Dems Keep Lieberman

Amanda Carpenter
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Posted: Nov 18, 2008 11:53 AM
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he "feels good" about the Democrats decision to keep Independent Joe Lieberman in their caucus, despite the Connecticut senator's passionate support for GOP presidential candidate John McCain.

"I am very satisfied about what we did today," Reid said after the vote. "I feel good about what we did today, I don't apologize to anyone about what we did today."

"We could not have had a Democratic majority for the last two years had it not been for Senator Lieberman," Reid added.

Liberal activists have expressed outrage at Lieberman's ability to participate with the caucus while Lieberman was campaigning with McCain. The only negative thing Reid said about Lieberman Tuesday was that "There is a time in Joe Lieberman's political career that I will never understand or approve of."

By staying with the Democratic caucus Lieberman will retain his chairmanship of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.