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. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    Lieberman should be treated like the traitor he is.

    He should not have ANY important posts in the Democratic party, in congress, and should be removed from office.

    He is not trustworthy.

    November 7, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  2. Harry, IL

    Harry, you do not deserve the post of Majority Leader. You should thank Joe to get you there. Be thankful to him. Now you have majority in the senate but do not forget the history. Otherwise it will haunt you. By the way you do not serve to be majority leader. Take it.

    November 7, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  3. Bill of the Rights

    Joe Lieberman is a patriot and has a little something we call integrity. He stands by and promotes what he sees as right even when that is unpopular with the extremists on the left. I hope we have ample opportunity to get used to that approach...that would really equal "Change."

    November 7, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  4. kent

    Joe must go. Have him call that dude Joe The Plumber and see if he has a job with his false start up company. Let one fake guy hang around another fake dude.

    November 7, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  5. Carlo

    Kick him to the curb 🙂

    November 7, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  6. Carol

    Lieberman lost the democratic primary in Connecticut and being the whiner he is, the only way into the Senate was to run as a independent knowing the republicans would elect him to office – their way of ensuring that a democrat wouldn't get that seat. The GOP threw no support to their candidate and die hard republicans actually had Joey signs on their lawns. Joe has allowed himself to be used by the GOP time and again. He'll also play to whichever side of the aisle will get his dopey face in the news the most. What he deserves is to lose whatever leadership positions he might have in the Senate and to lose the next time he runs for office. The people of Connecticut won't make the same mistake again – what a whiner.

    November 7, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  7. Liberals are Scary

    Hey Liberals, here's what to expect out of Obama's administration...
    Politics as usual!
    No 'Kumbaya'!
    No 'We Are the World'!
    No 'Change'!
    Just plain ol' Dirty Partisan Politics!
    Thanks for demonstrating 'tolerance' Reid!
    God forbid going against the Party every now and then!
    What are you Lieberman, a Maverick!?
    Hey Lieberman, I hope you don't have any pet fish!
    You may end up with its severed head lying next to you in bed courtesy of Obama's Chief O' Staff, Rahm Emanuel!
    Obama is an expert politician and just as slimy!
    Kool-Aid drinkers, prepare to have your bubbles burst!
    The Party of Tolerance and Lofty Ideals is yesterday's dream.
    Today, its back to politics as usual.

    November 7, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  8. hugh,tx

    Joe Lieberman is "not acceptable".Drop him like a hot potato,along with Pelosi and Reid.Lets' start fresh.Hagel needs a job.

    November 7, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  9. Matt, Wisconsin

    This is exactly the type of attitude that will ruin our country. All of us have the right to vote for who we want to. And we should be able to make that vote without fear of being punished for it. Joe did nothing improper or wrong by voting for who he thought would be the best President. Would you like it if you voted for the losing side only to find out that because of it you would now pay 10% in taxes than the winning side? Party lines should be secondary to what a person thinks is best for our country. Neither side is ever perfect or 100% right on all the issues.

    Our first President of the United States, George Washington, wrote about the dangers of political parties and where they would ultimately take our country. He was right with it in the way George Bush behaved politically and he appears to be right with it on how Harry is acting now. When we adopt the attitude that A is always right and B is alway wrong, we will divide our nation and democracy will break down. We will only propigate a revenge mentality which is exactly what Harry Reid is demonstrating here.

    Whether John McCain would have been a good President, no one will ever know. Barack will be our President now. Does he and Harry Reid want to set an example to the Republicans of how to truely lead in a non-partisan way or do they want to fall right back into where we have been for the last 8 year? Where after 8 more years of partisanship Americans are sick of the Democrats and the Republicans come back into office and repeat they cycle.

    My advice...start focusing on the issues at hand and stop all this stupid partisanship. Let's start working together or we will soon find ourselves exactly where we are the failure of our great country with no money, no respect, no opportunity. Let's learn from history and realize all great nations have fallen and it usually was from within. We are on the road to that now!

    November 7, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  10. Moment of Zen

    Joe took a gamble, which is his right. But he has no leg to stand on in not accepting the consequences of his actions. If he had picked right, and McCain won, he'd likely be one of the most powerful people in congress. He choose wrong, he burned bridges, and now he needs to face the music. This is the way it has always been in politics.

    Why not just switch to the R side Joe? You seem more at home there...

    November 7, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  11. The Dutchman

    Chairmanship is usually given to a person of the majority party. Lieberman was given the chairmanship as a Democrat. Dems were nice enough to let him keep it, even though he became an Independent. But Lieberman, instead of staying neutral, actively supported his Republican friend. Had he done it with just a verbal problem. But he actively demeaned the Dem running for president. Since he cannot be trusted, he should not be rewarded as a leader of any committee. Member of a non high profile committee, no problem. Et tu, Lieberman?

    November 7, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  12. Ryan

    The Democrats ran someone against Joe. They tried to get him out of the Senate, but he ran as an independent and won. He has a long long history of supporting the military and it is the one major issue in which he disagrees with the Dems from time to time. Yet a vast majority of the time he votes with the Democrats. Harry Reid loved him during the last congress when he so desperately needed his vote. And after EVERYTHING the democrats did to him, Joe still supported them.

    Now after all that, after the Democrats tried to stab him in the back, he makes a decision to support his long time friend and HE'S the traitor.

    President Elect Obama called for an end to this divisive partisanship that has caused so much trouble. I wish Reid would follow Obama's example. I will laugh when President Obama has Republicans serving in his Cabinet (will they be unacceptable to Harry Reid).

    Harry Reid oversough one of the least popular congresses in American history. The only reason they won the election was because Barrack Obama inspired the people of the United States with his message of change, The people elected the Obama Democrats not the Pelosi/ Reid Democrats. He is the leader of the party and the country.

    Hillary Clinton for Senate Majority Leader!!!!
    A trash can for Speaker of the House – still be better at the job then Nancy Pelosi.

    November 7, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  13. rob

    What a statesman the Reed is. I can't blame him for being upset but the tone he is setting is alittle chilling. It smacks of totalitarianism, maybe he should send Leiberman to a re-education camp.
    I can't wait how he treats other Senators who dare to disagree with him or don't follow the "right thinking policies" he will try to push through.

    They will overreach with their new power and even though their friends in the MSM will try to cover, the American will see right through them.

    November 7, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  14. echeweozo

    Not acceptable,OK let him go be a republican.we dont trust him nomore

    November 7, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  15. SD

    Kick him out! Kick him out!

    November 7, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  16. Eric the hedge fund manager, LA, Ca

    Harry "dingy" Reid is a disgrace to the Speaker of the House position. He has said just terrible things about the war in Iraq (the war is "lost"), doesn't stand behind our troops, and is just pathetic.

    It's hard to believe that the democrats would "throw Liberman under the bus" after he was their parties VP candidate just 8 years ago.

    Harry Reid has had his share of "shady" deals in Nevada and really is not one to talk about anyone else.

    Liberman, no matter of his recent behavior, is a stand-up, moral, quality guy.

    November 7, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  17. Michael

    How can you allow this type of person to stay in the caucus. Whatever is said behind closed doors might as well be said directly to the Republicans. How can you trust a person like this? He is a hypocrite, which for me is the lowest form of life.

    November 7, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  18. Jim

    Senator Harry Reid is a moron a liberal juggernaut. I am amazed at the comments against our liberal agenda your out. Reid, Pelosi...I would rather spend time with an amoeba than have a conversation with either. I can't imagine cowardly leaders like this leading this country in WWII....nevermind they wouldn't we would be speaking German right now.

    November 7, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  19. Matt

    Lieberman Schmieberman. The guy blindly supports Israel's expansionist policies and their behavior like not giving Palestinians living in Israel the right to vote. I guarantee you he's going to start throwing tantrums when Obama takes Israel to task for that kind of nonsense. It's 2008, almost 2009. We just elected a black man as POTUS and had already found our way to giving EVERYONE the right to vote for OVER A HALF CENTURY AGO. Yet look at Israel's policies...the ones the media is afraid to talk about in a realistic light. No voting rights based on ethnicity and occupation of land they don't own.


    November 7, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  20. Michael

    This is not partisan politics. Joe had caucused with the Democrats and kept his status and gained a chairmanship. Then he goes and joins the GOP at the convention in supporting McCain. Then he kept up the GOP platform against down ticket Democrats with his "don't give 60" campaigning. Why should the Democrats keep him in his chair and allow him to caucus with them? Not partisan at all. He chose to campaign against Democrats. Since there will always be a few Republican votes that will support any certain bill the loss of Joe does no harm in the new Congress.

    November 7, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  21. Vicki5

    I don't remember what Lieberman said at the Democratic convention.

    November 7, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  22. Bruce

    This is about him totaly trashing Obama at the RNC and in other appearances that he made. It wasnt just him it was alot of repugs.

    Now he wants to talk about comming together. They did not run a very respectable campaign.

    November 7, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  23. Missy

    I don't think Joe should be kicked out of the caucus, but he should be stripped of his Dept. Chair. He endorsed McCain, as was his right as a citizen, but then he said unkind and untrue things about Obama, then went on to stump for Republicans for re-election.... THAT is what he did wrong. And for that, he should be punished. I say strip his Chair. Give it to someone who deserves it and will not slime someone just because he doesn't agree with them.

    November 7, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  24. Patrick

    Joe is a true patriot. Standing up for his country when we're at war is far more honorable than Harry Ried saying "this war is lost" what a joke the democratic leadership has become.

    November 7, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  25. gerri

    I dont trust him for my security.Hes not working for my country.Dump him now.

    November 7, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
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