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. diridi

    JOE LEIBER MAN IS AN ANOTHER IDIOT FROM GOP....why don't our nation pass the law, no one more than 65 years of age entitled to serve US Congress and Senate....this dude is a stupid idiot....

    October 30, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. John E Lexington KY

    If Lieberman is functionally a Republican (though his stand on abortion would get him ostrasized with them eventually) then strip him of the benefits of being in the Democratic caucus. No committee chairmanship, no seniority, nothing. He's now a damaging clown and his act is stale.

    October 30, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. Too True For You

    Ah, and what was that term the republicans threw around so much a few years ago? What was that label they invested so much rhetoric in? The one they used to falsely vilify opposition? Let's see....oh yeah! FLIP FLOPPER!

    Isn't it ironic how they welcome with open arms the support of such a transparent flip flopper when it used to be their favorite derogatory appellation?

    Isn't it ironic that conservatives like to lie to themselves about how bad their president was and whine that "but..but..democrats controlled congress" (disregarding the previous 6 years of unremitting failure) when it was ONLY by virtue of this proven FLIP FLOPPER caucusing with them? Oh yeah, some majority when you have the united weight of the republican boat anchor stifling every positive move. .

    October 30, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. Oldtimers Disease

    Joe Lieberman is a Benedict Arnold

    October 30, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. Andy

    Don't let the door hit ya on your way out Lieberman!!

    October 30, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. Ex-NC-Pub

    The man is actually starting to look like a rat!

    October 30, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. usualone

    This guy is a thorn to both sides of the fence. He'll go either way accordingly so he can stay in power. Of course, Republicans want him now. It is amazing that 72 to 74 of our major insurance companies are headquartered in Connecticut. That should tell everyone something about his reasoning about his dislike of the public option. He can use any argument he wants but that is a simple fact as to why he is against that offer. (By the way on a personal note, we have just discovered that most of our insurance policies do not cover what they promised when we purchased insurance from them. They will do anything not to cover what they offer when making a sale. He must have some close buddies who trained him in their methods.)

    October 30, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. Mark

    Lieberman and McCain represent the moderate practical middle not the liberal left wing or right.

    October 30, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. Mikey

    If Lieberman joins a filabuster, the Dems should strip him of all his seniority posts. We'll see if the GOP is willing to take him in. Might be like Benedict Arnold, who moved to England after the revolution and found that NO ONE trusts a turncoat.

    I used to like him as a moderate liberal, but now he has just become inconsistent and disloyal. I'd like to move back to CT just to work to make sure his political career ends ASAP. What a turkey.

    October 30, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  10. Mike K

    If he runs again in 2012 Senator Leiberman should run as a Republican. He shares their instincts: President Obama overuled more partisan members of his own party and allowed Senator Leiberman to retain his committee chairmanship. Senator Leiberman then took said olive branch and repeatedly poked the President in the eye with it. Yes. That nearly puts him at the vanguard of Republican leadership. Thanks Joe.

    October 30, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  11. JP

    Don't worry, we here in Connecticut won't ever make a mistake like that a second time.

    October 30, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. katiec

    Lieberman should enjoy all the publicity the media is giving him as his days as a politician are numbered.
    The man has totally lost it.

    October 30, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  13. mario mtl ca

    He is out, Lieberman is just a Judas for the Connecticut peoples and that will never be forget

    October 30, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. Diplomatic

    I keep wondering how people keep thinking Lieberman is a democrat. He is not.. He has sentiments for republicans and I think that makes him one...

    October 30, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  15. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Sen. Lieberman playing Don Cheadle in.....TRAITOR

    October 30, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. Jonathan

    Back in 2006 when this yahoo was running for reelection in Connecticut he repeatedly promoted single payer, universal health care for all Americans... now you see what you got... a wolf in sheeps clothing so to speak. He is a liar and should be stripped of his chairmanship, lose his seniority, and be booted out of the democratic caucus.

    October 30, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. CM

    Neither Lieberman or Palin use or think with their brain and neither care what the AMERICAN people want; it is all about they lost power and regardless for how long they are sore losers. Like I said you do not want what the AMERICAN people want but what YOU FEEL is best.
    I really do not fee that the American people want such a ticket as Liberman/Palin.

    October 30, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  18. marc of california

    mr. leiberman, i respected your right to run for reelection as an independent in 2006, but if you campaign for Republican candidates in 2010 then you are dead to me!

    October 30, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  19. Cheryl

    What a complete and utter opportunist. If the Pink Panties Party somehow got elected in the U.S., Joe would show up in pink underwear the next day. He is always for sale to the highest bidder. Which nowadays happens to be the health insurance companies.

    October 30, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  20. Jillie28

    Joe Lieberman is getting too old for politics. He's losing his mind. He's looking alot like old John McCain.

    October 30, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  21. george from alaska

    a person that turncoats the date that brought him is lower than a fecal encrusted rat.

    October 30, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  22. Kent

    Joe Lieberman is just trying to gain as much attention as he can. He wants to be pampered by both sides so he'll look more important.

    October 30, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  23. Lori, Houston Texas

    I kinda wonder why he keeps being re-elected. You never know what you're gonna get with Lieberman.

    October 30, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  24. Tom in Va

    What a loser. Like the rest of the GOP.

    October 30, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  25. Seth

    ...once spineless..always spineless..go crawl under a rock Senator.

    October 30, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
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