December 7th, 2009
09:32 AM ET
7 months ago

Liberal group takes aim at Lieberman

Sen. Joe Lieberman is coming under fire for his opposition to a public option as part of health care reform.
Sen. Joe Lieberman is coming under fire for his opposition to a public option as part of health care reform.

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Joe Lieberman is under fire from a liberal political organization, which is airing a new television commercial this week critical of the Independent's opposition to a public option as part of health care reform.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee is airing a 30-second ad on stations in Connecticut and the nation's capital in an effort to "pressure" Lieberman to vote for the public option in the Senate health care bill. Lieberman has repeatedly stated he does not support the idea.

The initial ad buy is for $40,000 to air the commercial on broadcast channels in Connecticut and cable outlets in Washington, DC. A fundraising email will be sent this morning asking people to donate money to help keep it on the air. Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, said previous fundraising solicitations to pay for commercials aimed at Sen. Max Baucus, D-Montana, and Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Nebraska, "easily passed $100,000."

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soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. A. Goodwin

    I cannot stand Joe Leiberman! He is one of the most narcissistic people we have on capital hill – seriously. Its really hard to believe that this man could have potentially been the Democratic V.P. in 2000 when Gore ran. Now, he might as well consider himself a Republican. Joe Leiberman SHOULD vote for the public option – only his buddy McSame told him not to – I am sure of that.

    #1 reason why Leiberman does not support the public option – BIG MONEY from lobbying groups that support this man. How can he support the public option when he's gotten hundreds of thousands of dollars from the health care industry.

    Leiberman is a politican who is only out for himself – not just with this, but with everything....didn't win the democratic nomination in his state...he turned independent. If he does not support the Public Option, I think the Dems should STRIP him of any leading role in government he currently has. He is a FRAUD!

    December 7, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  2. aneanderthal

    The Progressive Change Committee is another lbertard wing nut group that uses the politics of hate to diminish those who in good conscience cannot agree with them. If a conservative group portrayed Obama as a cartoon figure the outrage among left wing dope smokers would take months to cool. Liberals are mean, elitist and egotistical, besides being absolutely stupid and lazy.

    December 7, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    I find it ironic that a Senator with relatives that died due to the fact their only crime was being Jewish, is now vigorously fighting to allow 45,000 Americans to die each year due to the fact their only crime was being poor.

    December 7, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  4. Aunt Bea and Opie

    This guy is a proven traitor to our Nation and should be on trial for treason.His country is in the middle east.

    December 7, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  5. John L. - NYC

    Stand for what you believe in, Mr. Lieberman. The growing support to start over and take another look at this healthcare bill that will provide the best care and best serves the American people as a whole is only getting stronger.

    I (and countless other independents and realists here in America) are happy that Joe Lieberman is asking logical questions and raising very, very reasonable concerns about a healthcare bill that will inevitably grow into a gov't run healthcare system, be an incredible tax burden on the middle class, disincentivize job creation and, like every other govn't-run service program for consumers, be beyond inefficient, over budget/broke and over-burdened by red-tap and people that just don't care (Soc. Security, Medicare/Medicade, the Post Office, even down to the DMV to name a few).

    December 7, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. janus

    where can i donate?

    December 7, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  7. renobill

    Lieberman should quit screwing around and become a Repuke. I dislike him more than any politician, including George Bush. Bush was a fool, and a disaster, but at least there was never any doubt as to where he stood.

    December 7, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  8. Hendrik

    They ought to throw this clown under the bus (figuratively of course).

    I can imagine sitting in the Democratic caucus and reporting back to his Republican masters immediately after. He is a clown. I don't have a problem with his views but don't pretend to be an Independent Democrat when you are clearly a Republican hack.

    If we cannot count on him to be in the corner of the American people but rather in the pockets of the insurance industry, why let him have a chairmanship of Homeland Security? Off with his head (figuratively of course). Big head too.

    December 7, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. GI Joe

    LIEberman needs to vote to help the people of this country - NOT the Insurance Companies and their profits.

    VOTE HIM OUT CONNECTICUT. He's a flip-flopping sleeze.

    December 7, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  10. Follow the Money and learn the Truth

    Thanks for selling us down the river again Joe.If you check and see who the major stock holders are of the health insurance companies,you may find that they arent even Americans.

    December 7, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  11. Mark

    Get this idiot out of Sanet ,he is also in the pocket of Insurance Co.Joe, this is your last chance so make sure if you want to go in the history vote for it and help hard working American so all of can have a good health plan........................

    December 7, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  12. A Citizen

    It seems to me that Senator Lieberman is the one who has already sent liberal democrats a clear message – if they would only pause long enough to listen to it.

    December 7, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  13. JP of Arlington

    Stick by your principles Joe and refuse to allow the Demos to pass a "Public Option" on this distarious health care bill.. In my opinion you are only one or two people in both houses of Congress that have any degree of honest principles left.

    December 7, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. Mark

    Nobody cares about that liberal group anymore...

    December 7, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  15. Ken in NC

    People should stop being so harsh on Senator Joe Lieberman and take the time to learn more about our government. Every state is allowed to have 2 Senators elected, appointed or purchased to represent it in the Senate and with ETNA being our newest state, they purchased "Good Ole Joe" to represent them in the Senate. Please try to understand people that his loyality is to his meal ticket. Etna elected, appointed or purchased him so he belongs to them, lock stock and barrel.

    Since he no longer works for the people of Conn. they should elect a new Senator to replace him.

    December 7, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  16. Eddie

    Listen up sound reasoning people; Do not think for one minute that the Democratic controlled WH and Congress have anything else in mind but:
    1. Death panels.(they may use another term to describe them, but
    the fact is the "public option/government run HC will limit end-of-life
    care for seniors)
    2. Abortion on demand; paid for with "yours and my" tax dollars!
    3. Limited/government controled medical testing and other care
    which these government controled panels deem "unnecessary".

    None of this has anything to do with Insuring those who do not have coverage, it has only to do with the federal government controling one of the largest entities of this great nation! Once the Dems control something as vital as our health care, who do you think people will vote for, regardless of how corrupt that party is??

    December 7, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  17. Jon

    Seriously, what it the exact point of the healthcare reform???

    Is it to provide insurance for the 30 million uninsured? If so, then we don't need a trillion dollar reform bill (which comes out to $33,333 per uninsured person).

    Is it to lower healthcare costs? If so, then why does the CBO say that those insured through a large company will see increases of 1-2%; those insured through a small company will see increases of 3-4%; and those buying insurance on their own will see increases over 10%? That does not sound like decreasing the costs.

    This entire healthcare bill is a sham, just like Congress.

    December 7, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
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