September 3rd, 2008
12:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Richardson on Lieberman: 'It's a little bit sad'

CNN

Watch Gov. Richardson discuss Sen. Lieberman's speech at the Republican convention.

(CNN) – Whatever goodwill Sen. Joe Lieberman may have still had with Democrats may be gone after his criticism of Sen. Barack Obama in an address to the Republican convention Tuesday.

"It's a little bit sad," New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson told CNN Wednesday. "I think he must be very bitter after his Senate issues with Democrats and the fact that he wasn't supported in the primaries but this is just going too far."

The Democrat-turned-independent's split from his former party has centered largely on issues of foreign policy - especially the conduct of the Iraq war, where Lieberman agrees with the views of his friend Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee.

"I don't believe that Sen. Lieberman still has credibility among Democrats," Richardson told Kiran Chetry on American Morning. "He's basically said that anybody, like myself and many others, that have opposed this war - that want to bring our troops home safely but as quickly as possible - are basically not just wrong, but unpatriotic."

Richardson also took the opportunity to take a swipe at Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the presumptive Republican VP nominee. "Foreign policy, national security experience is something that she obviously doesn't have," said Richardson, who served as the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. under President Bill Clinton. "To have a vice president without those credentials is going to be a problem."

soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. Ethan

    Rodger, are you serious?

    Lieberman ran a campaign as an Independent and won in Conn. ... after being tossed out by his party no less.

    September 3, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. obamaton

    Joltin' Joe Lieberman; ya just gotta love this guy! He wants what is best for the Country and not just for himself politically.

    September 3, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. Twan from Annapolis

    I would have loved if John McCain Had picked Lieberman for VP because this election would over. Lieberman is a phony fake fraud. He did worse than Kobe Bryant did to Shaq. He is definitely kicked out of the Lockeroom and will never win a CHAMPIONSHIP. How Can you trust a double agent. I have another analogy He's a point Shaver. when his team is up he does everything in his power to keep the score close to cover the Spread. I'm done

    September 3, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. No Hillary = No Obama

    Yeah, and Richardson was real sad when he turned on Hillary. The pot calling the kettle black.

    September 3, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. James

    I love the comments. I see that the Democratic party is not so democratic anymore. Personal feelings and beliefs count for nothing if you do not tow the party line and support the party's candidate.

    September 3, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  6. To Shallow Idiots

    Richardson shut up!

    September 3, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  7. SAM OBI

    MR. JOE LIEBERMAN IS A POLITICAL TURN-COAT. HE WANTS TO
    AMERICAN TO REMAIN IN IRAQ FOR THE NEXT 100 YEARS, ACCORDING TO MR. JOHN MCCAIN WISHES. THE DEATH OF OVER
    4,100 U.S. SOLDIERS AND 10,000 WOUNDED SOLDIERS DOES NOT BOTHER HIM.

    HE IS A REPUBLICAN IN AN INDEPENDENT CLOTHING. HOWEVER,
    BARACK OBAMA WILL ENTER THE WHITE HOUSE ON JANUARY 20
    2009, AS THE 44TH U.S. PRESIDENT. AMERICAN VOTERS WILL NOT BE FOOLED A SECOND TIME BY THE WASTEFUL AND IRRES-
    PONSIBLE REPUBLICAN ADMINISTRATION.

    ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND JOHN F. KENNEDY WERE NOT STATE
    GOVERNORS WHEN THEY WERE ELECTED AS U.S. PRESIDENTS.
    JOHN MCCAIN INTRODUCED IMMIGRATION BILL INTO THE SENATE
    BUT WHEN THE TIME CAME TO VOTE ON THE BILL, HE ABSTAINED.
    HE IS A CHAMELEON. I HOPE THE D.N.C. WILL DEAL EFFECTIVELY
    WITH LIEBERMAN AFTER THE NOVEMBER 4 ELECTION. I AM VERY
    OPTIMISTIC THAT DEMOCRATS WILL GAIN CONSIDERABLE WORKING MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE. HIS DONATION
    OF MONEY IS TO BUY HIM THE CURRENT SENATE CHAIRMANSHIP
    HE CURRENTLY OCCUPIES.

    September 3, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  8. Barbara

    Oh, please. the Democrats have had measured responses to all the insanity the Republicans have thrown the coutry this week and all I hear from GOP supporters is hysterical name-calling. Grow up.

    September 3, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. Mark from Albuquerque

    Richardson turned on Hillary?
    He didn't represent his constituents in supporting Obama?

    He's the Governor of New Mexico, it's not his job to throw his support behind the presidential candidate that got the most votes in his state. It's completely his decision to support whomever he chooses to support based on which candidate he thinks would do a better job. Same as your role as a voter.

    He chose Obama. So did the majority of Democrats.

    Hillary conceded, get over it.

    September 3, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  10. K

    Richardson is so annoying... not on any ONE point in general... but is annoying overall. He is best when he kisses Obama's Bottom. Why can't there be more Dems that are like Biden or Hillary... who are there own person? I would appreciate anybody w/their own mind... regardless of party affliation.

    September 3, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. cal

    This Richardson guy is a a– just ask Hillary- She will not be in the same room with this guy. The Dems have taken this election to the edge of diguest. Of all years - the presidency was on a silver platter for this party. But they have destroy their chances. This Obama guy is a joke. He needed to drop out of the running when it came to light of his 20 years in this hate Amearican church. The us of america deserves much better. I would take 8 more years of Bush before having a week of Obama. Sad - but true.

    September 3, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  12. Sheeple for Obah-h-h-h-hma

    This is hysterical coming from Judas Richardson.

    September 3, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  13. New Mexican

    It doesn't make any sense to compare Lieberman's switch to Richardson's decision not to vote for Hillary. A simply inappropriate comparison.

    September 3, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  14. Bob Libutti

    More incredible than anything the McCain's, Palin's, Lieberman, Bush's and, Cheney's crowd does is the fact that so many Americans still vote for them and apparently think it is OK. Is it stupidity, ignorance, fear or religious fervor (i.e. stupidity, ignorance, fear)?

    September 3, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  15. Mary

    Sour Grapes Richardson strikes again. He turned on Hillary in a hot second when he thought he might have a chance as Obama's VP. Richardson is a joke!

    September 3, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  16. I don't think so...

    That was too harsh...He's sad to watch...

    September 3, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. Brielle

    I think Gov. Richardson is really great. He is always so calm and level-headed in his thinking (this was especially evident in his early primary debates with Clinton, Obama, and Edwards), and has the type of personality that can unify people and discuss differences in a clear, logical manner. Richardson would make a wonderful Secretary of State, or cabinet member for the Obama administration.

    September 3, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  18. K

    If you go against your party... you're a traitor. so what happens when you go against yourself?

    He's known McCain for a long long time... and believes in McCain's capability more than Obama. So do Hillary and Biden... they believe in McCain's ability more than Obama. That's it. Why is it so difficult to understand what one believes is best for the country really does trump party. Why do you think McCain fights against the repubs so much when he doesn't beleive in certain topics?

    Again, I appreciate people who lives in truth and what they believe in, regardless of party.

    Richardson is still an idiot. and I rarely call anyone an idiot. Nor can I imagine any democrat finding any relevance in Richardson.

    September 3, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  19. Artful Dodger

    In the words of Samuel Johnson "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel." By deriding Obama for an alleged lack of patriotism, Lieberman shows his true colors.

    September 3, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
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