Lieberman’s passing on 2012 politics
April 22nd, 2012
10:31 AM ET
2 years ago

Lieberman’s passing on 2012 politics

(CNN) - Democrat-turned-independent Sen. Joe Lieberman vowed to stay out of presidential politics during the 2012 race, a marked difference from campaigns past.

“I’m going to try something different this year,” Lieberman said on “Fox News Sunday.” “I’m going to try to stay out of this one.”

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The senior Connecticut senator served as Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore’s running mate in 2000 and backed his colleague, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, for president in 2008.

But Lieberman, who is not seeking re-election in 2012, said casting his ballot will be the extent of his participation in the race for the White House.

“I’m enjoying not being involved in the nastiness of campaigning in America these days,” he said. “I’m just going to do what most Americans do, go in the voting booth on Election Day and in the privacy of the booth cast my vote.”

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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. vic , nashville ,tn

    May he feel Guilty what he did in 2008

    April 22, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Lieberman pretty much voted against everything he once stood for, so I think we will see him standing on a stage with flip flopping Mittens. Mittens will write Joe a check, and Liebs will sell his soul again.

    April 22, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  3. NotFooledByDistractions

    Good riddance Joe Lieberman.

    April 22, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. wire palladin, s. f.

    Good for you Joe! We know you're staying out because obamer sucks

    April 22, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  5. Karl Jonas

    Biggest ingrate on the planet. The President graciously let him keep his cherished committee chairmanship after he endorsed McCain and what did he do? Knifed Obama in the back by filibustering Medicare for all, and voting against Obama almost every chance he got.

    Good riddance to the Senator from Aetna.

    April 22, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. Thomas

    Imagine what he would have done as VP .

    What was Gore thinking ?

    April 22, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. ted

    Really? Come on Joe. Next thing you will say/do is to throw your support behind Romney.

    April 22, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  8. HenryB

    So now he is "sitting out" the election! This from the man who is the most disloyal to his country and to the party. What a j@rk. And to think that he almost was our vice president.

    April 22, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  9. Get Real

    Joe, you were one of the only Dems I ever liked given that you spoke your mind not always backed your party, we need more like you. I respect your decision.

    April 22, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  10. Ralph

    Ahh, good old joe, good old independent joe, he is staying out of this one and not running for reelection?? May he draw his pension, move to Israel and enjoy his lox and bagels. As a going away retirement fgift, lets pay for an all expense trip to Iran for good old joe–come on it's free and good old joe loves free things, hey aids is free wonder if he wants that??

    April 22, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  11. joe smith

    he has nothing to gain..America will do very well without him..but his dual citizenship, will always give him a ticket to the dance..

    April 22, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  12. T'sah From Virginia

    ►“I’m going to try something different this year,” Lieberman said on “Fox News Sunday.” “I’m going to try to stay out of this one.”◄

    That's because he himself "Flip-Flopped" so much in the past, choosing any one of the candidates, MITTens or Obama, would prove he's still a "flip-flopper."

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    April 22, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. TM

    Lieberman, the political version of a "man without a country". Democrats want NOTHING to do with him, and the Grand Old Tea Party doesn't need him anymore. He betrayed everything he once stood for, and now nobody trusts him.

    April 22, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I think right wingnuts are waking up to the fact that Mittens blows.

    April 22, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. Wake up people

    Traitor!

    OBAMA 2012!

    April 22, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  16. GI Joe

    He's retiring with his gov't pension, social security, and tax-paid full service health care. I'm pretty sure he has a lot of lobbyist cash in his pockets too. Good riddance.

    April 22, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  17. Ken

    Was he ever a Democrat?

    April 22, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  18. the dogs of war

    It always gets me how libs scream at republicans to embrace partisanship but when one of their own does,hes a traitor. Typical modern lib etremist

    April 22, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  19. Ricardo

    He's a moron, who cares

    April 22, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Joe, as with many other prominent Republicans, understand Romney is a lost cause. The Republican majority are holding out for 2016 when the playing field will once again favor their candidate - minus Mitt Romney of course. Lieberman is definitely a man who knows how to butter both sides of his bread, and is backing off of Romney now in hopes of securing a lucrative Administrative job in 2016.

    April 22, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |