June 30th, 2008
11:20 AM ET
9 years ago

Lieberman says terrorist attack likely

Lieberman is a backer of McCain.

Lieberman is a backer of McCain.

(CNN) - Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Democrat-turned-Independent who is a strong supporter of Republican John McCain's White House bid, suggested Sunday the United States will likely face a terrorist attack in 2009.

The controversial comments followed remarks by top John McCain adviser Charlie Black late last week that a terrorist attack leading up the the general election would probably help the Arizona senator's White House hopes.

Watch: McCain adviser apologizes for comments

"Our enemies will test the new president early," Lieberman told CBS Sunday. "Remember that the truck bombing of the World Trade Center happened in the first year of the Clinton administration. 9/11 happened in the first year of the Bush administration."

McCain and his supporters have long argued the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is better-suited to handle the country's foreign policy challenges than Barack Obama.

Watch: Lieberman touts McCain

"[McCain] knows the world," Lieberman said. "He's been tested. He's ready to protect the security of the American people."

But Lieberman, who served as the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 2000, distanced himself from Black's contention that a terrorist attack would boost McCain's chances of winning the Oval Office.

"Sometimes even the best of them say things that are not what they intended to say," Lieberman said. "Certainly the implications there I know were not what Charlie intended. And he apologized for it. Senator McCain said he didn't agree. And, of course, I feel the same way.

Lieberman, who calls himself an "independent Democrat," endorsed McCain in early December.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (301 Responses)
  1. Don

    Fear mongering rovian politics the American public stupidly felt for it and voted bush, let' see if it works again.

    June 30, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. kingsley

    You know what? The RETHUGS are using Americans blood to win elections and I hope the media sends this fear mongering messages as is so we can take it for what it is.

    This is factual that the GOPare planning these attacks themselves

    June 30, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. Alex in TX

    Talk about the lowest form of politics.

    Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. Tactics used by repubs to win elections and tacticts used by journalists to get ratings.

    They don't belongin politics or journalism.

    June 30, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  4. pat long island

    Where's my post? CNN?

    June 30, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  5. Kevin

    all I can say is WOW, let the fear campaign begin.

    Obama 08/12

    June 30, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. Yogi

    Nice headline switch "McCain backer" to "Democrat " predicts new terrorist attack. Newsflash – Joe Lieberman is not a Democrat. CNN is garbage media now.

    June 30, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. steve

    What kind of people elect such a moronic fool, why blame Joe, he just represents some wildly strange electors in doing his part of what appears to be a split personality mental case.

    June 30, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. George

    CNN people please do professional journalism. your headline is false. When I saw the headline, I was surprised. Democrats predicting an attack? I was wondering who he is. When I read the story, it was Lieberman. Its a misleading headline. you can say Ex-democrat or simply Lieberman. "Democrats predict terrorist attack". dont you thinnk it is a misleading headline? He is not a democrat anymore and he is independent and endorsing Mccain. why cant you say Lieberman predicts terrorist attack.

    June 30, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. Here They Come again

    The Republicans will have you think that the 9/11 attacks took months to years to plan and execute (while Clinton was in office). Now that Bush has been in office 8 years, Lieberman and the Republicans seem to want you to think that if a terrorist attack occurs if/when Obama wins, it's the Democrats fault.
    Guys...I don't know if Obama is the answer or not...but I know that what we've been doing isn't working. We need change. We need someone to stand up for the American people. Vote your conscious people...not along party lines.

    June 30, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. This Plane Won't Fly

    LOL, McLame is going to need a new Straight Talk Express plane to catch up with Obama. Was it an early Christmas present from Cindy?

    Obama 08

    June 30, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Can anyone remember when the last "elevated alert" was? Well get ready, because we are likely to have several between now and the election. Dealing the fear card from the bottom of the deck is a desperation move, but it's the only move they have.

    June 30, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. Robert

    I predict a celebrity will commit suicide next year. I predict another democracy in the world will fail. I predict the world will end in the year 2725. These sort of predictions are too funny. It's like when you read a headline that says "scientists at the university of ABC have discovered smoking is bad for you."

    June 30, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. Mike

    Please correct your misleading headline on the frontpage – Joe Lieberman was ousted by the Democratic voters in a primary. He's no Democrat – he's an independent.

    June 30, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  14. Jon, Kentucky

    Mr. Lieberman,
    It is good to know that your political careear is in it's twilight years, so the rest of us won't have to deal with your overtly Zionist agenda. War-mongering went out of style in about 2005, so if you could just quiet down with the anti-Iranian, terrorist-fearing rhetoric during the election cycle we would all be more informed voters for it. Watch out for Lieberman, Secretary of Defense.

    June 30, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  15. demwit

    Where does he get this stuff from? I mean..., why would anyone what to attack America??

    June 30, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  16. Had Enough

    If Joe Lieberman and Charlie Black can't scare the public with their terrorist bogeyman, the Decider-In-Chief will have to declare war on Iran in order to play to John McCain's only campaign strength...

    The really sad part of this whole thing is the number of Americans that can't tell the difference between fear mongering motivated by political desperation versus reality.

    June 30, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  17. Ronald of Larchmont Now In Calgary

    An admission by McCain's campaign that the policies of George W. Bush and the Dept. of Homeland Security will be judged by history as having been unsuccessful. Perhaps they need to attack civil liberties in the United States Constitution even more!

    June 30, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  18. bridgette

    America be prepared they are telling us that there is a terrorist attack that is going to happen and they know about it but they are not going to do anything too stop it. That is how sick these Republicans are. To get what they want they would allow another attack where thousands upon thousands of people will get killed and they are going too sit back and allow it too happen just like they did for 9/11. So they can give them a reason too attack Iran. Just like they used it for Iraq. Wake up America stop worrying about Madonna, Britney, Beyonce, and all of these other celebrities and pay attention too what these mad men are doing who's running the country. We have dictators in office.

    June 30, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  19. SLIMSISTA FROM NEW YORK

    WHAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE GOING TO SET UP ANOTHER ATTACK ON OUR COUNTRY.....

    SHAME ON THEM...BUSH STARTED A WAR THAT WAS BUILT ON LIES AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE PAYING DEARLY FOR IT....

    June 30, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  20. Rudy NYC

    I think most anyone with brains has noticed the pattern of attacking a new administration in the Oval Office. So, why do people keep talking about it in the media? I don't think it is in the best interests of national security to do so.

    Why let potential attackers know what you are thinking, even if it is disinformation? I've found the best approach is to take a page from mother nature's playbook. Play dumb and dead.

    June 30, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  21. Ilene from Michigan

    Liberman is the biggest liar of all the politians. He told his state if they voted for him he would side with the democrats. I hope his state is paying attention for the next time he is up for re-election. This is one man NOT to be trusted.

    June 30, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  22. McCain/ Bush 08

    Bin Laden will do every thing to get McCain elected...

    Staying in Iraq for a longer period of time will destroy America, hurt the economy and weaken the millitary.
    Obama vision of leaving Iraq and concentrating in Afghanistan is a nightmare for Alqaeda and they will do every thing to prevent it. McCain/ Bush policies is helping Alqaeda and it is getting stronger.
    Americans need to be smart and change course

    June 30, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  23. mollygonz

    Leiberman is a nutcase hoping that people will vote for McSame because of his fear mongering. He doesn't realize that we are not stupid and will not fall for it. We are smarter than that this time!! Look where fearmongering got us in the first place. 8 years of Bush! No Way. Keep your mouth quiet Lieberman. It will not work.

    June 30, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  24. Crush Rush

    Watch out for another "false flag",Lieberman is dangerous.

    June 30, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  25. Phil, FL

    Hope the voters in Lieberman's state vote him out.

    He is just fear-mongering like the republicans do and have done for years.

    If there's an attack of any kind, it just shows the republican incompetence. Warning us that the incompentency has cost us us?

    Makes me sick sick sick sick. Guess McWarmonger will pick this up now that Lieberman has whispered it in his ear.

    Go Obama – diplomacy will work

    June 30, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
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