August 12th, 2008
08:35 PM ET
11 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. Ex-Dem

    I'm with Joe. BO is in over his head.

    Bring back hillary PLEASE

    August 12, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  2. Sonya, MN

    "Liberman Attacks Obama For Second Time In One Day"

    That's because we ignored him the first time.

    Obama 08

    August 12, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  3. Seanm

    Sometimes it's hard to tell where Lieberman's allegiances lie. He says he's a Democrat, yet he sounds like a reincarnated Newt Gingrich. He says he's a United States Senator, but all he can talk about is Israel's issues. Beware wolves in sheep's clothing.

    August 12, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  4. Roy - River Falls, WI

    Go get him Joe. XD

    This is what I like to see, truth coming out about NOBAMA.

    August 12, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  5. Cecil

    Not Surprise, Doing What They Do Best.

    August 12, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  6. EBC

    Joe Lieberman is a FOOL, he doesn't KNOW which side of the fence he's on. One minute he's donating all this money to the DNC and next thing he's slamming Sen. Obama. This OLD FART is nothing but trouble. This is the type of person who you have to sleep with one eye open at all times because he'll stab you in the back in a minute.

    He's nothing but a loser, I wouldn't trust him if he was the Pope.

    August 12, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  7. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square



    August 12, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  8. Ikem Umealo

    first a democratic senator, then a former potential democratic VP, then an independent senator and, and then, a republic attack dog who caucuses with the Democratic Party and then a potential republican VP candidate. Is this the characterisation of bipartisan outreach? Hardly, a bat would be seriously envious of this Senator Lieberman.

    August 12, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  9. Nevada dude

    oh please. this from someone determined to save his own political skin by any means necessary. sorry joe, you aint going to be VP. 2 crusty old Jingoists looking for anyone to fight is not my idea of a bright future.

    id rather HOPE for a better future than be certain of a dim one!!

    August 12, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  10. Michael

    Lieberman puts the Israel lobby first. McBush puts the Big oil Corporations first. Please let us have a change before we go another Trillion Dollars in debt and before another thousand young hero's die in Iraq for nothing.

    August 12, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  11. Clinton/McCain

    I still don't understand why people are supporting Obama now and why they supported him in the primaires. What a shame.

    August 12, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  12. Erika, KS

    Lieberman is exactly right. And this is Obama's problem. He has been in the Senate for 3 1/2 years and half of that time he has spent campaigning for President. His history with the state of Illinois has dubious voting records. Obama is big on talk, but falls short on action.

    As a life long democrat, I cannot vote for Obama. He has accomplished nothing. After eight long years of GW Bush and Company, if nothing else, Bush has shown what happens when inexperience is advanced to the White House. We cannot afford to gamble with Obama. He looks good. He talk good. But he's done nothing to prove he can do the job. He's a junior senator. You really want to promote him to President? Really? There's not a company in the world that would hire someone so inexperienced to be CEO.

    August 12, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  13. yankeegirl15

    Take that whiney Liberman and that whiney Lanny Davis and tell them to go blow.

    August 12, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |

    Lieberman ...just go away already. You're making me sick!

    August 12, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |

    Lieberman ... You're making me sick!

    August 12, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  16. Tanya

    Shame on you, Democrats of Connecticut! Is this a finest you could come up with?!

    August 12, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  17. Churchill

    This man is a character. Although he has every right to support whom he chooses, I have my doubts about his sincerity. He sounds very dubious to me. Let us watch how he will end up.

    August 12, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  18. Sacto Joe

    Senator Lieberman cares more about Israel than he does about the U.S., so why doesn't he apply for citizenship and move there? At least then his pro-Israel stance would be open and above board.

    OF COURSE Lieberman wants John McCain elected – I'm sure Senator McCain would have NO PROBLEM attacking Iran unilaterally, just like Bush attacked Iraq unilaterally. And that's precisely what Israel wants to see happen!

    August 12, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  19. Arizona Official

    It's a good idea for Liberman and McBush as a join ticket so that the American people will know that pretty soon they both going to retired and die.

    August 12, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |

    Lieberman points out the obvious: There's no record of Obama working in the U.S. Senate across party lines for the good of the country.

    Over a month ago, Gov. Tim Pawlenty (Minn) pointed out during a debate with Rep. Rahm Emanuel that Obama, in his short time as a U.S. Senator, has never taken a stand against his party on any issue for the good of the country.

    Obama's entire career has been one of making empty promises as he works to use his position to get ahead.

    Barack Obama: Opportunist.

    August 12, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  21. Independent White Woman

    Lieberman is trying to help McCain appeal to independent voters.
    **The negative comments turns me OFF **
    Democrats who will vote for John McCain than Republicans who will vote for Barack Obama."Mr Lieberman stop kissing up to McAttack I am Independent voting for Senator Obama ....You are Pathetic and so is that Old white Haired wrinkly Dude

    August 12, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  22. go away mongers- Ventura ca

    Judas Joe should just change parties and be done with it. What a disappointment!

    August 12, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  23. Sharon

    Wow – this is so true. Wish McCain would run some TV ads calling this fact out. Again....Obama full of inspiring words, but no track record.
    I think the article about Obama asking a Republican to be his VP is hysterical...could it be that he realizes more than half his party is not willing to vote for him?!?

    August 12, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  24. john

    This guy is a piece of crap. He shouldn't even be in the senate.

    August 12, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  25. Ex-Republican for Obama

    Okay, let's talk about Senate Records:

    McCain submits an energy bill, and then fails to show up to vote on his OWN energy bill.

    The only time he HAS shown up to vote on bills was when it was to vote down any benefits to our veterans, and/or to rip off the tax payers to give big business our money, or to shut down home based companies forcing our own citizens out of their jobs.

    Lastly, his voting decisions aren't really that hard for him to decide, he simply votes according to what Bush tells him to. No thought process, simply an endorsement of failed policies.

    McCain: A senate record in complete contradiction to what is best for the men and women of this great country.

    August 12, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
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