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. Cecil

    It's Clear Then Every Before, Sen. McCain Is A Warmonger!

    August 12, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  2. Anna C

    The more I learn about Barack Obama, the more I do not like him.

    I sure hope Florida and Michigan get their calendar straight next time.
    What a silly little screw-up.

    SHOOOOOOOORE it was.

    August 12, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  3. ken

    Joe Lieberman has to be one of this country biggest jerks. He as done nothing of real substances as a senator but he will talk abount some one else. Joe be for warned that the good poeple will put you out to pasture where belong.

    August 12, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  4. John B. From New Hampshire

    who is lieberman to say anything???? he doesn't even know who/what he is!!!

    August 12, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  5. Elizabeth

    Is there a reporter who will ask Sen. Lieberman – directly – to explain what he is referring to when he says that Sen. Obama has not always put his country first? And insist that he answer directly, and substantively, or back down and apologize.

    August 12, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  6. McCain is a panderer

    It's amazing that anyone listens to Lieberman any more (then again, maybe no one does except the media since it smacks of sensationalism). Earlier today he had this to say about the Georgian conflict:

    “The last few days, four or five days, we’ve seen one of the most unexpected crises in the world as the Russians moved into Georgia as aggressors."

    The fact that Lieberman actually thinks that the events of the past week were unexpected (let alone "one of the most unexpected") shows how completely clueless he is when it comes to foreign affairs.

    The he actually criticized Obama for waiting to find out all of the facts before jumping on an attack of Russia over the Georgian conflict. Even the Bush administration managed to get this one right, agreeing with Obama on practicing a modicum of restraint and not rushing in with guns blazing. Not McCain though, and of course Lieberman, who's trying to hitch his political career onto McCain's, goes charging forward at McCain's heals like the lap dog that he is.

    August 12, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  7. Ed Miller

    Lieberman is a total jerk, only interested in militant Jewish interests under the guise of a U.S. congressman . He should be a citizen of Israel not the U.S.

    August 12, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  8. Donald Tobin

    Lieberman is a pathetic political figure who will get his just due when the Dems increase their numbers in the House and Senate!

    August 12, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  9. Melissa

    Lieberman crosses the line to go ultra-negative on Obama. This is a blessing for Obama in disguise. The more negative he goes, the more he fires up Obama's base. A landslide victory for Democrats.

    August 12, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  10. Keith

    When it's all said and done, and the Democrats get a 2 vote or better majority in the Senate, Lieberman will be done. No more power for him.

    August 12, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  11. My Friends, let me tell you,

    I will not raise taxes on Israel,right Joe?

    August 12, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  12. Obama - MY next president

    Joe,
    When you have to lie in your bed....remember YOU MADE IT!

    August 12, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  13. Jim Hall

    Lieberman needs to back to Iseael and stay there Jim Hall Kansas City Missouri

    August 12, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  14. A

    Lieberman is a complete a–hole who changes labels whenever it's
    to his political advantage. And the same can be said for John McCain,
    who switches wives, depending on how pretty they are, and how much
    money their Daddy has, and is willing to to hand him everything on a silver platter. Both of them are a disgrace to humanity.

    August 12, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  15. jay

    Oh please!! Who wanna hear what Joe Opportunist Lieberman and John McNasty McCain have to say? These are two very Old felllas with 19century mentality. The world is change and Americans need new leaders with a vision to 22 century.
    ps// Boys you need to dye your hair before GOP convention.

    August 12, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  16. ERIC, MN

    Lieberman is such a hack. Obama was good enough back in 2006 when he was campaigning for Lieberman's re-election. Now all of a sudden because Lieberman became a republican Obama is just awful. LIEBERMAN IS A JOKE. HE CAN HAVE THE REPUBLICANS AND THEY CAN HAVE HIM!!!!!

    August 12, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  17. David

    Mr. McCain is the obvious choice for the election.

    It's time that people put the parties and partisonship aside and select the candidate that has paid his dues and has proven his allegiance to this country.

    It's not about who can create the biggest sensational story in the media, it's about who can lead.

    If any voter would just take one iota of time and research who is the more logical candidate, their research will prove, without a doubt, the candidate to be elected is John McCain.

    We are all citizens that have been scorned by the Iraq war, no doubt. But running sheep off a cliff thinking that we are voting for something which a talker, crook, politician cannot deliver, is just plain insane.

    The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA does not need change, it needs repair. We do NOT want to change our way of life and our Constitution,rather we want to repair our leadership.

    It is only the experienced one that can effect the change we are looking for.

    Give it a chance. As much as the far-outs want you to throw out the "baby" with the "bathwater", think about the roots of a candidate. Think about the service that Mr. McCain has given this country.

    Let us not be the knee-jerk society and stupid-consumers the media paints us to be. Let us be true Americans, true to the cause of our freedom, and the ability of our freedom to help others.

    Do yourself a favor America, Vote John McCain as our next President.

    August 12, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  18. Chuck Rush under the bus

    Monotone at its best.

    August 12, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  19. Denise Groves

    lieberman has no shame. in his book "audacity of hope," obama speaks of several instances were he worked with the repubs and other dems on bills.

    August 12, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  20. Kaci

    Does Lieberman really think anyone is paying attention to him? An after there has been example after example of Obama reaching across party lines and the Republicans who worked with him speaking out – Lieberman appears to be as nutty as he sounds. And he is just continuing the ongoing smear questioning Obama's patriotism. I question Lieverman's. Who is this guy that got beat in the primary and changed parties so he could win? Sounds like he has allegience to himself only. I for one hope McCain does pick him as a VP running mate. It'll be a slam dunk for Obama.

    August 12, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  21. Sherry

    you and mccain need to retire and get on with your lives and quit causing problems and lies

    Obama all the way for America

    August 12, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  22. SO

    Picking a President has really come down to whom is picked for VP,since it seems the VP has more power than the president.

    August 12, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  23. Lieberman puts Israel first

    That's why Joe Lieberman is such a big supporter of the Iraq War – Israel wants U.S. troops permanently stuck in the middle easts. And Lieberman can be counted on support whatever Israel wants. This isn't good. American foreign policy should put America first.

    Moreover, I don't think Israel – a nation with 1.3 million Palestinian refugees stuck in refugee camps for the past 40 years, deserves American support.

    August 12, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  24. Robert

    Loserman needs to hid some where, in all his years in office, how much has he done to change what? Same thing go for McSame(Bush), he talks about all these issues, but why didn't he do anything about them in the Senate? Oh wait its Silly season.

    We need to all wake up and regain out country from big business.

    August 12, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  25. S. Boatman

    You Are A Tool And A Fool! Dont Worry Because Your End Is Near! It Will Be Over This November! Mccain Has Been So Arrogant. . . Speaking On Behalf Of All Americans! Where Do You Get Off Speaking For Me Mccain! Speak For Yourself You Hypocrit!

    August 12, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
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