April 16th, 2008
09:38 AM ET
6 years ago

Lieberman might address GOP convention

 Sen Lieberman has traveled with McCain on the campaign trail.
Sen Lieberman has traveled with McCain on the campaign trail.

(CNN) - Sen. Joe Lieberman - the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 2000 - is willing to address the Republican National Convention if it will help Sen. John McCain win in November, his office confirms to CNN.

In an interview published Tuesday night, the independent Connecticut senator told The Hill newspaper that “If Sen. McCain, who I support so strongly, asked me to do it, if he thinks it will help him, I will.”

Lieberman, who lost his Democratic superdelegate status when he was re-elected to the Senate as an independent, endorsed the Arizona senator earlier this year and has actively campaigned for the presumptive GOP nominee.

McCain has not yet asked Lieberman if he would address the Republican nominating convention in September.


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  1. David

    This is further proof that the Democratic party is moving left- and pulling its loyal fan base with it. Only a left-ward veer into liberal oblivion can explain how people like Lieberman or Zel Miller find it necessary to address the Republican convention as they are left behind by their party.

    As eye-brow raising as it is to say as a Republican, I'd rather vote for Clinton than Obama. The Obamabots are following a charismatic ideolog, and charismatic ideologs are always dangerous, because their rhetoric is built on emotion and not substance, and they followers invest their love and nor their logic into backing the candidate. I am not electing a President to bring the country together- I'm electing them to manage the Federal bureaucracy and hopefully do what Bush hasn't- cut the federal budget and spend less money as a percentage of GDP. McCain is the man to helm the ship and stave off Democratic entitlements and taxes. And Lieberman, for his reasons, supports him.

    Good luck Senator on re-election in 2012 and getting your Democratic seat back.

    April 16, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. Here's A Clue

    If the Democrat Party had more Zell Millers and Joe Liebermans, it actually might stand a chance of winning an election. Instead, men like these are marginalized and pushed out of the crazy party. We no longer have a 2 party system because the Dems are just not viable as a legitimate party.

    For those of you laughing that Joe backed a loser in 2000...yes he did...and was smart enough, and brave enough to figure it out and not back a loser this time around. Only the Dems keep doing the same thing over and over again while expecting a different result. Crazy....once again....you lose the national election.

    April 16, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. Mike USMC 95-99

    Ya don't say ....

    April 16, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. wiscon

    Now McCain is someone that can bring this country together. He even brings former democrati VP nominees to his side. That is bringing government together. Obama and the left's idea of unity is getting you to agree with their idea's or you are wrong. Read other post on this blog, and you can see what I'm saying.

    April 16, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  5. Mary WA

    He is a republican! Kick him out of the Dems party!

    April 16, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. Ron Las Vegas

    The problem that I have with Lieberman is that he appears to care more about Isreal than he does about America. I think it is time for Connecticut to hold a recall vote and replace him woth someone who supports America first.

    April 16, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. Let his voice be heard

    In the land of freedom, Lieberman can address any audience, provided it's a reasonable and respectful speech. I don’t quite catch why most of the Obama and/or Hillary supporters are so afraid of what he has to tell… Would he say some of the Democrats were not that democratic as to his former own plans for a nomination?

    April 16, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. Susie

    Leiberman will do anything to stay in the limelight.

    April 16, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. Lee B

    It hurts me to even refer to Mr. Lieberman by name. This man is a traitor. I think he should be run out of the State of CT for betraying the voters that voted him in office.

    April 16, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. Sickening

    Traitor!

    Thank god we already kicked his sorry butt out of the Democratic party (he's an "independent"). What a loser!

    April 16, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. Bayou Joe

    McCain and Lieberman exemplify what is good in this country. They don't buy into party labels and agendas. They do what is best for America. They are true patriots that deserve our support.

    For those of you who don't care for Lieberman because of his Jewish ancestry. Let me remind you that we are a Judeo-Christian culture and we (The United States) will always back Israel over these blood thirsty Islamic Radicals that want to destroy not only Israel, but Western civilization.

    Your leaders are not telling you the truth. We are engaged in a Religous war that has been going on for 2,000 years. The only difference now is that the enemy has the potential of destroying everyone including themselves.

    April 16, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  12. Henry, RI

    Mr. McGoo will never win. He just won't. So Lieberman can jump on his bandwagon, but it's going in the wrong direction. The McGoos and the Liebermans will be over in one direction, and America and the world will be in another.

    It's time to end this stupid war and bring our soldiers home. The McGoo/Lieberman ticket will not only continue this war, but start a new one–that's three wars. Enough is enough.

    April 16, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  13. Ca Native

    The average person posting on here are nothing more than bleeting sheep. You savage Joe Leiberman because his views no longer match those of the democratic party... yet were glowing over Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords when he left the Republican party.

    Pragmatism is dead. Stand proud with your pitch and forks for attempting to tear down a decent guy (Joe Leiberman). Can you disagree with some of his views – yet STILL respect the guy??

    Nahh... didnt think so.

    April 16, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  14. Mr. McGoo, I'm Through

    And so is America, we are done with you. No more wars and wonderful words of how this country is doing great, we're not. But we will be when this election is over.

    Obama 08

    April 16, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  15. Michael

    I wish McCain picks Lieberman as a VP. A sure way to lose the election. It is till beyond my imagination that Connecticut Voters Elected this traitor for the US Sanate.

    April 16, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. Michelle

    Lieberman is a Judas.

    April 16, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  17. fred

    GO HILLARY!!!

    GO HILLARY!!

    April 16, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  18. tired and frustrated (in the primaries)

    Screw Lieberman! Just another war mongerer!!! All he cares about is getting a seat in an Administration; by "an," I mean ANY!!! Has he forgotten about McCain's stance on abortion, etc.???

    April 16, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. Larry Buchas

    He can make a great partner for Zell Miller.

    Lieberman is forever toast in Connecticut. Most of those supporting him now regret it. But he can always land a job with Fox News.

    April 16, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. Richard

    I hate Joe Lieberman so much!

    April 16, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  21. HP Boston

    LIEberman is TOXIC!

    April 16, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  22. kp

    Joe, Join the Republican party already!!! And also go fight in Iraq!!!

    April 16, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. Uncle Sam

    It appears that our two-party political system has difficulty including those, like McCain and LIeberman, who place the welfare of our country over partisan conformity.

    Americans for McCain '08

    April 16, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. Simon Jinx

    To NYC Native: Newyorkers had their chance to vote. They voted for Spitzer. And Bloomberg. Too bad his congestion pricing didn't work. Nor westside stadium. May be his next project will solve your problems.

    April 16, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  25. Kathleen

    McCain needs Lieberman...I mean REALLY needs him!
    Who else can he count on to whisper the correct answer in his ear when he makes his mistakes over and over again. It wouldn't really shock me if he offers Lieberman the vice-presidency and then makes a big deal about how he's trying to 'unite' the parties. McCain might just be foolish enough to believe we Dems still think of Joe as one of our own. LOL

    April 16, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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