December 7th, 2009
09:32 AM ET
4 years 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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Filed under: Connecticut • Health care • Joe Lieberman
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Joe

    Lieberman needs to go!

    December 7, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  2. Can't touch this independent

    Joe is really scared.

    December 7, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  3. Sam Sixpack

    Their $40,000 includes free national coverage by cnn – what a sweet deal!

    December 7, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  4. pappy

    Kill this bill. We can not afford it.

    December 7, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  5. Mark L.

    I'm from CT originally, and this guy definately doesn't represent his constituents. From backstabbing his own ticket during the 2000 election fiasco, to kissing W. on the cheek, to badmouthing Democrats and then keeping his chairs in the senate, it seems like the Dems can't get him out. It's time for this guy to move on to a conservative think-tank or something.

    December 7, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  6. James Taylor

    Liberals get a life. If anyone else pushes there agenda the democrats call them Nazis. You are so ignorant to the facts. If you would get out of the butts of Obama, Pelosi and Reid then you might see the truth and grow up. (by the way I am independent not repulican)

    December 7, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  7. Michael

    I think this is a good thing. Our representatives in congress and the senate need to understand that they should be voting the will of the people.

    Despite any propaganda that x number of people are against health care reform and the public option, I just don't believe it.

    The only people that I personally know, that are against the public option are hard core Republicans.

    Michael in Florida

    December 7, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  8. T'SAH from Virginia

    Lieberman is a LOSER and a TRADER!! He is bouncing around not know where he belongs!!! He goes with the FLOW not knowing which way the FLOW is going... He's a LEECH and a latch on to whatever it seems like is GOOD for him for the moment!!!

    PA-LEAZE – kick him to the CURB because he is a LOST CAUSE!!!

    December 7, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  9. TCM

    Progressive = Anti-American

    December 7, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  10. dale

    Stand strong joe. Don't let those economic terrorist change your mind.

    December 7, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  11. J.Crobuzon

    It would be better to have a Republican in his seat than to have him in any way involved in politics. I don't think he's a good guy in any way, and that what he wants is good for our country.

    December 7, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  12. gwen

    The Democrats should have cut liberman out last year when he campaigned for McCain – he is as far from a progressive as you can get – he is republican through and through – he only cares about the rich!!

    December 7, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  13. mjm

    What a fraudulent ad.

    Liberals are liars.

    Nobody wants a public option. Even if they did, we can’t afford it.

    Reform should never cost $849 billion. Just like a “stimulus” bill should have never cost $787 billion.

    These libs keep stealing our money and some of us keep cheering them on.

    December 7, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  14. gord ontario

    joes wife gets payed good money working for insurance companys joe got to eat you know

    December 7, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  15. Dean

    Glad to see the pressure on these guys, All of them are kissing up to the Insurance idustry and not the people who voted for them.
    These idiots just don't get it without a public option the Insurance industry will contunue to gouge us all.

    December 7, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  16. bob in LA

    Is anyone else sick of politics today? Special interests and one issue groups are dividing people into mini parties and cuasing even more descention among us.
    One of the rules of the Jovoveh Witness's is no involvement in politics. For year's I never understood why since who runs our country is important. But lately I am beginning to see that politic brings out the worst in people and we forget the bottomline- we need to protect and help one another. That is the goalof our goverment and our goal as humans.
    Stop the pettiness.

    December 7, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  17. Charles

    Why is this news? How cares. CNN stop writting about this. Everyone is trying to go after every politican.

    December 7, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  18. diridi

    Joe leiberman is a total idiot....I think these lawyers are causing big damage...nation needs to straighten....them

    December 7, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  19. Enough

    It should be considered an honor if these idiotic Liberals groups attack you. We don't want the Liberals to destroy our health care, we want them to work on real reform. The plan on the table will NOT save money and will do nothing to control the sky rocketing premiums. The MAJORITY of Americans are against the Public option and politicians know it. Anyone who votes for it, will be booted out of office, next election.

    December 7, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  20. Martin

    I think it has become increasingly obvious that Lieberman is completely bought and paid for by the insurance industry. Since his current term in all likelihood will be his last he is (understandably) primarily concerned with feathering his own nest. He is determined to sink the health care reform (or, at the very least vote against it) in order to secure his payday. I look forward to a reconciliation maneuver by Reid and a subsequent boot for Lieberman from any committee chairmanship.

    December 7, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  21. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    GOOD! Hold these morons feet to the fire!!!!!

    December 7, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  22. reality check

    Joe Lieberman has been on the wrong side of every issue since before supporting John McCain. That's why the democrates replaced him in the last primary. He is a political opportunist that only cares about his own skin. He does not look at whats good for Connecticut or the U.S.A.

    December 7, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  23. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Joe is going to get strippe of his HHS chairmanship if he votes against healthcare reform.

    December 7, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  24. Puddin

    Those in Congress who would deny a public option plan so those without health insurance may obtain it should be thrown out of office. Hopefully, they might have the experience of not having any health insurance and see how God-awful worrisome it is. When I was in the 2nd grade, my teacher asked us if we knew why we were fighting this war (WWII). She said it was because our country cared about a human life. What has happened to our country.....could it be GREED!! I just don't want to believe there are those out there who are this greedy.

    December 7, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  25. Tanya Kujath

    I say, " Run him out of politics!!! "

    December 7, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
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