September 2nd, 2008
12:25 PM ET
10 years ago

Lieberman: 'Country matters more than party'


Watch Sen. Lieberman explain his support for Sen. McCain on American Morning Tuesday.

(CNN) – Joe Lieberman, Al Gore’s running mate on the 2000 Democratic ticket, is slated to address the Republican National Convention Tuesday night on behalf of presumptive GOP nominee John McCain.

“I feel very good to be here,” Lieberman told American Morning’s John Roberts as the two sat on the GOP convention floor Tuesday morning. “Obviously, crossing party lines to support John McCain because to state it simply, country matters more than party and I just feel so strongly that John McCain is best candidate for president for our country.”

Lieberman, now an independent senator, called Sen. Barack Obama “very gifted” and “very eloquent,” but said he thought that McCain “is ready to be commander in chief on Day One,” borrowing a phrase frequently used by Sen. Hillary Clinton against Obama during the Democratic primaries.

Lieberman, who has faced sharp criticism from many within the Democratic Party for his decision to back the Arizona senator’s presidential bid, also said Obama “from his whole record, hasn’t fought the special interest groups, hasn’t shown that he can work across party lines to get things done” the way that McCain has.

soundoff (163 Responses)
  1. redleg

    Of course it does, just look at his military record.

    September 2, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. John from CT

    Country does matter before party. Didn't you hear Mrs. McCain state that last night - take off our republican hats and put on our American hats. The only problem is the American hats should always be on, never taken off my friend.
    It's funny how Joe says that after the 2000 election the party changed. Well he ran for president (democratic nominee) in 2004. He was challenged and lost to democrat Ned Lamont in a primary (2006). But then Joe ran as an independent (he will tell you as a democrat) and won his seat back. How or why this state voted him in is mind boggling.
    But how about this: then republican party even backed him that year instead of their nominee Schlesinger.

    September 2, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. Karen

    What Joe is forgetting is his promises to the people that voted for him. I will stand with the democrats if you vote for me. Lies, Lies and more Lies is all the Conn. has gotten from Mr. Lieberman. Is that what he supports?

    September 2, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. Peter (CA)

    You're right Joe!
    It IS about country before party.
    This country is in the toilet thanks to 8 years of Republican rule. Sen. McCain promises more of the rest including financing an expensive war with tax cuts for the wealthy.

    Time to take the country back, Joe.......Obama/Biden 08

    September 2, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. anyonmous

    hey what about obama he is qulified to be president on day one

    September 2, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. Midwestern Woman

    Lieberman says that McCain is ready to be Commander in Chief on Day One. I have no doubt that both candidates are ready to lead. The question is: what kind of Commander in Chief will McCain be? We should all worry about a Commander in Chief who would continue Bush's policies including policies of human rights abuse and use of the water-boarding form of torture. Being experienced and competent can be a big problem if what you are doing is morally wrong.

    September 2, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  7. nora cc tx

    Liarman who cares what he has to say or what he thinks, that old fool!!!

    September 2, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  8. pat de pat

    I hope joe will change his affiliation to keep his job now that the VP position has gone away

    September 2, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  9. id&eye

    You're another Old Man.
    Since when does the Republican Party put country before politics.
    How often did John McCain support the displaced from the disaster of Katrina? This was just a convenient hurricane to use as a political ploy and get the attention off his choice of V.P. "PAIN" ooops I forgot the "L" and the fact that Bush/Cheney didn't want to go to McCain's convention.

    September 2, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  10. Joshua

    Except when he didn't win his party's nomination, he switched parties! I wish Lieberman would retire and go away.

    September 2, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  11. Andrew

    Should it really be considered crossing party lines since he is registered as an Independent?

    More political pandering and spin from the Great-grandpa "Old" Party.

    September 2, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  12. Janine

    What does experience have to do with this election? We had experience in George Bush. Look where we are and we voted him as president – TWICE. You would've thought he got enough experience in his first term.

    September 2, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  13. orna

    If country really mattered first, then McCain would not have chosen Sarah Palin and you would not be supporting them publically. Sen Lieberman, Sarah Palin supported Pat Buchanan for president. Read the anti defamation leagues four page resume on Pat and his anti semitic, anti Israel comments. I am sure CNN won't publish this, and I am not saying Palin is definitely anti semitic but surely she knew Buchanan's viewpointss A rabbi in Alaska sad she was supportive to the Jewish community there but be real, its Alaska....I don't buy it.
    I am not sexist and I'll say she is not qualified to be VP for many many reasons, one of them being her extreme right wing viewpoints. I thought McCain didn't agree with those. hmmm, country first? Right!

    September 2, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
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