January 6th, 2010
12:15 PM ET
8 years ago

Lieberman responds to Dodd's retirement

(CNN) - Sen. Joe Lieberman, Chris Dodd's fellow Connecticut senator, issued a statement hailing Dodd's retirement as the end of a "remarkable era of service in the Senate."

Full statement:

“Chris Dodd has been a genuinely great Senator for our state and country, and a close and valued friend and colleague for me. His retirement ends a remarkable era of service in the Senate by two generations of the Dodd family, beginning with his father Tom who was elected more than a half century ago in 1958.

“Chris Dodd has been an unusually skillful and productive legislator and leaves a great legacy of accomplishment that has improved the lives of millions of American families and children. I am sad for our state and country, and for myself frankly, that Chris is leaving the Senate but I am happy for his family that he will have more time to spend with them now. And I know that his service to America and our friendship will continue in different ways in the years ahead.

“Senator Chris Dodd will leave the Senate in January 2011 with the knowledge that he has made a difference that will last in the lives of his constituents and his country. For that, we are all grateful.”

Filed under: Chris Dodd • Connecticut • Joe Lieberman • Senate
soundoff (97 Responses)
  1. johnrj08

    Regardless of what anybody may think if Dodd, Joe Lieberman's hypocrisy in praising Dodd is outrageous.

    January 6, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. Dieter Zerressen

    Liebermann will be gone soon too – not voluntarily but by the will of the voters.

    January 6, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. Jeff

    Yes, he has made a differenence that will last in our lives, it will cost us dearly!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 6, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  4. Dan, TX

    Dodd was plagued with problems, but he was better than YOUR Senator, dear reader.

    January 6, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. prairieguy

    Lieberman should resign as well.

    January 6, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. Darren in TX

    And when LIEberman finally leaves office, someone else will blandly deliver the same banal platitiudes (while trying not to yawn) too. It's some club they have up there in Washington.

    January 6, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  7. steve rothacker

    what a bunch of hog wash. he was no great Senator. His great work helped the demise of Freddie and Fannie which caused the crash. Lieberman is delusional.

    January 6, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. Ken

    Yes, Chris Dodd has made a difference. I will always think of Mr. Dodd when discussing out-of-control government interference that resulted in the housing bubble, financial collapse and extensive job loss. The bloated growth of invasive and prosperity destroying government will be a noose around our children’s necks for decades. Great work Mr. Dodd!

    January 6, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  9. scott whitehill

    ... see ya Doddyboy.. been counting down the days 'til you'd be history, and a bad part of it, at that.

    January 6, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  10. Joe M

    Dodd QUIT just before the handcuffs's went on...Take Barney wih you...

    January 6, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  11. Barbara Independent in NY

    Too bad that it's not Joe Liarberman retiring

    January 6, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  12. Silence Dogoode

    Lieberman I have a suggestion....term limits....quit praising this crook will you?

    January 6, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  13. amt. CA

    Traitor Joe you need to go.

    January 6, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  14. white female

    Joe needs to bounce for sure. Good bye Joe.

    January 6, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  15. greenfish

    Shall I assume Joe will campaign on behalf of the republican nominee?

    January 6, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  16. Cindy

    Wish Lieberman would retire too~ I can't stand Lieberman.
    Nothing but a traitor!!!

    January 6, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  17. ted

    So when are some of the old, life-long career Republicans going to retire?

    Term limits should be in place, but not just for Democrats. There are some career Republicans who should gracefully make an exit.

    January 6, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  18. LacrosseMom

    I still shudder when I remember voting for Gore/LIEberman!

    Yes, the GOPers hate Dodd........ actually, you, folks, hate all Liberals. Though, America, knows that its the Liberals who championed & brought them........

    Social Security (socialism)
    Medicaid (which the GOP said was socialism)
    Unemployment Benefits
    Minimum Wage
    Healthcare for Americans

    Say what you will about Liberals, but in the end America knows which party is ON THEIR SIDE.

    January 6, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  19. lifelong democrat

    Yes! A legacy indeed for bankcrupting USA, Fannie & Freddie, his COUNTRYWIDE deal. I should be all praises for Dodd, he's member of my party; why is it I it has a bitter taste in my mouth?

    January 6, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  20. white female

    Cnn need to regroup also, I am so tried of all their negative remarks towards this Admin. from wolf to campbellto that thing on at 7pm and little squrriel face A. cooper, what a bunch of outdated fools.
    I can't wait until MS. O take over the cable network.

    See yaa, to all these fools, .

    January 6, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  21. tim

    I'm proud to be a liberal democrate but both senators from Conneticut have proved to be very self-serving . Liberman's grandstanding during the health care debate has been sickining. Dodd's ties to Wall Street and his "special mortgage" Has been just as bad. Democratic Senators (and Lieberman) should do the right thing for the middle class....always!

    January 6, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  22. Donna Stayman

    Good riddance to just another sleazy hypocritical liberal democrat, but we have dozens more we must send back to their caves this election year. It is very uplifting to see so many slimy dems retiring as they see the handwriting on the wall. I hope Obama & his Reid/Pelosi team keep up their "great" work on behalf of the country. We're not as stupid as they think! We've got to get them out of D.C.!!

    January 6, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  23. What goes around

    So if, as rumor has it here in CT, Rob Simmons (R) is Dodd's most likely successor, we will have two right-leaning senators. Simmons will be somewhat to the left of Lieberman, however, at least when it comes to the Middle East.

    January 6, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  24. tim

    Vote against all incumbants.

    January 6, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  25. Tony

    Both crooks need to go. GREAT SIGN THOUGH< THE LOONEY LIBS ARE RUNNING AWAY before the great DUMOCRATIC bloodbath of 2010 2012 begins.

    January 6, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
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