August 24th, 2009
06:58 PM ET
13 years ago

Baldwin: Lieberman's one of a 'few moderate Republicans left'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="In a statement provided to CNN, Baldwin took a jab at Lieberman, calling the Democrat-turned-Independent a 'moderate Republican.'"]
WASHINGTON (CNN) – It seems that what could have been one of the greatest political face-offs of 2012 is not meant to be after all.

A day after Connecticut Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman welcomed a possible 2012 challenge from actor Alec Baldwin, a representative for Baldwin tells CNN that "it's great to see the excitement" about the possibility of Baldwin seeking political office but the actor has no plans to run against Lieberman.

In a statement provided to CNN, the actor also took a stab at Lieberman, who has sometimes allied himself with Republicans, particularly on the Iraq war and Middle East policy.

"Part of me would hate to see Lieberman go," Baldwin said in the statement, because there are so few moderate Republicans left in the Senate today."

When asked about the possibility of facing Baldwin in 2012, Lieberman responded with a Dirty Harry-esqe "Make my day" on CNN's State of the Union Sunday.

Related: 'Make my day,' Lieberman says of Baldwin

"I respect Alec Baldwin as an actor and as a comedian," Lieberman also told CNN's John King, "if he wants to run, that's his right."

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soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. Rob

    Alec Baldwin, showing us once again that you do not need any intelligence at all to be a (liberal) actor.

    August 24, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. Polar Bears Against Palin

    HA! That is great. Baldwin knows Lieberman so well. He is a political opportunist and a piece of trash.

    August 24, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  3. jim

    Lieberman is a joke. A much funnier one than any Baldwin SNL skit.

    August 24, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  4. B

    Blow in the wind Lieberman. We can rid ourselves of people like this with TERM LIMITS. The government badly needs some new people.

    August 24, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  5. Enough

    Didn't Alec Baldwin promise he would move out of the country when Bush got elected!! Promises, Promises, why is he still here and why does CNN think he is relevant to anything?

    August 24, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  6. Obama Victim

    and Alec Ballwin is ???????????

    August 24, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. demwit

    Senator Baldwin!?

    When fat little pigs fly!!

    August 24, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  8. Steve Real

    Alec Baldwin would clean Joe Liebermann's clock.
    Joe barely made it past his last election.
    Joe has ask himself if he feels lucky.
    "Well do ya' punk?"

    August 24, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  9. Southerner

    Liberman is a Republican and needs to go.

    August 24, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  10. ttbala


    You will have no chance non whatsoever to be elected ever again in this country, you are a disgrace to the Democratic Party you just act like the leftist thugs no principal whatsoever and we also know where your priorities lies.

    August 24, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Lieberman personifies the stereotype of a self-serving chameleon. The one thing about him that does not shape-shift is his primary allegiance to Israel instead of America.

    August 24, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. southerncousin

    Baldwin is another arrogant, elitist liberal jerk (not as dumb as Maxine Waters, who I am sure cannot even spell neanderthal). Remember his rant against his daughter? This is what the liberals are made of and why they are so repugnant.

    August 24, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  13. CT Democrat

    Wait a second – I thought that JL said that he had no plans to run in 2006. Then when he changed his mind on that, he said that this would be his last term. Did he change his mind again? Is he looking to run again in 2012?

    What can you trust coming from the mouth of this guy?

    Joe – enough already. Serve your constiuents best by retiring already!

    August 24, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  14. Torch

    Baldwin is an idiot.

    for gawd sakes, the entire Democrat party has been hijacked by the far Left Obama, Pelosi, Reid and Barney to name a few. And he's worried about "moderate Republicans"

    Baldwin doesn't get it either

    August 24, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  15. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    Alec, tell your script writer "good one!" 🙂

    August 24, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  16. victim of republican greed

    Joe goes Hollywood, but I do not think talking tough becomes Jumpy Joe. He just isn't cowboy enough.

    August 24, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  17. Billy J Texas

    I wonder some times, how lame do you have to be to worry so much about whether Maxine Waters can spell.

    August 24, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  18. elliott

    Baldwin's a dolt.........!

    August 24, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  19. Alec the Clown

    Didn't Baldwin move to to Europe in protest over Bush's re-election???? Maybe he just threatened it because he's a sore loser.

    August 24, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  20. sifto77

    Baldwin is a jerk and not even a good actor...Anyone who would publicly cut up their daughter in public is not to be trusted–no smarts, just arrogance of " typical" leftists. Fortunately, most of them are eating crow right now with their leader's popularity plummeting. What a liar and hypocrite Obama turned out to be–giving Soros' company oil drilling in Brazil. No wonder gas prices are not coming down. "change you can not believe in?"

    August 24, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  21. Roger

    Good ol' Sleepy Joe, getting tough. Careful Joe, remember you are the man that couldn't beat a bumbling, stumbling, simpleton from Texas. I admit Balwin isn't a rocket scientist but he does have a little more personality than W. Baldwin may put a beat down on ol' Sleepy Joe.

    August 24, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  22. Proud Member..Party of No

    Alec Baldwin is the south end of a north bound horse.

    August 24, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  23. I'll make 'em famous

    All the people in Connecticut : Vote the middle-East envoy out comes 2012, and make my day !!

    August 24, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  24. Pete

    Hey CNN, this is not news.

    August 24, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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