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. Rob

    After almost 8 years of this fear mongering garbage I'm certainly hoping the American public has finally wised up to this republican game. Even if there should be some sort of attack one wonders first if it was orchestrated, since this bunch seems to capable of anything and everything or second they are the so-called security experts and if this happens on their watch what does it say about their abilities to keep the country safe?

    June 30, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  2. smile

    why is charlie black still on the mc lobbyist´s campaign? should have been thrown out by now, bunch of low life hypocrites

    General Clark was right on the money, if you ask me, being in a fighter jet DOES NOT qualify mc pit for anything, right on General Clark-man of distinction and intelligence.

    Why are there only video footing and pictures of mc pit while in prison? there were a lot more POW´s in vietnam at the time, what did they do wrong?

    WARMONGERS FEARMONGERS LOBBYISTS LOVERS.....and low IQ´s follow--these Repugnants

    June 30, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  3. Bryan un Scranton

    This is disgusting. Fear mongering again!!!! I hope that America is a little smarter by now.

    June 30, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. ALECO1 -----NOKOMIS,FL

    A TERRORIST ATTACK WOULD BE GOOD FOR OBAMA-IT WOULD PROVE THAT BUSH AND McCAIN ARE NOT PROTECTING AMERICA .AT ALL.

    June 30, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  5. Dominic

    Fear fear and fear!! It's the only thing these guys have to sell.
    It's all they can mention, because they've made a complete and total mess out of EVERYTHING they've done while they've been in power these past seven years.
    All they have is the fear card. It's disgusting that Lieberman is basically hoping for an attack so it would help McCain. What a disgusting coward Lieberman is.

    June 30, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. gurarro

    Joe, if you know something that the next President needs to know, wouldn't it be wise to share that information with him and his advisors now. Why wait until the terrorist attack to say "I told you so". ?

    June 30, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. Dan - Atlanta

    Joe Woe is at it again. If Lieberman has any definite information about a terrorist attack on America in 2009, then he should turn his information over to authorities, and then keep his mouth shut about it. If he doesn't have any definite information, his comments are irresponsible scare tactics done for political gain that deserve no coverage by major news organizations. In either case, Joe Woe needs to zip his lips.

    June 30, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  8. proud army and navy mom

    it is truly pathetic how trying to spread fear is the only object Mcbush has. and he uses a pathetic old goat liberman to do it.

    If there was a terrorist attack, i would trust the judgment of the democrats, that i feel have learned their lessons from 911 and President Obama' good judgment and stedfast courage to handle it much better than senile, warmongering Mccain.

    June 30, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  9. Harry

    Now we can start terror card and blue,yellow,red in the airports since Obama is running for presidency.
    Talk of politics of self expediency. Joe you are a looser and you are becoming a perenial looser, join Nader!

    June 30, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  10. Lieberman tells it as he sees it.

    McCain know how to deal with this.

    Go McCain!

    June 30, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  11. JustAnObservation

    I'm not saying that McCain can do a better job, but is Lieberman right? Terrorist attacks have happened in the first term of the last two presidency? Is anyone disputing that? Acknowledging that isn't a bad thing.

    You all sound like "sheeple" yourselves when you rant without thinking it through.

    June 30, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  12. joe in VA

    You Obamaniacs are so hypocritical! If this is "fear-mongering" what do you call Wesley Clarks comments? You all appear to be brainwashed by the BHO machine.

    I wish for once y'all would try an objective view instead of slamming everyone who disagrees with you.

    If tehis is teh type of "new politics" I can expect from BHO, I'll vote for anyone EXCEPT him come november. you all are disgusting.

    June 30, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  13. NPA

    The republicans would love an attack. Talking about a third term of Bush! Bush went to war with Iraq because a war time president is more memorable. McCain is running as a war hero. I wonder if he - McCain - wouldn't try to launch us into a war were he to become president just to complete his war hero record.

    June 30, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  14. Watermann

    McCaine, Black, Lieberman. Who is next and why is McCaine better in national security than Obama?

    The "famous month of June" is almost over, but there are still a couple of months ahead. Let`s keep our fingers crossed so that the US and Senator Obama are still in a good shape in fall and January 2009.

    June 30, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  15. Jack

    My – the obama group seems Very SCARED! Could it be that maybe their guy – obama really is NOT ready – , NOT qualified to lead our country. Obama is a FRAUD and is NOT qualified!
    This is NOT on the job Training – we need a REAL President of the USA!

    June 30, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  16. Donkey Party

    I think it's safe to say that Mr. Lieberman has all but alienated himself from the Democratic Party and his own constituents, he's not exactly trusted by the Republicans, and Independents never really know which way this guy will go. So what support does that leave him with? McCain? Which then begs the question, what does McCain stand to gain from keeping Lieberman around as a lapdog?

    June 30, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. wally

    It just goes to show...that President Bush's battle is "justified."

    June 30, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  18. steveg

    LIEberman is an opportunistic weasel who will change party affiliation depending on the political currents and jump ship for his own selfish interests. The only way this dullard can get any press is to flip, flop and flounder between parties and policies and make inflammatory statements.

    He really should be McCain's running mate ... they are equally adept at reinventing positions and pandering to the polls. At least McCain used to stand for something, now he stands for pimping himself to various power bases within the GOP in some transparent attempt to get votes.

    Both are sad statements on what people will do for political gains,

    June 30, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  19. Newsdiva

    I'd call him pathetic, delusional & crazy...but that would be entirely too GRACIOUS!!!

    June 30, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  20. Dave

    The low lifes are at it again...campaign through fear, smear, and intimidation. When is American REALLY going to get tired of this crap and show these slime the door? "Elect a Republican or we're ALL GONNA DIE!!!"
    My contempt for these people knows no bounds now, just as the levels to which they will stoop to stay in power knows no bounds, knows no ethical boundaries. When you consider for whom to vote, remember what the Republican slime machine did to decorated Veterans Tammy Duckworth, John Kerry , and Max Cleland (two of whom, Duckworth and Cleland are missing limbs from their service) in turning these decorated veterans into traitors and cowards when these three exemplify what it is to be an American, and the Republican Slime Machine exemplies cowardice and fearmongering.

    June 30, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  21. Richard, FL

    So it doesn't matter who is president, Bush's claims to prevent another attack will fail.

    It's ridiculous to hear the 24%ers claim Bush has prevented a SECOND attack when everyone knows our borders are not even remotely protected from people sneaking in. He had 8 months to prevent the first one and completely failed.

    June 30, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  22. Lisa

    McCain's foreign policy is aligned with that of Bush, neither of whom have brought to justice those responsible for the 911 attacks...by-the-way GOP, it was not Saddam Hussein. Obama and his administration will be able to handle our nation's security issues because he'll seek help from the most qualified experts across party lines, unlike Bush who think the he and his pals alone know what is best for everybody!

    June 30, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  23. mike

    Clinton's Politics 101!

    If a politician is playing on fear and another one is offering hope,vote for the politician who is offering hope and for the prosperity of our nation and your success!
    I bet Lie-berman didn't follow that under Bill Clinton!

    June 30, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  24. LarryH WI

    For anyone to say that the US had not been made a safer place since 9/11 is a fool, and no one is saying that an eminent terrorist attack will be sucessful, merely that such an attack is likely to happen. Lets also keep in mind that the democrats were in power when the first threat of terrorism touched our shores, and the issue was ignored. Bash Bush and the republican nominee all you want, but keep in mind that we have not had a single terrorist incident in the US since 9/11, must just be dumb luck. As for wesley Clarks comments, simply irresponsible, and a lame attempt to try and degrade McCains ability to react to an issue of significance. I gues you be a general and still be an idiot, only an idiot would question the integrity of a POW. Semer Fi.

    June 30, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  25. Judith

    I just can't believe these Republicans followers have the guts to try inject fearmonering again. IT'S a DISGRACE. If we, the American people manage to somehow hand the white house to these people again, we should be ashame of ourselves. After being a life-long, Republican, I for once can't stand my own party.

    June 30, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
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