July 10th, 2008
04:30 PM ET
15 years ago

Reid non-committal on Lieberman chairmanship next year

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was non-committal Thursday when asked if he would like to retain Sen. Joe Lieberman as chairman of a key Senate committee next year if Democrats retain control.

Liberal bloggers, who are angry with the former Democrat for supporting Republican Sen. John McCain for president, have started a campaign to pressure lawmakers to strip him of his job leading the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Asked about that drive, Reid first praised Lieberman for voting with Democrats on many key issues but made no promises the Connecticut senator would keep his chairmanship next year.

“Let’s talk about this year,” Reid initially responded. “Anytime we have a problem here, with the exception of Iraq, Joe Lieberman is with us. So I wish people would leave him alone.”

But what about next year, a reporter asked, when Democrats are expected to expand their majority which is currently razor-thin?

“Well, next year we’ll get to next year when we get there,” he said with a shrug.

“Sounds like you're open to a change,” a reporter pressed.

Responded Reid, “I’m not open to anything. I’m just waiting to get through this year, when I have a 51 vote majority.”

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soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. Joe's the man

    I'm am (or should I say was) a Democrat much in the same mold as Joe Lieberman was. The crazy libs in the party can't stand the fact that he beat them as an independent and now want revenge in the only way they know how. The crazy Kos crowd is the reason I am an independed today. Give'em hell Joe, just like you did in 2006 and let them eat cake!

    July 10, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  2. Joyce Becker

    Strip Leiberman of any leadership roles, he is a traitor to the Democratic Party, and to think I used to like him, perhaps he should be sent back to Minsk along with Gramm.

    July 10, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  3. Rob indetroit

    "Bye bye" traitor.

    July 10, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  4. km

    I don't like lieberman, but I wish the majority in government were independent of the republican and democratic party.

    July 10, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  5. Happily Independent

    Lieberman has decided to go his own way. Now, the Democrats can go their own way next year when the Democrats strip him of his chairmanship and not let him become a part of their caucus.

    July 10, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  6. TonyinKentucky

    Hey AJ in Fla, you're way doesn't work.

    Fascist social platform, trickle down "let them eat crumbs" economics, and hawkish interventionism foreign policy ain't exactly "mom and apple pie" either.

    If you got a new plan we're happy, no overjoyed to listen but if you're trying to roll out the same insanity on a different day then bring on your worst fears because history shows Americans will stand behind Stalin to rid the world of Hitler. We did it before and we'll do it again, without batting an eye.

    Socialism is soooooo the lesser of two evils in contrast to fascism.

    July 10, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
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