Senate Democrats have voted to keep Sen. Joe Lieberman as chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. Lieberman will loose his position on the Environment and Public Works Committee.
Sen. Harry Reid spoke to the press following a vote by the Democratic Caucus. “This was not a time for retribution. This was a time for moving forward with the problems of this country… We need to unified as Democrats. We need to be unified as a Senate,” said Reid.
Reid said that he understood Democrats were upset at Lieberman for campaigning against Barack Obama. “I pretty well understand anger. I defy anyone to be more angry than I was… I am very satisfied about what we did today. I feel very good about what we did today.”
Lieberman expressed regret for comments made during the campaign but was not specific about which comments he regretted.
Lieberman said, “The resolution expresses strong disapproval and rejection of statements that I made about Senator Obama during the campaign. And in that regard, I said very clearly, some of the statements — some of the things that people have said I about Senator Obama are simply not true. There are other statements that I made that I wish I had made more clearly, and there are some that I made that I wish I had not made at all. Obviously in the heat of campaigns that happens to all of us, but I regret that, and now it’s time to move on.”
This video is from MSNBC’s News Live, broadcast Nov. 18, 2008.