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. I'll make 'em famous

    Connecticut : vote the middle-East envoy out comes 2012, and make my day !!

    August 24, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. Doug, New Jersey

    As the ticker libs show, when you are so far to the left like Baldwin, Obama and those ticker obama-bots that you are almost about to fall off the earth, Joseph Stalin seemed like a right winger to you. When you think great moderates of history include Marx, lenin, and today Obama and Chavez, then sure, Joe is a moderate republican to you. Keep in mind that to most liberal Democrats in America today, if you were to show them the things that JFK championed like tax cuts but excluded his name, they would say that that politician is a right wing, religious wacko, extremist, racist, hick. The average Democrat in America today is so far to the left that they walk around like the people in that V8 commerical from a few years back.

    August 24, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. Mike

    Lieberman better wake up and pick a side! If he doesn't support the presidents health care proposal, including a public option, he is going to loose his seat to Alec Baldwin.

    August 24, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. victim of republican greed

    The entire republican party has been hijacked by the 10% of the wing nuts in the birther movement.

    August 24, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. Mike, FL

    We need to have term limit to get rid off out of touch, and life time polticians out of office!

    August 24, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  6. Sparky

    If Alec Baldwin had a brain, he'd take it out and play with it!

    August 24, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  7. Fan of Common Sense

    His brother Stephen would stand a much better if ANYONE could beat Lieberman in Conneticut.

    August 24, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Moderate or not, Jowly McJowlyface is a world class moron. His commentary that "There’s no reason we have to do it all now," not to mention his "reasoning" behind it, was at best proof that he's had a stroke or two and at worst a sign that the entirety of CT is morbidly retarded. I'd like to hear his reasons why "we had to do it all then" with respect to know, in light of finding out that every single justification given was a lie. Give him his walking papers CT...he's as useless as a textbook in rural TX.

    August 24, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. Predicta

    Alec is a little late to the party. By the time he goes against Lieberman, people are going to be so fed up with democrats spending, they'll vote anyone into office who doesn't call themselves a democrat.

    August 24, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. Mike in MN

    Is Baldwin still a US citizen? I thought he said he was moving to Canada if Bush defeated Kerry. Guess you can't take him at his word, which would actually make him qualified to run as a Dem.

    August 24, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  11. Doug, New Jersey

    What I find beyond funny is when loony libs like Baldwin attempt to play conservatives on TV, as if you cannot see the evil lib in his eyes. Besides, the head of GE a right winger, you can't write a script that is as far removed from reality as that.

    August 24, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. NoTelePrompTer

    What makes these Hollywood idiots think they know more than everyone else? I am sick of these uneducated actors and actresses, with inflated egos, using their celebrity to spout off their Marxist ideas.
    Someone needs to tell them that they make fools of themselves. Although who on earth would even listen to them? They are jokes.

    August 24, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  13. Dean

    I am sure our leaders in Washington would love to see Baldwin as one of them. He would make them all look brilliant.

    August 24, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  14. Kate in San Diego

    I have no idea what Alex Baldwin's political opinions are, but he better not run. All we will hear for the entire campaign will be that tape recording of him excoriating his young teenage daughter after she apparently got in the middle of his hideous divorce proceedings. I just can't listen to that over and over again.

    August 24, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  15. Typical Republican

    No way...I want Bush again. He kept us safe .....just ask the 3000 dead people who lived in New York...he kept us safe from that. It never happened!

    August 24, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  16. D. D.

    And who wrote that line?

    August 24, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  17. Gary

    Alec has proven himself to be irrational and with a bad temper. He has been abusive to his wife and daughter. He makes millions of dollars on films while employees of those film made minimum wage and without health benefits. He spends his money living like a he really fit to represent the people of CT? I think not.

    Joe Lieberman has been an outstanding leader and moderate and compromised for good results in the past. I'm independent and I myself, my Democratic and Republican friends more than not agree with Joe's positions on a variety of topics....there is no contest, Joe Leiberman well outshines Alec Baldwin any day of the week.

    August 24, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  18. Lee

    oh snap! you got owned Sen. Leiberman!

    August 24, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  19. Carnell

    Senator Joe Lieberman Is Nothing More Than A Modern Day Benedict Arnold. With Friends Like Joe "Satans Advocate!" Lieberman And Infidels Like Senator Kent Conrad And Other So Called Blue Dog Democrats. I Can See Why The President's Having His Work Cut Out For Him.

    August 24, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  20. Steve, New York City

    I am far from being a huge Alec Baldwin fan . . .but in this case, he is right . .Joe Lieberman is a joke! It is an utter embarrassment that he holds any position in our government at all.

    August 24, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  21. Scott

    If anyone ever reads "America: The Book, A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction" from the Daily Show team, there is a page in the book that talks about different Special Interest Groups. One of which is Hollywood. On the page it says "Stated Agenda" and "Unstated Agenda" for the different groups. For Hollywood it reads "A Baldwin in the White House by 2016."

    The irony of this story makes me laugh.

    August 24, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  22. Steve

    I thought he moved to Canada!

    You clowns really think this is news?

    August 24, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  23. Tim

    Notice Leaberman doesn't respect Baldwin as a father or as a human.

    August 24, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  24. eolufemi

    Definitely has a point. He is one of the few moderate repubs lefts.

    August 24, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  25. Tom Paine

    Dear Alec Baldwin:

    You're a joke. Please shut up.

    Love –

    The American Public

    August 24, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
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