August 24th, 2009
06:58 PM ET
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Baldwin: Lieberman's one of a 'few moderate Republicans left'

In a statement provided to CNN, Baldwin took a jab at Lieberman, calling the Democrat-turned-Independent a 'moderate Republican.'
In a statement provided to CNN, Baldwin took a jab at Lieberman, calling the Democrat-turned-Independent a 'moderate Republican.'

WASHINGTON (CNN) – It seems that what could have been one of the greatest political face-offs of 2012 is not meant to be after all.

A day after Connecticut Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman welcomed a possible 2012 challenge from actor Alec Baldwin, a representative for Baldwin tells CNN that "it's great to see the excitement" about the possibility of Baldwin seeking political office but the actor has no plans to run against Lieberman.

In a statement provided to CNN, the actor also took a stab at Lieberman, who has sometimes allied himself with Republicans, particularly on the Iraq war and Middle East policy.

"Part of me would hate to see Lieberman go," Baldwin said in the statement, because there are so few moderate Republicans left in the Senate today."

When asked about the possibility of facing Baldwin in 2012, Lieberman responded with a Dirty Harry-esqe "Make my day" on CNN's State of the Union Sunday.

Related: 'Make my day,' Lieberman says of Baldwin

"I respect Alec Baldwin as an actor and as a comedian," Lieberman also told CNN's John King, "if he wants to run, that's his right."


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soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. David B

    Hey Alec – dance for me, Jester!

    August 24, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  2. Shag

    If the Republicans hadn't been encoraged to vote for Lieberman, as opposed to their own candidate, he wouldn't be a senator today. He's owes his office to the right-wing, and his recent statement about healtcare is evidence of that.

    August 24, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  3. nina thomsen

    I think Alex Baldwin should have left USA long time a go as he threatened to do. I can tell him its not to late.

    What is his prerequisite other than being another liberal actor idiot who thinks they know everything about politics??

    August 24, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  4. Ken

    For all you neo-tards who worry why Baldwin didn't leave the country due to previous election results, its time to update your electoral facts, especially as regards the election results in MN. If you haven't heard yet (maybe FoxNews hasn't reported it yet?), the [D]s won, bigtime in 2008...in MN too! So it should come as no bad-loser surprise to you rightwingers that Baldwin is back and happy.

    Now, lets focus on this recent election history: many of your own rightwing buddies recently made the same comments that Baldwin previously did concerning a move out of country based on election results. I certainly hope that you'll hold your rightwing friends to their mindless boasts. Don't let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya!

    August 24, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  5. David B

    Dear Alec Baldwin:

    You're a joke. Please shut up.

    Love –

    The American Public

    August 24, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  6. Ken

    It is a pleasure to read comments like those from Doug, New Jersey. The depth of such considered analysis reveals the true intellectual engine behind the base of the [R] party, and it stands as a shining example of why this country, despite all of its strengths, struggles mightily to avoid slipping back into the Dark Ages instead of forging ahead and playing a significant role in the modern world.

    August 24, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  7. Vicky Bevis

    When will Hollywood realize that the vast majority of them have a great gift in their talent to act. And then just let it go. I've seen celebs. on "Jeopardy" who have really shocked me with their rank stupidity. Sam Waterson was one. And when I see him doing investment commercials, he's so convincing. Just goes to show..........!

    Baldwin sure isn't any rocket scietist altho I think he is one of the most talented actors today. HIs "tirade" on a recorded phone call to his daughter calls into question his judgement & discretion at the very least, not to mention his perchant for drink.

    Ct. is a wealthy, sophisticated State with a well-above average education & personal wealth. Compared to Joe, he's in WAY over his head. But then, that's what those with huge egos think of themselves. Luckily, most of us see through it. And I'm not even from Connecticut!

    August 24, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  8. howie

    Alec Baldwin is nothing but a big lugnut. He doesn't always tell the truth. He previously stated that if Bush won reelection he was going to move out of the country. I understand he is still here, complaining. Personally I wish he would move, we would be better off.

    August 24, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  9. m jeff

    Liberman is a republican in disguise, who does he think he is fooling.

    August 24, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
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