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 (Illinois)

    McCain has REALLY lost it! Where has he been during the financial nosedive?

    January 10, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  2. Mountain Dude

    Does the GOP assume everyone is stupid and doesn't know about the condition they left this country in? I really wonder if some people actually believe the GOP rhetoric. The GOP purchased two wars on borrowed money and the bills are coming due. They almost bankrupt our country and now it is Obama fault he is keeping us running? Did the GOP want our country to disintegrate like the USSR? Do they really want to break our country apart? Lincoln would vomit if he saw what the GOP has become.

    January 10, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. jerseylou

    Old shell game two repugs playing good cop bad cop,sorry people are not falling for it anymore.

    January 10, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. Sam Smith

    Every time i see Senator Liebermann i note that striking resemblence to "Senator Palpatine" (later to become evil emporer of the galaxy) of "Star Wars" fame. Even the politics are similar: don't offend anyone, stand for no thing and every thing at the same time, go with the flow, switch sides as needed, bide your time and when desaster strikes grip that opportunity with both hands to move up in ranks. I would not buy a used car from that sorry excuse of a man, let alone vote for him, even if it were only for city dog catcher!

    January 10, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. scifiguy

    I wonder why Liberals and President Obama hate America? It seems, every step they take is wrong and sliding us towards destruction and Socialism. Apparently, since the election, the Republicans now know the right path for America. It's odd they didn't come to that wisdom during the Bush Administration.

    January 10, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    McCain's words would serve well if he himself would make his son, who was a CEO of failed Silver Bank of Arizona in 2009, give back the bonus money he took. He quit one month before Silver Bank failed and investers lost their money. Bank of America took over Silver Bank to help investers and we the tax payers bailed out Bank of America. McCain is a crook and fraud himself who stole millions from Lincoln S&L and Charles Keating and his son went to jail and McCain walked.

    January 10, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. Tony

    Hey El Kababa,

    I have a little problem with your numbers

    Deficit spending from Washington to Carter: $1.5 trillion
    Deficit spending by Ronald Reagan: $1.5 trillion
    Deficit spending by George Bush Sr.: $1.5 trillion
    Deficit spending by Bill Clinton: $1.5 trillion
    Deficit spending by George Bush Jr.: $5 trillion

    it's called cost of living increase and population growth
    US population in 1900 was 76,000,000
    US population in 1950 was 151,000,000
    US population in 1981 the year carter left office was 226,000,000
    US population today 309,000,000
    That cost of living also doubles about every 20 years, for sake of argument will simply the numbers, I know this isnt exact
    1900 to 2000 will say cost of living increase a factor of 5, population growth a factor of 4, 5* 4 = 20, if everything is equal budget to individual citizen wise the current budget would be 20 times larger then the budget of 1900.

    Its fair to compare Reagon to Bush SR
    its fair to compare Bush SR to Clinton
    its fair to compare Clinton to Bush JR
    its fair to compare Bush to Obama
    its not fair to Compare Bush or Obama to President Washington because the factors are no where near close, I'm sick of both the extreme right and left wing.

    January 10, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  8. annie against biased news

    Both of these clowns should go by the wayside along with the #1 clown obama and 98% of all congress. Better representation for WE THE PEOPLE could be randomly selected from a phone book.

    January 10, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. a

    Negativity brings ratings not. In this case media coverage is benefiting people who want to hurt America and causing us jobs.

    January 10, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  10. always proud dem in nc

    Please John, what planet were you living on during the 8 years of the Bush disaster. Your Repubs put us in this mess. Give it up John and go back to Az. your time has come and gone.

    January 10, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. jeff

    Where were the talking heads during the last 8 years!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT THE HECK! Do they think people are STUPID?! You spent OUR money like mad men ...didnt regulate the Banking system correctly ...needless war and within 10 months, they have the nerve to talk smack about our President trying to FIX the problem they were responsible for. * 8 YEARS PEOPLE!!! If you ask any Repub. they will say "it wasnt MY fault" Sad Sad Sad. All they say is Obama is Wrong..and have no solutions..just complaints and politics...

    January 10, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  12. Justin from WA

    I hate that some very educated people act as if good spending in bad times is the same thing as bad spending.

    January 10, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  13. Realist

    McCain is an old fool.

    January 10, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  14. Nick

    John McCain and Joe Lieberman really need to get a room. Dont even try to pretend to be bipartisan

    January 10, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  15. always proud dem in nc

    to "scifi guy": It's your right wing crazies that hate America. They want it fail, just as Hush Limprick. You people are traitors. Obama 2012!!!

    January 10, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. CMG

    We must all remember that this is the same guy that picked Sarah Palin as a running mate. Need I say more. His expertise at many levels should certainly be challenged.

    January 10, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  17. steve

    Gee Joe don't knock yourself out. You will be lucky to find either party willing to put up with you in the next election. You are more Republican than anything else. Why don't you see if they will take your sorry @$#.

    January 10, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. Mike

    Amazing how sielnt (and supportive) of huge deficits all these right-wingers wre during the horrible Bush years. Now that there's a Democrat inthe WH, they fry him. Nice job, guys.

    January 10, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. Lynne in CA

    No more votes for old goats...time to elect new and fresh ideas to completely revamp our current broken, corporate and special interest owned political system.

    January 10, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. Dennis

    I wouldn't exactly call that a slam. Sometimes headlines are very misleading.

    January 10, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. Mike

    Jamie from Louisville – You are an idiot.

    John McCain has served this country with distinction. My guess is you are one of those clowns who always says things like, "Well, I was going to join the Marine Corps, but....".

    If you can't say something of relevance, then don't post.

    January 10, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. Patriot

    Who really cares what these two half-wits have to say? They've lived off bribes for most of their lives and are nothing but a couple of parasites. Send McSame back to Hanoi and deport Lieberman to Israel. Probem solved.

    January 10, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. Treise NY

    CNN ... enough with the play on words "SLAMS" headlines. If anything, Lieberman slightly disagreed with the ad just enought not to anger the Dems . But "Lieberman did not SLA M McCain's ad by no means . The American public is not stupid.
    They were both invited to beat up on the President. It worrys me when have so many emenies around the world trying to hurt us "American " and we need to united at this time to protect ourselves. United is a sign of strenght but when we spend 24/7 with the GOP tearing down our President we just show them how weak we are. Don't get me wrong not wrong with accountablity. We need to show the Terrorist we are The United States of America, and not an entity for McCain to sour Grapes because he didn't get elected.

    January 10, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  24. Donald Ainsworth

    I don't particurly like either one of these men. Come on McCain you don't fool the average voter. You republicans blame all on the left wing, you know very well the Republicans was the first to spend a huge chunk of future tax money, Our money, on the wallstreet bail out & cause dthe mess we are in now! I think all will be surprised in the upcoming election, there are a number of people who are disappointed in both parties & will be voting for change rather than Party! Don from Ohio

    January 10, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. So whites can't be terrorists? Explain Richard Reed, Jose Padilla!

    Sure I'll take McCain's advice, because I trust a man who says that Sarah Palin is fit to be President.

    And he sure knows a lot about the economy. I know he doesn't like any type of spending, so I will use the GOP memory erasing pills to forget that he stopped his campaign to rush to Washington and vote on TARP.

    The End.

    January 10, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
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