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Democrats Rebuke Lieberman for Obama Comments
|Last Edited||ArmyDem Sep 03, 2008 11:21pm|
|Media||Newspaper - Washington Post|
|News Date||Friday, September 5, 2008 05:20:00 AM UTC0:0|
|Description||By Paul Kane |
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, September 4, 2008; Page A19
ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 3 -- Democrats officially warned Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) on Wednesday that he could face repercussions for delivering a speech at the Republican National Convention in which he called Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama an "eloquent young man" who lacked the experience to be in the White House.
Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said that Lieberman's status within the Democratic caucus is in jeopardy.
"Senator Reid was very disappointed in Senator Lieberman's speech, especially when he appeared to go out of his way to distort Senator Obama's record of bipartisan achievements in the Senate," said Reid's spokesman, Jim Manley. "The Democratic caucus will likely revisit the situation with Senator Lieberman after the elections in November."
Obama's aides also accused Lieberman of misstating Obama's legislative record.
The uproar followed Lieberman's address on Tuesday to the Republican convention here. Although Lieberman long ago endorsed Republican Sen. John McCain, many Democrats had hoped that Lieberman would use his prime-time speech only to support McCain, a friend of two decades, and not to criticize Obama.
Most of Lieberman's speech focused on McCain's credentials, but toward the end he pointedly said Obama "has not reached across party lines to get anything significant done, nor has he been willing to take on powerful interest groups in the Democratic Party."
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