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. Anonymous

    pathetic.get over it. no grace even in victory. anyone that believes that any politician is good is in complete denial and needs to get an education in history.

    November 7, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  2. Anoymous

    New Senate Position for Joe Lieberman:

    'JOE THE PLUMBER' – Toilet Cleaner

    November 7, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  3. Darryl- Montebello

    TRAITOR!!!!!!! He should be firmly delt with, and made to EAT crow for supporting McSame and his kindergarten side kick.

    November 7, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  4. Florida Gold

    This man Lieverman is not Democrat or even Republican ,hi is a naif of double edge.He plays with the party that pleases better Israel.He should leave to Israel and play the same game ,he may do better there.

    November 7, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  5. Vicki5

    I mean, I don't remember what Lieberman said at the RNC

    November 7, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  6. dumpreid

    Harry Reid is the one who should go. Its these type of people who keep partisan rancor alive and well. He should be ashamed of himself. Harry......look at your own voting record, pal.

    November 7, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. jt from mi

    some people here are missing the point – lieberman was given the freedom to support his good friend mccain. that is NOT the problem!
    the problem was that he went out and 'trashed' the democratic nominee as well as the down ticket.
    that was lieberman's bobble head going in agreement with all the negative things that mccain and his pitbull in lipstick was saying about obama.
    go back and look at any of the rallies!
    LIEBERMAN CANNOT BE TRUSTED – and what he did was just plain WRONG!
    as someone else said – you can't sleep with my wife and be my best friend at the same time – (i love that quote) you have to choose!

    November 7, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  8. Celenia Pendygraft

    I've been waiting a long for this. Please don't disappoint me, Dems. If he wants to be a Republican, let him. See how that plays in his next election. It only a matter of time before what side of the aisle he sits on is moot.

    November 7, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  9. Dennis

    I think what most of you are saying is wrong. As an Obama supporter I commend Joe for speaking out for what he believes is best for our country. We need more of our politicians to do this. Those of you who are saying he is a traitor and should be punished are why democrats have a bad name. We preach unity and reaching accross the isle only when it benefits us. Stop the hypocracy!

    November 7, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  10. mb

    Lie-berman is not trustworthy in this position. He made his decision, he has no loyalty but would like to keep the position so he can plot with the republicans. He should just resign and move on.

    November 7, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  11. Rob

    Why I do believe the 4 years from now the combined approval ratings of Congress and the President still wouldn't make it past 3 %.

    November 7, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |


    I was once a Republican... Now in Ma. I am registered as an independent... I voted for Barack Obama... the best choice in this

    What Lieberman did is grounds to be stripped of his chair and also of his seat in the Dem. side of the isle.... caucus with those that you verbally support and leave those that you ridicued to goven...

    Yup its that old(69yrs)-retired-white guy from Ma. former republican


    November 7, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  13. Moving on

    What gets me is that there were more than a few republican congressmen and senators that thought that obama was the better choice, but they did not trash mccain the way joe trashed obama.

    Joe will not have a seat when he is up for re-election. Joe pretty much took a gamble and lost. Its not politics...its human nature to discount someone when they behave in a way that is only going to lead his or own isolationism.

    Alot of republicans or not being punished because they dissented with the republican candidate honorably...this is the difference between Joe and everyone else.

    November 7, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  14. K2

    I guess the talk about being "bipartison" ended with the vote counting. Lieberman is "one of them" and they want to throw him to the dogs. Imagine what they will do to everyone who is not "one of them".

    November 7, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  15. Panther1

    Joe really bet on the wrong horse ... or he has some sort of animosity towards Obama. Who knows, but my sense is that there is an untold story that underlies all of this. In any event, sending Joe to the dark side doesn't sound like the right result because he really had not alligned with those folks up until the election. Keeping him with the Dems also doesn't seem to make sense since he really tried undermine the party at a critical moment in history - and when there were a boatload of reasons to abandon the Republican ideology that McCain promised to follow.

    November 7, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  16. Tony -- Nevada -- Independent

    The heck with Harry Reid. This is America and anyone can support any candidate they want. Who does he think he is? Harry Reid needs to go. He is the most mean spirited, rotten politician in Congress. I can’t wait until he is up for re-election in two years. I plan to vote for the other guy whoever that person may be.

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

    This guy LIE-berman needs to go to Israel and becomes a member of the Knisset rather than a member of the US senate. He loves Israel more than the United States.

    November 7, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  18. Dump the Turncoat

    Get rid of Leiberman ... he is a traitor.

    It's one thing to cross party lines but Leiberman has defected and sold his soul to Bush Inc., McCain and everyone but the Democrats or the average American.

    It is a guarantee that he will be elected in the next election cycle and it is a wonder he got re-elected in the first place.

    Furthermore, if Gore had made a better choice of his running mate I doubt we would be in the hole we are in. A better choice would have spelled defeat for Bush Inc. in 2000.

    Leiberman sucks.

    November 7, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  19. Casey

    the problems with lieberman go back WAY further than his support of mccain, and it's pretty disingenuous for anyone to say his support of mccain is the sole reason they would like him out of the caucus. remember lieberman was pretty much forced out of the party once before when he lost the democratic senate primary, and had to run as an independent. the same issues that took him there still stand, his wholesale support for the iraq war, george bush's foreign policy, and his disregard for human rights and civil liberties (remember this is the guy that bush kissed on the cheek after his state of the union address). the vitriol in his attacks on obama (as opposed to simply his endorsement of mccain) may have been the final straw, but had the democrats had this majority before now it's more than likely he would've been gone from the caucus long ago.

    November 7, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  20. N. S. Huntsville, Al


    November 7, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  21. joe

    This guy gat to go, He is a Mole, I mean big time MOLE
    He is not for the interest of the people, nation and peace.
    We do not need blood suckers, and war mongers any more in this country .
    we have enough of these special interest group
    This man thinks, he will continue to navigating, tricks every one to propergate zionist and Isreal agenda in America.
    -fight everybody, kill every body, invade very other country and occupied them.
    wasting Taxing payer's money and ruining people's life.
    This man have to go the sooner the better
    HE IS a MOLE
    HE IS a MOLE
    HE IS a MOLE

    November 7, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  22. lol

    is this not the united states of america? americans are free to vote how they want, joe lieberman included. go over to the gop joe, leave the dictatorship of reid, pelosi, and obama!

    November 7, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  23. Tunde

    Just kick the guy out of the posh Homeland Security Committee chair. He is a traitor. He is a grown and intelligent person but he failed to realize that if McCain loses, he is on his own and obviously in deep water with the democrats. There are usually consequences and benefits for our actions in life. This is not freedom to disagree but simply a traitor when you go out publicly to disparage your party presidential candidate.

    November 7, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  24. joe

    he is a mole

    November 7, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  25. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Lieberman goes with his conscience and that's 'improper'. Aren't we all sick of people who are partisan to the core and put party before everything else. Lieberman put his country first by supporting the person he felt was best qualified. He should be applauded. Hagel did the same thing the other way. Why is he not a traitor? Where is the lofty bipartisan spirit Obama preached? Maybe it was 'just words'. If someone needs to go it should be Furher Reid. Is the Democratic Party now the KGB? This is like a purge in the old USSR.

    November 7, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
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