November 11th, 2008
02:23 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama: No grudges against Lieberman

Obama is not holding a grudge against Sen. Lieberman.

Obama is not holding a grudge against Sen. Lieberman.

(CNN) – Barack Obama won’t publicly weigh in on whether or not Sen. Joe Lieberman should keep his position as chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, the president-elect's transition office said.

According to Obama spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter, the president-elect doesn't “hold any grudges” against Lieberman and thinks the Connecticut lawmaker should remain a part of the Democratic caucus.

"We aren't going to referee decisions about who should or should not be a committee chair,” Cutter said. “President-elect Obama looks forward to working with anyone to move the country forward. We'd be happy to have Sen. Lieberman caucus with the Democrats. We don't hold any grudges."

Sources told CNN Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told Lieberman last week that he's considering revoking Lieberman's chairmanship on the powerful Homeland Security committee and instead giving him a chairmanship on another, less important, committee. Lieberman reportedly called that proposal "not acceptable."

The full Democratic caucus will likely vote on this issue when it reconvenes next Tuesday, a senior Democratic aide told CNN’s Dana Bash.

Lieberman, an independent, typically votes with the Democrats on a majority of issues, but was a fixture on the campaign trail for John McCain. Lieberman angered Democrats by attacking Obama throughout the campaign, most visibly in a primetime speech during the Republican National Convention when he called Obama inexperienced and said “eloquence is no substitute for a record.”

soundoff (202 Responses)

    Kick him to the curb Obama i mean Mr. President!

    November 11, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  2. 3strikes

    in 2012, the new slogan that america will be taking up is "change failed, we need reform"

    November 11, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. Turn Texas BLUE

    Kick him to the curb, and let that be it, HE IS A TRADER! and we want to start new things and he is not going to fit in the white house!


    November 11, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. 1/20/13

    The only democrat/independent with a brain.......Lieberman is a great man and truly cares for our country

    November 11, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. kishon

    kick leiberman out of the democratic team, this dude is not to be trusted, don't even give him a lesser job, just send him home and that is as good as it gets! If you let him off the hook he will let you down and thats a fact!!!!!

    November 11, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. The BOTTOM Line..........


    November 11, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. independent

    Lieberman needs to be waterboarded and then run out of town. he is traitor, Obama,please watch your back, this guy is evil.
    He accused you of treason at the RNC convention, that is unforgivable in my book.

    November 11, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. Stephanie

    Wow! Thank you President-Elect Obama for leading by example. As much as Democrats want to hold a grudge, we need to move forward and be willing to work with anyone and everyone who is willing to work with us to move this country out of the huge hole we are in right now. The question needs to be, is Joe Lieberman willing to work with Pres. Obama?

    November 11, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  9. Jlaw

    I say get rid of Lieberman he can't be trusted.

    November 11, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    Well, that is very gracious of President-elect Obama! BUT........ I believe that LIEberman is scum for campaigning with McCain!

    Lieberman's support of McCain meant that he supported all the lies, all the hate, fear and division that the Republicans spewed.

    Shame on you, Joe LIEberman!

    November 11, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  11. Daniel

    That's Obamaspeak for "Well, I'm not kicking him out, but, uh, I wouldn't mind if Sen. Reid did."

    If the Democrats are serious about reforming Washington they can do without fair-weather politicians such as Joe Lieberman.

    November 11, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. Laverne

    Obams have bigger fish to fry than "Joe the Leiberman". Listen, Joe is least of Obama's problems, Obama is a great guy who took tougher punches than Leiberman can ever give. The point is Obama won inspite of all the critism he took. He is a great guy and will be an ever greater leader!

    November 11, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. les

    Some people will do anything to save there job.he is jumping off an Rep. ship to a dem. live raft.

    November 11, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. Laverne

    and besides....... you keep your friends close and your enemies even closer!

    November 11, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    @ "3strikes" typical of you, a far-right-hate-monger to write such a comment! I will look forward to the deafening SILENCE from your evil-side when CHANGE SUCCEEDS!

    November 11, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  16. Ben - Portland, Or

    I agree with Obama... leave it up to the Connecticut voters to decide what to do about Lieberman.

    November 11, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  17. 1/20/13

    To Turn Texas Blue


    Newsflah selecting th ewhole Clinton Cabinet is not new.......Plus Obambi will not have the luxury of the .com boom that Clinton enjoyed. Clintons plnas would not work today nor will Obambis

    November 11, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  18. Female Voter

    Why should he have a grudge? He has bigger fish to fry and lots of work to do!

    November 11, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  19. California Gold

    The politics of campaigning are not the same as politics of governance. Don't take Lieberman's campaign trail antics personally. He can't be trusted perhaps, but I say let him caucus with the Democrats.

    November 11, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  20. Brain in DC

    His constituency will have their say in a couple of years. I don't think he enjoys the trust he had before.

    November 11, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. NoMcSame

    Smart move Mr. President. Let his people take care of him by voting him out and voting in a real Democrat. Joe is DONE. One thing Americans don't like is a two faced traitor. To be that is as low as being a SCAB. Job fits right in with both.

    November 11, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  22. robby

    Lieberman supported who he thought was best for his country – regardless of party affiliation. That's called statesman – unless you're a demoncrat – then it's called being a traitor.

    November 11, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. bababear

    Good for Obama. Now it is time for Lieberman to make up his mind where his loyalties lie.

    November 11, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  24. Mrs. Lieberman

    For the first time in my adult life I am really proud of Barack Obama.


    November 11, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX


    It's up to you on how to deal with Lieberman!!!

    November 11, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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