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. Emile

    I can't blame Lieberman because this is politics. As a Democrat, he hawkishly supported Dubya Bush in the war against Saddam Hussein, angering his fellow Democrats. When the Iraq war became a controversial hot button issue on campaign trails, he stood his ground defying he fellow Democrats. Then when mid-term elections came around and Democrats in Connecticut turned against him, the National Democratic Party went for another Democrat in the primary and Lieberman lost. At that point he became an Independent and ran against the new Democratic candidate, drawing great support from republicans who turned out in larger numbers and voted him back to the Senate. He never forgot that ouster and campaigned with John McCain lasy year. When McCain lost, Democrats wanted to oust Lieberman from his cahirmanship post, but Obama said leave him. Today, Lieberman continues to buck the Democrats. Politics sure makes strange bedfellows. 🙂

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

    PS-In case you haven't heard, it is NOT just the "looney left" that wants a public option, but the majority of Americans. Do YOUR JOB and see that we are spoken for!

    October 30, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. Debi

    What is the point in having a "filibuster proof majority" when there is a traitor in their mist?

    If Lieberman votes against health care and is planning to campaign for republicans than why does he still have any say in the democratic party?

    Please remove him from his chairmanship and do not allow him in anymore closed door meetings. Joe has left the party on his own accord.

    October 30, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. haren

    You can judge a person from his moral behavior, he is not a good person.

    October 30, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. MARK

    Smart man! The dems have lost their way.

    October 30, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. What is a two faced liar?

    Joe will do what helps Joe. Joe would sell his own grandmother into slavery if it helped him win an election. Joe does not represent his constituants. Joe is a turncoat and a liar.

    October 30, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. Bob in Pa

    Thats the way it should be. Abolish the 2 Party System !
    We should just have representatives in Congress that are there to represent the people of their district or state and not interested in doing what the party has set out to do.

    October 30, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. gso-chris

    I hope they kick Lieberman out of the caucus altogether after 2010. They cut him some slack b/c they needed him to make the 60 votes, and this is the way he repays them? This guy is a turncoat of the first degree!

    October 30, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. ICARE

    What a nutcase! We cant tell who is Republican and who is Democrat anymore.

    Who here eats peanuts? Who here eats carrots?

    October 30, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. Paul

    Looserman, was the reason why we lost in 2000. Couldn't speakon issues, wanted to bomb every country and he his the reason why Israel and Palestine who want to live side by side can't talk. He lied about Obama in Florida but seniors knew about him. This guy is republican and used democrat votes to get where he is today. Something happened for reason. Can you imagine this guy in the White House, He could have bombed CA, NY and DC...

    October 30, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. haren

    By helping Republican he wants USA to fight for Israel.
    He is like another democrat Ed Coch

    October 30, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. Fools and their freedoms are soon parted

    I LOVE JOE!!!! Keep it up! Look into running for our first American Jewish INDEPENDENT president.

    October 30, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. Proud Member, Partyofdumbasrocks

    Lieberman is proof positive that the [D] is far more diverse than the [R] party. While the [D] party contains nearly all the more intelligent people in the US, its also wide enough to encompass the mental underacheivers like Lieberman who can't tell [D] success from [R] failure. History will show that those who have fallen for the rightwing fantasy world of the [R]s have been duped.....actually history has ALREADY shown that. It does take a real bag of rocks to continue to CHOOSE the deluded [R] path even while the facts of the [R] failure have been laid out so clearly for all to see.

    October 30, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  14. Ted

    I'm not surprised. Lieberman is and always will be an opportunist. I have no respect for him.

    October 30, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  15. nadine

    Not surprising and who cares! Republicans should be wary of him.

    October 30, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  16. thewebgal

    Someone throw this character from the Democratic party! He's not of their mind and is more divisive than helpful!

    October 30, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. Terry - Indiana

    Poor old Joe! It seems to me that Joe needs to consider retirement. The really big problem for Joe would be getting healthcare insurance due to a preexisting condition of "Flip and Flop". Anyone who takes Joe serious may need the care of a physician, if they have healthcare insurance.

    October 30, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  18. Brad

    Democrats got Specter, Republicans get Lieberman. Republicans can keep Joe. He hasn't been a democrat or really even an independent in quite some time.

    October 30, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  19. Grahame

    Oh this is such a surprise. This conniving turncoats real ambition is to run for the Presidency since he lost the VP slot last time around.
    Maybe we can get Sarah (Immaculate conception) Palin to endorse him. Not only that but Leiberman is giving the Jewish community a bad name also It's obvious that he is in the pay of the drug companies which is why he is so opposed to the public health insurance package. Just you watch he'll be on Fox News any day now. Never did trust him, and this just confirmes what I had always suspected. Lieberman is nothing less than a traitor to any hopes of a third party.

    October 30, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  20. Steve (the real one)

    Somebody wrote a week or so ago that the GOP demands absolute loyalty. I guess the liberals don't? If that is not the case, please then explain liberal anger towards Lieberman after he decided to stand against a public option! It appears principles are not something some liberals hold in high esteem! Some repubs as well! In short, politics as usual!

    October 30, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. Kim Waggoner

    Lieberman is just a joke anymore, just like the rest of the cronie's in Washington. He's out for himself, and himself alone.

    October 30, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  22. Magnanimous

    Who would want Lieberman's endorsement? Now I remember...John Ensign, David Vitter and Joe Wilson. What idiot would vote for a candidate just because Lieberman endorses them? Lieberman is living in a fantasy land to think he has such influence. He even has problems with his home state voters which is why he lost the primary election. The Democrats will soon strip him of his Homeland Security committee chairmanship because he is acting like a clown.

    October 30, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  23. Steve

    Time to boot this traitor from the caucus and revoke his committee chairmanships!! Should have been done long ago!

    October 30, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. Mitch

    Lieberman for President in 2012! He's the only guy in D.C. with honesty and guts.

    October 30, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. Lois

    It's way past time to strip him of his committee chairmanships. This man isno more a Democrat than John McCain. I hope the people of Connecticut will elect a real Democrat next time around.

    October 30, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
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