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. Shawn

    Hi I am Joe, I am a Republican posing as a independent, sort of like Bill O reilly

    June 30, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. MJC

    "Sometimes even the best of them say things that are not what they intended to say," Lieberman said

    Remember that the next time, Obama or Michelle says something.

    June 30, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. MD

    The politics of fear at work. Unbelievable. Obama 2008

    June 30, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  4. ls

    And McCain and Lieberman have their fingers crossed, behind their backs.

    June 30, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. R.T.

    Lieberman seems like a scared pathetic old man who has lost his nuts and is running around for cover under the Republicans.... pathetic...

    June 30, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  6. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Send this pitiful shill for AIPAC to Israel where he can represent his true interests. Go ratchet up the fear somewhere else, Joe!

    June 30, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  7. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    Lieberman says terrorist attack likely."

    Even if the neo-cons have to arrange it themselves? 🙂

    June 30, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  8. Belly-Ache John

    McWindbag has been a senator since 1986. With all the perks they get, including the fact that they're about to double their salary. I'd say the country has paid him back for his 5 years in captivity. So what's he belly-aching about?

    He needs to retire and live off his rich wife's empire.

    June 30, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  9. What if?

    Who, What and who cares?, McCain and Lieberman, you both are really looking very desperate. What will you claim next? Same game, same scare and same players, just McCain is acting as the leader…..SHAME ON THE BOTH OF YOU!

    OBAMA 08

    June 30, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  10. Shawna

    Looks like the republican supporters are still using the politics of fear...Why don't they have any new strategies. Why "if experience matters" was their golden boy unable to use conservative principles to keep the country safe, protect american jobs and maintain the surplus they were given when Clinton left office.

    June 30, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  11. Can I get my comments posted this time?

    Let me guess? Bush and Cheney will bomb something and then claim Al Queda did it.

    If there is another terrorist attack, it won't be from foreign nationals.

    June 30, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  12. Mike B from Bellville, IL

    Every time the Republicans have poor poll results they start threatening us with renewed terrorist attacks. They are aparently the prime beneficiarys of such contrived hooplah. Their exploitation of the terrorist threat makes me sick and i can't wait to replace as many of them as possible come this next election. Let's go to the polls and change this.

    June 30, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  13. Jo Ann

    Heaven help us when the RNC would do or say anything to get McCain elected. They're almost begging to terrorist to attack the USA as they see this is the best way to get McCain elected. I pray for our sake that the terrorist do listern to the this song . We have reached an all time low in American politics. I knew it was a dirty business but this has sunk to an all time low even for the republicians.

    June 30, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  14. Phil Newton Oregon

    What do Lieberman and McCain have in common?

    They are both neo-cons.

    What are neo-cons?

    The people, like Bush and Cheney, who want a wider war in the Middle East.

    Why is a terrorist attack likely?

    Because our terrorist enemies want the same thing. Because they know that by drawing us in they can kill us off and destroy us economically.

    Terorists love Republican, neo-con presidents.

    Over 4000 US lives lost and a TRILLION dollars later, we can see why.

    June 30, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  15. Tony C.

    Joe Lieberman is NOT an Independent Democrat. He is a republican thru and thru.

    He is using the same old FEAR FACTOR that all republicans use when they are LOSING!

    Another terrorist attack in 2009 is his opinion and since McCain cannot come out and spread the fear factor himself, Lieberman is his lapdog doing the dirty work for him.

    THE REPUBLICANS WILL SAY AND DO ANYTHING TO STAY IN POWER, BUT HOPEFULLY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE SEEN THRU THEIR B.S. OVER THE LAST 8 YEARS. IF NOT, WE DESERVE WHAT WE GET.

    June 30, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  16. Dustin

    Amazing. To think that this scum used to have democratic values and ideals. Now he is just as bad as the republicans. Try and scare the nation into voting for you. Simply disgusting.

    June 30, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  17. SDunn

    Let the fear mongering continue! Lieberman you are a disgrace to this country.The fear card is the only weapon they think they have right now, sad but true. It's like they want a terrorist attack to happen or something; it's so sick.

    June 30, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  18. Roger

    The republicans are desperate. Now McBush is setting the stage to start a war with Iran, and stage or allow terrorist attacks. They will do anything at the American troops, people, and economys expense.

    Don't fall for this! Oust the republicans!

    Obama '08

    June 30, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  19. pat C.

    so why bring up more speculation??? is this to scare us? do you not think barack obama will not be surrounded with the best people the US can offer to help a situation like this if it does happen?
    fear mongering is not becoming to you either joe lieberman!!!

    June 30, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  20. k

    VOTE MCCAIN OR THE T"ERISTS R GONNA COME GITCHA!!!

    Give me a break, Lieberman makes me cringe. And to think he was almost our VP. I never thought Id be thankful for Cheney.

    A New Direction '08

    June 30, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  21. Eric

    wow, lieberman, a fear-monger.... wow.

    June 30, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  22. Jo Ann

    Heaven help us when the RNC supporters would do or say anything to get McCain elected. They're almost begging to terrorist to attack the USA as they see this is the best way to get McCain elected. I pray for our sake that the terrorist do listern to the this song . We have reached an all time low in American politics. I knew it was a dirty business but this has sunk to an all time low even for the republicians.

    June 30, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  23. jon

    Ahhh...the politics of fear, at work again.

    June 30, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  24. Vince in NC

    Lieberman has certainly gone over to the dark side, the way he follows McCain around and whispers in his ear is kind of scary!

    June 30, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  25. Glad to be an Independent

    Here we go again! Liebermann is going the politics of fear crowd. Sure the U.S. needs to be watchful of future attacks, but to say an attack is likely is fear-mongering for votes. Since 9/11 Bush and many others have played on the fears of Americans. They have tried to justify their actions by calling everything a WAR ON TERROR. Anybody that suggests that the U.S. should follow a different approach to fighting terrorism they call WEAK and UNPATRIOTIC. It is time for FAILED STRATEGIES to come to an END. Liebermann, Bush and the other FEAR-MONGERS are no better than the COMMUNIST fear-mongers in the 1950's and 1960's. IT IS TIME FOR A CHANGE!!!!!!!!!!

    June 30, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
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