Lieberman hints at Senate future
January 4th, 2011
05:43 PM ET
12 years ago

Lieberman hints at Senate future

Washington (CNN) - Independent Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman hasn't made much noise about running for re-election in 2012, but according to a new interview, if he does run, he won't be returning to his Democratic roots. Instead, he says he'll "likely" run as an independent.

Speaking to CNN affiliate WFSB in Hartford, CT in an interview for the weekly Sunday show "Face the State," Lieberman told host Dennis House that he thinks he could win re-election to the U.S. Senate, but that it would be a difficult race.

Sen. Lieberman also indicated that he's open to endorsing another candidate for re-election in 2012: President Barack Obama. This will sit well with his Democratic colleagues who are rumored to be encouraging Lieberman to run for re-election as a Democrat. Lieberman has made statements about meeting with Democratic leadership, affirming that he will meet with DSCC chair Patty Murray "at her request."

The Senate Democratic coalition will have 53 Democratic members in the 112th Congress, including two independents caucusing with the Democrats, one of which is Lieberman. A successful run for re-election as a Democrat would provide a needed boost to the Democratic tally in the Senate.

"Face the State" with Dennis House will air on WFSB Sunday in Hartford, Connecticut.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Bill

    Finally some honesty in congress.

    January 4, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  2. jim

    I live in CT. He doesn't have a chance in helll unless fraud is involved. With his connections and affiliation to Israel, that's a major possibility.

    January 4, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  3. diridi

    we in the nation need term limits for senate and get rid of this old and age old junk....o.k, croocked thinking..

    January 4, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  4. Joe

    Good ol' Joe Lieb. He goes where the Republicans need him most. Just like a wolf in sheeps clothing he goes to opposition to deconstruct it from the inside. That why he can't run as a Republican (even though he has been offered) the illusion does work when its removed. Funny thing is (other than foreign policy) his social stance is closer to the respectable old conservatives (think pre 80's). But in the world today. I guess that is seen as liberal. A shame he would have made a good Republican if it was just 30 years earlier.

    January 4, 2011 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |