(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.