December 17th, 2007
10:45 AM ET
13 years ago

DLC 'very saddened' with Lieberman

Watch Lieberman endorse McCain Monday morning.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The founder of the centrist Democratic Leadership Council released a statement Monday expressing his disappointment with Joe Lieberman’s decision to endorse Republican presidential candidate John McCain.

The Connecticut senator chaired the DLC for several years in the 90s.

“I am very saddened by Senator Lieberman’s choice, and profoundly disagree with it,” wrote Al From. “We need to elect a Democratic president in 2008.”

The DLC had come to Lieberman’s defense in 2006, when the senator faced a successful primary challenge from anti-war candidate Ned Lamont. In an op-ed, policy director Ed Kilgore described Lieberman’s opponents as "fundamentalist" liberals bent on a "purge" of the former Democratic vice presidential candidate because of his bi-partisan views.

Earlier: Lieberman officially backs McCain 

- CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: John McCain • New Hampshire
soundoff (105 Responses)
  1. LeftyLoosey

    Centrist democrats have been drowned out by the mindless liberal progressive agenda. I will not be voting for a democrat this year..

    December 17, 2007 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    Bi-Partisan views my butt – this guy is a Republican in everything but name.

    December 17, 2007 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  3. George Woodruff, Mineral Bluff, GA

    If the Democrats had retained the socially conservative...people oriented...philosophy of men like Joe Lieberman I would still be a Democrat. My first vote was for Harry Truman and my next will be for John McCain if he wins the nomination. If not, I'll just leave the ballot blank! Most of the others in both parties are captive of the special interests who finance their campaigns. This leaves little for the people or our country.

    December 17, 2007 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. Brad, from the great state of Texas

    Really? Well I think it's safe to say that many Americans are "saddened" by the job the Democrats have been doing ("not doing" is more appropriate) in Congress. All they've done is clashed with Bush, not on principle, but because of petty politics. They got elected by blasting Republicans' pork barrel spending, but soon proved themselves to be no better.

    Bravo to Lieberman for making a decision on his own–Democrats might want to give it a shot.

    December 17, 2007 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. J. Williams, Baltimore, MD

    Every story I see on Lieberman is on how he's "splitting from his party," after telling Russert and everyone else that the Democratic party would hold a majority after he won.


    If he's a Democrat, fine. If he's a Republican, fine. But what *is* an "Independent Democrat?" (He's listed in the Senate as such.) The guy needs to quit "caucus-ing" with the Democrats, join the Republican party and quit wasting everyone's time.

    December 17, 2007 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  6. J.P.

    Serves them right.. This only shows three things: One, Lieberman shows that neo-cons are nothing more than socialist warmongers disguised as Republicans. Secondly, Republicans have sold their soul for the Iraq war. Lastly, it shows that nothing would be different had Gore won in 2000.

    December 17, 2007 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. Howard Hewlett Des Moines IA

    Does Connecticut have the ability to call for a recall? I angree that all this silly bipartisan stuff is hurting America, but Joe Liberman is a Republican in Democratic clothing. It strikes me as if he pulled of a Romney and said what needed to be said to get eleceted, but now that he is elected he is doing and saying what he really feels.

    December 17, 2007 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. D.M., Austin, TX

    Can't they (Dems) completely sever ties with Joe Liberman. He has no agenda other than supporting Isreal. He does not serve America, Conn., or the Democratic Party.

    December 17, 2007 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. Oscar, Rio Vista, CA

    I don't think the democratic candidates need to start shaking in their shoes about this piece of no-news. Most democrats know that Leiberman is a Bush brown nose. The guy is a war lover and will be no help to McCain. Loser + Loser = Big Loser.

    December 17, 2007 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. Kris in Atlanta

    I am sure Democratic voters will reward Mr. Lieberman's latest blunder with a solid eviction in 2010.

    December 17, 2007 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |

    Obviously Mr.Lieberman has the right to endorse whoever he chooses.I also have the right to state that his endorsement is a misguided at best.Why doesn't Mr.Lieberman just join the Rep. party and get it over with.He certainly isn't welcome in the Demo any longer!

    December 17, 2007 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |

    Lieberman is a slick, demented individual. This man is loyal to no one but to the ultra-conservatives of the nation of Israel. His only obedience is to the mantra," how does it benefit Israel. From 2000 when Gore selected him as a running mate I immediately knew that it would not benefit or add to Gore's chances one iota. Thankfully he was rejected in his presidential bid in 04. The man is toxic.

    December 17, 2007 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  13. theo, Manorville, ny

    Why, because he won't back your loser of a candidate??

    December 17, 2007 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  14. Sean Allen

    The only two things that count for anything in Joe Lieberman's life are Joe Lieberman and Israel. He isn't trying to support McCain as much as he is trying to pollute another presidential ticket. This is a play for VP to influence policy on Israel. As for the DLC, it was stupid of them to back Lieberman against Lamont. If the group feels betrayed maybe it will be a lesson learned.

    December 17, 2007 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. Mike, Fredericksburg VA

    The Democrats came to Lieberman's defense? Baloney, the Democrats were the ones trying to force Lieberman out during the CT sentorial elections as he would not toe the Democrat party line. The supreme level of aggrogant hypocrisy that Al From displays is sickening.

    December 17, 2007 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  16. Erik, Chicago IL

    Lieberman is safe... McCain isn't going to win. He made his point and it will cost him nothing politically... The online poll said that 89% of voters don't care about endorsements anyway... maybe the media should cover something news related like Ron Paul's fundraising yesterday. 62,000+ people donated! WOW... I thought he was a fringe candidate, but I might have to actually vote for the guy!

    December 17, 2007 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  17. Joe Ossai, Bedford, NH

    This is funny, two losers.

    December 17, 2007 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  18. brandy,boston,ma

    Joe is silly,period! Joe is one lost sheep...

    December 17, 2007 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. roger, conway sc

    Message to DLC...get on the ball and get enough dems elected in 08 so you don't have to depend on Lieberman's vote then DUMP him...he is too far to the right to be an Independant or Democrat. McCain will probably consider him for his VP if Graham turns him down....

    December 17, 2007 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  20. Dave Mansfield, OH

    I guess this is when Lieberman pays the GOP for paying for his last election.

    December 17, 2007 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. George Jordan

    Lieberman's choice for President is a little ingenuious...

    December 17, 2007 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  22. Bobb,nashua,nh

    Even the daughter knows better. These old guys should go!

    December 17, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  23. bMc

    Now I see Lieberman has always been a trader. How can you go from being a Democrat to Independent to endorsing a republican who is so far out of the loop and out of touch with Americans that it is ridicuously embarrassing for the candidate. Lieberman can't be trusted either. He was most likely a plant filling his own self serving agenda.

    December 17, 2007 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  24. Chip Celina OH

    Party over principle? I applaud Lieberman for exercising his right to think. Just because he doesn't get lockstep with his party that's a bad thing?

    Have a great day!

    December 17, 2007 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  25. Robert, Shelton, CT

    Who cares about Lieberman, it's not like he has helped us any in Connecticut, why should he care about sticking to past values.

    December 17, 2007 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
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