August 12th, 2008
03:45 PM ET
6 years ago

Lieberman suggests Obama has not always 'put country first'

 Lieberman campaigned with McCain Tuesday.
Lieberman campaigned with McCain Tuesday.

YORK, Pennsylvania (CNN) - John McCain used one of his largest and most ambitious town halls to date to brandish a pair of surrogates, Joe Lieberman and Tom Ridge, who may help him shore up support among independents in this fall battleground.

The Tuesday stop began with some campaign stunt work that turned the typically-mellow format into a lively Pennsylvania event that resembled one of the noisy rallies that characterized the Democratic primary.

The audience on hand - estimated by the campaign as north of 3,000 people - far exceeded the size of a standard McCain event. And the audience, who had been warmed up by a pair of television screens broadcasting a biographical film about the candidate, rose to their feet when McCain, Lieberman and Ridge arrived.

The trio entered the York Expo Center in the Straight Talk Express, which motored into the indoor venue under a massive American flag that was hoisted up to reveal the campaign bus, all while the theme from “Rocky” blared.

Lieberman then marshaled the audience by seeming to question Obama’s patriotism and commitment to bipartisanship in Washington.

"In my opinion, the choice could not be more clear, between one candidate John McCain who's had experience, been tested in war and tried in peace. Another candidate who has not,” Lieberman said to applause. “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.”

For his part, McCain plugged the moderate records Lieberman and Ridge, and praised their commitment to keeping the country safe.

Though he made a strong push to attract independents in his town hall performance, demanding that congress work together to solve the country’s energy crisis, the GOP nominee for the first time acknowledged he faces a deficit of support among younger voters.

Responding to a former Hillary Clinton supporter who asked what McCain will do for younger Americans, McCain said: “I'll give you straight talk. I need to do a better job with young voters in America.”

soundoff (298 Responses)
  1. mike

    Great talk.. thats all it is give us all somthing that Obama has done, and don't fall back on that change b.s.

    August 12, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  2. Andrew

    Nothing wrong with standing by Israel.

    August 12, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  3. jerry, San Francisco, CA

    Joe- you disgust me. You were good once. But now you're just a Republican stooge. They'll use you and then toss you under the bus. Where you belong!

    August 12, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  4. Not fooled by distractions

    Lieberman is a lyin' weasel. Let's see some proof Joe – put up or shut up. You know he can't prove this juvenile banter, but I guess it's all they've got.

    August 12, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  5. Shannon

    Obama puts Obama first period. The man will do or say anything to get elected, and the zombies that follow him believe everything he says. I would love to ask his supporters questions on key issues, I would bet that most of them couldn't tell you how he voted on anything. The only accomplishment Obama has, is his ability to run for office. He gets elected to one, and starts running for the next one, he has accomplished nothing. If he truly cared about America, he would do his job in the senate, and try to help struggling Americans. Come on Obama supporters name one piece of legislation this man has drafted that has helped Americans.

    August 12, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  6. Cecil

    You McCain Supporters Can Have Him.

    "All we are suggesting is 'the kids think he's dreamy"
    This Is What They Do Best!

    One...two...three...four...sure are a lot of young white women in this thing....

    Why do you think they put so many young white women professing their love for Obama in what is clearly an anti-Obama video? What would possibly be negative about young white women liking Sen. Obama?

    When asked, the McCain campaign says they took the video from local news packages, but of course that doesn't explain anything.

    – jpt

    UPDATE: McCain campaign senior adviser Mark Salter writes to say: "All we are suggesting is 'the kids think he's dreamy. But should he be president?'"

    UPDATE 2: Looks like the McCain campaign has taken the video off youtube.

    August 12, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  7. kf

    im 23 and i live in new jersey and im pro choice and not a republican and ill be voting mccain....why? because obama is an arrogant tool who knows nothing about how to run a government...democrats always bash republicans about how they "ruined this country" well then you all must feel pretty stupid that you cant win an election and you still wont win this year...and it is not because half of america is stupid...its because the democratic party has completely lost touch with the center of the aisle and is now completely left winged loonies (like obama)

    mccain 08 country first

    August 12, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  8. MD

    I have been reading the cnn ticker and other outlets to form my choices for this election year. One thing I have noticed in reading the comments is that Obama supporters are so hateful they impress me as rabid and very off-putting. Is this because the polls are so even and Mr. Obama has such a lack of experience? Add an impotent Democratic dominated Congress in the mix and one would have to be very cautious to consider voting for this party.

    August 12, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  9. Peter

    go away Joe

    August 12, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  10. Karen, Tx

    Don't worry. Obama will make it. Democrats will come true and do what is best for the party. I can't wait to see Lieberman out on the street for the way he turned on HIS party...

    August 12, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  11. Joyce in Florida

    The three mousketeers.

    August 12, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  12. John in Iowa

    Oh he's put country first. Just not this country!

    His countries are Sudan and Kenya.

    August 12, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  13. Des,Toronto

    How come good old MCTrigger happy McWar did not say bomb bomb bomb,Russia afraid of the return nukes, now can everyone see why Iran has need to worry about their security, it is a deterrent...period!! they can't have em then you shouldn't either. Now we are all Georgians,how come he never said we are all Darfurans or Rawandans or Palestenians today!!!!

    CNN would not print this anyway the hate the truth!!

    Sanity in 08 Vote Obama

    August 12, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  14. Vegas

    Ha... Ha...

    The would be dem VP can't even stand the empty suit...

    Obama... a JOKE we can all believe in...

    McCain/Clinton 08

    August 12, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  15. Louis

    And Joe the village idiot put our country first by supporting the debacle in Iraq that has left 4,000 brave soldiers dead, 30,000 brave soldiers injured, 100,000 innocent civilians dead, 2,000,000 refugees, and
    $700,000,000,000 taxpayer dollars wasted. What a repulsive excuse for a leader.

    August 12, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  16. Craig H Easton, PA

    Nobody rusts or beleives the word of a turn-coat.

    August 12, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  17. Paris

    Lieberman is absolutely correct.

    Obama has demonstrated that he votes and strategize on popularity vs. his country.

    Examples:

    1.Obama voted against the surge (Not popular at the time but what was needed for our national security)

    2.Drilling, Obama is against it to satisfy the special interest and the very left liberals of his part

    3.Obama refused to denounce his mentor, pastor Wright while he said GD to America but when he called Obama a politician he denounced him
    I have many many more.

    Country above all Mr. Obama.

    August 12, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  18. VB Lincoln Park, NJ

    It's too bad Senator McCain lives in the 1950's!

    August 12, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  19. Texann

    I really wish CNN could put an "age requirement" on allowing people to post here (although there is no way to enforce it). But the point being... it appears many of the people posting on here are about 13 years old and not too bright. And I don't mean to insult the 13 year olds in this world because most of them are probably a lot smarter than some of the dolts posting on here. And unfortunately, many of these posters are Obama supporters. You people flat out scare me... and I'm a Democrat. This November election probably worries me even more than the last two.... because we have NOBODY running this time that deserves the office.
    Boy, if there were only a "none of the above" option on the ballot. I suspect "none" would get the majority of the votes.... and maybe then we could get SERIOUS about picking legitimate qualified candidates.

    August 12, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  20. linda from South Dakota

    ok its been proven now that liberman isnt forobama,, just talks out the side of his mouth,, like mccain and bush do,, so we really need change and obama can do it ,, yes we cannn obama!!!!!

    August 12, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  21. NickNas

    WOW This is the ONLY place where Lieberman is whorshipped. It IS true ...you cannot trust ANYONE anymore.People actually endorse liars and turncoats in this day and age. So much for American HONOR!

    August 12, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  22. Obama supporter:White, 60 year old woman

    CNN should put the country first by researching and reporting on both sides of the Georgia conflict and of the foibles of each of the leaders involved. Like the war in Iraq, CNN (and the MSM) are too quick to take the Republican talking points and run with them.

    CNN should also be more honest and objective to give credit where credit is due: It is France that is spear heading the diplomatic mission to end the physical conflict in Georgia, the US has little involvement, and to blindly say the the US and "her allies" want Russia out of the G8 and Georgia into NATO is not accurate.

    CNN should state who these allies are, that Nato members turned down Georgia's acceptance into NATO and I have found no other G8 country pushing for expelling Russia from the G8.

    Two weeks from now I predict CNN will be backtracking on much of what they are reporting now. BBC in Britain and CBC in Canada has much more objective and balanced news.

    August 12, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  23. Cynthia

    They need to find a serious contender to run against Lieberman and put him out to pasture.

    August 12, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  24. Steve

    An African American friend once told me that she was ashamed that Condolezza Rice was Black. Now I know exactly how she feels because I am ashamed that Sen. Liebeman is Jewish.

    The Jews have a word for someone like him: "Shonda." It means "disgrace."

    Virtually no one outside of the state of Connecticut knew who Lieberman was until the Democratic Party nominated him for Vice President. That year, he ran against the Republicans who championed cutting taxes for the rich, ending abortion, privatizing social security, diverting funds from public schools to private ones, and opposing universal health insurance.

    And now, eight years after the Republicans ridiculed him as "Joe Loserman" (remember that?), he has become their House Jew.

    August 12, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  25. Indiana Bob

    All of you Obamabots, just tell me one thing Obama has done for his country. And I don't mean talked about doing or taking the credit for what others have done and Obama was along for the ride. Just one thing.

    PUMA - Vote McCain

    August 12, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
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