January 10th, 2010
02:17 PM ET
8 years ago

Lieberman: 'I don't agree with' McCain's new ad


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. Bob, SC

    It's truly a sad time when a moderate republican like McCain thinks he has to use this kind of attack to appease the right wing nuts.

    January 10, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. mary mtl can

    Turning coat

    January 10, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. Carl Justus

    When a republican so called president BORROWS 1.8 BILLION DOLLARS FOR EVERY DAY HE IS IN OFFICE WITH JOHN McCAINS HELP AND BLESSING AND LEAVES A 6 TRILLION DOLLAR ADDITION TO THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL DEBT AND McCains blasts a democrat that has been in office for less than one year.

    If John McCain was smart enough to know all things he would be a retired Admiral like his father and his grand father.

    January 10, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  4. Kyle

    I'm sooo sick of McCain.

    January 10, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  5. R. S.

    Please, McCain. You lost. What don't you understand, my friend..to use your overused words?
    CNN..how about reporting the news that's important and less of that which people don't care about? Go MSNBC!!

    January 10, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. Jaxson

    McCain had no problem with George W. and his fellow Republicans robbing America...why so worry about it now? What difference is it to him who robs America...he;s just lingereing for his big slice of the pie thats all.

    January 10, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. Runofthemill

    Too funny. Can you imagine what the economy would look like if "suspend the campaign" mclame and caribou barbie were in the WH???? My God. WE would not be worrying about deficits, we would be worrying about 35% unemployment and no financial sector left standing. No auto jobs – mclame was against loaning GM and Chrysler money to stay afloat, no jobs from infrastructure spending, no mortgage relief - and that is jsut the start. mklame would not have been able to address helath reform since we would be nearing reviolution at this point, just like when Hoover did what mckane would have done during his term in the early 1930s before FDR came along and saved not just the nation but capitalism. mckane or any republicon talking about the economy is like an arsonist talking about fire prevention.

    January 10, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. J. Fahnders

    Where is the surprise here? Sen. McCain and other top Republicans have used fear and intimidation as their best weapon against President Obama and his policies starting on Day 1 of his presidency. Is that all they can offer?

    January 10, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. LacrosseMom

    What about Bush's record deficit spending? Where were all the so-called-fiscal conservatives when Bush was doubling our national debt?
    The Republicans ONLY complain when the Democrats spend...... the GOP presidents can do as they please. Hypocrisy.

    I suppose its too much to ask that the GOPers understand that......

    1. President Obama inherited an economic disaster, close to the Great Depression.

    2. That the Stimulus Bill has created jobs, though not enough. Conservatives do not know American History, if they did they would know that during the Great Depression, FDR created an enormous deficit in order to put our Nation's economy back to prosperity.

    3. IF you, conservatives knew some U.S. History you would know that during the Twin Recessions of '81 & '82, a Republican was president. However, unlike President Obama, Reagan was not crucified for the Twin Recessions.

    4. In ....1983...... when REAGAN was president our unemployment was......... also.........10%....... and we did survive and go on to the great 90's when our economy thrived.

    I am sick and tired of the hate spewed at President Obama, which is really veiled .......racism........ I have never seen such hate towards an American president in my 56 yrs. of life!

    When Bush was president, the conservatives would call Liberals Anti-American & un-patriotic for criticizing a president!

    Whose Anti-American now?

    January 10, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  10. Tired

    Perhaps we should just have let the poor starve. Let those who lost their jobs and health insurance lose their homes along with their pride. Why is offering a helping hand such anathema to McCain and the Republicans? McCain has done nothing in recent years but reverse the ideas and philosophy of his early years. I once had respect for John McCain but no longer. He has joined the " criticize the opposing party for anything and everything" group. You know you CAN disagree with things your own party does and you CAN approve ideas of the opposing party. It is allowed!

    January 10, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. Aunt Bea and Opie

    What we really have to ask ourselves is,"would you trust your children with either of these clowns for more than a minute"?We believe Dementia has set in on both of them.We dont trust either one of them to lead, more than a circus parade or TCMs birthday party.Hahaha

    January 10, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  12. Jack

    Whoever wrote this article didn't watch the same interview I did. "Slam" in the headline is totally inappropriate, in fact I think Lieberman actually chuckled before he made his comment. You're reference to "driving a bit of a wedge" is also rediculous. Why does all the news media keep having to dramatise everything. Just report the facts.

    January 10, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  13. Shelly

    Americans are VERY fortunate to NOT have Senator McCain for President.
    The country would have been in a deep depression, war with Iran and N. Korea, more distance between us and the world, women's rights abolished, mockery of science and the rise of the religious right.
    We certainly would be going back to the dark ages.

    The GOP have devoted ALL their time hating President Obama, instead of working for the American people.

    January 10, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  14. GOP Crook

    People of Arizona. What are you waiting for? Why not recalling this old crook McCain now?

    January 10, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  15. Chris

    is CNN kidding? The article is titled "Leiberman slams McCain new ad" but the quote they used as justification was "sometimes we don't agree"

    Where is the "slam?" Wow, CNN, please be more biased for me, then at least this would be entertainment, and not the news it parades to be.

    January 10, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  16. James

    Sounds like Lieberman is starting to get worried about his recently crashing approval.

    January 10, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  17. mitzie - GA

    I actually like John McCain, personally but certainly not politically. He is a person of confiction if not intellect. His main focus is pork. He seems not to have noticed all the spending in the Bush Administration unless it was a "pork barrel project". He never seemed concerned about the wars that certainly were more expensive than his pet concern.

    He seems more concerned with bravado and machismo (and "maverick") acts toward nations we don't like than he does towards diplomacy and strategic thinking.

    John is a good man whose intellect goes as far as his "gut" will take him.

    Lieberman is disagreeing with McCain because now is the political moment to pretend he still sides with Democrats. I hope the voters in Connecticut are too smart for this shrewd yet see through maneuver.

    January 10, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  18. guest55

    there are greater issues to react to in Obama's government than pork. It's a little disgusting to know that people like McCain are blocking Obama every step of the way when the times call for everyone to pull together. Obama was convincingly elected to lead, let him lead for crying out loud.

    January 10, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  19. Barracuda

    Curious how beloved our president is who takes 3 days to respond to an amature terrorist attack that almost succeeded. Couldn't break away from his golf game to respond (or maybe he waited to be told what to say from his ZARs). He jets all over the country vacationing while so many people are out of work. He's going to take care of all you losers that want a hand-out from those of us who work hard,

    January 10, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  20. ccalgop1

    I can't wait to see how well the stimulus money will boost the local economies of the non existent zip codes. Or maybe the tennis courts will generate enough money for congress' pay increase.

    January 10, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  21. Whereisthereasoning?

    McCain said: "I stand in his way every day..." I think this goes to show why our nation is quickly slipping on the superpower scale. Because "our" politicians are more concerned with impeding each other's work and progress for the nation.

    This is a fine example of why Old Man McCain didn't come close to being elected. Obama may not be doing the greatest job, but look at what he walked into. Mr. McCain is simply living in a fantasy world...that dry desert air must be drying out his brain.

    January 10, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  22. itchin2say

    The problem is not government growth, but unending corporatocracy. Corporations are NOT the same as a person, don't have the rights that the people do, and DO have responsibilities to the community that gives them the infrastructure necessary to exist.

    January 10, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  23. Get Real

    The GOP has nothing to offer. Why the fxxx are we borther listerning to them. They are should retire and go home. Let the people who are out of work have their jobs if they care about this country. BULL

    January 10, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  24. Leo

    The Bush administration was handed a balanced budget then ran up 5+ trillion in debt during a period of economic prosperity. Why wasn't McCain concerned about spending then? We should have been stuffing the coffers for a rainy day instead of cutting taxes and spending money like a drunken sailor.

    January 10, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  25. La Chatte

    Go, Joe, go! Do whatever your sorry ass can to further divide the Repugs.

    January 10, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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