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. Obama Victim

    listen to the lefties scream and wine...waaaaahhh waaaah

    how sweet this is

    October 30, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. sensi johnson

    John Kerry is to blame for making this goofball a part of the political discussion. Like his support for Mccain all others will fail. I think Republicans should take heed and govern themselves accordingly.

    October 30, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  3. Matthew

    Whatever. He's just trying to catch headlines by being erratic. Lieberman stopped being relevant a long time ago, when he traded in being a statesman for being a self-involved, self-pitying narcissist.

    October 30, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. unshrub

    It used to be that one Senator never campaigned against another Senator because they considered the Senate a gentlemen's place.

    October 30, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. Stu

    Amazing that the left (democrats) seem to fear Joe Lieberman and Sarah Palin so much. Why? In their own words neither is relevant, qualified, or noteworthy.

    October 30, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. Operation Replacement

    I don't trust Conn. voters. Too many of the RINO variety.

    October 30, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. Jonas

    Lieberman only cares about HIMSELF and ISRAEL. Not CTor USA.

    October 30, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  8. Suzan

    Democrats should have ousted this Nazi supporter along time ago.......

    October 30, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. Pat

    I agree with Fed Up

    October 30, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. Ken from missouri

    The insurance lobby paid Mr.Personality off that simple this man is a
    joke and the democrats are stupid for trusting him.

    October 30, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. Larry

    This guy is NOT the answer to the 2-party system. Don't blame me I voted for Lamont.

    October 30, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. Michael

    Lieberman is probably going to say be saying "bye-bye" to his committee chairmanships

    All these conservatives need to keep talking because as they talk, liberals win. The more Americans know about the Right Wing Conservative Republican Party of failure the more likely it will be that leaders are elected instead of failures.

    October 30, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  13. Winkzilla, Tucson


    October 30, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  14. vic nashville , Tn

    He was democratic party VP ticket in 2000 am I right ?

    Now I under stand why Al-Gore lost in 2000

    October 30, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  15. Indy from Wisco

    Nice work. I love all the nasty comments people keep leaving...like somehow you are better because you would die for your party and not what's right.

    Congrats on becoming so ignorant that you can't applaud a man who will stand up to party politics and the naysayers that spew hatred towards anyone not like them. You party Dems disgust me. Find your way back to what it truly meant to be a Dem and grow up a little, you're starting to sound as ignorant as you claim the Republicans all are.

    Kudos Sen. Lieberman

    October 30, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  16. smokey

    What a first class traitor this man is..And thi sis how he shows his gratitude to the Democratic Party and Pres Obama, who coudl have easily stripped him of all of his power..Well , i guess there is no question what we have here is there..I say, he should show his true face and go over to the republican side where he truly belongs and stop pretendin to be someone he is truly not, an independent...Even they know how to show loyality and most of all how to do the right thing..Democratics need to take notice and act now !

    October 30, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. Jack in Florida

    Judas Lieberman is so full of himself.....he will do anything to stay in office. Hey Judas, a public health option is needed to spur competition to correct this problem. Just because you have the health care headquarters in CT and they contribute nicely to your coffers does not mean you should short change the citizens of your state with your idiotic decision. You can't come back in a "couple of years" and add it because you don't know if you will have the votes then.............DO IT NOW!!

    October 30, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  18. Chas

    Lieberman is on target! I've been more impress with Joe as an independent than as a Dem. He's calling them as he see them and we need more of that in congress. Not someone who vote only party line.

    October 30, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  19. Voter08

    This slime ball need to be out. Flip-floper. Democrats should have stripped all his authorities from whatever he's doing when he back the GOP.

    October 30, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  20. Mickey, NY

    Sen. Joe Lieberman is another ungrateful moron...the Democrats should have censured him when they had the chance. Is this how he pays his party back? He's a worthless turd.

    GOP: Evolve or die...

    October 30, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  21. Ray

    Joe is the worst kind of opportunist. He is one politician that can be bought and sold cheaply.

    I pledge allegiance to this...oh no wait....I mean to that.....err.....was I for reform or against it?

    October 30, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  22. mark

    Joe, you are a GREAT AMERICAN!

    October 30, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  23. lala

    Joe will remain as a Traitor and a hater.He is an oppotunist who does not care about Minorities.

    October 30, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  24. A. Smith

    Like some kinda of warped, twisted and slippery eel, Lieberman is the consummate Republican Politician.

    Do America a favor, show Lieberman the door and replace him with a real Democratic Senator, not a faux one.

    A. Smith

    October 30, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  25. a person with a brain

    To "enough": read your constitiution. the voters elect congress.
    The congress passes the budget.
    Study the past 10 years of budgets, congresses.
    Then decide who is mostly responsible for what is happening.

    October 30, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
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