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. TEXAS FOR OBAMA

    Here we go the two little men, McShame-McCain and McSlim-Liberman predicting a terriorist attack. Here we go with the FEAR. McShame is not qualified to lead this country. He can't: Keep us safe, Create Jobs, Build the Economy, Lower Gas Prices or bring our wonderful Military Home. He can bearly walk, doesn't know anything about the economy and has to take ever weekend off. Without Liberman – McCain can't even give a speech. His Town Hall meetings are like a funeral. PLEASE!!

    Barack Obama is the one that can help with all of the issues. He is qualified to be President. He will be one of our greatest Presidents' ever.

    June 30, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  2. Stephen

    It's bush all over again. Fear everything.

    June 30, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  3. Rose

    How convenient for McIdiot since he's down in the polls! More GOP sick propaganda.

    June 30, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. Jon

    Way to strike fear into people so that they can vote for McCain out of fear.

    June 30, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. Mike B from Bellville, IL

    PS...............

    If Mr. Lieberman had worked as hard in the Senate as he did learning to kiss fannies, he would have been President now.

    June 30, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  6. Steven Tank

    All together Republicans shout together......"BOO! The bogey man is coming!"

    THAT will get our votes. Sad, sad, sad...

    Lieberman has become nothing more than a pathetic characaturer and the definition of a true LOSER.

    June 30, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. Ryan

    If there is a terrorist attack it will only show how badly this past administration has been on national security.. and the fact that a McCain ally would say this only gives me even more reason to vote against someone who is only planning to continue what Bush has been doing for the last 7 years.

    June 30, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. Jim Shimmer

    Fear mongering will not work.

    I think the economy is most important and McSame fails just like Bush. We are way worse off than we were 8 years ago.

    PLEASE PEOPLE, WAKE UP. Check your wallets! Your savings!
    ELECT SOMEONE WHO KNOWS YOUR PAIN AND THE ECONOMY!

    June 30, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  9. Chicagoway

    Well, here come the weekly elevated terror warnings next. Clearly, it will be elevated to red right around the time of the general election voting.

    June 30, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  10. CNNFan

    Once again it's that time of year to start sending panic through the public about terrorist attacks. Before the last presidential election there were, I believe, at least 5 or 6 orange alerts, all false. After the election, there have been no alerts from homeland security. This is a typical ploy by the Republican machine to use fear to garner votes. They are certainly not going to get votes based on the horrendous economy that they have had the last 8 – 12 years to decimate.

    June 30, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  11. anonymous

    What a disgrace: to suggest such an evil happening to innocent people, only to gain political advantage. I would have felt very ashamed, if I said something so unethical, Mr Lieberman. But yet again, the latter individual has repeatedly shown no respect for the values of the American people. What a disgrace.

    June 30, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  12. linda n carolina

    Sen Reid....Get some #%#%s and remove him from his committee chairmanship. Democrats don't need anything that bad that we have to cater to this man. He's just another mouth piece for Republican fear mongering . Maybe he needs to give a speech this week on his patriotism!!!

    June 30, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  13. Richard

    Just another crazy making crazy statements. Theres no way for anyone to determine when the next attack will happen if any and this is just a way for the republicans to get the votes. Very sad.

    June 30, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  14. HOUSTON TEXAS

    WHAT AN IDIOT

    June 30, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  15. KM

    I can say that a terrorist attack will happen before the end of 2008 but it still doesn't mean that I'm right. A terrorist attack can happen on any president's watch, Republican or Democrat, it's what happens after that attack that defines us.

    June 30, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  16. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    come on, he is not anymore "ready" than any Obama......or Barr......or maybe even Nader. Whoever the president is, he will hopefully surround himself with the people who will advise them correctly(cough,cough...Bush)........and "responding" to a terroist attack should be less of an issue for the president himself. Even George Bush succeeded with that.

    I'm not nearly as concerned with how the president will respond as I am with how the government agencies concerned will respond......we have seen how a lack of leadership from top to bottom can screw that up(cough,cough....Katrina).

    The question is, how effective will the next presidents response be with the mess the Bush administration has left the next president.

    June 30, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  17. dew5050

    They have started again, fear mongers!

    On every issue, they are losing and they now feel that the only option left for them is to trump-up fear. But Americans won't fall for that this time around. You can't win an election by exploiting people with fear mongering!

    If Mcsame and his cronies have now become experts in predicting terrorists attacks, I would venture to say that they are now secretly in alliance with them.

    Fool me once shame to you, fool me twice shame to me!

    June 30, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  18. Lenore Z.

    Joe Lieberman is simply beneath contempt. He betrayed his own party, and he's nothing but a mouthpiece for Bush's wars.

    June 30, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  19. Karen from Charlottesville

    Well, it just goest to show that the Republicans haven't made the US one bit safer than it was before Homeland Security.

    June 30, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  20. Anna, SW Missouri

    I thought that the Republicans had made us safer. Now they are saying that everything they have been doing for our national defense will fail and we will be attacked. Just exactly what has "Homeland Security" been doing for the past 6 years?

    June 30, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  21. PG

    Here we go again. Scare the American people into voting for a Repub. Well, it won't work this time.

    June 30, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  22. Ogden

    Predicting or hoping?

    June 30, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  23. DA

    He's ready alright, he'll just go along with whatever the joint chiefs of staff tell him to do. If Kennedy did that, half the world would of been wiped out.

    What do you think Obama is going to do if there is a terrorist attack, run in a corner and hide? Give me a break people.

    What we need and have been lacking all these years is a president that exercises good judgement.

    June 30, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  24. Independent in Miami

    I wonder what these people really know. Was this just one person that didn't attend the super-secret meeting and let one out? I firmly believe Bush had knowledge of the September 11th attacks and I think people in the "know" have knowledge of something coming soon. Gas prices are already at an all time high and now a terrorist attack?!?!

    Pres. Bush, have you really made our country better? Pres. Clinton, did you have your eye on the ball or were you too busy protecting your own skin with the Lewinsky scandal?

    Obama 08

    June 30, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  25. WBW OHIO

    If it happens we will sure as hell will know who the perpetrators are
    And it will not be OBL.

    June 30, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
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