Lieberman: Public option has to come off the table

The senator from Connecticut tells Fox News what has to happen for him to vote for a reform bill

By Alex Koppelman
Published October 28, 2009 10:40PM (UTC)
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There are a lot of questions out there about just how seriously people should be taking the promise of a pro-filibuster vote that Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., made on Tuesday. But for now at least, the self-styled "independent Democrat" is sticking to his guns and saying that he won't vote for cloture on any bill that includes a public option.

During an interview on Fox News Wednesday, Lieberman was asked, "What gets your vote, then? What can Sen. Reid offer to you?"


Lieberman responded, "Well, just so much of the rest of the bill. Just take this government-created, government-run health insurance company that will cost the taxpayers, premium payers and the debt a lot of money -- take it off the table." He added, "We can come back in three or four years if the reforms -- the other reforms we adopt are not working. But I think they will. And so, that's -- that's my position, and I'm sticking to it, because I think it's best for our country and my constituents."

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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