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. Awaal Oastad

    McCain and Liberman are both fools of the year.

    January 10, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. Rita

    I don't think the Gop realizes that one day if their fortunate enough may gain the White House back and when they do they will be heavily scrutinized and blamed on a daily basis and fortunately we can conjure up the truth with our finger tips. What goes around , comes around! I use to believe CNN was a responsible news source unfortunately They let the Gop spin their lies! I'm done with CNN!!! Fox news is nothing but propaganda. That leaves MSNBC and thus far when they have been wrong they retract and admit it. The other stations don't even make an attempt. They think we are stupid! As far as nightly news stations, forget them to. Everything our President is trying to do to get this country on track is blasted by idiots! I'm just sick of the lott of them! Want real news, tune into the BBC! John King , he is an inside man to right wing!

    January 10, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. gary davis Harbor Oregon proud american

    mr. dip and Mr. stick or the two stoogies , or just caLL them dumb LOL :)

    January 10, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. Chuck

    Grandkids do not pay for deficits due to wars, excessive tax cuts, military spending, etc. Reagan ran on a balanced budget even supporting a balanced budget amendment and then as pointed out by previous commentors ran up the biggest deficits ever at the time. Been the same for all Repubs since with obviously GWB running up $5 Trillion in debt, passing tax cuts that created no permanent jobs only a construction/housing bubble, and left the economy in total collapse. Do we really want to be led by a party that believes safety pinning teabags all over their clothing is somehow intelligent?

    January 10, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. America Shrugged

    The ones saying we should cut taxes and gut gov spending are probably those who benefited the most from 20 yr of extremely generous tax cuts which allowed them to invest more in the stock market.. I'll bet they also enjoy those socialist programs Medicare and SS and aren't willing to give them up for the good of the deficits. HA

    January 10, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  6. Harriett in Chapel Hill

    McCain has dementia, as proven by his total loss of memory concerning the last 8 years. I honestly don't know who these two believe is still listening to them, because way over half of Americans don't. Just look at LIEberman's latest poll, and I'm not so certain that McCain will win his seat in November. Wouldn't that be grand?

    January 10, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  7. Zach

    THEY (Republican and Democrat politicians) are not the problem. WE THE PEOPLE are the problem. In a democracy, if the people elect politicians who drive their country trillions and trillions of dollars into debt, then the people are responsible for it. WE (the Republican AND Democrat electorate) have caused ALL of the problem and taken NONE of the responsibility. The Greater/Greatest Depression IS coming to America, the reasons are deeply rooted in our culture, and there IS NO turning back at this point. [Unless you want to cut virtually ALL spending and just spend a couple decades paying taxes to cover your accumulated debts while receiving very skimpy barebones benefits from the national gov't? No? You'd never dream of such a thing? I didn't think so.) Thus the only thing a wise American can do at this point is to buy a piece of land (in this country or elsewhere), start learning some agricultural and survival skills, and brace for the inevitable.

    January 10, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. Bart

    Someone below said take Econ 101 and you'll never vote for the GOP. Not quite true. Take Econ 101 and you'll never vote for either party.

    Fact is Bush thought VETO was a four letter word and never used it. Obama said he would change things and get spending under control. He hasn't done it.

    Granted the economy and the wars have made it difficult, but until all of the clowns we have elected in both parties stop feeding the pork-barrel binge, nothing will change. Give the President a line item veto and then it will be much easier to hold the President (whoever he or she is accountable for bringing spending under control.

    January 10, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. Helene

    Who cares about what that Judas says or thinks !

    January 10, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  10. therealmarie

    Whether he agrees or not w/Mccain, the point is that CNN agrees w/McCain and is continuing McCain's campaign against The President. Look at all that free Obama Bashing time they provide and think advertisers are more than willing to pay them for that co-agenda. Disgusting. The show and J King is unwatchable.

    January 10, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
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