From the Connecticut Post: Lieberman vows to help both aisles.
Joe Lieberman, who rebelled against his own Democratic Party to win back his U.S. Senate seat as an independent, pledged Wednesday to build bridges across party lines "to get things done."
Lieberman decried as venomous the partisan assaults that have led to gridlock in Congress even as he reaffirmed his commitment to caucus with the Democrats.
"If we don't stop hating the people across the political aisle, how are we going to strengthen this country and get anything done?" Lieberman said to reporters.
Lieberman reiterated his vow to remain with the Democrats, saying a prime consideration for staying in the race was using his 18 years of seniority on Capitol Hill to help Connecticut.
Lieberman said that Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada assured him his seniority will remain intact. If Democrats take the majority, Lieberman would be in line to be chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee.
With Democrats and Republicans jockeying for control of the closely divided Senate, both parties will be vying for Lieberman's vote.
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UDPATE -- Nov. 13: From a transcript of an inteview between Lieberman and Tim Russert (hat tip Peter Tebault):
MR. RUSSERT: If you look at the exit polls for Connecticut in your race, it's quite interesting. Here they are: Republicans--70 percent of Republicans voted for Lieberman; 8 percent voted for Democrat Ned Lamont and 21 percent voted for the Republican candidate Alan Schlesinger. Democrats: you got 33 percent. Lamont got 65 percent, Schlesinger—two out of three Democrats in Connecticut voted against Joe Lieberman.
SEN. LIEBERMAN: Yeah.
MR. RUSSERT: And yet you're caucusing as a Democrat.
Posted by Forkum at November 9, 2006 05:15 PM