Washington (CNN) - Independent Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman hasn't made much noise about running for re-election in 2012, but according to a new interview, if he does run, he won't be returning to his Democratic roots. Instead, he says he'll "likely" run as an independent.
Speaking to CNN affiliate WFSB in Hartford, CT in an interview for the weekly Sunday show "Face the State," Lieberman told host Dennis House that he thinks he could win re-election to the U.S. Senate, but that it would be a difficult race.
Sen. Lieberman also indicated that he's open to endorsing another candidate for re-election in 2012: President Barack Obama. This will sit well with his Democratic colleagues who are rumored to be encouraging Lieberman to run for re-election as a Democrat. Lieberman has made statements about meeting with Democratic leadership, affirming that he will meet with DSCC chair Patty Murray "at her request."
The Senate Democratic coalition will have 53 Democratic members in the 112th Congress, including two independents caucusing with the Democrats, one of which is Lieberman. A successful run for re-election as a Democrat would provide a needed boost to the Democratic tally in the Senate.
"Face the State" with Dennis House will air on WFSB Sunday in Hartford, Connecticut.