October 30th, 2009
02:04 PM ET
13 years ago

Lieberman will campaign for Republicans in 2010

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/12/art.getty.lieberman.jpg caption="Lieberman says he will campaign for Republicans in 2010."](CNN) - Days after drawing anger from liberal Democrats for opposing a public option to the Senate health care bill, Sen. Joe Lieberman is adding fuel to the fire, telling an interviewer it's likely he'll campaign for some Republicans in next year's midterm elections.

"I probably will support some Republican candidates for Congress or Senate in the election in 2010. I'm going to call them as I see them," Lieberman told ABC News in an interview published Friday.

Supporting Republicans is nothing new for Lieberman of course: the Democrat-turned-independent senator from Connecticut was a constant fixture on campaign trail on behalf of Republican John McCain's presidential bid.

He also supported Maine Sen. Susan Collins and New York Rep. Peter King last year over the Democratic Party candidates in those races.

Senate Democrats had threatened to revoke Lieberman's powerful Homeland Security Committee chairmanship after the 2008, election but ultimately decided to let him retain the post.

Lieberman, who lost a Democratic primary race in 2006 but ultimately won the general election as an independent candidate, also told ABC it is "an open question" whether he will again seek the Democratic nomination in 2012.


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soundoff (236 Responses)
  1. LatinosConservativeParty

    GOOD for you Senator Lieberman, all these morons liberals need to shut their mouths, and let the conservative movement get back their country USA.

    October 30, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  2. Fed Up

    I think there ought to be a Lieberman/Palin ticket for the Independent party in 2012. Both of them buck the powers that be and actually use their brains. Oops, I forgot. That's not allowed in politics. They are supposed to follow the almighty party and to heck with their employers (the American people).

    October 30, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. Ryan

    It's perfect that he would.... since all he does is lie and care about himself. In 2006 you can find the video footage on youtube of him droning on and on about how he was for healthcare reform and then just the other day he's against it? He will do ANYTHING for a vote and ANYTHING to avoid following through on his promises. Why did we ever give him the benefit of the doubt? He hates the democratic party because they subscribed to a fare and free election and he wasn't nominated.

    October 30, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. cph9680

    Considering Liberman was spot on about Obumbles, I wouldn't count him out. Obviously he's a very smart man!

    October 30, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. Mark G

    This is why Leiberman should be removed from the commitee seats he holds. He is a LIAR. He offered allegiance to the Democratic Majority in exchange for keeping his APPOINTED seat in commitee and now he decides to revoke and refute that commitment.
    Time to Go, Joe.

    October 30, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  6. Paul

    Lieberman's revenge. He's a bitter, petty little man.

    October 30, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  7. S M R

    Looks like Joe Lieberman hooked up with the Lobbiests and Special Interest Groups for His BIG PAYOFF. You now realize Joe that you have just become the enemy of the AVERAGE AMERICAN. CLOWN!!!

    October 30, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  8. midwest liberal

    And his reelection committee, like Richard Nixon's, will be titled CREEP. Except Old Uncle Joe's CREEP would stand for Committee To REElect a Pansy...

    October 30, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  9. d1120

    Go JOE!!!!!!

    October 30, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. Larry

    Lieberman is the worst kind of traitor

    He trades off what is good for this country, so as to line his pockets with gold

    The man has no soul

    He is void of moral ethics

    And apparently proud of it

    Me he burn in whatever hell he does find

    October 30, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  11. Prosanto

    Why are democrates scared of Challenging directly.? Is it his ethnicity.?

    October 30, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  12. Hanging in there - Change is a slow process

    It's time the Democrats revoke his chairmanship, plain and simple. He's an independent, and closer to being a republican.

    October 30, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. nanbar

    This is just a ver VAIN man. He cares nothing for the people of Connecticut, he is owned by the insurance companies. What happened to him or maybe this is just his true colors.

    October 30, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  14. Bill/SoCal

    Who cares? Joe Lieberman is more of a joke than anything else. Didn't he also endorse and campaign for McCain? Funny how that seemed to work out. I think it's time the Democrats cut this guy loose, and remove his Senate committee appointments, etc. I know there was talk of it last January but they caved. If he's going to continue to slap them in the face, then they don't owe him anything. Probably the only good thing to come of George Budh being handed the election that Al Gore won was that this clown was never VP.

    October 30, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. Diana

    What a traitor! Oh, well – look what his endorseing McCain did for his campaign.

    October 30, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. Reformed Republican

    This old geezer makes me gag everytime he says something.

    Hey voters in Connecticut – I thought you were supposed to be the hub of the "intellectual elite" in this country. Since you've elected this moron I now have my doubts about your intelligence as well as your judgement if you were so easily duped and conned into re-electing him...

    October 30, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  17. andrea

    this guy needs to go away. he will flip-flop in any direction for his own
    good. he is as wishi washi as theycome. he is a looser. he need to go away and get lost in CT

    October 30, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  18. Paul

    it is "an open question" whether he will again seek the Democratic nomination in 2012.
    hey Joe do us a favor, dont run in 2012, you'll just embarass yourself.

    October 30, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  19. Collin

    This should be the last straw! He only retained his chairmanship by promising not to obstruct the Democrats' proposals (not necessarily vote for them). The Democrats should revoke his chairmanship

    October 30, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  20. rick

    They need to drop him!!!!!!

    October 30, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Lieberman shouldn't be a sitting Senator anywhere. It's time for him to go to pasture, I think he's senile.

    October 30, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. Ray

    Hey Joe, in the words of my Conservative Republican counterparts, "Just switch sides already!"

    October 30, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  23. georgia

    The time has long passed to send Senator Lieberman on his way–out of the Democratic caucus, at least. Connecticut can do with him what it will.

    October 30, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  24. JB

    Joe is NOT a Dem. Hence, why should he have a chairmanship? Strip him. If he's not gonna act like a Dem he shouldn't get the bene's.

    October 30, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  25. annefsabo

    Sen Liberman made so many friends during the bush administration, that he finds it hard to be a democrat while he wishes
    he were a rebublican. Its ironic that this man was the vp choice for
    the democrats .
    what were they thinking.

    October 30, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
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