Washington (CNN) - Three longtime senators who have decided not to seek re-election in 2012 said Sunday that they believe the country is ready for serious bipartisan cooperation on major issues - especially tackling the massive national debt.
"When we begin to act in that way, working across party lines ... then it not only gets things done, but it increases the characteristic American optimism and confidence," independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, told ABC's "This Week." "To raise the GDP, I've been saying, we've got to raise the GDC, the gross domestic confidence."FULL STORY
(CNN) – Sen. Joe Lieberman, the independent from Connecticut, announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election, telling reporters at a midday press conference "I have decided that it's time to turn the page to a new chapter."
"I've loved serving in the Senate and I feel good about what I've accomplished. But I know that it is the right decision, and I must say, having made it, I am excited to begin a new chapter of life with new opportunities," said Lieberman Wednesday.
Washington (CNN) - Sen. John McCain, R-AZ, tells CNN he believes his good friend Joe Lieberman would make a good defense secretary for President Obama, calling him "one of the most informed members of the Senate on national security issues and homeland security issues."
McCain was answering a question from CNN in a telephone interview about whether the president should consider picking Lieberman for the post, since Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said he wants to leave this year.
(CNN) - Sen. Joe Lieberman, the independent from Connecticut, is planning to announce Wednesday that he will not seek re-election, according to two knowledgeable Democratic sources.
The move by the former Democratic vice presidential candidate could add even more murkiness to the party's hopes of hanging on to its slim majority in the Senate in the 2012 election, especially coming on the heels of Sen. Kent Conrad's, D-North Dakota, that he will not seek re-election at the end of this term.
(CNN) – Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Democrat-turned-independent from Connecticut, will announce Wednesday whether he will run for reelection in 2012.
Lieberman, who still caucuses with the Democrats, lost his Democratic primary bid in 2006 before running successfully as an independent. He has served in the Senate since 1989.
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.
Editor's note: Watch Sen. Lieberman discuss "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Thursday on AC360° beginning at 10 pm ET.
(CNN) – A longtime personal friend and political ally of Sen. John McCain implied Thursday that the former GOP presidential nominee is moving the goalposts when it comes to his support for repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
McCain’s past comments suggested he might support repeal of the federal law that prevents gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the U.S. military if a repeal was supported by military leadership. But the Arizona Republican has recently taken issue with results of a Pentagon survey of troops that supports a repeal and with the positions of Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen, both of whom also support a repeal.
Washington (CNN) – Riding in the elevator on the Senate side of the Capitol, I stopped at the first floor, the doors opened and before me stood Massachusetts Republican Senator Scott Brown and Connecticut's independent Democrat Joe Lieberman, chatting as they waited for the "senators only" lift.
In the 15-seconds my elevator door was open, I saw Brown pat Lieberman on the arm and ask about his future electoral prospects.
"How are you going to work your magic this time? Run as an independent?" Brown asked Lieberman, who lost his Democratic primary in 2006, forcing him to run as an independent.
(CNN) - "In a September session, it's hard to separate anything you do from politics."
Independent Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman's explanation for the Senate's decision to wait to vote on extending the Bush tax cuts until after the American people vote in November is indicative of the political gridlock in Washington and the political battles being waged around the country.
"We didn't get much of anything done," Lieberman conceded Sunday to CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley on State of the Union.