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. jim

    I wish this creepy little weasel would go and live with his constituents in Israel

    January 10, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. S Callahan God help America!

    Not really poor ole John......what he is saying is being spoken day by day at the kitchen table of Main Street of America......
    When you make a promsie in politics one assumes it will be forgotten..but this year..it's different..people are truely expressing that a man's word holds true....and demanding it. So, in essence, in 'saving' the economy, creating Federal health care, and all the other 'new' programs there must be accountablity for the dollars and there must be a belt tighten on pork barrel spending.

    January 10, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    Give Joe and John a gun and have them do a duel. The best thing would be if they both hit the target and we are done with both of them. His ad is the same old talking point complain about the problem without offering any solution.

    January 10, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. Keith in Austin

    McCain and Lieberman may disagree on the topic of Obama's ridiculous deficit spending but BOTH know that Fiscal Conservatism and focus on the economy is our greatest challenge.

    Simply put, Obozo and his unquenchable thirst for socialism within a Nation that is built on capitalism, is a formula for continuing economic failure, spiraling unemployment, invasion of our personal freedoms and higher taxes for working Americans.

    The lust for Big Government only serves those that desire re-election from the votes of those that feed off it's entitlements and false hope and promise it conveys. This has been the Democrat Party's strategy for decades. Just ask those who's families have had generations on our welfare roles, who they continue to vote for!

    January 10, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  5. Get Real

    I really hope Lieberman runs again for Pres. hopefully 2012. I would vote for him in a minute. It's a shame he did not get the nomination in 2004, instead the dumb people chose John Kerry. See what bad voting can lead to Dems. I thought you wanted change.

    January 10, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  6. bc

    Did McCain express his concern about the debt to George Bush when he ran the debt up? Was he concerned about the war Bush/Cheney took us into for personal rather than logical reasons? Let's not forget the past eight years of arrogance that took us to a place unlike one we had seen before. War–debt–economic destruction–loss of allies and growth of terrorists!

    January 10, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. Tom Sawyer

    All Republicans need to take ECON 101.

    We are in a RECESSION because GOP/Bush kept taxes and interests TOO LOW while there was no real ECONOMIC GROWTH.

    Yes, low taxes and interest rates are NOT always a good thing for an economy.

    During a RECESSION a gov't needs to increase spending to STIMULATE the economy. Taxes and interest rates also need to be kept low because the expected outcome is that ECONOMIC GROWTH should occur since we've hit rock bottom.

    Once the economy is stable, you will need to cut spending and raise taxes and interest rates. The problem is that raising taxes and interest rates can cause a politician to lose his job!

    But it's the right thing to do ... except if you are a Republican.

    Take ECON 101 and you will never vote GOP ever again.

    January 10, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. Kate

    I would like to ask Sen. McCain about all the money the Bush administration spent on an "unnecesary war." Also Bush started the bailout. Yes our children and grandchildren will be paying a huge debt but it is not President Obama's fault. He is just trying to "dig" us out of a massive debt the Bush administration left us? Have the people forgotten who started this mess. He is actually replacing money that the Bush adminsitration got away with. Let's think for a second: What would have happened if President Obama hadn't have taken the measures he did to save our economy. I am afraid we would be in a worse mess. I think McCain should either shut up or step up., and that doesn't mean standing in Pres. Obamas way. Bush put this country on the wrong path and in the wrong driection.

    January 10, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. John

    Someone had to fix the mess created by W and his buddies... Obama inherited this mess, and THEY have the unmitigated gall to complain? This is toddler tantrum thinking at its worst. Go away... you're not helping solve the problem YOU created!

    January 10, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. Jeff

    Notice how those in congress count on the American people to be completely ignorant of how our government works. President Obama hasn't spent a dime. Congress has. That's how it works. Congress passed a ridiculous spending bill in the last days of the Bush administration and approved another shortly after Obama took office. Put the blame where it belongs, on Congress.

    Old joke time, If PRO is the Opposite of CON then what is the opposite of Progress?

    January 10, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. Dixie Stover

    I live in Arizona. Politically, I'm an independent voter. McCain will not be getting my vote.

    January 10, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  12. Publius

    What would lead CNN to label the Lieberman comments about McCain's ad a "slam". I doubt the comment could even be correctly related as a "slap on the wrist".

    Meanwhile, Tom Sawyer's insinuation that Republican's need to be Keynesians when it comes to economics is a bit rich. Seeing as Bill Clinton was no Keynesian, perhaps he thinks ol' Slick needs to take economics 101 too? And when was the last time you saw a conservative defend Bush fiscal policy–Uhm, I know, that would be just about never.

    January 10, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  13. gary davis Harbor Oregon proud american

    hands down Lieberman is smarter than John McCain all day long . but both are nti Obama anti american take Liz cheney and the rest of the racist purist republican base and put them on a slow boat to Yemen 🙂
    now thats a great idea . send all of them to Yemen . they can bad mouth the president all they want and we can put them on a no fly list .. and watch them with one of our drones.. what a great day it would be for all of america 🙂

    January 10, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  14. D. Tree

    What have these 2 dimwits done that's positive for America in the last 10 years? Why do people even listen to these losers?

    January 10, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  15. Kevin in Ohio

    I love CNN's take on this "Liberman SLAMS McCain". I would not consider this a slam, just an honest disagreement. Amazing how the liberal media wants to twist everything.

    January 10, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. Jamie, Louisville, KY

    John McCain = Piece of crap.

    January 10, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  17. Kenneth of Minneapolis

    McCain ran a great campaign during the 2008 elections.

    January 10, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  18. Incredulous

    Better watch it joe, or the Republicans won't let you play with them.

    January 10, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  19. Joe

    Mr. McCain, before you wear your head out and criticize Obama, please look deep in past 8-9 years of history.

    Your own party, W, Cheneeey, created unrepresented economic mess, which Dems and Obama are only trying too fix.

    Can you take little blame of what we have on our hands today?

    January 10, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  20. Rick

    Where's the slam? Come on CNN stop making up these false headlines.

    January 10, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  21. Texas

    To annie s: Because the children and grandchildren would still be alive in a FREE country! 🙂

    January 10, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  22. Rich

    As a Dem, I am loving the Republicans right now

    They have managed to put three entirely different faces on their party

    Sour Grapes McCain

    The Alaskan narcissist

    And the typical, angry, misled followers.

    So by all means, McCain, Palin, keep on talking!

    January 10, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  23. LMC

    Just how would McCain had solved our recession? He always said that economics was his low point! President Obama is doing the best he can to lead our country out of the problems caused by the Bush administration. If anyone thought it would be solved overnight they were completely naive. Giving business it's head and allowing the ridiculous mortgage practices go on and letting Wall Street do whatever it wanted to do led to this recession, along with the deficit spending on the wrong war. It's going to take a long time to get out of this, but it would help if people worked together instead of sniping at every minute detail. The Republicans have to recognize the mess that Bush pulled us into and realize that things need to change in order to get out of it. Or, we could have just let the country slide into a depression. I grew up hearing about the effects of that and personally I don't want to live through or have my family live through it.

    January 10, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  24. AJ

    McCain and Lieberman will do anything to stay relevant. It's time to put these two senile old fools out to pasture.

    January 10, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  25. Billy

    Selective memory and revisionist history. Republicans really need to get a grip. I watched Liz Cheney on "This Week" essentially blame Obama for intelligence failures that may have led to recent terrorist attacks and attempted plots. Please tell me on whose watch 9/11 occurred. Please tell me on whose watch the economy starting going south due to overspending and lowering taxes while funding TWO wars. I'm not simple-minded enough to blame all this on the Bush/Cheney team; I wish Republicans/Conservatives would show equal deference to Obama's administration. I don't agree with the overreaching taking place under the present administration, but let's at least have an intellectually honest debate regarding these very important and crucial issues. John McCain will just never learn!

    January 10, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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