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. Allen Friedman, Henderson, Nevada

    Joe Liberman is the perfect example of what is wrong with politics today. While the people of Conn. want this war to end, Joe wants it to continue.The president and Joe both agree,say one thing and do another to get elected! How about an "Impeach Joe Liberman" movement in Conn.

    December 17, 2007 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  2. Jack, CT

    These two old jerks should retire already. They are both pathetic. McCain is looking for more power and Lieberman (the whiner) is looking for more attention.

    If I have to hear that whining annoying voice anymore I just might move out of this state (CT). Why people re-elected him is beyond me.

    You two old geezers, get lost! You are both war mongers and Leiberman only cares about Israel citizens and not American citizens.

    Leiberman, I think it's about time you move to Israel. Let them put up with that crybaby, irritating voice.

    December 17, 2007 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. fabooj, Los Angeles, CA

    "successful primary challenge"???

    I understand that it's hard for reporters to get facts straight, but Lieberman lost his primary challenge against Ned Lamont. That's why he had to create his fraudulent Connecticut for Lieberman party. Which gives us, appropriately: J. Lieberman (I-Conn.). Yep, he sure did.

    December 17, 2007 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. Vinny, Hartford, CT

    Great now when Democrats pick up seats next year in the Senate, they will, rightfully, boot Lieberman out of his committee seats, to the detriment of us Connecticut residents.

    December 17, 2007 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    I guess the Likud Party–would rather have Joe Lieberman as a split ticket Vice-President for McCain–than lose all their influence in the White House.

    December 17, 2007 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. C. K. Justus WI

    Why worry about Lieberman, give him to the republicans or send him Israel, he seems not to able to enough for both.
    We did not adopt Israel, I do not think, yet we support them with 3 BILLION DOLLARS PLUS FROM OUR TAX DOLLARS AND THAT DOES NOT INCLUDE THE BILLIONS SENT BY PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS.
    Lieberman is constantly wanting something for Israel and Bush so I give send him on his way.
    NO more support or help when he is getting his rear beat again.

    December 17, 2007 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. ZigZagZell

    Joe Lieberman didn't leave the democratic party, the liberals took over the party and tried to silence Joe with their progressive agenda. Which includes losing in Iraq by replacing our tanks with spitballs..

    December 17, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    I can see the T-shirts now:

    "OLD FARTS TOUR '08""

    December 17, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. Allison, NH

    Liberman – the same man who decided to run as an independent because he LOST the democratic ticket. Boo hoo. Too bad people in Connecticut let you have it your way in the end! What a shame the REST of us get to deal with you.

    Believe you me – no loss to the Democrats if he severed his ties to us completely. We're done with fakes – and unfortunately that is what he truly is.

    December 17, 2007 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. Randy Lowe, Cottonwood, Arizona

    Ron Paul's supporters raised over 6 million dollars and more than 25,000 new donors in ONE DAY. This is the largest cash raising day in the history of presidential politics. Wonder why the national media burys a story like this behind Bill bashing Barrack, and a newspaper endorsement of Hillary and McCain?????

    December 17, 2007 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. Shannon, Charlottesville, VA

    now we know for sure that lieberman's loyalties lie with the israel lobby–he supports a republican president for its pro-israel neo-con agenda rather than stand for the issues that matter to the american people. his days in politics should be numbered.

    December 17, 2007 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. jan henderson kingsville texas

    joe has once again proved he has no loyalites.,,.first he was a dem ,.then a indy ,.not a repub ,.,.he goes to the highest bidder and give good jews a bad name

    December 17, 2007 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  13. John, NY, NY

    We Demoncrats may have lost a moderate/conservative figure to the siren song of being an Independent, but we can't be too greedy. After all, Conencticut also produced Lowell Weicker – the long-term moderate/liberal Republican senator who became an Independent as its governor.

    I guess the gods that guide Connecticut politics were simply looking to balance things out.

    December 17, 2007 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  14. Mike

    Leiberman is a hard core war monger who is happy the the Republicans started the Iraq war based on lies. The further destabilization there is Iraq, and in the middle East as a whole, the happier Leiberman and his constituents are. They want to make sure that the Middle East will be dependent on the USA like Europe was after WWII. Why do you think Israel is bellicose in their recent statements towards Iran ever since we acknowledged that Iran stopped developing research for nuclear weapons back in 2003?

    December 17, 2007 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  15. andy J, Upstate NY

    I think its funny that everyone touts the Democratic party as something so great and change evoking... HELLO PEOPLE!!!!!! WAKE UP! Democrats and Republicans are cut from the same cloth, divide up pork from the same pig, pander to the same special interests, and NEITHER party gets anything done... In Democratic controlled congress' first year, they have done nothing but fight a bitter partisan war which has helped nobody and hurt America. Thanks to all you party loyal sheep- BE INDEPENDENT and USE YOUR BRAIN.

    December 17, 2007 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  16. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    Goerge Woodruff: If the Democrats had retained the socially conservative…people oriented…philosophy of men like Joe Lieberman they would be Republicans.

    December 17, 2007 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  17. J. Dean, Juno Beach, FLORIDA

    Look at this pair of Senators...both loosers... both great-great grand fathers... They think the American Presidency is a joke. We already have a misguided JOKER at the present time in the white house and we had enough of his obsolete and destructive policies. J. McCain. R. Giuliani, F.Thompson... all are outdated politicians and they should be in an OLD AGE HOME.
    A Floridian and a Republican

    December 17, 2007 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  18. RightyTighty

    Liberman is the same man today that he was in 2000. And yet all you libs have changed your political colors to fit the current media driven progressive agenda. Can you say baaaaah..

    December 17, 2007 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  19. June Ramirez, Phoenix, AZ

    The Connecticut voters were really fools when they elected this Republican under independent cover. These voters are now stuck till 2010 when this selfish person will officially turn into a republican. This whole stunt to endorse Mccain is for NH independent voters who should never get fooled by voting McCain.

    December 17, 2007 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  20. Steve, Huntsville, AL

    I can't believe Democrats refer to Lieberman as a "fake" as if he is an oddity in the Democrat Party. The Party of Clinton is loaded with them...actually Clinton is the post child of "fakes". Kudos to Lieberman for sticking with his convictions, regardless of the Party line.

    December 17, 2007 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. righty-tighty

    the only people who mistook lieberman for a dem this year have been the DLC. he got voted out in the primary for a reason.

    leftloosey – nice rush limbaugh quote. where would the GOP be without operant conditioning?

    December 17, 2007 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  22. MizLiz, Longview WA

    One old fart endorsing another old fart. It won't matter one bit, but I do consider Lieberman a traitor. He's no "maverick", he just likes to butter both sides of his bread.

    December 17, 2007 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  23. Willy, Chesapeake

    As the democratic leadership tried to screw Joe Lieberman in the last election. I say go job Joe, you are one of the last real and true democrats my parents would have been proud of. Today's democrat party is controlled by socialist. I am sure CNN will not post this but it was fun expressing my opinion.

    December 17, 2007 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  24. Tina Simms, Perry GA

    Curiouser and curioser. Can't really see how it will help either one of them.

    December 17, 2007 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  25. Paul, Inez, KY

    I honestly believe that this endorsement will give Senator McCain a nice boost! I had not planned on voting for him, but I have so much respect for his maverick attitude. I think he would be well advised to choose Joe Lieberman as his running mate if he wins the nomination. People like me are sick to death of partisan politics!

    December 17, 2007 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
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