July 10th, 2008
04:30 PM ET
12 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.”

Filed under: Harry Reid • Joe Lieberman
soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. whiner

    i dont mean to whine,but,my children are hungry.....

    July 10, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  2. PCS / North Carolina

    Joe Lieberman is a traitor, he probably has affiliations to Israel. His main agenda is the well being of Israel, just like the other iranian mole who gave ideas to GWB to attack Iraq, so that iran could take over iraqs power base. Which is what had essentialy happened. If McCain gets to power, Joe will be running the show.

    July 10, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  3. R.S.-St. Paul

    Harry Reid-you think you can mess with Joe Lieberman's career in politics because he is not falling in line with your stupid democrat colleagues, the "bully-bunch"!???? Well, karma's gonna get ya' if you don't watch out!!!! Look what happened to stupid Kennedy with his brain tumor! Hateful, power hungry, pro-death politicians better look at what they're supporting and how they are not emulating the morals our Country has depended on to make it the great Country it has been. The problem with our Country is there are too many Harry Reid's in Washington. Too many power hungry sheisters who don't care about the American citizens, only care about getting kick backs and bullying people in the Senate/Washington. I hope Harry Reid gets his!

    July 10, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  4. SENIOR DAY!!!

    SENIOR ALERT......YOU NOTICE HOW John McCain ,Joe Lieberman,
    Phil GRAMM ......Hang Out .......as in the blind leading the blind ....and one repeating what was said because one can hear well and They all look alike !!!! ...........WHAT's UP John .....HUH.... WHAT you SAY .....Oh I thought you were JOE.........TIME TO GO TO THE HOUSE!!!!!!!

    July 10, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  5. Patrick

    Actually, can we go ahead and get Reid out of there too? I'm in favor of kicking Lieberman, Reid, and Pelosi out. If we can do that and maintain Democratic majorities, I'll be ecstatic.

    July 10, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  6. paul oregon

    reid must be losing his marbles lieberman is not a democrat
    he should not be in charge of anything reid sounds like he shouldnt be in charge of any thing either.

    July 10, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  7. Joydev@msn.com

    As much as democrats would like to throw Lieberman "under the bus", they need him to maintain their 51-49 advantage in the Senate. This whole Lieberman story demonstrates how cynical politics is. Lieberman is using his relationship with McCain in order to appear that he carries more gravitas than he does in reality. In order to gain a few more minutes in the spotlight, he is doing his party (and country) a great deal of harm.

    July 10, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  8. Neal

    Lieberman must go.

    July 10, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  9. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    Dish Him, he is in the same category as rove, black and the rest.

    Down with the republicans

    July 10, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  10. Walt

    Lieberman is an opportunist and hypocrite. Throw him under the same bus he has thrown others.

    And God help AJ in Fla who seems to be apparently stuck in a Joe McCarthy hearing.

    July 10, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  11. Linda of Atlanta

    Ridgemway, where did you get your information, the last KKK meeting you robed up for?

    July 10, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  12. Marc PDX

    The party of compasion has no problem killing a problem child it would appear. Let's have a spelling bee! How do you spell "hypocrit"? L-I-B-E-R-A-L

    July 10, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  13. Another old white woman for Obama

    Lieberman is not an American. He is an Israeli and should move there. Permanently!

    July 10, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  14. M.S. Indiana

    Griff, you are not watching the news ??? so far the repukes have lost the senate and the house and are loosing seat let and right this year..

    And a guy like McCain is the best you got ?? i am still laughing and watching rush l. every night is even more funny now that Obama is the man...

    July 10, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  15. Sarah

    Joe is a traitor and a pretty dumb one to boot. He shouldn't be in charge of any committee with authority extending beyond donuts and coffee.

    July 10, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  16. Michelle from Colorado

    Lieberman is a big fat 0. He was a 0 the minute he dared to think he should do us all a favor and run as an Independent. McCain doesn't need him and the Dems don't want him. Get off the stage, Joe. Your 15 minutes of fame are over.

    July 10, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  17. Marc PDX

    Bad mouth "turncoat" Lieberman but carefully defend the rights of the poor mistreated souls at Guatanamo Bay. I couldn't write a funnier movie than what real life in liberal America looks like. No wonder it's the party of comedians (Franken, Alec Baldwin, et al).

    July 10, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  18. Tom

    Joe Lieberman has to be relagated to the "cheap seats". All his power should be stripped away and he should be left to lobby for Israel from the parking lot.

    On second thought maybe McBush could tap him for VP???

    July 10, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  19. Sharon Minnesota

    After reading several posts on these CNN blogslately it looks like my suggestion is working. Mostly Obama supporters ranting here. Thanks CNN for posting your own downfall.

    If you are a supporter of any other candidate than Barack Obama, you should probably give the CNN blogs over to the Obamabots so they can talk to themselves. That's why you haven't heard from me for awhile. There are other news websites that are more unbiased and filter out posts that are just plain nasty. My suggestion to all who are anti-Obama is to stop watching the CNN network and stop using the CNN website until they start reporting and posting unbiased and fair news. And until they stop posting attack type blogs from pro-Obama people against people like Freida and Sharon Minnesota.

    Boycott CNN who most likely won't post this!

    July 10, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  20. REG


    July 10, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  21. Nick - Arlington, VA

    Liebermanmustgo.com – sign the petition.

    July 10, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  22. NoBushThirdTerm.com

    We won't need the party jumper Lieberman come next year anyway.

    AJ in Fla: get over yourself. God's not against anyone, except haters.

    Patrick: if you respect Chuck Hagel, you won't vote for McCain. Hagel wouldn't.

    Ridgeway: Organized religions of EVERY flavor are the original terrorists. Christianity has a pretty awful history. Of course, you'd have some sense of history to understand that; most brainwashed Jesus freaks don't. They just believe in a book put together 400 yrs after Jesus died, leaving out anything that didn't fit their morally corrupt, misogynist principles.

    Jesus was a radical, dude. He wouldn't approve of Hagee OR Wright OR most of the so-called 'leaders' of faiths.

    July 10, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  23. William

    We need him like we need a hole in the head, lets get someone who can make a decision before the snow falls.

    July 10, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  24. Agnes

    Just good old fashioned Tammany Hall tactics.

    July 10, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  25. fred

    joe's gotta go

    July 10, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
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