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Joe Lieberman to Alec Baldwin: 'Make my day'

August 24, 2009 |  8:36 am

Actor Alec Baldwin floats idea of challenging Connecticut Independent Joe Lieberman in the Senate in 2012

Actor Alec Baldwin, he of "30 Rock" fame, told Playboy Magazine recently that he was so fed up with Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman's moderate politics that he was thinking of moving to Connecticut to run against the senator. Though he plays a shamelessly greedy Republican corporate executive on the show, Baldwin is a passionate Democrat who once accused former Vice President Dick Cheney of being a terrorist.

“I’d love to run against Joe Lieberman,” he told Playboy. “I have no use for him.”

On his own blog, Baldwin had second thoughts.

No I am not moving to Connecticut to run against Joe Lieberman. As much as I think Lieberman is an enormous letdown to the party that gave him their nomination for Vice President, I am sure that Democratic Party leaders in that state will take care of themselves. 

But Lieberman, who's up for reelection in 2012, said Sunday that he would welcome the liberal actor's challenge.

“You know, I mean, I must say that I respect Alec Baldwin as an actor and as a comedian, and if he wants to run, that’s his right,” Lieberman said on CNN’s "State of the Union."

Lieberman, who counts as a Democrat for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's 60-vote caucus, also shared his initial assessment of the politics of the thing: "Make my day."

-- Johanna Neuman

Photo (left): Alec Baldwin. Credit: NBC

Photo (right): Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) Credit: Office of Joe Lieberman

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