McCain on whether Lieberman will lose his Homeland Security gavel: ‘I hope not.’

Speaking with Jay Leno last night, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) expressed his deep admiration for his friend Joe Lieberman. “I have never known a finer man than Joe Lieberman,” McCain gushed. Asked whether Lieberman’s support for McCain might cost him his chairmanship of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, McCain said, “I hope not,” adding, “on national security issues, he’s really, really good.” Watch it:

While a number of Democratic Senators have expressed their hope that Lieberman will not be kicked out of the caucus, many of them are mum on whether he should retain his gavel. “We aren’t going to referee decisions about who should or should not be a committee chair,” said Stephanie Cutter, a spokeswoman for the Obama transition team.

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