August 12th, 2008
08:35 PM ET
6 years ago

Lieberman again attacks Obama's senate record

Lieberman is trying to help McCain appeal to independent voters.
Lieberman is trying to help McCain appeal to independent voters.

NEWARK, New Jersey (CNN) – If a running mate's chief role in a campaign is to play attack dog, then vice presidential prospect Joe Lieberman's audition is going swimmingly.

The Connecticut senator first questioned Barack Obama's patriotism and bipartisan record on Tuesday morning in Pennsylvania, saying the presidential contest is "between one candidate, John McCain who's always put the country first, worked across party lines to get things done, and one candidate who has not."

McCain's campaign later distributed those comments to reporters.

Lieberman, an Independent senator who caucuses with the Democratic Party, again sounded off to reporters on board McCain's campaign plane during a flight to New Jersey, praising the presumptive Republican nominee's record in the Senate and belittling Obama's.

"In the three and a half years Barack Obama has been in the senate with all respect, there is very little evidence of that kind of bipartisan outreach," said Lieberman.

"Barack Obama talks about bipartisanship," he continued. "John McCain has lived it, worked it, done it. That's why I think in the end, which is election day, which we hope is just the beginning, there are going to be many more Democrats who will vote for John McCain than Republicans who will vote for Barack Obama."

Faced with the V.P. question, Lieberman demurred.

Asked if he would accept a spot on the Republican ticket, he answered: "Uh, where?"


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (211 Responses)
  1. Kal

    Interesting... what about Mr. Lieberman's senate record? How about the fact that you're nothing more than an agent for Israel. We know where your allegiance is Mr. Lieberman. Why not take a look at yourself in the mirror before you attack Mr. Obama's senate record?

    August 13, 2008 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  2. Sally, San Antonio, TX

    Lieberman is a terrible disappointment to Democrats...hopefully, the Democrats will no longer allow him to get away with his shenanigans. To think that he ran with Gore. His performance as the vice presidential nominee was just as disappointing as his disgusting backing of McCain!

    August 13, 2008 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  3. Carl from MI

    Time for Lieberman to become a Repuglican... oh, that's right!! He'd never get elected as one. And now he'll never get elected as a Dem either!!

    When Obama wins in a landslide this November... Lieberman will quietly fade into the dust and just become a memory...

    August 13, 2008 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  4. Trollmaster

    Lieberman has just sunk to a new low for using textbook Nazi propaganda tactics:

    "Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger"

    Herman Goering at the Nuremberg trials.

    August 13, 2008 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  5. Nija

    History will judge you but not today.

    August 13, 2008 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  6. Aida, CA - a Proud Democrat

    As the saying goes, with Democratic friends like Lieberman who needs enemies??? We don't need you Leiberman.

    August 13, 2008 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  7. Mike, Vancouver BC

    For a man who cannot put roots down (an Independent senator who caucuses with the Democratic Party) it is unreasonable to think that anything he says about McCain of Obama could be trusted.

    On one hand he pays the Democrats $115,000 and on the other he slams Obama to appease McCain.

    I'd say he's the kind a guy I would keep at distance and eyes on.

    Joe the schmoe Lieberman sits on a very narrow fence, in my mind he should be punted as far as the eye can see as he represents no one. Any support for this man is wasted effort and time.

    GET RID OF HIM. Another old and wrinkly white haired fool.

    August 13, 2008 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  8. Ovitshio Branco from Connecticut

    Two wrinkly old Men

    Warmonger

    Power monger

    this is our Time , Time to change the old Politics

    August 13, 2008 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  9. NPA

    So libelman is appealing to independents by saying that Obama is not American enough to be president? Which independents is he appealing to?

    August 13, 2008 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  10. clarity

    ...and Lieberman accuses BO of not "reaching across the aisle."
    YES HE CAN!

    August 13, 2008 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  11. Maerzie

    If Lieberman wants to make Mccain look good, the WORST thing he can do is bring up Senate voting records!! John McCain's record of voting in the Senate is the WORST of ALL the Senators in Congress, as he didn't even BOTHER to vote on 63.8% of the issues!! Go for it, Joe!!

    But Lieberman has always sounded noisy and half-cocked to me, so I'm not surprised. He'd be a great V.P. for McCain as he is another war-monger, so would help turn off more voters, as the majority of voters are sick of all the murders and waste of money from Bush's war for oil! He has been dying to get elected for SOMETHING, even changing parties in his effort, so I think he should be rewarded!!

    August 13, 2008 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
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