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. Four and The Door

    The administration and congress through their reckless spending and other economy-killing policies must make it difficult for a reasonable man to be on board as a Democrat.

    October 30, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. Enough

    Out with all the tax and spend Democrats. We are bankrupt and this country cannot take another 3 years of this. Obama needs to go back to school and take simple math, to learn when your checkbook is in the red, you are out of money. For a well educated man, he is pretty dumb, lacking in common sense.

    October 30, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. Jessie

    Lieberman is talking crap. If he wants to see his chairmanship on the Homeland Security Committee evaporate into thin air, then he'll side with the GOP. I sincerely hope he doesn't think that the GOP is going to take back Congress in 2010 and allow him to keep his chairmanship. The GOP, regardless of what the news says, has morphed into a regional party. What we have now are liberals and blue dog dems. Those are the two parties.

    October 30, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  4. aa

    HAHAHA Dems should of kicked this idiot out long time ago he doesnt deserve his job... this guy is a hidden GOP claiming to be independent

    October 30, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  5. J. R.

    I can't believe that Sen. Reed hasn't taken the committee chairmanship from Lieberman...and if anyone believes Specter will toe the line they're crazy. Dump them both in favor of real Democrats!

    October 30, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  6. marty

    This man is disloyal and a wholly owned pawn of Connecticut based insurers.

    He sends ours boys to die in a civil war in Afghanistan and lets our uninsured die without healthcare.

    Shame on him

    October 30, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  7. simp

    Why do the people of Conn keep this traitor in the senate? How can you trust someone like this clown. When Henry Reid had the chance he should have knocked this moron down a few pegs. This man is not to be trusted and he stands in front of anybody who will listen and lets them know but the democrates keep giving him another chance kick hi A@# out of the party.

    October 30, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  8. Lando

    What a snake.....go away...

    October 30, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  9. kay

    I thought Lieberman was the wrong man for VP.He was too whipy.Last year he proved my opinion.I cannot believe they let him keep his chairmenship.
    He has lied to the people of his home state and with his statement on health care shows disregard for what polls show they want.Joe is about filling his pockets from the insurance companies and telling the voters to go hell.

    October 30, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. Bubba

    What a snake this guy is – pure pond scum.

    October 30, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. Pel

    Well, it is about time the Democratic Party let the good senator from NH go his way. If he want to cozy up to the Republican Party, let him, but without the banner of holding a leadership position in the senate.

    Sometimes you have to take a stand and let the chips fall where they may. I know there must be other democratic senators who would gladly take his leadership position. Here you have a man who was running for the V. Pres as a democrat a few years ago to now he can not find a democrat he can support. Lieberman has to go. Strip him now and let him go his way..

    October 30, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. GOP=Party of spend and bankruptcy

    Joe 'Momma' Lieberman ruined Gore's chances in 2000, and I am I sure if he runs again in 2012, it will be as a republican. If he doesn't win, he will still be able to live like a king off the money the health insurance gave him, to destroy reform.

    October 30, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  13. Kevin

    When are the Democratic senators going to tell this jerk that they are done with him and to take his seat on the other side of the aisle. Not only has he sided with the minority in congress, he has consistantly sided against the majority of his constituency. Lieberman and those like him that feel they owe more to special interests than the people they represent is exactly what is wrong with our government. Once the people of Connecticuit realize that Lieberman's influence has diminished on matters concerning their state and his only interest is a personal agenda he will be gone.

    October 30, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  14. Dean

    He just needs to be voted out of office

    October 30, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  15. PCDON

    He is the biggest flip-floper in US politics. I wonder who is funding all his campaigns, and how does he get elected.

    October 30, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  16. bco

    Seriously, what does this man have to do before the Democratic leadership strips him of his committee chairmanships?

    Remember, this guy was the leader of the "Filibusters are Bad" movement when the Republicans had the majority. But now that he and his wife have been purchased by the health insurance industry, he has miraculously reversed his position on filibusters.

    Perhaps a fraud conviction and the resultant Senate expulsion would solve the problem. I expect that Senator Lamont will choose to represent the people of Connecticut instead of the health insurance industry.

    October 30, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  17. dbacchus

    What a scumbag... Revolting!

    October 30, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  18. Jarod

    Shame on the people of Conneticut for voting in such a confused politician (I know, thats an oxymoron) but this man is obviously giving his services to whomever the highet bidder is and not based on his beliefs or the people who voted him in. ITS TIME TO KICK THE WAFFLING BUM OUT!

    October 30, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  19. Y. Roger

    Joe has been "matriculating" into the Republican ranks since he was ostracized from the Dems prior to his last foray into campaigning. He morphed into an Independent and began his jumping over to the red side as he and fellow hawks , John McCain and Lindsey Graham, got the reveal that President Obama was not so keen in stepping up the occupation of Iraq and pouring more troups and money into Afghanastan (and Pakistan) without a well though out strategy. He sees the Afghanastan turmoil tearing down his plans for Mid East dominance at the expense of American blood and money. Ergo his switch, I also maintain that his stand against the health care reform is because he sees a piece of the pie being defrayed from his hawkish ambitions to that direly needed program overhaul

    October 30, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  20. Rose

    Good for you Joe. This is the way all politicians should be. Support the person who is best for the job and stop the partisanship. The partinship going on right now is the reason nothing gets done. It is either the Dem way or the Rep. way, the two never agree and too few of them are willing to cross party lines. This one sided Government is not the way to go, we need those checks and balances. I would like to see more independents in the Senate and the House

    October 30, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  21. Fair is Fair

    Good for you, Senator Lieberman. This country would be far better off if there were more leaders like yourself. Those on the far left and far right could learn a lot from an independent thinker such as yourself. Thank you, and kudos!

    October 30, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  22. montag24

    This is a traitorus, disgusting little man. Go retire in Israel, Joe.

    October 30, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  23. RR

    wow, a senator who does NOT put party first?

    Too bad there are not 99 other senators who think this way!

    October 30, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  24. A wised up Democrat who is now an Independant

    We don't want him or need him. Go back to the immoral socialist Democrats Liberman.

    October 30, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  25. THC

    Connecticut is my home state. If I still lived there; I would start a recall petition. I cannot believe he was on the ticket with Gore! Has he been taken over by a pod?

    October 30, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
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