Speaking with Meet The Press’s Tom Brokaw today, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) refused to apologize for actively campaigning against and harshly criticizing Barack Obama, saying only that he “regrets” “some of the things” he said:
BROKAW: I hear the word regret, but not the word apologize.
LIEBERMAN: Well, I do — I regret it. I mean, you know, I’m going forward. You can take from the word “regret” what you will. I wish I had not said some of the things I’ve said. But again, we all do it.
Though Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) had said that Lieberman would need to apologize in order to keep the chairmanship of the Homeland Security Committee, he has so far refused to offer an actual apology for his actions.
Lieberman also told Brokaw that he had called Obama but had not heard back — though incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Vice President-elect Biden had spoken with Lieberman. “He’s busy,” Lieberman explained, referring to Obama. “In some sense he talked to me through Harry Reid and his spokespeople,” he added.