May 9th, 2008
04:25 PM ET
6 years ago

Lieberman increases criticism of Barack Obama

(CNN)— Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman echoed presumptive nominee John McCain's increasing criticism of Barack Obama’s willingness to meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer Friday, the Democrat turned independent said he didn’t question Obama’s commitment when it comes to the Middle East, but said the Illinois senator's failure to set pre-conditions on the meeting shows inexperience, and “not only gives prestige [to Ahmedinajad], but threatens our allies in the region.”

“One of John’s strengths is that our allies and friends will trust him and our enemies will fear him," said Lieberman, who has backed the Arizona senator's presidential bid. "McCain knows when to be tough and when to be soft.”

Lieberman said the Democratic race wasn't over yet - but he said it was pretty clear to him that Obama will be the nominee, adding “it will be a tough [general election] campaign.”

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  1. That's Reality

    Sumitra – Where on earth are you from? Leiberman responsible for so many Iraqi deaths? Where were you when the monster Saddam Hussein was killing the Iraqis? McCain knows, firsthand, the horror of war and is NOT bloodthirsty. He does understand the importance of fighting for freedom which, clearly and sadly, too many people do not understand and are willing to let all the freedom loving patriots, who sacrificed their lives, die in vain. Can YOU even understand what this is all about?

    Obama would be a danger to freedom loving America-what's left of it.

    May 9, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  2. Will Not vote Obama HES FAKE

    I think you should be McCain's running mate in the Fall...You might just care more about getting the votes the DEM's don't care about. Might be uneducated but at least we know who would make change that matters to us.

    May 9, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  3. Patrick Tate

    There is a frightened, paranoid Israeli lobby in Washington that just HAS to go. Really, they've muzzled sane minded Americans.

    May 9, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  4. Natalia

    IF HILLARY CLINTON WILL GO INDEPENDENT, THERE'S NO QUESTION ASK, SHE WILL BEAT BOTH DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN, ESPECIALLY SHE IS WINNING THE BIG STATES. THE FIRST WOMAN PRESIDENT INDEPENDENT PARTY, I WILL GO FOR INDEPENDENT PARTY. RIGHT NOW MCCAIN WANTS TO GO AGAINST OBAMA, BECAUSE OBAMA IS NOT GOING TO WIN THE ELECTION ON NOV., BUT IF HILLARY WILL GO AGAINST MCCAIN, MCCAIN WILL LOSE. GO HILLARY. YOU'RE STRONG, WE NEED A STRONG PRESIDENT NOT A LAME DUCK............WIN HILLARY WIN,.THOSE REMAINING STATES NEED TO BE HEARD LIKE MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA.

    May 9, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  5. 35W Southbound

    American in Cananda-

    I do not quite get your point. Obama has been the one all along that it was the American peoples vote that counted, not the Supers. Oddly enough it is HRC that has swayed back and forth, you tell me, is it the Supers that make the decision, the people, no right now it is the Supers, according to HRC they should overturn the popular vote which lies with Obama.

    On the FL and MI deal, she agreed back when both states broke party rules that those primaries would not count, again like her swaying theories on who votes who in, she has now taken the route of them counting even if they did break the rules.

    Come on HRC supporters, McCain Democrats, whom ever you are this week. Do you really want more conservative Justices, continued Bush Tax Cuts, a long drawn out Iraq war? Seriously?

    May 9, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  6. Roger May Philadelphia, Pa

    To An American in Canada:

    First off, please learn to speak English.

    Secondly, if you have moved to Canada, how can you say WE. You have given up your right to participate in this country's politics. Worry about your next Prime Minister.

    Finally, counting the popular vote in Michigan is as ludicrous as your proclamation that the Party is shoving Obama down our throats. The only way Hillary can win is if super delegates over rule the popular vote. Obama was not even on the ballot in Michigan because he did the right thing (which the Clintons don't know how to do). However, if you grant us the votes from Michigan who voted uncommited, you can have Florida and Michigan. If you can do math (which I sincerely doubt) Obama is soundly winning the popular vote. In fact, we don't even need that uncommited vote after North Carolina and Indiana are weighed in!

    Do any of you really want to explain to your future grandchildren about how you failed to support a great, historic president when they ask you to tell them about the man on the currency that you just handed them?

    Obama in 08 & 12!

    May 9, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
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