January 10th, 2010
02:17 PM ET
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Lieberman: 'I don't agree with' McCain's new ad

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Sen. Lieberman said Sunday that he does not agree with a new hard-hitting ad released as part of friend's 2010 re-election bid. (Photo Credit: CNN)

Washington (CNN) – Sometimes election year politics can drive a bit of a wedge between the closest of political allies. In this case, Sen. John McCain’s first foray into 2010 campaign advertising is rubbing his longtime ally the wrong way.

In a new radio ad released Thursday, McCain takes on the record deficit spending by the Obama administration, which has defended it as an effort to pull the country out of the most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression.

"President Obama is leading an extreme, left-wing crusade to bankrupt America," McCain says in the new ad, I stand in his way every day.”

Asked about McCain’s new ad Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union, Sen. Joe Lieberman said “You know, every now and then, John McCain and I disagree.”

“I don’t agree with that,” Lieberman added referring to McCain’s attack on Obama for record federal spending in the last year. “I think that the president understands the importance of bringing our government back into balance. Look, he came in at a most difficult economic time, inheriting a national debt that had doubled in the preceding eight years.”

Lieberman also told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King that he thought Obama might mention “some tough medicine for our economy” during his first State of the Union address expected next month. “We need it and I hope there’ll be bipartisan support in Congress for doing that,” Lieberman said of the fiscal belt-tightening some observers expect Obama to push for in the second year of his presidency.

McCain, appearing side-by-side with Lieberman Sunday while the two senators are on an overseas Congressional visit, defended his hard-hitting ad against Obama.

“The president promised that he would stop the wasteful spending. He has not vetoed these pork barrel bills. We have increased the debt and deficit dramatically,” McCain told King.

“The spending is out of control and it’s not been brought under control,” the Arizona Republican also said Sunday. “And that’s what I’m fighting because we’ve laid a debt on our children and grandchildren that is unconscionable.”

soundoff (260 Responses)
  1. Dan

    Liberman is with the democrats now, where he has a nice "job" but for sure he knows the size of the deficit. Let politicians be politicians!

    January 10, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  2. Tired of The Rhetoric

    Like most old dogs, we love them, but they seem to always be under foot.
    McCain has made alot of noise this year but has said nothing and done nothing. It's easy to criticize, but where's the action of consequence?

    January 10, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  3. manny

    The Dems are in a riot and frenzy. They don't care what damage they do to our country. Just as long as they can receive their bribes and cocaine. Simple as that.

    January 10, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  4. Redneck

    When McCain said economics wasn't his strong suite during the election, I'm sure what he meant was that he knows everything about the economy and we should take his fiscal advice. He was just having a senior moment.

    January 10, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. John O.

    You know, every now and then Joe Lieberman prostitutes himself to the insurance industry. When health care reform goes down the tubes, Sen. Lieberman will be able to look in a mirror, smile broadly, and say to himself, "You made this happen, big boy."

    January 10, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. Jaguar

    Both McCain and Leiberman have become political jokers. I guess they are both senile rigid and needs to stay home retired. Let some fresh minds come on the political stage and bring in some fresh ideas and thoughts in the political process. These two are too old and its time for them and their lot of old senile stiff people to get out of the Senate and Congress. If anyone can bring us back from the brink it the younger generation who have a better understanding of the future than the old guards.

    January 10, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  7. Susan

    And this is news?

    January 10, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  8. Iowa Voter

    Still prefer McCain over the turn coat.

    January 10, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  9. Ken in NC

    Oh yes it is an election year and Lieberman is once again trying to start building up his support for his run for re election in 2012 but it ain't gonna happen. Lier-berman has flip flopped so much both sides of him are beginning to hurt and no one wants him. He's not anted by Democrats, Republicans or even his own state. It's tough being the Senator from Eatna.

    His time has come and gone. Time for him to go even if it means I have to move to Conn to vote against him.

    January 10, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  10. max

    he senile, warmongering mcstain should go away ... he supports torture and murdering of children in Iraq, but throws stones when HIS president (you know, the guy that kicked his a$$ last year) tries to help fellow Americans. mcshame seems to be suffering from severe memory loss by not fessing up to being a significant contributor to the current economic crisis by marching lock-step with gw idiot and DICK cheney's non-economic policies ... BTW 9/11 happened under the chimps administration FACT, the shoe bomber happened under the chimp FACT ... we were under that administrations budget until just this past August, so Obama's policies only kicked in the final quarter of the year ... This old fart needs to go away and retire to the home with the woman he left his crippled 1st wife for ...

    January 10, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  11. Jim K.

    "President Obama is leading an extreme, left-wing crusade to bankrupt America," says Mr. McCain.

    This is why I did not vote for John McCain. It is a completely false statement and he knows that, and yet he chooses to present to the American people as if it were a fact. He forgets that people will listen to him and take it as factual, which it is not. It is an exaggerated opinion designed to create a reaction with the voters. These people make me sick with their politics.

    The real truth is that he doesn't even believe it himself.

    January 10, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  12. Patrick

    CNN, get real please. Enough with the extremely hyped and exaggerated stories and headlines. I mean seriously, this article did not live up to the title, "LIEBERMAN SLAMS MCCAIN AD"...Lieberman simply stated: “You know, every now and then, John McCain and I disagree.”...NOTHING like the headline. Great coverage CNN!

    January 10, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  13. Chris

    Both McCain and Lieberman need to retire at the end of their terms. These guys work harder on their strategies to divide more than they do working for their constituents. Say goodnight Irene and let's get some people who know the real issues and can find ways to improve the country, not just their own egos or political parties.

    January 10, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  14. haren

    Both of them playing politics with terrorisam.
    John King as usual did not ask him pork barrel spending in defence budget.

    January 10, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  15. Larry

    I hate to be the one to tell you John

    But your kissing buddy George W. broke Americas back for the past 8 years, but apparently you were not paying attention

    Thanks to the American voter, we put a real man in the oval office this time around

    I can not even fathom what you and the brain dead governor would have done to this country

    Now stop your treasonous bashing and go home and soak your aged teeth, let the real Americans begin to fix the mess you Republicans left us with.

    January 10, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  16. Greg

    CNN, your headlines are ridiculous. Leiberman slams McCain. He couldn't have put it any nicer. Since when is, every once in a while we disagree deserving of the headline. Leiberman Slams McCain over Ad?

    Your headline person should work for Access Hollywood or National Enquirer.

    January 10, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  17. annie s

    Why does McCain think its okay to bankrupt our nation and leave our children and grandchildren with massive debt if the money is being spent on wars (any war, John seems to like 'em all) ... but if it is being spent to pull our country out of a near-depression, promote alternative energies or deliver affordable health care to our citizens it's wrong. Just wondering,,,,,,

    January 10, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  18. btannerski

    John McCain is a self-serving, arrogant, lying, ignornant excuse for a Senator and should retire. At one time he was a hero and an asset tor our country, now he's a barrier to the parties working together to solve serious problems.

    Lieberman is equally self-serving and has also become a barrier. As a country, we have tremendous issues to overcome, yet his pandering to the right and flip-flopping encourage other Senators to now work together.

    Both need to go!

    January 10, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  19. JPB

    crick and crock... take your pick

    January 10, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  20. beanne

    Thank God for John Mccain.........Thank You for standing in that gap when we, the American people can't...We can march, write and man oh man can we, and will we vote this year.......vote all those who have stood behind this Tax and spend, apologizing to our enemies, giving our enemies citizen rights, President out of office....Keep standing up for us John.....Keep standing up for America...we're right behind you!

    January 10, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  21. Justin

    "Leiberman Slams McCain" should be "Disagreement at the Morning Diner Over Coffee."

    January 10, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  22. Juli

    I wouldn't call this "Leiberman slams McCain's new ad" kind of a misleading headline CNN. He may not agree, but it's very true- our country is going in the wrong direction- and if people aren't seeing that , then they are just seeing what they want to see. I'm a democrat who has woken up to the fact that this was the wrong candidate at this time. I'm very sorry we passed on Hillary Clinton. We needed someone with experience in this job, both on the ecoomc front and the terrorism front. He is failing at both, and our country will fail miserably if he fails. I've been just shocked at the singular focus on healthcare. None of that will matter if people don't have jobs, and we get attacked in a big way again. The priorities are so badly out of order, it's scary.

    January 10, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  23. Jacob

    poor old John McCain...

    January 10, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  24. Roberto Galoppi

    Is very sad to see people getting old and still willing to be in the limelight. They both should retire and let the country to a new generation, a generation of hope and trust in the future.

    January 10, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  25. Steve

    Both of these men have seen better days. Yes, Obama had to embrace stimulus spending to compensate for the big drop in consumer spending and lack of bank credit, but his stimulus package put pork politics over job creation after he promised there would be no pork in his Administration.

    January 10, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
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