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. RJ

    This is why John isn't President; and shouldn't be a senator.

    January 10, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  2. Retirement

    There is a place for McCain, it's caled a retirment home.

    January 10, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. Roy

    I don't believe a word McCain says anymore; I have lost all faith in him! It's time for him to go!

    January 10, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. law

    Yes, he "stands in the way." It's all he's capable of.

    January 10, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. Anthony Ravenell

    I believe that much of Senator McCain's gripe about the President has honestly a lot to do with his lost of Presidency. McCain and the rest of the Republicans had the last 8 years to improve this country and we see the results of that debacle. He offers nothing, but more of the same and I am praying that someone from the state of Arizona would honestly look to vote hit out.

    January 10, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  6. NotFooledTX

    Ah, a pitiful gasp from a desperate man. The old John McCain would spit on the latest version. Is he really that angry over his most recent presidential loss that he's been reduced to nothing but a confused, snarling political hack? It' appears so.

    When he chose palin, he sacrificed his integrity and principles. I guess being a cranky old man howling at the moon is going to be his lasting legacy.

    January 10, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. Michele

    McCain is just running again because Cindy doesn't know what she would do with him in the house everyday. She likes him to be busy in DC while she does her thing in AZ. Time to retire, John. Your arguments are getting stale, and starting to lack common sense.

    January 10, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  8. Nancy G

    "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.">>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Mike, you need to get a grip. Millions of people are working and either don't get health care insurance or can't afford it. They all can't be as fortunate as you. It's not a matter of "working" for it.

    January 10, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |

    Question how can libernman slam mcain over anything as he is a bigger republican than mcain himself is in my personal way of seeing this politicially related issues. who held health care hostage until he got his way to protcet the insurance industry across this country from having any real form of comptetion , the people of the great state of conn need throw his a– out of office once an for all an be throught with him forever

    January 10, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  10. Vic

    Wasn't it the past administration that got us into 2 wars. By my calculation, that adds up to a huge national debt!!! It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize what the past administration has spent.

    The billions that we have spent on wars in the past years would feed a whole nation and give healthcare to the whole nation as well!!!

    Talk about spending money wisely!!

    January 10, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  11. dickson

    Alinsky Is Laughing At You...This is the stupid crap...you right wingers always find...YES I looked it up...fact checked it....you are a lunatic...as is Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and the rest of the racist that you listen to.
    God help us.....

    January 10, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. tmart

    It's unfortunate that of all people, John McCain should feel forced to use such tactics to get reelected. It is not what he stands for. I wonder if he will have any guilt over this, or is he just becoming more and more like the right wingers of his Party? He didn't used to be that way. Even though I didn't vote for him, I still always respected him, but this strategy is a real turn-off. I am glad he is not president, because it is clear now that he would not have been a good representative of all the people.

    January 10, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  13. cyrus

    To "leftisloony"

    California is bankrupt for its remarkable governor and it's ridiculous state constitution that requires vote on every public measure. Over the years, it has grown in population, economy, etc. without much tax revenue coming in, thanks to the non-stop tax-breaks and other stupid incentives by the Republicans.

    NY and Illinois to follow? Which country do you live in? The computer that you are using to right this senseless rubbish is probably paid for by the high-tax paying residents of NY or Illinois. We, unfortunately, are paying you for your right to be stupid.

    Take an economics class and read constitutional law. Make it a new year's resolution.

    January 10, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    I do believe it's time for McCain to retire. I am a concervative on many issues but saying that Obama is trying to Bancrupt the United States of America is nonsence. All poiliicians are to blame for the mess this countries in and they should all be working together to fix it. Those in the far right and far left are hampering the process if they are so intent on proving the other wrong. What is wrong with this country, have we not learned anything?!

    January 10, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  15. Rick

    Hey Mike, formerly from Syracuse, gues what, over $400 billion of that 1.3 trillion is from lost tax revenue, yeah, from 8 years of Republican rule, you people need to do a little research and not mis-lead people. Then again most of the people that disagree with the way this administration is trying to get out of the hole left by the Redumblicans are only listening to the right wing idiots that got us into this position and defended it.

    January 10, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  16. Jeff

    At one time, both of these men had remarkable ideas and did some remarkable things for their respective states.

    Now, they both appear to have lost some of their faculties, or at the very least their common sense.

    And both of them have arguably sold their souls, politically speaking, in hopes of getting elected to various offices over the past 8 years.

    Now, they both need to retire before they destroy what's left of their legacies.

    January 10, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  17. Robert E. Fahey

    McxCain should just fade away and give some younger person a
    chance to foul things up. He is so Hypacritical in everything he says
    that it is hard to believe anything he stands for.

    January 10, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  18. sifto77

    Seems like a lot of "ageism" from libs on these blogs- these 2 have more knowledge and can react twice as fast as Obama to urgent situations–and he is almost half their age–go figure.....

    January 10, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  19. normajean

    I wouldn't trust Joe Lieberman any farther than I could throw a piano. This is a man who, while being associated with both parties was actually doing all he could to sink the Democrats attempt to bring about a long needed health care plan for the first time in many years.This, to a nation desperately in need, with people actually dying for lack of care.There is no way to describe this mans duplicity He is dangerous because he cannot be trusted. Interestingly he is now turning on a man, John McCain who has supposedly always been his best friend.With THIS kind of friend, you don't need enemies.

    January 10, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  20. JayDeeT

    McCain is a nasty little old man who has NOTHING to offer anyone! In one word, he'sd a fraud – period!

    January 10, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  21. John

    While I certainly agree with joe Liebermann on this issue, this guy is going to end up with no one to support him. He is just pissing everyone off.

    January 10, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. billy123

    Senator McCain stated in the U.S. Senate he did not know what is going on here during Senator Liberman vote on health care speach when his time was up.

    Senator McCain you are correct you really do not know what is going on here and it time for you to leave the Senate.

    Senator McCain it is time for you to retire and go back to AZ.

    January 10, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. David

    Let the two little female dogs fight!

    January 10, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  24. election watcher 2010

    politics...plain and simple. who ever became president inherited the mess of war, home implosion, unemployment... as to who could make it worse after 2008? the jury is still out and it'll be years before we know. mccain lost, lieberman is still in, and obama is where the buck now stops. politics...plan and simple.

    January 10, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  25. valwayne

    Sen Lieberman in his heart knows that John McCain and the ad are right. Sen Lieberman can't believe that the trillions in corrupt spending and debt are really what our country should be doing. Sen Lieberman can't believe that the corruption of the Louisiana Purchase and Corhusker Kickback are the way we should be running our Government! Sen Lieberman has taken a lot of heat from the crazy left that is bankrupting our nation. If it helps him with the corrupt left wing nut cases a little criticism between friends won't hurt anybody!

    January 10, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
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