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. George Woodruff, Mineral Bluff, GA

    To reply to A.J., Montpelier, Vt. There is quite a difference between the old conservative populist Democrats of yester year and the ultra liberals who destroyed a once great party. As far as being a Republican...been there...done that! Even served as Secretary of my county's Republican Party and voted for Bush twice. Sorry about that. He sure is no Reagan! At 80 I've been around the political block a few times and (except for McCain...and we don't agree on everything) what I see running for President are a bunch of self serving special interest midgets who give me litle hope for my children and grandchildren's future. As a conservative, I say a pox on both parties. Gridlock is destroying our nation! Oh for a Sam Nunn!

    December 17, 2007 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  2. Rudy, Ontario

    See where the interests of Israel are and there is where you would find the Senator. No wonder the public was not fooled and torpedoed any possible chance of having him as vice president. But why is the Democrat party upset for his support of McCain? The man voted with his conscience.

    December 17, 2007 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  3. Ryan Indianapolis

    Well when you dems grow up and wake up and realize ,,,,,YOu were wrong about the War,,,,You are wrong about the Economy,,,,You are in morally bankrupt ....then you might figure out that Lieberman went with the Winning party that doesnt hope for defeat and plays politics with american soliders lives...Good for you Joe way to have a backbone and foresight to see the BIG PICTURE....

    December 17, 2007 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  4. Chris, Middletown, CT

    The Democrats turned their backs on Lieberman – he owes them nothing...while I don't agree with his stance on Iraq in its entirety – I do respect him for not being yet another puppet of the Democrats...we need free thinkers not pack mentality (that goes for both parties)

    December 17, 2007 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  5. Andy, New York, New York

    Because of his pro-Iraq war stance, the Dems dumped Lieberman in 2006 in favor of another guy in Connecticut. Lieberman ran as an Independent and beat the Dems guy. Why should Lieberman give a rat's arse about the Dems? Lieberman knows something the Dems don't know: RADICAL ISLAM IS GOING TO GET WORSE AND ISRAEL AND AMERICA WILL BE TARGETED HEAVILY! America needs a pro-military leader in 2008 or risk falling like the former Soviit Union.

    December 17, 2007 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  6. MJ Seymour,CT

    As a CT resident I can asssure much of the state is ashamed to be associated with this spineless waste of flesh. Some people in this state feared losing out on govt. funded projects by electing a newcomer and/or political lightweight such as Lamont. This endorsement can only serve to hurt McCain here and nationally. The open minded and genuinely independent people are supporting Ron Paul.

    December 17, 2007 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  7. Ray Sarasota Fl

    Unfortunately, the voters of Connecticut are stuck with Lieberman until 2012. He was elected in 2006 for a six year term.

    December 17, 2007 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  8. Mac, Severn, Md

    Senator Lieberman is one person I would vote for. He does NOT play partisan politics. He puts the good of the country ahead of the good of the party. We desparately need more people in Washington that will do that.

    December 17, 2007 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  9. Matt, Chicago, Illinois

    When John McCain gets the nomination he should pick Huckabee as his running mate. There would be no stopping an experianced war vet and a Charismatic evangelical.

    December 17, 2007 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  10. Jon, Plainwell, Michigan

    Lieberman is a hipocrit. He reminds me of another group during WW2, flipping back and forth, which ever the wind blows. He can't be trusted at all!

    December 17, 2007 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  11. Pixie, Murfreesboro, TN

    "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."

    Bi-partisan = giving Bush exactly what he wants, no questions asked.

    Joe certainly is bi-partisan.

    December 17, 2007 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  12. Michael Fournier

    There are other Lieberman Republicans in the Senate. One of them is running for President. Hillary Clinton.

    December 17, 2007 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  13. Frank Honolulu HI

    This is Joe Lieberman's swan song. Bye Bye.

    December 17, 2007 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  14. Josh, Austin, TX

    I don't know about his decision to represent John McCain in particular, but I think it's an important thing to represent the candidate you believe in, regardless of party. Automatically voting for your party without considering the candidate's views isn't much better than racism.

    December 17, 2007 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  15. Greg, Houston

    I knew he was a turncoat all along. Two old men with yesterdays ideas. Still won't help McCain.

    December 17, 2007 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  16. Tony, Enterprise, Alabama

    Benedict Arnold!

    It is unfotunate that his vote is so critical to maintaining a majority in the Senate. Once the election is over in 2008, and the Senate is solidly in Democratic hands; he should be stripped of his committee chairmanships and forbidden from caucusing with the Democrats. And a search should be made immediately for a viable candidate to run against him in the next election.

    Look up turncoat in the dictionary and I am sure Senator Lieberman's picture is there. He thinks his ultra-conservatism is somehow helping Israel. He couldn't be more wrong. It is turning the country and individual voters against the Israel lobby.

    Once again, Benedict Arnold!

    December 18, 2007 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  17. Charles in Salt Lake City, UT

    The DNC is interested only in provoking (or buying into) a continuing state of party warfare in this country, keeping the people effectively divided in order to try to wrest power from whoever has it. In this they are no better than the RNC.

    When people of integrity are willing to cross party lines to proclaim support of another person with integrity, I begin to have some hope for our future. But then along come the same old provincial minded, hate mongering, power hungry fools with their petty political agendas and ruin it.

    December 18, 2007 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  18. Jose Card

    If DLC doesn't change for the people, they will be saddened a lot more soon.

    December 18, 2007 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  19. CNN_Tr0ll, USA

    "Centrist democrats have been drowned out by the mindless liberal progressive agenda."
    LeftyLoosey

    What is so wrong with a "liberal progressive" agenda? I suppose we should adopt a "conservative reactionary" agenda instead to satisfy you? P.S. There IS NO far left in American politics. The only Democrats in the presidential race who could truly be considered left-of-center are Mike Gravel and Dennis Kucinich. They represent the left-wing of the Democratic party and of mainstream American politics in general.

    The Democratic party is mostly centrist! (I base this on the fact that American politics are to the right of Euro-Canadian politics. Refer to politicalcompass.org for more info.) So-called "centrist Democrats" are really right-wingers. But the bigger point is that we could use people to the left and to the right. It appears, however, that LeftyLoosey advocates a totalitarian one-party system of far right-wing (neo-)conservative Republicans and moderately right-wing "Democrats" (like a real-life version of Hannity and Colmes). Methinks the "Loosey" refers to a head full of loose screws.

    "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."
    Brad from Texas

    I am not defending the Democratic congress, but good for them for standing up to Bush. Their motives might be ill, but it is important to have dissent in any government, as I tried to say above. (Unlike LeftyLoosey, you actually make a good point or two.) Do you want or expect the Democrats to be yes men? Disagreement is needed. That's called democracy, offering alternatives. Centrist pandering is not Democracy.

    "One, Lieberman shows that neo-cons are nothing more than socialist warmongers disguised as Republicans."
    J.P.

    Well said!

    "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."
    Tom from Albuquerque

    Thank you! I will admit that I am no fan of Bush, but in retrospect, I am kind of glad that he beat Gore in 2000. Had Gore-Lieberman won, there is a fair chance that they would have won a second term in 2004, and from there a fair chance that Gore would run and maybe win in 2008! A sneaky DINO like Lieberman could have figured a way to win by playing a Democrat but pandering to Republicans. Four to eight years of President Lieberman would be a disaster to this nation!

    "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."
    Sean Allen

    I agree with you Sean. Lamont would have been a much better nominee Then again, though I do not identify with either of the two parties, as a Democrat I would prefer a Republican to a DINO.

    "Lieberman is safe… McCain isn't going to win. He made his point and it will cost him nothing politically…"
    Eric from Chicago

    That is true! What could be more fitting than a loser backing a loser?

    "If I HAD to vote for any of the Republicans I would vote for Ron Paul or McCain. The rest of the Republicans are down right frightening!"
    Democrat Voter from California

    Thank you Dem Voter. Ron Paul '08! I suggest you seriously consider voting for Ron Paul. In fact, make sure you are registered to vote by January 21, 2008. The primary is February 5. If you would like to help Ron Paul, you must be registered as a Republican by the voter registration deadline. (California is a closed primary state.) On the other hand, while I too respect McCain's stubbornness, I think the man is a real a****** based on his voting record (available at the On The Issues website). He's a semi-fascist who does not take rule of law seriously.

    "Thank you, Senator Lieberman for showing what a class-act politician is like or should be."
    Philip from Sacramento

    Glad to see that Philip considers disloyal behavior and pandering classy!

    "I am profoundly encouraged by your great sense of love for country and for what it stands for."

    By love for country, you must mean Israel, where Lieberman's loyalty really lies. And I know what that country stands for, but I'd rather not say.

    "bold decision to endorse Senator McCain, a Republican at that."

    Well, endorsing a politician who is going to lose IS bold!

    "You gave me reason to hope."

    Kind of a sad excuse to find hope, but whatever floats your boat...

    "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.."
    ZigZagZell

    ZigZag, please refrain from posting when you are high. It makes you appear like an idiot!

    @andy J from NY: Be independent use your brain? Sounds like good advice... but what are you suggesting? Do you endorse that DINO? You admit that both parties are faulty. Therefore, my only advice is to support Ron Paul!

    @RightyTighty: Enough with that "progressive" agenda nonsense! Democrats are supposed to be liberal, progressive, and to the left, while Republicans are supposed to be conservative. You Repubs would complain just as loudly about a RINO in your ranks as the Democrats complain about Lieberman. Oh wait. Most of you are neocons (socialist hawks)! Seriously, that must be the third or fourth person to parrot the "progressive agenda" line. Where do you get that s***? Bill O'Reilley, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham? Attention wingnuts, turn off FAUX News!

    "I can't believe Democrats refer to Lieberman as a "fake" as if he is an oddity in the Democrat Party."
    Steve from Huntsville, AL

    Uhh... maybe because he IS a fake! You don't hear Democrats crying, "I can't believe Republicans refer to Giuliani as a fake..." oh wait, then again, so many of you neocons endorse him anyways.

    "Kudos to Lieberman for sticking with his convictions, regardless of the Party line."

    What convictions? Lieberman will suck up to whomever for power. If those are his convictions, then so be it! I have no problem with Lieberman holding his opinions, but he should stop pretending to be a Democrat.

    "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."
    Paul from Inez, KY

    Too bad that nobody with a working brain takes endorsements of one politician by another seriously. But if you like to vote for people based on calculated endorsements, be my guest!

    December 18, 2007 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  20. VCV, Bowdoin, ME

    McCain is an honorable man who has served his country faithfully and diligently, and is raising the level of debate in this election.

    Lieberman is an opportunist who will cling to whichever party best serves his (not his state, CT's) best interests. His endorsement only shows that he is more interested in furthering his own agenda, rather than fighting for real change.

    When the Democrats take back the White House in '08, Lieberman will be slinking up to the front door, demanding facetime under the guise that he is a "fellow democrat." And when the tides turn back towards the Republicans, he will suck up to them.

    Mr. Lieberman...have you no shame? Have you no decency sir?

    December 18, 2007 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  21. Kris in Atlanta

    How ironic that Mccain spoke so venomously about the Gore/Lieberman ticket some years ago and now he graciously bends his rear end over for Joe to lay a flattering kiss on his behind. Politics are reaching all time lows. Both of these men are coming across as desperate and totally lacking in credibility. They represent a combined legacy of missed opportunites, failed visions, ancient and uniltareally unrealistic policies of the past, and are nothing more than remnants of a bygone era that seems much further away in years than it really is, reason being, they are completely irrelevant to the current state of afffairs. I thought dinosaurs were kept in museums?

    December 18, 2007 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  22. hey allons,tn

    war hawk try war birds of feather

    December 18, 2007 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  23. ed orlando fl

    both of these have been and will again show the voters were right to disavow them and show them as the losers they are.it is unbelievable the gall politicians have, these two are ready for the nut farm as they would be a danger to folks in an old folks home

    December 18, 2007 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  24. Matt, Manchester, CT

    Hey AJ in Montpelier, VT: Lieberman is certainly not a Republican in everything but name. Try explaining to me his social policies and domestic issues and then rethink your hysterical claim. Patience is a good tool to use before you post.

    December 18, 2007 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  25. Matt, Manchester, CT

    I love it how liberals and other bitter people across the country find anti-semitism a useful tool in complaining about Joe Lieberman. Grow up.

    December 18, 2007 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
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