Senator Joe Lieberman met with reporters in Hartford today (yesterday) in his first public appearance in his home state since the Presidential election. As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports Lieberman touched on a variety of topics including his ideas to fix the economy and his approval of President elect Barack Obama.
It was common to see Senator Lieberman alongside Republican presidential candidate John McCain during the election season. Now he's back in Connecticut one week after Senate Democrats condemned statements he made during the campaign that criticized President elect Obama. Lieberman says it's all behind him now and he wants to move forward
"Incidentally the person I express regret to is Barack Obama. In the heat of the campaign, I said some things about President-elect Obama that I could have said more clearly and said some things that I wish I hadn't said at all."
Lieberman praised Mr. Obama's choices for his administration so far and he says the President elect's conduct has been good for the country.
While he's patched things up with his colleagues in Washington, Connecticut's Democratic Party will consider a vote to censure him at a meeting next month.
Lieberman says the party has a right to do what it wants.
"Frankly I have some people on the Democratic state Central Committee that have never been great supporters of mine. In some sense I really regret the difficulties my personal independence politically has put on Nancy Dinardo through and I will do anything I can to help her and the Democratic party of Connecticut as I've always have."
Dinardo is the Chairwoman of the Connecticut Democratic party.
Lieberman says he looks forward to Congress' session in December to decide on whether to bailout Detroit automakers. He says he'd like to see lawmakers also hash out another economic stimulus plan that includes rebate checks for low and middle income families and increases in federal aid for states. The Senator says Congress should not wait until President-elect Obama's inauguration on January 20 to act.