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. asdd

    looserman go home!!!!!!!!!!

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


    August 12, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  3. indignant

    LIEBERMAN does not represent anyone on American soil. He pledged his allegiance to Israel long ago. He should be a registered lobbyist for them.

    August 12, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  4. libs be dopes

    What record?

    August 12, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  5. S. Boatman

    Put Bush In The Middle Of This Picture And You Have The Three Stooges! . . . Without The Laughter!

    August 12, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  6. PulSamsara

    Lieberman is a pathetic drool hanging from a thirsty camel's swollen blue testicle.

    Nothing more – nothing less.

    August 12, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  7. Dayahka

    Lieberman sure is full of himself. This was Al Gore's downfall and major mistake, and the Demokrauts allow him to caucus with them! What a turncoat.

    August 12, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  8. The Truth Hurts

    Interrsting that Joe Lieberman seems to always put Israel first, over America, including the invasion of Iraq, which was (at best was only a moderate) threat to Israel (as highlighted by the neo-conservatives Wolfowitz, Feith, et al in the mid-1990's), not the USA. He is far more guilty of his statement today of being un-American than any of the current candidates for president.

    August 12, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  9. Kay

    Liberman is so much like john Mccain.He is old, inflexible and incapable of telling the truyh. He is a liability to Mccain just as he was to Gore.

    August 12, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  10. McDrill here and Now.

    "Uh, where? what a beautiful couple!

    August 12, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  11. Atta boy Joe

    Call him out on the carpet and tell'em like it is Joe. Obama is an empty suit who was a state legislator less then 4 years ago, and now he wants to be our president?? Pleaszzzz...

    We need more elected leaders like Joe Lieberman in our government.

    August 12, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  12. Obino

    Liberman should shut up his mouth,. After these years in Senate, what has he achieved?

    August 12, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  13. Dan, TX

    McCain's campaign is built on lies. He is shooting himself in the foot. I'm beginning to feel sorry for him. He's a senile fool.

    August 12, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  14. former Repub

    Liberman's a traitor who's finished in the democratic party and now he's eating in the enemies camp
    I guess I'm guilty too for voting OBAMA

    August 12, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  15. Raymond Duke

    Lieberman must be kidding. How can he slam Obama's record. He has none. All he does is vote present and sign on to someone elses bill. But I do agree that John McCain will put this country first and we all know thru Obamas own words , friends,(domestic terriost) wife's and reverends where america stands in their priorties.

    August 12, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  16. Dave C - NJ

    That was all in 2000, Lieberman. He's reversed his stance on all those bipartisan issues since then 🙂

    August 12, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  17. Alan Boyer

    It's official. Joe Lieberman is now drinking John McCain toilet water.

    August 12, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  18. Justin from West Haven, CT

    Lieberman would be a great VP pick, it would just give Obama a bigger margin of victory in CT because 20%+ isn't enough.

    August 12, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  19. Michael, Lorain, Ohio

    Look for Lieberman to lose his chairmanship on his commitee if he keeps this up. Also, he promised not to critisize Obama, but looks like just another "Say one thing and Do the opposite" kind of politician.
    No Intergrity what so eveah!

    August 12, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  20. SamSunny

    Could this guy be any more of a disappointment. A war monger like McCain, a traitor to his party, now a backstabber to Obama who supported him initially. And in the final analysis ....just a liar, plain and simple. Much like his buddy McCain who goes no where without Lieberman. Both of them have character issues.

    August 12, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  21. dorothy

    Lieberman, and John McCain, both just alike, FLIP! FLOP! Experience doing what in the White House? Joe Lieberman, and John McCain, are not even in touch with the Real World, the Economy, Gas prices, the Housing Prices, with another George Bush 3rd Term.
    Wake up People! Vote for Barack Obama, the man who had the common sense to vote No on an Illegal War in Iraq. This Illegal War was about the Oil, and the United States in Debt for Billions!!!

    Dorothy, OK

    August 12, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  22. McCain’s PHONY EXPRESS

    Lieberman, please show up at every event McCain is at. I am always worried that poor old mcCain will keep on making mistakes or not know the answer.

    Don't forget that Bush was at least a C student. McCain was at the bottom 5th of his academy (894th out of 898?). Only Gomer Pile and his cousins were lower than McCain.

    WISH LIST: Its time we get a smart President for America!

    August 12, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  23. K of TX

    McCain and Leiberman tout bipartisanship for the sake of bipartisanship.

    What have they done that has made the average American's life better?!?

    We need elected officials not just to agree, but agree on policies that benefit us!

    One Question:

    Are you better off now than you were 8yrs. ago?

    Obama '08, '12

    August 12, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  24. JFK

    Obama would have to have a record to attack first....

    August 12, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |

    You would think that more would engage brain , an do what is best . But no way in hell , if they didn't think of it . they would never agree . Never seen so many hard headed Dem. All they know is , Obama , an lime lite.

    I think , Joe has a lot going for him. At least he is trying to do right, not all these left turns, an Vacations, An flip , Flopping.

    August 12, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
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