August 12th, 2008
03:45 PM ET
10 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. Tony

    Just because you are an EX-POW, that does NOT qualify you to be president.

    August 12, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  2. KC

    This Joe guy always put ISRAEL first and now he is accusing Obama!? We shouldn’t elect him as our senator. Hope he will not win this coming elction.

    August 12, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |

    Oh Mr I will turn on you in a second Lieberman

    August 12, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  4. Nik

    Lieberman will find himself without a job in Washington when this election is over.

    August 12, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. Jim in Raleigh

    More of the same from Sen. McSame. I hope he picks Ridge as VP. That would show his complete continuity with Bush.

    It is also time for all those who supported Clinton (I was one) to grow up and support the party. Do you all really think Sen. McSame will do anything except continue the same policies you wanted Clinton to stop? Do you really think four more years of Bush/Cheney politics as usual is preferable to a Democratic presidency?

    Good grief, people. If the roles were reversed you would all be having a fit if Obama supporters were bailing on the party like you are.

    August 12, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. Lone McCain Blogger

    " ... been tested in war ..."

    Which war again did McCain win? Oh none. Go back to checking McWorses' bearings Lie-ber-woman

    August 12, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  7. Pam

    When is the media going to crucify McCain for cheating on his disabled wife they way they are crucifying Edwards? Guess we know who McCain puts first...

    August 12, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  8. Abby

    John, so true. Hopefully, this time a majority can see through it and vote for our best interests.

    August 12, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. anyomous

    i just wish mccain would stop campainig in peensylvinia

    August 12, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. Tony


    Hey America, land of the whiny, apathetic, lazy, complaining. We are NOT safer than we were 8 years ago. Time to tun off reality t.v. and face the real REALITY!

    God Bless America...the Land of the Free and the Home of the Insane!

    August 12, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. Liz

    Traitor Joe is a moron. Why does anyone listen to him anymore? He's like a pathetic lap dog sniffing McFeeble's pant leg.

    August 12, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. Nova from NV

    Obama's voting record show that he is a very leftist liberal. His records showed that he has voted along party lines and not in a bi-partisan matter. So Joseph Lieberman's comment is hard to argue with.

    August 12, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  13. Matthew

    Obama supporters must just be ignorant. They praise Chuck Hagel and have nothing but scorn for Joe Lieberman. Sure Hagel has come out against the war and Lieberman has been very much in support of it, but on PRACTICALLY EVERY OTHER ISSUE Hagel has voted 95% of the time with Republicans and Lieberman has voted 95% of the time with Democrats!

    August 12, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  14. mike

    i wonder how many independents were actually in the building???

    August 12, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  15. Slick Hilly

    What was the occasion? The Old Fart convention?

    August 12, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. Deanna- CA

    Leiberman needs to go!!! He has turn his values to corporate interest; Lieberman is a loser!!!!! Liberman has always put McCain first, is he in love???

    August 12, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. tlatexaspuma

    Liberman is right. Obama only puts Obama first.

    August 12, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. LaShanda

    Lieberman is a joke! He puts Israel before the U.S.! Why does such a small nation have a stronghold on our national security?

    August 12, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. Janet Jacme

    LOL "north of 3000 people", huh? How exciting!

    August 12, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  20. Beverly, NYC

    Which country is Leiberman referring to the USA or Israel? He should stick to translating for McCain

    August 12, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  21. strinkypa

    You O-bombers are all over the net – do any of you actually work? I guess you have plenty of time to surf the net now that you've been layed off from Starbucks. Hopefully one day you'll make lots of money, become very succesful, and an O-bomber look alike will tax you in to poverty...oh the joys mispent youth....GFY

    August 12, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  22. Steve

    I don't get the Clinton lost – I'm voting McCain mentality. They are political opposites. I think its another term for "He's Black". God help America. You are an IDIOT. Get out of my country!

    August 12, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  23. Luis

    All you Liberal, wacko Obamites get your crying towels ready in November.......LOL

    What a bunch of mindless clowns....comical

    August 12, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  24. McCain = War

    Looks to me like McCain's putting negative ads and lies first. How come his rallies are never a diversified representation of our country?

    August 12, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  25. Christopher, Madison, WI

    Lieberman is an old fool. Obama is ahead by 11 points in PA. Nice try PUMA CLINTON/MCCAIN. The great pretenders...I was going to vote for Obama but now I'm not. Complete crap!
    President Obama 2008.

    August 12, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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