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. Tony didn't change any facts

    Hey Tony the facts still didn't change one iota & the deficit by
    those who attempt to call themselves fiscal Conservative. is a glaring fact to the fact that the Rethuglicans aren't fiscal conservative.

    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

    Of the $11 trillion nation debt, $8 trillion was irresponsible spending by Conservative Republican administrations. They chose to borrow in good times when we SHOULD have been paying down the debt. At the end of his term, Clinton had paid back .5 trillion of the money his administration had borrowed.

    The last fiscally responsible Republican administration was Richard Nixon's. The last capable Republican president was Gerald Ford. The last progressive Republican Administration was Teddy Roosevelt.

    Google it.

    January 10, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. AP in Illinois

    Hypocrite alert! John McCain and the Republicans spend like drunken sailors for 8 years and then try to pin it on Obama. Not to mention throwing in tax cuts we couldn't afford...

    January 10, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. Charles Mc

    Y'Know, when Repubs had power, all we saw were Repub talking points saying Dems were "not doing it right!". Now that Dems are in power, all we see are Repub talking points that Dems "aren't doing it right!". The most horrible lie perpetrated on US citizens in the last 40 years is that the media is "liberal biased". I am so sick of McCain and Leiberman tag-team slamming ANY attempt to do something substantive to help lower income people or restore our United States ethics that I pretty much change to cartoons on my TV as soon as almost ALL media sources give these losers a microphone. I used to respect CNN – not as much anymore. Please stop doing nothing but conservative opinion and find a way to let the "great unwashed majority" be heard.

    January 10, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Mr. Mc Cain your a good man but theres no way America is going to hire on a 100 year old president .

    January 10, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. Matt

    It's amazing to see these Republicans act as if these problems magically popped up when Obama became president. The reason we have such a huge money problem is because we've been fighting a war the past decade and were mislead by a Republican who continuously made things worse until he left office. I can't expect anyone man to magically save the country in one year after that. Neither should they. And certain people like Liz Cheney shouldn't even be given the time of day..old news..old lady..not caring..her husband was cruel.

    January 10, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. Kitty C.

    This is just another example of two VERY OLD politicians saying whatever will get them elected. I hope NEITHER McCain NOR Leiberman EVER get elected again. Give it up! Neither of you will EVER be President and NOBODY cares about your ever-changing self-serving statements (except John King).

    January 10, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. John

    Wow–the Republicans bankrupt the government and destroy our economy, then obstruct the whole time Democrats try to fix it, then point and blame Obama for their mess. And with the sad sack of "journalists" we have now, they'll probably get away with it...

    January 10, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. What a republican should say

    We apologize to the American people for the harm we have caused by taking our great country to the brink of a depression, trashing the constitution, violating America's rules of warfare, allowing torture, supporting unnecessary wars that cost the lives of 4500 of our military, taking the side of big business at the expense of our own citizens, conducting a campaign of lies and hate to create President Obama's "Waterloo," and allowing terrorists to attack Americans over a dozen times since 9-11.

    January 10, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    FDR ushered in the longest economic expansion (40 years) our country has ever known; Clinton left office with a budget surplus.

    Reagan and GW Bush both chose to give the wealthy irresponsible and totally unnecessary tax cuts during war time – and we ended up with huge deficits.

    It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out Republicans don’t know diddly about the economy – McCain included.

    January 10, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  10. Christopher Ruggiero

    Freemason and Vatican double talk.This is just more of the same Republicans an Democrats arguing back and forth nothing really new and dragging America down to the grave so the Freemasons and Vatican can have their Northern Hemisphere Union. lets face it mathematically it's impossible for the American people to pay back the deficient and once the dollar collapses anarchy and unrest will hit this country like a top speed bullet train against a concrete wall. Read more @ !3Th and Pine.

    January 10, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  11. Two wrongs won't make it right

    John McCain will never be president but that doesn't mean Obama should be president either.

    January 10, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  12. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    OK, so if Republicans spent 'like drunken sailors' for 8 years, with the worst Bush deficit being about $400 billion, then what do you call Obama for generating a deficit of $1.3 trillion, with projected deficits of over $1 trillion for the next 10 years. Yes, Bush deficits were bad. Obama's deficits are catastrophic. You liberals need to get a grip. The stimulus was a waste of $800 billion. That would have paid for your precious health care for those who don't bother to work for it for 10 years.

    January 10, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain

    McCain and all the other Republicans believe that giving tax cuts to the wealthy will create jobs and generate more tax revenue. The truth is – not opinion here, but fact – is that the wealthy have taken that extra money and invested it in overseas factories, where labor is cheap and environmental protections don't exist.

    The result? The wealthy have gotten wealthier and the American Middle Class has shrunk.

    Everyone knows that Republicans, for all their bluster, don't know jack about creating and maintaining a healthy American economy.

    All they know is giving more and more money to their cronies – the wealthy, the health insurance industry, the military industrial complex – at the great and lasting expense of the average American.

    Contrast that to FDR and now Obama who want to invest in America – through infrastructure, new technologies and education – all necessary ingredients to keep America competitive and prospering.

    January 10, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  14. Shawn

    McCain has held that office for a long time and had plenty of time to speak about Bush Jr. adding almost as much as the last three presidents combined to the deficit.

    We didn't hear anything from him during that time about that. No TV ads, no interviews, no....anything...

    January 10, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. Black Viper

    The unlimited growth of the government we are experiencing today is a pure result of a high level of political corruption that's been dominating washington for the past 20 years. In both political parties, (republican and democrats) law makers instead of being the guardians of our founding fathers principles in controling the government influence in people's life they become the tool for the growth of the government.

    We have powerfull lobbying firms contributing money to law makers campaign coffers in order to shape laws that will protect them in robbing the consumer or eliminate any competition to give choice to the consumer or live the market regulate itself in a capitalism economy. In result we have Big Banks and Insurance Monopolies with Super rich CEO's getting more more rich while the rest population is getting poorer and making a middle class inexistent. So when the population is getting poorer and the middle class is threaten then the only way to win votes from that majority poor is to provide government free handouts or increase social programs. it's a shame.
    In a perfect capitalism and free society, Government should be creating favorable conditions or providing tools for people to get out of pauvrety themselves by taking self responsability. Not to hand out free money through enormous social programs making some people realy lazy and unproductive and increasing the national debt.
    It's ok to care for the Medicaly Disabled but not any capable person hidding behind the curtain of povrety.

    January 10, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. test42myhttp

    stop using the word "SLAM" you had used many times before, and it has lost the meaning.....sounds like Cheap Fox Television

    January 10, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. Not spoon fed San Diego

    Both losers...........

    January 10, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    All Republicans do is say one thing, do another, and treat us like idiots who won’t notice.

    Fiscal conservatives – and yet under Reagan and Bush they created huge deficits.
    Family values – Rhetoric filled with division and hate; political leaders having affairs.
    Protect our freedom – Intruding into the most private aspects of our lives: Sexuality, a woman’s body, a person’s faith.

    January 10, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  19. JonDie

    Lieberman = McCain = fool = loser

    January 10, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  20. CHIPS

    John McCain you are not running against Obama for senator. The election for president is over. Try directing your ads at the senator running against you idiot.

    January 10, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  21. Mark


    Deficit spending is the difference of revenue, largely from taxes, minus spending by the Fed government. Changes in population are not part of the equation. Keeping revenues in balance with spending is simply a matter of income equally spending. This is sometimes referred to as pay-go. Like you and me, the goverment should balalnce expenses and income annually (pay-go). If under the Bush administration - taking increases in population into account - the government wanted to spend more, they needed to tax more. Very simple.

    The problem is that there is no political will to deal with the US population honestly. Therefore year in year out we run deficit budgets.

    The Bush deficit are dramatically higher than $5 Trillion when you add in the costs of Iraq and Afganistan. These wars are being funded "off the books" just like Enron was.

    January 10, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  22. Alinsky Is Laughing At You

    To all those asking the (reasonable) question why anyone would want to bankrupt the government, check out the "Cloward-Piven Strategy," first published in The Nation in 1966. No, I'm not going to tell you what it is – you wouldn't believe me. Look it up.

    January 10, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. katy Heys

    I must say that I enjoy some of the comments MORE than the news item being commented on.

    The fact is the American people are not nearly as dumb as some politicans think they are, although I have to say I wondered about that a lot after GWB got in the second time.

    January 10, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  24. Tom

    "Extreme left wing agenda to bankrupt America" This confirms why I did not vote for John McCain. Had this nation followed the extreme right wing agenda, America would already be in Bankruptcy.

    What would the unemployment rate be today if we had followed Eric Cantor and his pals proposals. It would not have been the Great Recesion it would have been the 2nd. Great Depression.

    January 10, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  25. Chip

    Mike, you and the rest of your reactionary, neo-facist ilk need to get back behind Sarah Palin's skirts and hide.

    January 10, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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