Lieberman: I'll support Republicans in 2010

The senator from Connecticut almost lost his committee chair last time he stumped for the GOP

Published October 30, 2009 7:15PM (EDT)

If you thought Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., couldn't tick off any more liberals than he did earlier this week, well, you thought wrong. It was enough for Lieberman, who managed to keep a committee chairmanship this year despite having campaigned for John McCain last year, to say he would join a Republican filibuster of a healthcare reform bill containing a public option. Now he says he could be campaigning for more candidates from the GOP next year.

"I probably will support some Republican candidates for Congress or Senate in the election in 2010. I'm going to call them as I see them," Lieberman told ABC News. "There's a hard core of partisan, passionate, hardcore Republicans,. There's a hard core of partisan Democrats on the other side. And in between is the larger group, which is people who really want to see the right thing done, or want something good done for this country and them -- and that means, sometimes, the better choice is somebody who's not a Democrat."

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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