he goes to the Republicans he'll cast the vote that kills some important democratic bill.

    November 7, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. mark

    Joe was the only one strong enough to quite playing the party game and go with his mind and heart. Politics relies on some unholy alliances, he is free to follow the best route for the american people. We need more politicians to find the strenght to quit playing politics.

    November 7, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. Scott, Wichita

    If it is "improper" to show a bipartisan attitude, it's no wonder we're in the mess we're in.

    Give the guy a break, he's got way more courage than you. He decided to support his friend over his party. I thought the Democrats wanted CHANGE, Harry?

    November 7, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. PL

    Hey Herbie actually your the idiot, Reid is in the leadership role and has to be the one to make the right decision. It would be like your BROTHER is running for president and you not only supports his opponent but also go out and slam him. Now according to Lieberman Obama is the real great guy, what a joke.

    November 7, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. Truth Hurts

    Reid and Pelosi are the core of the rotten Congress.

    It will be interesting when they start calling Obama unacceptable when he doesnt bow down before them as they expect.

    November 7, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. a mama for obama

    I lost all respect tha I had for the man when I watched him at the RNC. He talked exactly like all of the rest of the turncoats. Leave him out where he went. And maybe next election, he will get booted out also. Isn'tit nice to get some new people in Congress for a change.

    November 7, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  15. T FROM AZ

    I for one think Joe should go. What he did was unacceptable. You do not cross party lines. What? Did you think PRESIDENT Obama, wasnt going to be in the White House? Ha Ha HA Jokes on YOU. Step Down!

    November 7, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. bronxilla da bron

    The new White House dog will be a pit bull and it will be named Sarah.

    November 7, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  17. MikeH

    Come on Harry, tell us how you really feel about Lieberman.

    Why don't you put him in charge of the Department for Giving Large Sums of Money to Israel, then slash his budget.

    While I'm on the subject of Uacceptable, I hope Obama tells Bush that all those environmental deregulations Bush is trying to get made into law (dumping animal guts into streams, disabling the Endangered Species Act) is unacceptable and He, Obama, will reverse them ASAP.

    November 7, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  18. Donna

    I can't believe that idiot Juan Carlos aka WOW WOW aka Joe Kiloz is STILL blithering about Obama. Hey, fool–there is not a shred of evidence that Obama is remotely involved in this.

    November 7, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. The Truth

    Liberman should be left out in the cold, his feelings was hurt some time ago and he denounced the Dem. party. Just like the governor of Ga., the republicans will always take the Dem. leftovers. This is no different, the republicians used him to show that they had a defector from the the DEM party.

    Now "Will Rogers" Joe Liberman is LOST IN SPACE with no home.

    November 7, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  20. betsy

    It's funny how the GOP supporters fault the Dems for being upset with Leiberman. I say, let him stay.. What's that saying, keep your friends close, your enemies closer.

    November 7, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  21. Danny in Chicago

    Throw Lieberman under the bus!!! For God's sake, it would only be deserved. How many people has HE thrown under the bus? And think about what Lieberman would have done had McCain won? Lieberman is only for himself, and that's exactly what we are trying to get away from. Throw him out! We don't need him anymore. Make him go to the repubs and then Conn. will find a new (and BETTER) democrat for their state. Why are people from Conn. so stupid to keep this guy in office? He's a disgrace to their state and to ALL JEWS!

    November 7, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  22. Vince -- Northern California

    One would think that Lieberman is not in a position to decide if another "lesser" chairmanship is acceptable. He is the one going back with his "tail between his legs" to beg for acceptance again in the Democratic Caucus.

    Lieberman should have thought it over before going to the 'Dark Side'.

    November 7, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  23. Bubba

    Lieberman's a traitor to his party. It made me sick to see him standing there behind McCain, grinning like a possum in the garbage. He shouldn't be trusted with any important post.

    November 7, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. even tempered

    Reid needs to stick to his guns and demote Lieberman. This is not dirty politics, but fair politics. Lieberman is Chair of Homeland Security and this is where he disagrees with Democrats the most, therefore he should be removed from this position and transferred to a position where his views are more alligned with other Democrats. His far right views on Iraq are not the views we voted for.

    November 7, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  25. Concerned

    The only thing disgraceful is Mr Reid trying to dismiss him because he did not support OBAMA. All bow before OBAMA or harry reid will fire you. Liberman is intitled to his own opinion and as far as I know we are free to express our opinions. And it is illegal to discriminate because of someones belief, which is what Mr Reid is doing. Any lawyers want a case. Maybe it does not apply to politics though so we can all hire and fire people based on political affiliation it seems. Very interesting.

    November 7, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
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