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

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


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. Meg

    What's it going to be like to have a president without those credentials???

    September 3, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. John Henry Hill


    If I didn't see it and hear it, I would not believe that In this day and age, when our "smart bombs" and other super weapons have been rendered obsolete by suicide bombers who can strike at any time, almost anywhere, that some Republican leaders are rattling jingoistic swords while beating war drums. I would not have believed that an obviously angry President would refer to his dissenters as the "angry left." Heaven help us if the Republicans retain the White House. The world is waiting to see if we are going to meet the challenge of trying to create a better world or just rely on our "big guns and smart bombs" to bully our way around. Such closed minds as appeared and spoke at the RNC showed that somewhere along the way, many Americans have been led astray by hypocritical politicians, and are totally lost and out of touch with the real world.

    September 3, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  3. CauseNEffect

    Careful, Richardson. The Hillary supporters already hate your guts, so if you hate on Palin, it's playing into McCain's hands, because those blindingly angry Hillary supporters (whatever their gender may be) will want to like what you hate...

    September 3, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. NoMcSame

    No place to call HOME. 911,POW,911,POW,911 is all that they know. They never speak issues. NEVER.

    September 3, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. maeve

    When will Lieberman make his official switch to being a republican?

    My family and I lived in CT for 25 years, and we always thought of him as a republican in a democrat's clothing.

    Just go ahead and come out of the closet, Joe. Deep down, you know you'll feel better once you've taken that first step towards being honest with Connecticut's voters and the rest of the nation.

    September 3, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. Mark Cross Junction VA

    Richardsons biggest accomplishment is to govern and protect a state of illegals without getting them deported.

    September 3, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  7. Lisa M

    Lieberman was never a Democrat. That's why we didn't vote for Gore.

    September 3, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  8. Evan

    I'm a Jew so I can say this he is a disgrace to our people. How dare he support McCain. I just don't get it. Bitter is right

    September 3, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |

    Okay JUDAS

    We are going to believe what you say. You have no credibility with the Latino community. You should worry about your own standing and leave others alone.

    McCain/Palin 08

    September 3, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. mariel

    Richardson hit the nail on the head. Not only has Lieberman used up any goodwill he has with the dems and most likely independents, the mainstream Republicans still aren't going to trust him. He AND Rudy Giuliani have politically worn out their welcome.

    September 3, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. Gary of NC

    I see, but I guess it's okay to have PRESIDENT with absolutely NONE. Barack anyone? What a joke the Dems have become. And to think I actually used to have respect for Bill Richardson.

    September 3, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  12. Marilyn

    Go away, Bill. Nobody cares what you think.

    September 3, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  13. Ted

    Obviously Lieberman doesn't want credibility among Democrats since he's decided being a red blooded American Republican is a better choice.

    Richardson is the poster child for the Democratic Party... weak and sexist.

    I want a Strong America so my children will have a future. Why not watch a few minutes of the Republican Convention and see what real American patriotism is all about.

    It's not some Hollywood set built with millions in taxpayer dollars.

    September 3, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  14. MarioB. from Berlin

    I do completely agree. Bill, you're the man.
    Hope you'll be within Baracks cabinet.

    September 3, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  15. Aida

    Bill – who cares what you think. Eres un vendido.
    You do whatever you need to jump on the bandwagon. Your true colors came out during the primary. If McCain wins, you will be his best friend.

    September 3, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. Tony

    So kicking Leiberman out of the party because he wouldn't lock step with the Socialist... I mean Democratic party wasn't going too far? It was Leiberman pointing out that the Democratic nominee is nothing more than a gimmick pick?

    September 3, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  17. Newly Independent

    Look at the top of the Democratic ticket... Who doesn't have experience? Quit comparing Obama to Palin.... It's like comparing apples and oranges. Really... The real comparison is Obama and McCain.

    Who lacks the experience as Commander-In-Cheif? Obama....

    Richardson is a "Judas" and I guess that would qualify him commenting on Lieberman...

    Still for Hill, but voting McCain... Experience and Patriotism matter...

    No empty suits in the white house.....

    September 3, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  18. Moon Maiden from Lake Michigan

    Right on Bill!

    September 3, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  19. Kojo

    This 'Judas of a man" , Bill Richardson, goes about the network pretending to be a saint. I have indeed lost all respect for him after his last act of betrayal. It appears no one has the right to criticise Obama these days. He is flawed candidate and will surely loose this election.

    September 3, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. Jim Reese

    It seems that Democrats such as Bill Richardson have no problem promoting a Presidential candidate who has no foreign policy or national security experience, but shame on those Republicans who would think to promote a Vice Presidential candidate with similar credentials! The Democrats better be careful in their belittling of their former VP candidate, or Senator Lieberman may just decide to caucus with the Republicans, giving control of the Senate back to the Republicans.

    September 3, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  21. Reality check #1

    Wow, a statement of loyalty coming from Judas Richardson? How dare he.

    September 3, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  22. John

    Is Richardson still supporting Obama, REALLY? He was sooooo ANGRY at Obama for not giving him the VP seat. HE INVESTED EVERYTHING IN THE VP SEAT. HE EVEN TRASHED HIS LONG TIME GOOD FRIEND (BILL CLINTON).

    Richardson is a BETRAYER, POWER HUNGER.

    John, MA

    September 3, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  23. Carol in Timbuk2

    Joe Lieberman is sad. People in Connecticut had the chance to vote him out of politics. Ned Lamont would never be pulling this stuff. Joe Lieberman should retire.

    September 3, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  24. Blinky McSame

    Lieberman is toast. Neither party wants him. So just go away loser.

    September 3, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  25. Helene

    Sad ? Judas Lieberman comes right out of Shakespeare. The ultimate traitor, reveling in his abjection, smirking, patronizing, pompous and full of it. Claiming to be "above" parties when he swims in the sewer. If you can watch him without throwing up, I admire you.

    September 3, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
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