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Lieberman likely to back some Republicans in 2010 election

October 30, 2009

Senator Joe Lieberman, a former Democrat-turned-independent, is at it again — comforting Republicans and irritating Democrats.

This time Lieberman is doing it by saying, “I probably will support some Republican candidates” in next year’s congressional election –  even though he’s still a member of the Senate Democratic Caucus. OBAMA/

“I’m going to call them as I see them,” he said in an interview with ABC News that the network posted on its web site on Friday.

Lieberman riled Democrats last year by campaigning for Republican presidential nominee John McCain. And he upset many of them again this week by saying he would help Republicans block their proposal to create a government-backed insurance program to compete with private insurers.

When it comes to elections, Lieberman said, he backs people on both sides of the political aisle who are more interested in getting things done rather than playing politics.

“There’s a hard core of partisan, passionate, hardcore Republicans,” he told ABC. “There’s a hard core of partisan Democrats on the other side.”

“And inbetween is the larger group, which is people who really want to see the right thing done, or want something good done for this country and them — and that means, sometimes, the better choice is somebody who’s not a Democrat,” Lieberman said.

Lieberman said in the hotly contested race in his home state of Connecticut, he backs incumbent Senate Democrat Chris Dodd.

Lieberman was the Democrats’ 2000 U.S. vice presidential nominee and won three terms to the Senate as a Democrat. But he narrowly won a fourth Senate term in 2006 as an independent after he lost the Democratic nomination to an anti-Iraq war challenger.

A number of Senate Democrats wanted to strip Lieberman of his chairmanship of the Homeland Security Committee for backing McCain’s White House bid. But with the support of Democratic President Barack Obama, Lieberman managed to keep it.

There was fear if he lost the chairmanship, he would become a Republican.

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Photo credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque (Lieberman embraces Obama after president’s address to Congress Feb. 24)

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I have always liked Joe Lieberman (no not all his political decisions), because he calls them like he sees them.Way to go Joe! Independent fits you well.

Posted by TC | Report as abusive
 

The famous leader ones said if you are in my house and drink from my cup then you must do as we do. Apperently some people will ONLY act when it is convenient for them. Joe how about you?

Posted by sammy | Report as abusive
 

Joe Lieberman is a senator of America first,and secondly he is Jewish,and he knows like the majority of Israelis that Obama could have an agenda the same as many of his life time friends who have openly sympathized with the enemies of Israel.I have presented this prospect several times in the past and i hope that i an indeed wrong,but any attempt by Obama to try to isolate Israel from support that we as Americans have given them would be his gravest mistake.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive
 

Thank you Senator Lieberman for restoring my belief that there are indeed some principled political leaders left in Washington. As an Independent myself who votes for the person and not the party I salute your stance.

Posted by Mike | Report as abusive
 

I didn’t think there could be anything worse than a politician who supports all Democrats or Republicans, but I guess there is and it’s someone who supports both!!!!!

Posted by Michael Ham | Report as abusive
 

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