(CNN) – Barack Obama won’t publicly weigh in on whether or not Sen. Joe Lieberman should keep his position as chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, the president-elect's transition office said.
According to Obama spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter, the president-elect doesn't “hold any grudges” against Lieberman and thinks the Connecticut lawmaker should remain a part of the Democratic caucus.
"We aren't going to referee decisions about who should or should not be a committee chair,” Cutter said. “President-elect Obama looks forward to working with anyone to move the country forward. We'd be happy to have Sen. Lieberman caucus with the Democrats. We don't hold any grudges."
Sources told CNN Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told Lieberman last week that he's considering revoking Lieberman's chairmanship on the powerful Homeland Security committee and instead giving him a chairmanship on another, less important, committee. Lieberman reportedly called that proposal "not acceptable."
The full Democratic caucus will likely vote on this issue when it reconvenes next Tuesday, a senior Democratic aide told CNN’s Dana Bash.
Lieberman, an independent, typically votes with the Democrats on a majority of issues, but was a fixture on the campaign trail for John McCain. Lieberman angered Democrats by attacking Obama throughout the campaign, most visibly in a primetime speech during the Republican National Convention when he called Obama inexperienced and said “eloquence is no substitute for a record.”
Kick him to the curb Obama i mean Mr. President!
in 2012, the new slogan that america will be taking up is "change failed, we need reform"
Kick him to the curb, and let that be it, HE IS A TRADER! and we want to start new things and he is not going to fit in the white house!
OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW
The only democrat/independent with a brain.......Lieberman is a great man and truly cares for our country
kick leiberman out of the democratic team, this dude is not to be trusted, don't even give him a lesser job, just send him home and that is as good as it gets! If you let him off the hook he will let you down and thats a fact!!!!!
GET HIM OUTTA THERE......TRAITOR! NO UNITY AMONGST TRAITORS!!
Lieberman needs to be waterboarded and then run out of town. he is traitor, Obama,please watch your back, this guy is evil.
He accused you of treason at the RNC convention, that is unforgivable in my book.
Wow! Thank you President-Elect Obama for leading by example. As much as Democrats want to hold a grudge, we need to move forward and be willing to work with anyone and everyone who is willing to work with us to move this country out of the huge hole we are in right now. The question needs to be, is Joe Lieberman willing to work with Pres. Obama?
I say get rid of Lieberman he can't be trusted.
Well, that is very gracious of President-elect Obama! BUT........ I believe that LIEberman is scum for campaigning with McCain!
Lieberman's support of McCain meant that he supported all the lies, all the hate, fear and division that the Republicans spewed.
Shame on you, Joe LIEberman!
That's Obamaspeak for "Well, I'm not kicking him out, but, uh, I wouldn't mind if Sen. Reid did."
If the Democrats are serious about reforming Washington they can do without fair-weather politicians such as Joe Lieberman.
Obams have bigger fish to fry than "Joe the Leiberman". Listen, Joe is least of Obama's problems, Obama is a great guy who took tougher punches than Leiberman can ever give. The point is Obama won inspite of all the critism he took. He is a great guy and will be an ever greater leader!
Some people will do anything to save there job.he is jumping off an Rep. ship to a dem. live raft.
and besides....... you keep your friends close and your enemies even closer!
@ "3strikes" ........how typical of you, a far-right-hate-monger to write such a comment! I will look forward to the deafening SILENCE from your evil-side when CHANGE SUCCEEDS!
I agree with Obama... leave it up to the Connecticut voters to decide what to do about Lieberman.
To Turn Texas Blue
"OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW"
Newsflah selecting th ewhole Clinton Cabinet is not new.......Plus Obambi will not have the luxury of the .com boom that Clinton enjoyed. Clintons plnas would not work today nor will Obambis
Why should he have a grudge? He has bigger fish to fry and lots of work to do!
The politics of campaigning are not the same as politics of governance. Don't take Lieberman's campaign trail antics personally. He can't be trusted perhaps, but I say let him caucus with the Democrats.
His constituency will have their say in a couple of years. I don't think he enjoys the trust he had before.
Smart move Mr. President. Let his people take care of him by voting him out and voting in a real Democrat. Joe is DONE. One thing Americans don't like is a two faced traitor. To be that is as low as being a SCAB. Job fits right in with both.
Lieberman supported who he thought was best for his country – regardless of party affiliation. That's called statesman – unless you're a demoncrat – then it's called being a traitor.
Good for Obama. Now it is time for Lieberman to make up his mind where his loyalties lie.
For the first time in my adult life I am really proud of Barack Obama.
VOTERS IN CONNECTICUT –
It's up to you on how to deal with Lieberman!!!