August 23rd, 2009
06:15 PM ET
5 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. annie s

    Lieberman needs to be GONE. The day of the warmonger is history.

    August 23, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. chris

    Do us a favor, Alec, go back to Long Island and start up a " save the clams" cause. Connecticut doesn't need a Hollywood has been !!

    August 23, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  3. Ken in GA

    Lieberman has nothing to fear from a dolt like Baldwin. As an actor he is excellent, but his ability to speak in public is somewhat limited.
    I have no use for Democrats one way or another, but Lieberman has always impressed me. He has been a solid Liberal vote for years, yet the Democrat leadership turned on him like rabid rats. Still he was able to swat them in the election. He never let anyone bend what he believed was right to match the party line. He is one of the few politicians that I think has core beliefs beyond the latest polling numbers.
    Democrats are better served leaving him alone and telling the lefty loons to back off.

    August 23, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. Lucas, Nashville TN

    NOTHING would be better political justice than for a Hollywood heavy-hitter to defeat a two-faced turncoat proponent of censorship.

    Hey, Joe! Maybe the Parents TV Council will welcome you back when you get your keester handed to you.

    August 23, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  5. Bob of Lompoc

    There are three Alfred E. Neuman's, the one in Mad Magazine, the one who was "President" and this one. It's voluntary if I read Mad Magazine. The "President" one is going, going, gone. OK, Baldwin, whip this one, and it will all be over.

    A sissified political, who could not even win his own Primary last time in the ring, pretending he is macho. He could not even carry Dirty Harry's underwear. I'll bet if he fired that .44 Magnum pistol the recoil would break Lieberman's wrist. What a joke !

    August 23, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  6. Southerner

    I will contributre to Alec Baldwin as well, Tony. Joe Lieberman campaigned for McCain. If he wants to be in love with a Republican then he can join their party. Him and the rest of the Conservatives in the Democratic party need to be kicked out.

    August 23, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. JSRagman

    I will send money to Alec if he decides to run.

    August 23, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. Chris

    Hey, Joe, if you're going to (as it seems you did) use a movie quote, at least have it be from the right actor.

    August 23, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. Deep Throat

    He won in 2006 only because 70% of registered Republicans
    abandoned their candidate and voted for him. Thus tipping the
    balance of power in the Senate from the GOP to the Dems.

    A classic example of a party shooting itself in the foot.

    August 23, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  10. chris

    Typical liberal press. You are only posting positive statements for Alec. How pathetic !!!

    August 23, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  11. laurie

    Alec Baldwin would smear Lieberman like cheese on a cracker if he ran. At least Baldwin knows what he's talking about. I have no use for Joe Lieberman, either.

    August 23, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  12. Dinah

    Me too!

    August 23, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  13. Jim Voigh

    Baldwin is a JOKE. The guy can't even manage his small little domestic cocoon. Who in the right frame of mind would want someone like him to represent you at the national level???

    With all due respect, just stick to your job as a comedian, Baldwin.

    August 23, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  14. Susan

    LIEbeman should loose.....

    August 23, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. Dave

    Baldwin would be horrible in a political office – too emotional and scattered in his thinking. But Lieberman has indeed become a joke. Now he's trying to channel Reagan, but the line worked for Reagan, because no one doubted his resolve. Lieberman is just a cranky old scold who seems more interested in blowing up the middle east than rebuilding America.

    August 23, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  16. Kirk

    I wonder if Baldwin has seen "Team America: World Police," and if that's where he got the idea to run for office.

    August 23, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  17. howie

    I know this must be a misprint. Baldwin is not on the same planet as Lieberman. Despite what some of the liberals think about Joe, he is what is best for America and I for one appppreciate what he has done for all of us. Keep up the good work Joe!!!!!!

    August 23, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  18. freddy

    Joe, I assure you, you have no problem with this lugnut

    August 23, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  19. Petena

    Alec: Can't wait. Its time for Joe Lieberman to go where Joe the Plumber went. Wishy washy Joe, its time for you to go.

    August 23, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  20. ellen

    It would make the Connecticut's day if somebody other than Joe Lieberman were senator as well.

    August 23, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. Nat

    We have already one ambitious, liberal and inexperienced in the big office and we see how quick we go down. No more games!

    August 23, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  22. AJ

    Lieberman survives tough election battles because he manages to keep the military base alive and well funded. The first time Congress dowsizes the base at Groton, out goes Lieberman.

    August 23, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. Former Aide

    I worked for the Kerry-Leiberman campaign, and would volunteer to take Joe out of that seat. But Alec is not the shot we should take. Sorry Alec.

    August 23, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  24. William in San Jose

    No kidding, get rid of that self serving snake LIEberman. I'll throw in $100.00 and I don't even live there!

    August 23, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  25. Terre

    Yeah, Make My Day Liebermann. Anyone that runs as an "Independent" – "Connecticut for Liebermann" party candidate after Democrats tossed you under the bus in 2006, deserves a challenger in 2012. May it hopefully go to a real Democrat next time. And if it happens to go to a Republican, well...what's the difference?

    August 23, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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