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. George in Az.

    This is no surprise. Joe has been "pallin" around with John McCain and Lindsey Graham for too long. He's a 3$ bill.

    October 30, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  2. Trent

    BINGO! Lobbyists finally got to old Joe.

    October 30, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. The Essential Republican

    I like Joe Leiberman. He's scummy enough to be one of us.

    October 30, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  4. Judas_Lives_in_Lieberman


    Lieberman has to be the re-incarnation of Judas!
    Shameless, self-serving, amoral, whats-in-it-for-me-Lieberman.

    He said that he would caucus with the Dems. He told Barak he would support his agenda. They let him keep his position and this is the thanks they get?????

    Connecticut, you need to give that Judas the boot!

    October 30, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  5. LLL

    I like Lieberman. He is one of the few members of Congress who votes his principals not a party line. I think both parties in this country have gone off the deep end. We need more sane, middle ground people like Lieberman to get us back on track again. Go Joe!

    October 30, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  6. Marko

    Throw me up 😛

    October 30, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  7. Lieberman the worst senator ever

    Yes, Lieberman WILL campaign for the Republican minority. And he will do so as the FORMER chairman of homeland security committee as Dems must now strip him of all committee assignments. Lieberman has shown himself to be a bitter, petty political hack who will do anything to keep his job despite losing his primary.

    October 30, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  8. Lexie27

    Looks like Republican lobbyists finally hit Joe's magic number!!

    October 30, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |

    This guy sells himself to the highest bidder,... no loyalty to party, country or to his constituents,.. just to his wallet and his overblown ego.

    October 30, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  10. CindyTea

    Old Joe needs to hit the nursing home running.

    October 30, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  11. Allison

    He's lost it.

    October 30, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. Lieberman-Lie be-the-man

    What's in a name?

    Lieberman's name speaks of his character:


    The man is a liar. It is written in his name.

    By their fruits ye shall know them....


    October 30, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  13. Holly

    I don't care what Dick Cheney thinks and I sure don't care what Joe Lieberman thinks either! Two old crows.

    October 30, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  14. Rob

    What's to be pampered. . . . . . . . . .

    October 30, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  15. Olivia

    Hitching his wagon to losing stars.

    October 30, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  16. Score One4FOX

    Soon he'll be a FOX regular.

    That's where the hatemongers and liars all end up...

    He'll sell his soul for $$$$$$$$

    October 30, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  17. Robyn

    Joe will fit right in. . . he's scummy enough to be a Republican.

    October 30, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  18. A guy

    I don't know know why this ultra-conservative right winger doesn't just join the party of NO.

    He's already a member of their party based on his stance on most issues.

    October 30, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  19. Tommygunn

    It is bad to see Mr Liberman go, but he is only appealing to his base. What was Democrats is now Lobbyist championing "Liberal and Republican" political campaigns in his area.

    He had a close race last time and now he is trying to hang on like Mr Spector.....hmmm...changing signals in the game.

    The difference is the Republicans never liked Mr Liberman and the Democrats are a move forgiving bunch when politicians switch parties.

    October 30, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  20. Trace

    Republicans have accomplished absolutley NOTHING!!! They've stooped so low how could any one with half a brain support them??!!
    Well, Joe Lieberman will if he's paid enough ($$$$$)

    October 30, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  21. Bev

    Way to go Joe!!!

    October 30, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  22. Frank

    Palin, Cheney, Bush, Rush and now Joe!

    Doing the Happy dance!

    October 30, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  23. What a Joke

    Well, Lieberman went from a Democrat to an Independent. Guess we all know what ticket he will run on next time. Remember the voters are watching and will not take kindly to contradiction. Don't be so sure the Republicans will welcome you with open arms.

    October 30, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  24. LacrosseSon

    Lieberman should just up and switch parties, or at least caucus with the republicans. I'm tired of his flip-flopping. Guess Harry Reid can't count on him to be the magic 60th vote in the Senate. HA-HA!

    Sam Donaldson to Ronald Reagan, 1982: "Mr. President, in talking about the continuing recession tonight, you have blamed the mistakes of the past and you've blamed the Congress. Does any of the blame belong to you?"
    Ronald Reagan: "Yes. Because for many years I was a Democrat."

    P.S. My mom is an ignoramus.

    October 30, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  25. Andrew

    CT needs to have a recall referendum to try and get rid of the bribe taker before he comes up for reelection where he'd likely lose. From Reagan to Bush2, the pubs have exported America and destroyed the middle class. A Lieberman ticket equals hot air and a stuffed bra. A Latino supporting anti-Latino pubs is an oxymoron. BTW, Ron Paul has a LOT of good points (surprising for a TX pub). Paul: US can't afford 700 bases in 130 countries and should leave Iraq & Afghanistan. Intel/law enforcement is best way to protect US, instead we blow trillions on lost cause other countries. USA First! World is second!

    October 30, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
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