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. Never Barak Obama

    AMEN! Obama has not shown his love to this country!

    August 12, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. biffington, biff

    please consider the source....

    August 12, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. Innocent Bystander

    I think that Joe Lieberman is a hypocrite as he always puts Israel's interests above those of the USA. Now he has the audacity of questioning Obama's credentials.

    August 12, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. Barry

    Cming from a guy who puts Israel way before US citizens, it's sad & funny.

    August 12, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. Chris

    J/M is running a desperate campaign right now. The more he keeps this up the more folks are seeing him for what he is. LOL The idiot is falling right into Obama trap. LOL I mean lets not forget HRC ran this same type of campaign against him and folk got turned off immediately because she was suppose to be above petty stuff like this. Now, he is doing it and he was the one who came out saying he wanted a fair campaign that was not going to be like the past one. The idiot is doing exactly like she did and will loose because the more you keep up the attacks the more Obama appeals to everyones else cause he is not doing it. LOL...J/M wise up dude or you will loose!!! Well, to be honest I really hope you do. LOL

    August 12, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. tricia

    Lieberman: Israel First

    August 12, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  7. Sacto Joe

    Lieberman is a shill for the Jewish Lobby. He should move to Israel. Then his politicing for Israel would be honest!

    August 12, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. Sandy

    Getting our troops home is for the people, wars are ugly and costly and we do understand that we have to clean up the mess Bush put our country in. Obama is for the people, I cant' say the same for McCain and Bush. I also don't care that McCain was a POW it does not qualify Him as Qualified.

    August 12, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  9. Desmond Sequeira

    These people are even running out of negative things to say about OBAMA. every time they talk, OBAMA looks an even better choice than before!

    August 12, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Liberman hasn't always placed country first either. Thats why he is an Independent.....the Democrats in Conn. did not trust his judgment any longer. and voted for another Democrat in the Conn Primary. They may be judgment to support John McCain is not in the interest of Conn. What do you want to bet that MOST of the people that voted for Liberman do not support his choice of a Presidential Candidate or judgment in making that decision. What do you want to bet that unless he changes his style by Nov. that his political career within his home state is gone. What do you want to bet that McCain has promised Joe a future in his administration KNOWING that Joe will be washed up in Conn. ??? I think that these kinds of comments from Liberman are that of a desperate person who is clinging to the chance that his career can withstand sleeping with the opposition.

    August 12, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  11. Donny


    Obama hates this country. Why would he ever put it first??

    August 12, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  12. CJ

    With Joe Lieberman endorsing John McCain, who would he have us all believe that he is putting first? Obama deserves a chance. We have certainly givenl these other nitwits plenty of opportunity, and the only people they have proven to think of are themselves!

    August 12, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  13. Barrie

    Look at McCain's big scary grin, he looks like Jack Nicholson's joker when he took the make up off....

    August 12, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  14. Ian

    What was that McCain said about us all being Georgians?

    August 12, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  15. Danielle, NY

    Don't know why Lieberman is grinding an axe against the Democrats; it's OK to question a person's policy decisions, but when you start to question their patriotism, that's when you've climbed into the gutter

    August 12, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  16. Jo Ann

    Who gives a darn what Leiberman thinks these old guys need to go home and retire on the front porch. the RNC is such a dirty group of old farts including McCain.

    August 12, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  17. Ted

    Please, oh please Senator McCain...Please pick Lieberman as your running loser.

    August 12, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  18. JD




    OBAMA O8

    August 12, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  19. hey you kids get off my lawn

    lieberman is a joke. no one except mccain takes him seriously.

    August 12, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  20. Change

    I want you all to forget about your party affiliation for a moment and think about this
    Question for Mc Cain: What will you do for younger Americans,

    Answer McCain said: “I'll give you straight talk. I need to do a better job with young voters in America.”

    seriously what kind of an answer is that, "young voters in America" this is not about votes but what do you have instore for young American whether they are voters or not issues that affect us young Americans not votes that is what we want to hear Mc Cain start talking our langauge, it is not about you is also about the future leaders

    August 12, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  21. dollorbil

    Wisdom is something that comes with age which I don't think from the amount of Mr.Magoos and Elmer fuds in these comments is very common in this venue. Older people have made the mistakes that young whipper snappers haven't thought of yet. Stop look and listen is what they used to say about crossing the train tracks. It would be wise if people would make the same decisions when it comes to picking a president.

    August 12, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  22. RDS

    LIEberman is trying his best to get the VP spot or something in McCain's cabinet. What a brown noser! Maybe he can put a chair right beside McCains in the Oval office and whisper him the correct answers for everything, or maybe they can talk on walkie talkies.

    August 12, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  23. Jane Lexington, KY

    I am so OVER Joe Lieberman. He is truly a man without a party. If people think for one moment that his liberal social beliefs are embraced within the Republican party, they are as out of touch as he is! What is it about today's political environment that morphs maverick into nutcake overnight?

    August 12, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  24. BigAce

    Lieberman is just trying to be the next Zel Miller. It goes to show that OBAMA is so strong a candidate that they have to resort to lies, not distortions, but lies about his record.

    I bet if you pressed Libel-man to provide evidence of what he stated, he could not produce one shred of evidence to back up his claim.

    Lets see there was Rep. Gordon Smith from OR, Chuck Hagel, Jim Leech of Iowa and Dick Lugar. I guess these guys aren't Repugnant enough for Joe.

    How do you prove that someone doesn't put their country first? I've never understood that claim.

    McSame jumped on the Russia issue to show how tough he was but the only problem is that we don't have a military to fight another war while still in Iraq. So all he is doing is bluffing and Putin knows this.

    There is no way in heck the US will retaliate against Russia. They have nukes too.

    August 12, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  25. John McShame, Obama Is Going to Tax You & Cindy, but Not Me & 95% Americans Making < $250,000/Yr

    It's been ALMOST 3 DAYS + WKNDS that McCain has the whole United States to himself to campaign; yet he is still struggling in the polls....this old hag has not gone beyond 43%!

    With all his fabricated war records and with Lieberman spouting IGNORANCE; why can't John McSame be leading in the polls?

    Sorry old fellas; this is not the time of fear mongering and lying to win an election. The of repugs is over....

    August 12, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
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