Reid Talked to Lieberman, Too

By Kelly Moeller

Jun 5, 2008 1:59pm

In addition to the talking-to that Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, gave Sen. Joe Lieberman, Ind-Conn., yesterday for his role as a supporter of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the Senate Majority leader chatted last night with the Connecticut senator, who caucuses with the Democrats but has endorsed McCain.

Reid told reporters today, per ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf, that "I’ve had conversations with Lieberman at some length. I’m not going to discuss the conversations here.  But I think the discussions he had with Obama yesterday and the discussions he had with me yesterday were fruitful. We’ll let the future decide what it’s going to be, but I’m not about to threaten anybody."

But Reid also pointed out the Senate math the creates the odd dynamic where one of the Democratic caucus’s participants is planning on speaking at the Republican convention.

"Without Lieberman’s vote, the budget would not have passed," Reid said. "Without Lieberman the budget would not have been written. So I think everybody should understand that Joe Lieberman has made a decision on issues relating to the war. And he’s decided to back John McCain. But Joe Lieberman is an important vote for this caucus."

- jpt

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