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. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Tony-George W Bush would call you math "fuzzy."

    January 10, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. dasboot

    So transferring $1.3 trillion into the coffers of the military industrial complex to fund georges silly wars is OK? The foreign debt these wars have created are 10 times more of a threat to the stability of this country than the 'terroist' threat invented to support these wars. john mccain has his head up his rear. john, for the sake of the US citizenry, start flying airplanes again, and take lieberman with you.

    January 10, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. Jim in Phoenix

    Wait a second! I though Johnnie was in favor of all these wars in the Mideast! Eliminate them and we cut hundreds of billions. I am thinking that Obama is not quite the "socialist" that Johnnie says he is. In fact, I think it is just the usual lib vs con BS that we hear constantly from politicians. America deserves better! Throw them all out!!

    January 10, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. njw09

    Yeah, I don't think that was much of a "slam"

    January 10, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. Time For Truth

    Isn't it about time the DemocRATS stop playing the blame game and start owning what they have created?.....record debt and ruinous policy. Hey, you've had a year now and all we see is more spending! I'll take Bush's record any day over these bloated, budget-busting braggards.

    January 10, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. Independent_me

    McCain has gone so far right that he is no longer the man of integrity that our family so fully loved and supported. Its a pity because that integrity is what set him apart. Now in the sunset of his career he has bowed to extremists and become one of them. It breaks my heart...but he long ago gave up the mantle of "Maverick". he is now truly nothing but a side-kick...

    January 10, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  7. Joe the carpenter Lex. Ky.

    KA-POW CNN news slammed for 'slam'-ing, recent readers have slammed CNN news for over use of the word 'slammed' or 'slams' in 97% of headers posted on their 'Political Ticker 'news column. Will the Slamming continue?, good night and good luck.

    January 10, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  8. According to Fox news

    The power of the constitution will always be in the will of the people, unless a democrat is elected by over 9 million more votes than a republican. Then you obstruct.

    January 10, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  9. John

    McCain knows as well as anyone that 'pork spending' is actually a tiny amount of the federal budget. Arizonans have been reminded of it for years on end with nothing for their state, while John plays to the cameras to stoke his massive ego, not unlike the fires on the USS Forrestal.

    As for Joe Lieberman, it's all too little, too late. His polls have tanked, he's on his last term, and Iran or Israel can have him, whichever needs a little more calamity to add to the messes they're already in.

    It is my wish that both McCain and Lieberman remain i the Middle East for the duration of their miserable lives, lies, cheating and thievery notwithstanding, until the end of time.

    January 10, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  10. David

    McCain is a has-been loser trying to recapture the spotlight. No one cares what he says or thinks.

    January 10, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. MB

    "Cloward-Piven Strategy" is taken from right of center literature. It is but one of numerous sources for information, but should certainly not be considered the lone source for formulating an opinion.

    January 10, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. eddalegad

    It's way past time for joe lieberman to retire to his villa in israel.

    January 10, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. Greg

    Hello CNN, exactly how does Sen. Liberman's quote of "I don't agree with..." McCain constitute a "slam" per your main webpage link to this article? The term "slam" isn't even in the article's actual title. Act like real news people...if I wanted inflammatory headlines I would be surfing Fox.com.

    January 10, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  14. VirginiaJeff

    I was expecting more from Lieberman, given the headline.

    CNN considers that a "slam"? Really?

    January 10, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  15. ProudLib

    By and large, the American public are children who need to be coddled, given candy at the right time and tucked into their beds at night by the politicians they elect and the political parties they back. So is it any wonder people like McCain feed into that formula whenever they can?

    The fact of the matter is, we can all disagree with the particulars, but cannot deny this country was headed toward a many-years depression so severe we'd long for the days of 10% unemployment. Government spending has stopped that reality in a way the GOP's answer of never-ending tax cuts wouldn't have.

    Tax cuts to stimulate investment and hiring? When no one is buying your goods now, why would anyone invest in producing more?

    January 10, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  16. Ray

    For the past 100 years, the thing that has brought us out of recession and depression has been government spending. FDR did it, Reagan did it, Bush did it. The problem with the Bush recession is that the Republican economic policies of the past 30 years (policies also followed by the Clinton administration) have left the US in terrible shape financially and already loaded down with debt and drowning in deficits. The problem with President Obama's spending is that it does nothing to help the rich get richer, which is really what Republican object to.

    January 10, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. PK California

    I sure would like to hear how McCain would have done things! You could be sure that the rich would be happy as could be because they'd have the biggest tax breaks in history! That's how Republicans operate! Obama has done more in one year than McCain would have done in 10! His little floosey VP would be out speding all she could get her hands on, firing everyone within her reach, and bringing in her high school cheerleader girlfriends to female up her staff! McCain should not be criticising the president. He should be leading the Republicans in OFFERING solutions. Those people have put up a hard block, finding fault with EVERYTHING Obama has proposed! Solutions to all of our problems can't be the same ole, same ole. As has been said, "How's that working for you?". It hasn't been working for anyone. The new approach is now different than any that have been offered before. People are upset because there's a lot of spending going on. Well, cutting taxes didn't work, so let's try something new. The wars are now under control and an end is in sight. Think of that blood money going back to pay the debt . We must be patient because it takes time for new ideas to take hold and produce results. The Cheney family, McCain, Palin, and FOX News should stop the HATE! If they were truly thinking of the best for the country they would shut up! Many Republicans are smart enough to see what they're up to. Give them credit for some brains. The GOP is going down the tubes!

    January 10, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  18. delsidog

    I remember when McCain left the campaign trail to go back to Washington with much fanfare for an important vote. He voted for the bill which had thousands of dollars of 'pork' while he was stating daily on the campaign, he would never vote for pork.
    Now in this interview, ' there he goes again'.

    January 10, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  19. A. Smith, Oregon

    It appears the Republican lawmakers deliberately bankrupted America's economy to obstruct and prevent the Democratic Administration of President Obama from having the funds for the sweeping changes and urgent needs in America's infra-structure needed to turn America around in a new direction.

    As President Obama moved to close all of the CIA secret prisons around the world, all of the former CIA directors warned President Obama of consequences if he did so.

    It appears the deliberate acts of the CIA in failing to notify the TSA of all of the creditable information on the Nigerian Muslim bomber came from CIA officials that remain loyal to former VP Dick Cheney who want President Obama to fail in shutting down both wars and pulling America back to dealing with urgent and pressing issues with America's infra-structure.

    January 10, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  20. W l Jones

    What one know about Deficit and economic when never work one eight hour day in his life. Enough said.

    January 10, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  21. Mason

    Really... did he "SLAM" the McCain ad by saying "sometimes we disagee?" Better journalism would say Sen. Lieberman disagrees with McCain ad. I agree, CNN is trying to be Fox news.

    January 10, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  22. JomoDaMusicMan

    My great Conspiracy Theory, The G.O.P. and the State Of Israel has constructed a plot. Joe Lieberman is a double agent, he may be a citizens of U.S.A but his heart soul and mind is with the State Of Israel. The Plot is make the U.S.A. fight Israel's enemy the Moslem World and the take over of Middle East Oil Fields, all of them including Iran. They don't want it too ovious so they keep the Israeli Army out of sight and off the battlefield. Senator JOE L really needs to run for Prime Minister of Israel and not for Politcal Office in America.. we will continue to be at war with the entire moslem World as long as Lieberman is still calling shots in the Senate

    January 10, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  23. nicholas

    Listen to what Joe is saying...he's got it right.

    January 10, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  24. Debby

    Liberman just wants to get elected again. Dodd is out so he has to go back to his liberal thinking. We are bankrupt already because of Dodd and Frank so Joe you have to make a better argument than that.

    January 10, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  25. sara

    They both get their paychecks from the same person. Cmon children. Don't show that you both agree. That would be giving away the truth.Just like in zeitgeist. We all need some drama.

    January 10, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
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