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03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Weiner Takes Lieberman On For "Audacity" Of Filibuster (VIDEO)

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) took on Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) on "Morning Joe" Monday, chastising the former Democrat for pledging to join a filibuster against health care reform if it contains a public option.

"It's inconsistent with common sense to say I oppose something that will hold down costs for the taxpayers and residents of Connecticut," Weiner said. "The insurance industry is a powerful force in Washington and so is the status quo, but the audacity to saying, and I think he backed away from it, 'I will not permit a vote on the concept?' Let's let the majority decide this issue."

Weiner offered to debate the senator, saying "If you want to bring Lieberman here, I think that I can talk him into it."

Lieberman said he felt compelled to oppose the public option because it would increase the deficit. But every analysis of the plan has concluded that it would actually reduce the deficit. The senator has not elaborated on where he got his information.

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