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. klo

    Bush and the conservative movement have created every problem that they're now criticizing the democrats for trying to solve. Hey John, did you ever consider that you're responsible for it?

    January 10, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  2. phillip Marlowe

    McCain finished last or second to last in his Naval Academy class which he got in because of his Admiral dad. He also nearly flunked out of flight school but due to his dad intervening again he doesn't. Then he gets shot down on one of his first missions in Vietnam because of his poor flying ability then he makes a career off his illustrious POW experience. And we give him creedence on his opinions on how to save America? No wonder Arizona is the only state he can get elected from.

    January 10, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. catmomtx

    Reading the comments here I just wonder what their suggestions are? McCain dropped off the campaign trail and flew back to Washington to vote on Bush's stimulus bill and didn't even know what he was talking about when asked. Now, all he can do is criticise. What would he be doing? Would he cut taxes and lower revenue so we can't pay for the two wars we are fighting, or for the military or for our infrastructure. We already know they don't want to bother with health care.

    Lieberman??? What will he do? what has he done?? What are his solutions???? Who the heck is he??????

    It is so very easy for people sitting on the side line to criticise, whine, bi!ch and moan when they have no responsibility or accountability for anything. If McCain was so smart and had all the answers he would be in the White House today. Contrary to Republicans belief, the majority of Americans are not stupid. We did not believe McCain, Sarah Palin or Republicans had the answers and we see that they still don't have the answers. If they did, our country wouldn't be in the shape it is in today. Hmmm, President Obama sure didn't inherit the same country George Bush did, now did he?

    January 10, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. Edwin


    I looked up the "Cloward-Piven Strategy" in a few sources. The right-wing sources did describe it as a bankruptcy strategy, but Wikipedia describes it better, I think. They wanted to cause political stress in the system, in order to bring awareness to the plight of the nation's poor. Their ultimate goal was a form of socialism, similar to what we have in Alaska (where the state pays everyone a fixed but small income).

    You may not agree with socialism, but the process wasn't about bankrupting America. Read a few sources, not just one.

    January 10, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  5. Ex-NC-Pub

    King advertised his show as "a hearing on information" from these two losers on their take of "foreign affairs;" instead, he asked John McSame about the RNC problems with Steele, which McCry quickly avoided and jumped into his canned speech on Obama ruining the country. As usual, old John King sat there with his bobble head firmly in place.
    I think I have already seen this interview on Fox several times; at least 100 times during the campaign.... which John McSame LOST!

    January 10, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  6. Thomas

    Is this the same John McCain who claimed our economy was solid just prior to the worst collapse of the financial system since the great depression?

    Is this the same John McCain who was for and then against any stimulus plan to reverse the severe economic devestation the Bush regime subjected our citizens to.......and then dabbled in the melodrama of suspending his presidential campaign to go to Washington during the congressional vote and was then snubbed by both his party as well as the opposition?

    This is almost comical. Seems we can always tell when McCain is ignoring the facts and spewing empty, political rhetoric........yes, we can tell, everytime his lips are moving.

    Listening to McCain when it comes to the economy is like depending on my auto mechanic for dental advice.

    January 10, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  7. Edwin

    scifiguy asked "I wonder why Liberals and President Obama hate America?"

    I sometimes wonder the same thing, but about Conservatives. How can they hate Americans and American values so much?

    But what I really wonder is why there are so many people, left and right, who think that people who have a different political view do not love this country. It's pretty sad that we believe disagreement = lack of love for country.

    January 10, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  8. Eric

    It's a concern when politicians decide they're going rogue, although that's nearly impossible for a Republican to express any thought not previously authorized by the party.

    Of course when Sarah Palin refers to her base and going rogue, she's probably thinking about applying base first before going with the rouge.

    January 10, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  9. pa. independent

    Anybody with half a brain should have McCain's and Liberman's number by now. They want it both ways, and hope you're stupid enough not to notice!! The two of them are yesterday's news, and need to go!

    January 10, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  10. RTB

    What did these two do during the Bush years as the country was being economically raped and brought to the wrong war?

    Why do we pay any attention to these two idiots any way?

    Just vote them out come election time

    January 10, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. Renee Jennett

    McCain you are not the President. You weren't a good candinate. You were running when the enconomy was free falling. Who are you now to try and question what President Obama is doing. For a spilt second after the election you disapear, can you please do something like that again. Half the time you don't know what the hell you are talking about. Please leave it to the more intelligent one's.

    January 10, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. Hugo

    Gosh, all I have to say is who is eating imported $150.00 steaks at the Whitehouse while 22 million Americans are eating beenie weenies without jobs and without HOPE of any jobs in any foreseeable future. You are nothing more than a tax paying paycheck for your elected officials at this point, hitting the Senate or House is like hitting the LOTTO. The system has been corrupted by special interest lawyers voting themselves entitlements known as self serving politicians to the point that America needs to stand up and flush the system. I'm sure it would recover to its present level of corruption in time however maybe in the transition America could recover a little bit?! Destroy the economy and the religious base and it is easy to control the sheeple.

    January 10, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  13. LEXIE

    Most Americans don't agree with McCain...last election proved that.

    January 10, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. Peggy

    It has been obvious from the beginning of Obama's Reign that he is out to fundamentally change this nation from a Democracy to a Communistic Society! That is his "far left agenda" and to make the Union?SEIU a monopoly! Someone has to stop him!!!

    January 10, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  15. VP

    For the last decade, Mr. McCain was in the Congress voting for Republican budgets and the repeal of Glass-Steagall Act. His hands are very dirty with American blood.

    I hope he's enjoying his seven houses that he married.

    He's got no clue what it's like to be an American.

    and I USED to respect him as a hero.

    quite sad

    January 10, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  16. nadine

    Lieberman, "Stop lying"!
    You all up in McCain's butt during the campaign and after the election. Your numbers are tanking in Connecticut and you're looking for sympathy. Forget it, you are done this time!

    January 10, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. Eden

    Nobody agrees with McCain...not even Sarah Palin. Ha!

    January 10, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. jane

    Someone should remind McCain that it was the previous administration that gutted out treasury, spent money as though there was no tomorrow and left us on the brink of global economic collapse. Why do these Republicans think we're going to forget that?

    January 10, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. Marko,TX

    Nobody agrees with McCain, last election proved that.

    January 10, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  20. Bprfs

    I read many of the comments that people write on Fox News website as well as on CNN. I think the biggest problem is that there is too much anger coming from both sides toward the other. Both the Democrates and the Republicans have contributed towards our country's current economic problems. Getting angry at each other and coming up with conspiracy theories is not going to solve anything.

    Nothing positive and real is ever going to get done until Democrats, Republicans can put aside the anger, and learn to work with each other. The way people are acting today is really kind of sad.

    January 10, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  21. nadine

    Amen, thinkagain!
    I keep telling those who are so obsessed with republicans way of low taxes. These wealthy corps took the monies and sent jobs overseas.

    January 10, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  22. Gary

    What I find is funny, some people say "Hilary would make a better president than Obama" Notice NO One says McCain would make a better president than Obama?
    We elected the best. America got it right.

    January 10, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  23. tg

    to mike formerly from syracuse:

    if you think the uninsured are only comprised of people who don't want to work for it, you are not intelligent enough to be on this board.

    many employers don't offer insurance and many employees are not allowed to get 40 hours so they would have insurance. many others are self-employed or denied insurance for other reasons.

    get your facts straight.

    January 10, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  24. rudolf bilek

    If the above respondents are a statistical sample of american voters no wander America is in such mess.

    January 10, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  25. Doyle Wiley, MI

    As usual, McCain's on the wrong side of common sense. He stood with Bush to put us in this economic mess.

    January 10, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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