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. Scott Ryder

    Who cares what Lieberman has to say? He was voted out by the votes in his state in a primary election and once the primary was over he decided to run as an independent because he decided he was going to run anyway. Joe Lieberman needs to go away with the rest of the ultra-liberal arm of the Democratic party.

    August 12, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  2. Too Much Influence From Israel

    Joe Lieberman demands that America do whatever Israel wants. That's why he's constantly pushing for more U.S. military operations in Iraq – it's what Israel wants. America should just say NO to Lieberman and NO to Israel.

    August 12, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  3. RAY


    August 12, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  4. Ex-Republican for Obama

    I call it a bold lie to indicate voting "95% in line with Bush administration" to be a record of bipartisanship.

    Let's not forget, McCain brags about how he has supported the Bush administration well over 90% of the time.

    No thanks LIE-berman, you are living up to your name.

    August 12, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  5. Tony

    Lieberman- what a piece of work.

    August 12, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  6. The Lady

    I guess Lieberman supports George Bush also.

    August 12, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  7. Karen in Cape Cod

    Good and well he should!

    August 12, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  8. Ian

    McCain used to be bipartisan, I'll give him that. But for the past three years, he definitely has NOT put his country first, nor has he been bipartisan. He put himself first, by voting 95% with president Bush so that he could gain support from the right wing base he needs so urgently to win the presidency. His candidacy for presidency has been many years in the making and this time, unlike 2000, he decided to do it not through his integrity or his record, but through the same old Washington politics we've been tired of in this country for the last eight years.

    Obama is no where near perfect, and his ideas are lofty. But it's time to try something different; doing what's not working over and over hasn't got us anywhere.

    Obama 08

    August 12, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  9. Marc in Arlington

    Watch the Obamabots come in here and just attack McCain's age or call him a war monger instead of answering the charge. Let's face it, folks, McCain DOES have a record of reaching across the aisle. Hopefully the change that Obama keeps talking about includes himself because he has done nothing but play party politics since his first day as a politician. Sorry.

    August 12, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  10. Adam J. Schmidt

    What Senate record?

    August 12, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  11. rayster

    Glad I'm not on the christmas list. You are trying to be a Dem. while brown nosing to the Rep.
    Figure out who you are and what you stand for. Read profiles of courage and it may help you to figure it out

    As a former VP for the Dem. where did you fall off the bus

    August 12, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  12. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    remember those republican bumper stickers, "Sore Loserman"? Well, the GOP doesn't get much right, but they sure did hit the nail on the head with the second part of that bumper sticker.

    August 12, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  13. Fact Checker

    This article does a poor job of portraying Senator Lieberman. It does not mention that Senator Lieberman had been a Democratic Senator for 18 years including the 2000 Democratic Vice Presidential nominee. Omitting such information fails to underscore the division within the Democratic Party between the far left and moderate center. Furthermore, in supporting McCain, Senator Lieberman risks loosing his chairman position in several key committee and sub-committees due to the Democratic controlled Senate which allocates such positions to its members. He also risks re-election in his heavily democratic favored state. This is a rare example of a politician doing what he/she believes is right rather than serving their self-interests and self-promotion.

    August 12, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  14. Ron Democrat turned independent

    no bias no bull is all bull CNN won't go where it's really at regarding sen. obama. they won't even investigate quotes they run on their own network that they got from other sources when the elections are over it will mighty lonely over there

    August 12, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  15. Yupik1

    How is mocking a fellow American with "Celebrity" and "The One" commercials showing Bi-partisonship? This does nothing to promote unity in America. Besides, changing political parties to further your own political life doesn't count as working across the aisle. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!

    August 12, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  16. David Peter

    Someone please silence this yellow turncoat. He is old and lacks positive vison for America.

    August 12, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  17. Jan Ill.

    The record speaks for itself, its just a matter of if your willing to listen to it or ignore it. I like BO but hes not ready and I know it and you do too. Wishes and dreams will not make it so. Obama/ Hillary or not.

    August 12, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  18. Voter

    First time I have agreed with Leiberman since he bolted the Democratic Party.

    August 12, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  19. marty from Indiana

    Liebermann is no democrat. He is a traitor. He must be removed from his caucus positions... stripped of his leadership roles immediately and all the money the democratic party has must be used to see him defeated the next time he runs. He must not be allowed to show up at the democratic convention.

    August 12, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  20. Bobby

    Look at this Lieberman was a t Mccains throat over the past 8 years but now all of a sudden they are best friends.. flip flop much?

    August 12, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  21. Andy

    Lieberman, I have one word for ewe besides baaaahhh, RESIGN.

    August 12, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  22. Rickymo

    Liebrman is a traitor to his country and his former party. His only interest is Israel and its support. He could care less about thos country.

    August 12, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  23. Veteran for Obama

    Lieberman needs to be called to the carpet for attacking Obama's patriotism. It's one thing when ordinary supporters do it but it is completely wrong and immoral when a fellow Congressman does it. Lieberman has become a national disgrace. Obama needs to come back on this quick and hard!

    August 12, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  24. Respectful...

    Obama worked on nuclear non-proliferation legislation with Republican Senator Lugar and supported the bipartisan GI Bill.

    McCain said he would not question anyone's patriotism but stands with Lieberman as he makes these disgraceful comments. That makes another flip-flop in the wrong direction away from respectful campaigning.

    August 12, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  25. gerard from MA

    Same old politics same failed policies...

    August 12, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
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