Lieberman: No apology for attacks on Obama
David Edwards and Andrew McLemore
Published: Sunday November 23, 2008

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Although Sen. Joe Lieberman said he regretted some of his attacks on President-elect Barack Obama during the campaign, he declined to offer an apology when pressed by NBC's Tom Brokaw.

The senator said many unfair statements were made about both Obama and Sen. John McCain, and that he is only one of many people who feel regret for the tone of the election.

"I do regret as I said to the caucus and afterward publically, there were some things I said in the heat of the campaign that I wish I had said more clearly. Other things, frankly, I wish I hadn't said at all," Lieberman said. "That happens to all of us in the heat of it campaign but nonetheless, I regret it and I want to move forward."

Brokaw pressed Lieberman for an apology: "I heard word 'regret' but not the word 'apology.'"

"You can take from the word regret what you will," Lieberman said.

Though Lieberman's party considered ejecting him from the Democratic caucus for negatively campaign against Obama and backing McCain, the President-elect made it clear he wanted Lieberman to stay.

Addressing that "spirit of reconciliation," Brokaw asked Lieberman if he thought McCain would "work closely with Obama" to "heal the partisan divide."

Lieberman was "convinced" that he would.

"I'm convinced John McCain will play a leadership role in bringing people together across party lines," Lieberman said.

This video is from NBC's Meet the Press, broadcast Nov. 23, 2008.

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