September 3rd, 2008
12:00 PM ET
11 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. Debby

    Yeah Bill just as sad as you stabbing Hillary in the back. As far as foreign policy I notice you didn't mention Obama's lack just Palins. You are a loser and thats why you were dissed for the VP ticket.

    September 3, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  2. viki, NJ

    HE DOESN'T EVEN HAVE CREDIBILITY AMONG JEWS ANYMORE. AND HE KNOWS THAT. SO NOW HE HAS TO SWITCH TO THE WARMONGER.

    IT SEEMS EVERY ONE (INCLUDING BUSH) WANTS TO LEAVE IRAQ EXCEPT JOE LIEBERMAN AND McDOOFUS

    September 3, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  3. Jill-IN

    Joe Lieberman said last night that he was a Democrat who has come to tell voters why they should vote for Mccain. This is not true – he may have been once upon a time long long ago but one thing is true - Joe Lieberman is NOT a Democrat.

    September 3, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  4. Say Cheese Obama

    Booo Hoooo Richardson! You're not VP because you are a big idiot so you now think you're opinion matters.

    September 3, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. Rick

    This coming from the dumbest man ever to hold public office.

    September 3, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Richardson always seems to be able to take the highest road, but somehow still shortest path to reach the point.

    Lieberman is doing what is best for Israel, not America.
    Country First.

    September 3, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  7. Jim in Atlanta

    Does any one really care what JUDAS Richardson has to say? He has the gall to state that Lieberman doesn't have any credibility with Democrats anymore, but JUDAS does not speak for me. As a conservative Democrat I fully support Joe Lieberman and John McCain as well. For the first time in my life I will be voting for a Republican presidential ticket thanks to the extreme left wing that has taken over the party.

    JUDAS turned his back on long time friend and political ally Hillary Clinton, and now all of a sudden he is "sad" that Joe Lieberman turned his back on the "Daily Kos Democratic ticket". Well JUDAS, what comes around goes around, and you certainly have no leg to stand on when it comes to criticizing other people’s loyalty.

    September 3, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  8. Matt, Pittsburgh

    credibility among democrats??? can you use those words in the same sentence? isn't that an oxymoron?

    and coming from a party hack like bill richarson who has no credibility outside his tiny circle. He is just pandering for a cabinet post which I'm sure John McCain is not going to provide.

    September 3, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. longhairs for obama

    yuo right governor! lieberman betrayed barack by saying in 2006 that he do anything to help support barack. he a 'personal' backstabbin' ,warmonger. and he not patriot!

    September 3, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  10. John from LA

    I love this-NOW all the Dems don't like it when a dem/ind. crosses over to end the bickering-but what about Unity across the country Richardson????-you typical partisian politician-becareful Dems-you're all starting to sound a bit too "sad".

    Where's the "working across the aisle" Dems?????

    September 3, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  11. Rodger

    Next year he can join the Republicans. He can not even get elected as dog catcher in Con.

    September 3, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  12. Sarah

    Liberman is a looser,

    He is the main reason Gore lost in 2000...

    September 3, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  13. John

    This is getting old,,,,,,I do not understand the logic,,,,,OK Palin has little expierence,,,Obama has little expierence,,,So lets us make our decision based on McCain's expierence vs. Biden,,,,That is ohhhhhh so easy for me,,,,Is it easy for you ?

    September 3, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  14. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    "DISGUSTING" is the word, not "sad."

    September 3, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  15. jimmy

    IT'S NOT AS SAD AS RICHARDSON IGNORING HIS OWN CONSTITUENTS VOTING FOR HILLARY CLINTON AND HIM VOTING
    FOR OBAMA.. IT SURELY HAVE BEEN APPROPRIATE TO NAME RICHARDSON AS OBAMA'S RUNNING MATE.

    September 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  16. Ron democrat turned independent

    sen Obama's foreign policy experience is all of about two months old. i guess she's not capable of hopping on a plane and talking to a few heads of state and voila experience. national security was very well laid out during the Texas debate when he blabed to the world about the state of our troops in Afghanistan. remember, before you try to make an excuse, he believed that story to be true at the time

    September 3, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  17. North Carolina

    Sen. Joe Lieberman has not credibility among democrats and republicans don't trust him either, otherwise, he would have been McCain's running mate.

    September 3, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  18. bakersfield

    RICHARDSON OWED HILLARY THIS IS THE FIRE CALLING TH KITTLE BLACK

    September 3, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  19. Terry, NJ

    Actually, he has more credibility now to me then ever before. Why? Cause he's not a pawn of a party like so many Democrats and Republicans are. Idiots are those who vote for someone simply because they are this party or that. Intelligence runs weak in many Americans it seems when thinking outside of the box. Cluelessness and naivity are what many seem to follow.

    September 3, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  20. Smoke

    Lieberman is done with, just looking for a gravy train to ride out his years

    September 3, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  21. Tammy - KCMO

    Good riddance to bad rubbish. go on over to the dark side Lieberman.

    September 3, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  22. John Starnes

    Just when I think that Joe Lieberman cannot possibly sink any lower into a moral swamp, he proves me wrong. Gore should regret ever having given this poor excuse for a Democrat AND a dual-citizenship American (Israel, what a surprise!) the chance to rise in the ranks. Joe Liebertman embodies the very worst stereotypes of politicians and should be ashamed to look in the mirror.

    September 3, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  23. Chris

    Bill Richardson is a loser.

    September 3, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  24. Dot

    shut up Richardson, you are the reason why Obama will lose in November

    September 3, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. ran

    People the issue is not Lieberman or Palin. It is getting this country back to the people and the only way that is ever going to happen is for us all if not most of us to join in Voting for Obama/Biden and only other Democrats this time. Americans we can not be this stupid to even entertain McCain and his Joice for VP. People look at what is and has happen in the last 8 yrs. This country can not take another 4 yrs of the same. Yes country first which means this time Only Democrats need to be elected.

    September 3, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
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