Matt Lauer interviews Sen. Joe Lieberman the morning after his upset primary loss to Ned Lamont.
Matt Lauer tells the senator that many Dems think Lieberman is putting his own ambitions ahead of the good of the party. Lieberman’s response: Parties are the problem. But Lauer doesn’t let him off that easy….
Crooks and Liars:
LAUER: Let me go back to that line in your speech last night. I’ll paraphrase it if you don’t mind. You said, for the sake of your state, your country and my party, you will not let these results stand. It’s a nice line in the speech, but the fact of the matter is there are a lot of Democrats who think that now going forward you are putting your own personal ambitions above the good of the party.
How do you respond to that?
LIEBERMAN: Well, I think it’s time for somebody to break through the dominance of both parties by the margins of the parties, which happens in primaries. I think it’s time for somebody to break through and say, Hey, let’s cut out the partisan nonsense.
Yes, I’m a proud Democrat, but I’m more devoted to my state and my country than I am to my party. And the parties today are getting in the way of our government doing for our people what they need their government to do.
So in the end, Matt—the great thing about America is that the people will have the last word.