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. Obama supporter:White, 60 year old woman

    Instead of generalizing that McCain is this and that, prove it by giving specifics...and publish the 540 out of 600 pages of his military record.

    McCain's voting record shows 95% support of Bush's policies and he has not been to the Senate since April even to vote on key bills.

    August 12, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  2. DR. YES

    i wish connecticut would get rid of him

    August 12, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  3. Informed Voter

    many People are not going to base their vote on what you did .. put what you plan to do ... for the country in the future ... & in Mc Cain's case he plans on continuing Bush's failed polices ...

    plus Mc Cain sold his soul to the far-right just to win an election .. gave up all what he stood for .. the Mc Cain of 2000 would never vote for Mc Cain of 2008

    August 12, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  4. j gannon

    Would be great if these two run together....two of a kind! I won't say what kind they are, not fit to print.

    August 12, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  5. Mike

    What a joke this Lieberman is! To think that he was actually the democratic vice presidential nominee just makes me sick...

    August 12, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  6. California Gold

    Why does Lieberman talk to voters like we are gullible fools who believe whatever he says? Does he really believe we take him at his word? Listen up Senator Lieberman: don't underestimate the average voter. It's 2008 and the days of believing what politicians feed us are over with. Making false statements in order to make your pal McCain sound better is not a good idea. In fact it brings your credibility into serious question.

    August 12, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  7. Observer

    You know, I read Lieberman's book about public service a few years ago, and I gained a lot of respect for the guy because of it. He spoke so eloquenly about being positive, working with others, being honest and changing the caustic tone of politics in Washington. My respect for him has evaporated in the past few years, as I see him straying farther and farther away from the things he talked about in his book. In short, contrary to what he says in his book, he will say or do ANYTHING to keep his senate seat.
    Joe Lieberman, you have no business criticizing Barack Obama for much of anything. What a hypocrite!

    August 12, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  8. Obama For President

    McCain mouthpiece has not said anything new – why is this making news? Nothing new..... McCain trying to take some of the sting out of Obama's endorsement from several prominent republicans today. McCain has yet to have democrats openly come out and endorse him with the exception of Joe L. Can't blame Joe he has made a political calculation and hoping McCain win so he wont get booted out of congress. So keep talking Joe maybe you'll survive election day. Obama will save social security for your retirement.

    August 12, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  9. Gail in SC

    this is pathetic! I am so ashamed of these two men. I have supported both of them in the past, but now see that the strength of character I thought they each had was an illusion and that they are both of less than stellar character. john mccain cheated on and left his first wife for his second wife. Joe Lieberman is a career politician that is interested in trying to have it both ways and is not above lying to have it. They both are disappointments!!!

    August 12, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  10. Cecil

    Two Grumby Old Men!

    August 12, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  11. BOOTSTOMPER

    Am i wrong or is joe Liberman actually charley Mcarthy? This man is a total dummy.

    August 12, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Leiberman's comments are disappointing - how can he question Obama'a patriotism like that

    August 12, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  13. MB

    I used to respect Lieberman and McCain. Maybe the press has fed us things about these two senators that were a farse. What I am seeing of McCain and Lieberman in this campaign make me disrespect them. They disgust me. Frankly I am ashamned that I voted for McCain in the primary. Hell will freeze over before I ever vote for such a despicable person.

    August 12, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  14. Monica, Texas

    LIEberman should be careful with his comments...he is crossing the line. McCain once again what happened to you keeping your campaign above the mudslinging, some how I believe it will come back to get you dirty....

    August 12, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  15. Jared

    The fact that Barack Obama campaigned for Lieberman's reelection bid, despite the fact that Lieberman lost his party's primary, just goes to show how dispicable and two-faced Lieberman really is. As a Jew, I am ashamed to count Joe as a member of the tribe. The mere fact that he's willing to compare Reverend Hagee to Moses shows just how out of touch Lieberman really is. I can only hope that the people of CT will recall Lieberman from Washington.

    August 12, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  16. Franky

    O.K, that's all you got??

    Joe....why don't you just suck his (expletive) already...

    August 12, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  17. Steven Gall

    Democrats need to kick lieberman out of their caucus!

    August 12, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  18. VOICE OF REASON

    RECORD? WHAT RECORD? YOU'D BETTER BE REAL CAREFUL OR THOSE OBAMA GROUPIES WHO WERE RAISED WITHOUT ANY RESPECT FOR THEIR ELDERS WHATSOEVER WILL CALL YOU OLD AND SENILE TOO. REMEMBER " MR WHATS A RECORD OBAMA" SUPPORTERS ARE LIKE CHICKENS WHEN IT COMES TO FACTS MR LIEBERMAN . THAT IS EVERY MORNING IS A NEW DAY AND YESTERDAY NEVER HAPPENED. REALLY WISH THEIR PARENTS HAD MORE SKILL IN THEIR UPBRINGING. DISRESPECT OF ANY AGED PERSON TELLS ALL ABOUT ONE'S BASIC CHARACTER. OR MOSTLY LACK OF IT.

    August 12, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  19. Ekuwa

    I hope he does pick Lieberman. That guy is a loser he lost as a vice president he lost twice here in CT and he'll lose again as vice president if McCain chooses him.

    August 12, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  20. KG

    I like Joe Lieberman and all the other blue dog Democrats who have seen and heard enough of Obama's fantasy land.

    August 12, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  21. Veteran for Obama

    John McCain is the one who signed statements denouncing the United States, not Barack Obama.

    He did so while a captive, true enough, and many others would probably do the same thing.

    But it's a disgrace for him to call his service heroic when he denounced his country while in uniform.

    Patrick Henry: "Give me liberty or give me death."

    John McCain: "Give me the pen, I'll sign a statement denouncing my country."

    August 12, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  22. JohnWinNC

    Lieberman was once the drag on a previous Democratic campaign; we can only hope that he would be the VP choice for the Repblicans. Alas, McCain already incidated that his VP choice would be a contrast to McCain, the old, lusterless Senator. The VP would be "young and inspiring," I think he said. So long Joe!

    August 12, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  23. aaa

    loserman loserman. two oldies togather think they are smrat. you guys are sooooooo old both of your brainds are fried

    August 12, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  24. JohnWinNC

    On second thought, we can not believe anything McCain says. Maybe Lieberman has a chance!

    August 12, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  25. sean

    Lieberman opened his mouth and the words "bomb Iran" or praise for Israel didn't come out of his mouth? wow

    August 12, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
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