August 23rd, 2009
06:15 PM ET
9 years ago

Senator to actor: 'Make my day'

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Democrat Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut has a simple message for Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin: bring it on.

Asked Sunday on CNN's State of the Union about Baldwin’s recent comments that he might move to Connecticut and mount a challenge to Lieberman because, as Baldwin told Playboy magazine, “I have no use for [Lieberman],” the Independent senator responded, “You know, make my day.”

“I respect Alec Baldwin as an actor and as a comedian,” added Lieberman, “if he wants to run, that’s his right.”

Lieberman has a track record of surviving tough election battles. After his strong support of George W. Bush’s decision to wage war in Iraq made him a target of liberal bloggers and activists, Lieberman lost the Democratic Senate primary in his state in 2006. Undaunted, the longtime senator decided to run as an independent and managed to hold on to seat. He is not up for re-election again until 2012.

soundoff (211 Responses)
  1. logtaads

    Lieberman is a man of principle and I have the uymost respect for him.

    As for Baldwin.. give me a break. Another left wing liberal actor that for some strange reason is convinced he understands politics, etc.

    August 23, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  2. 'Henry

    Make my day? Ahh come on, that's Dirty Harrys' line. At least make up your own.
    Baldwin's not that good of an actor which mght work in his favor,than again, he's not running in my state......

    August 23, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. jon,philadelphia

    I would love to see someone kick Lieberman's butt.
    His disloyalty is amazing. To think that he almost became vice-president is truly scary. Would he have gone on to stab Al Gore in the back like he did to his fellow democrats?
    People like him and my own Senator darlin arlen need to be booted out.

    August 23, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. GOPer

    I don't like Alec Baldwin but if I had to see somebody loose their seat, it would be Liberman. He sold out his party, changed parties and is overall a crybaby.

    August 23, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  5. JIm

    Yea, thats just what we need, another mis-guided actor to play politician in real life.

    August 23, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. Fan of Common Sense

    When are these egotistical Hollywood lefties going to finally understand that their popularity on the screen and the stage is not transferrable to politics? They tried to destroy Reagan and they endorsed both of Bush's opponents in 2000 and 2004, and it made absolutely no difference.

    Like most democrats, they see the American people as dim-whitted, unthinking, stupid little children who will vote for them simply because they buy their art and are occassionally entertained by them.

    Alec, stay home!! You don't stand a chance. You'll only make a fool of yourself.

    August 23, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  7. Assie McGee

    Prior to 9/11, Lieberman was known for being a good politician, and Conneticut had progressive consumer protection laws. After 9/11, Iet the feeling, Lieberman would gladly sacrifice America and Americans for the good of Israel.

    August 23, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  8. george sharpe

    Tell Alec first save the Manatees

    August 23, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  9. Mark from NJ

    Thank goodness "Tony" is from FL, so he only can contribute to Alec's campaign and not vote for him. Perhaps the Dems can convince Chevy Chase, Mike Meyers and others to represent them in the Senate with Alec and Al Franken. Heck, how 'bout Carrot Top for a challenge to represent the Dems for the White House after the left wing (read: base) of the Democratic Party completely obliterates President Obama's chance for getting elected to a second term? Nice work folks!

    August 23, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  10. arlene,CA

    Alec Baldwin great idea. Go for it ! It's not my state but I'd vote for you

    August 23, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. Fishsnot

    Alec, go back to TV and your Fantasty World like ALL the other Hollywood Pinkos!

    August 23, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. Saint

    I don't care even if it is republican, just get him out of my face. I have no use for him either. He is a ugly person.

    August 23, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |

    To think the constitution relied on the press to hold government accountable for their actions and provide the measure of objectivity required to keep the public informed in a responsible fashion.

    So Franken has become the "sign of the times" and measure of how the public celeb worship has conflated with their political cheerleadership choices. It is a fitting end to the means.

    Micheal Moore for President – 2012

    August 23, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. Meredith

    Alec Baldwin? Whose he? Oh, yeah, the guy who used to be married to Kim Basinger until she divorced him for his abusive and violent ways...the guy who's own daughter didn't want anything to do with him. Sure, Baldwin, like any normal parent and husband would support you as senator. Don't worry about him, Joe!

    August 23, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  15. joco, NH

    Lieberman – the greatest disappointment in the Senate besides that has been McCain.
    Old boys club – don't change the way it is now because God forbid they lose the cushiness in those old seats.

    August 23, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  16. Ted:Canada


    I got nothing against foreign nations trying to influence your country. They do it all the time!!!!

    But electing a man who officially represents another country and electing him to your legislature on the bad assumption that the American people are his first priority! THAT IS WRONG!! And it goes against true democracy….

    Come on Connecticut – YOU – ARE SMARTER THAN THAT – both Dems and Repups!!!

    Northing wrong in butting his country first and wanting to protect Israel but NOT as an American politician.

    Come on America – you are either a democratic country or you are not

    August 23, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. Cody

    I don't live in CT, but Alec Baldwin would make a better senator than Lieberman for sure.

    August 23, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  18. Ken

    Alec is a Great actor, but while he is a great actor his politics just plain suck, as do alot of other actors views. Him and the rest should stay in Hollywood and do what they do best...ACT like they know what their doing.

    August 23, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  19. Post always rejected by CNN

    We all know how "republicans" and Liberman is ONE, win. There is no an honest republican vote record in this country. They mount lying campaigns, they obstruct and send out phony emails like they are doing for the health care bill. If you found an honest republican they should have a bronze statute made in his honor because boy howdy they are very very few.

    August 23, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  20. Carole

    You run, Alec......if you wanna hear that message left for your daughter played over and over again. I am absolutely no Leiberman fan but I can't imagine voting for anyone from that crazy family.Alec running for the Senate is one of Alec's best jokes yet!

    August 23, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  21. Linda

    Getting Lieberman, a true Reslug, out of office would make everybody's day. I hope Baldwin does run.

    August 23, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  22. Jethro

    that's just what this country needs, somebody to hold al frankins hand and prove how studip we are. senator lieberman you have my support. He's proved he's not a KOOL-AID drinker

    August 23, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  23. bill b. from Stratford,Ct

    Run Alex, Run. Here's one vote already for you. Lieberman is nothing more than a right wing nut, hiding behind that Independent label. After all the crap he said about the Pres. and still saying some negative things, I say boot him out NOW.

    August 23, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  24. Limbaugh is a liberal

    I still don't understand democrats how they put up with this guy. He even left the party, and campaigned for McCain, and yet they let him chair numerous of their committees?

    August 23, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  25. max pargament

    Yeah seriously beat this guy who looks like sleaze.

    He did mess up Gore's campaign in 2000, maybe he'll find a way to ruin Alec's too.

    August 23, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
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