January 10th, 2010
02:17 PM ET
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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. R

    The Dems are not in a riot and frenzy. McCain, as well as all the other old guard are the ones in a frenzy. They are no longer revelant and they just can't understand that. They have no productive ideas, they can only criticize and tear this Country further apart. I didn't see McCain running off his mouth during the Bush debacle when Bush was putting this Country into ruin. Thank God for President Obama. I have never been so proud of any President in my 40 years of voting.

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

    McCain's "crusade to bankrupt America" statement makes me sad. He was my one last hope for civility from the Republican Party. Sen. McCain had the opportunity to say "I disagree with spending priorities and here's why", but he had to go with name-calling and accusing Pres. Obama of wanting to destroy the country. He has just put himself in the same category as Beck, Limbaugh, and all the politicians who serve them.

    January 10, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  3. Cynthia

    Wow! he got some nerve disagreeing with the almighty mccain. let's see how long it lasts.

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

    Does it really take McCain to tell us that this Country is going bankrupt?

    January 10, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  5. gary davis Harbor Oregon proud american

    BOTH OF THEM NEED TO RETIRE .. ONE HAS TO LED THE OTHER AROUND .. lol And america doesn't need to pay for them to travel all over the world . keep them home our make them stay in maybe a place like Yemen 🙂

    January 10, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. Elmer

    All of us who identify with DEMS or REPS and use that as an argument to continue spending like drunken sailors are fools. The numbers get larger each time and this administration will make the past bad-guys' (whichever your favorite flavor) overspending look like the work of amateurs. So I suggest you aim at the thiefs in Washington of both parties rather than each other.

    What we think might be progress is really buying votes with cash. Your cash!! It must be nice to negotiate your re-election agenda with other folks' money. Imagine the business deals one could pull off with an almost endless supply of cash that is not yours. The health care bill was a theft of biblical proportions with the billions in payments to the various states whose Senators were smart enough to hold out 'til the end in the health care debate. Can you imagine when all 50 of them wake up and hold out for more cash for re-election. Where do you think the repayment is coming from? And by the way, the reason Clinton was able top repay some of the debt was because for the last 6 years of his DEM administration the REPS controlled Congress but without a override majority. So there were checks and balances in place which allowed businesses to create jobs knowing that the government wouldn't be able to enact anything too stupid – in other words the government would stay out of the way!! God willing we will return to those days!!

    January 10, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. What happens when you continually spend....

    more than you earn?

    You go bankrupt. End of story.

    January 10, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. vette gal

    So McCain thinks he could have done better? This coming from the man who didn't realize the economty was in trouble when he was running for President. He's part of the problem. After all, he's part of the reason the national debt doubled in size during the Bush reign of terror. Get rid of all these old politicians that have made a career out of being national politicians and get some new, intelligent people in to manage our country.

    January 10, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. BetterThinkerThanYou

    ThinkAgain said "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."

    This is a gross mischaracterization of a sound economic model that the GOP has long endoresed, but has gotten away from in terms of spending. People like you and the Dems rail against the history of Economics and pretend that tax policy should reflect your mistaken ideals of pushing economics as a social justice agenda to appeal to the crass ideals of populism, but which ultimately hurt this country. Jobs have left the country for two reasons. One, we are extremely affluent and we live in a global economy that helps us more than hurts us, by a lot. How else could electronics and other goods be so cheap and plentiful to us? As much as many complain about their plight, we are much better fed and enjoy much higher standards of living then we did during the early and mid 20-th century when we were a manufacturing economy. Two, the Left keeps pretending that you can indeed take water only out of the deep end of the pool, but you cannot. Jobs that would otherwise stay here get shipped off because the tax burden in the United States for Corporations and Investment is among the highest in the World. We would increase our total tax revenue if we lowered corporate taxes and capital gains.

    January 10, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. rick

    good lord the man is still doing his i was a p.o.w. you owe me act from the convention.

    mr. mccain it isn't called standing in the way it is called OBSTRUCTIONISM.

    January 10, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. BetterThinkerThanYou

    Chip, you ought to look up what a "facist" really is. It might surprise you how facist the Democratic Party is becomming.

    January 10, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. Dan

    Someone thinks that Americans aren't as dumb as politicians think they are? No, they are dumber even dumber than they think. On the most important issues: health, food and farming, the economy, military... Americans continue to be sheeple... blindly supporting the insanity...

    January 10, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  13. buckwheat

    After all Lieberman is a died in the wool Democrat and he has to spend.That is a Democrats path to winning elections and he knows it.Spending other people's money ,such as taking all of those perks and the RollsRoyce health care plan he has, is easy for him. We should elect people who have to live by the same laws they force on us. If we counted the people who have never worked, and will never work at any job, unemployment would be 50 percent even in good times.

    January 10, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. Vicky from Ohio

    Mr Mccain, I have to ask......what about all the debt G.W. Bush laid on the backs of our children and grandchildren? or do you no speak of that? Obama inherited this mess and it wil take a while to clean it up, then American will elect another Republican in and they will run it up again! Republicans do spend......they just spend on different things than Democrats such as tax rebates for the wealthiest Americans!

    January 10, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  15. Jeff

    A sad aspect of freedom of speech is that politicians cannot be charged with slandering other politicians. But journalists are supposed to expose the lies and voters are supposed to get the liers out of office. Clearly this whole mechanism is badly broken.

    Obama is not trying to bankrupt the nation nor is McCain standing in his way every day. Both obvious lies, the first statement is tantamount to a public accusation of treason (conspiracy to bring down the government) against the sitting president. We should be laughing him out of office.

    An important part of journalism is holding public figures accountable. Why isn't John King saying "aren't these outright lies? How could any serious person listen to or agree with this stuff?"

    McCain is well aware that government spending in excess of revenue is in fact desirable and essential for economic recovery (the hard part is running a surplus during growth periods), so he's also lying about this particular spending being bad, and he is attempting to use other's ignorance of economics to get himself re-elected - despite the fact that what he is advocating is bad for the American people and he knows it.

    January 10, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  16. Fred in Houston

    Why does everyone still talk about what Bush did? Bush is gone. The ball is now Obama's to run with. Part of that is owning up to decisions that were yours and not blaming your predecessor for the situation. Didn't Obama say that he wanted to clean up the mess but he didn't want to hear from who made the mess, they should just get a broom and get to work? Take some of your own advice Mr. President. Stop whining about the situation you were handed and GET TO WORK!

    January 10, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. Tim

    It is time we get rid of both the democrats and the republicans.

    Niether party cares about the country.

    The only thing they care is who is going to pay them more gor thier crooked votes.

    January 10, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. German,Irish American

    Think again- Explain to me again how many jobs low income and lower middle income people create. How many low income people do you know that employ 5-10-50 or 100 people? How did that 800 hundred billion "stimulus" that was going to create jobs and keep unemployment under 8% work? Your screen name is laughable. I have read many of your comments, and it is very obvious that you are incapable of thinking for yourself. and just parrot the left-wing nutjobs that do your thinking for you. But yeah, lets tax the rich more, shucks, they will just happily pay the Government more without passing the increase along to the consumers or taking companies oversees. Idiot left wing-nut philosphy.

    January 10, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  19. bill d Providence, RI

    It reminds me of Spy vs. Spy only in this case it is Loser vs. Bigger Loser. They should both take a que from Chris Dodd and retire. McCain is tired and showing it and Lieberman is, well Lieberman is Lieberman and isnt that enough! America deserved better representation. Whatever happened to "Mavericks"...McCain has sold his soul to the Wingnuts...what a shame.

    January 10, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  20. Nathan

    If you look at a political compass Obama is actually on the right so is the entire democratic party except for Dennis Kucinich. He doesn't have "extreme leftist agenda" it is only farther left than McCain so it is extreme.

    January 10, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  21. Daryl P Cobranchi

    Lieberman knows that he screwed the pooch by threatening to filibuster HCR. His approval rating in CT is around 25%. This is his weak attempt at shoring up his left flank.

    It won't work.

    January 10, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  22. Mary

    Let's see, congress is the place that the legislation comes from right? They're the ones responsible for putting pork into that in the first place. Shame on McCain and the rest of congress for blaming it on the president. They've only themselves to blame for putting crap into bills that only helps a few groups instead of the US as a whole.

    January 10, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  23. Terry - Indiana

    America will soon be run by younger people. The old line of Washington, people like McCain and Lieberman need to retire and go home. In December, Lieberman received $1.4 million dollars from the healthcare insurance companies in Connecticut, just before he announced that he would not vote for the single payor option for people who cannot get healthcare insurance. These old guys are only interested in hanging around to get the PAC Money, or kickbacks from the pharmaceutical and healthcare insurance companies. We need term limits, and a younger thinking leadership. New jobs will come from small business, not big business. The GOP seems to side with big business, the pharmaceutical, and healthcare insurance companies. Forget all the talk about change. If you are one of 2.4 million people who will lose your home to foreclosure in 2010, you know what a life changing event that is; so that kind of change sucks. Where was the GOP when Bush and Paulson gave over $350 Billion to Wall Street, only to be told that credit will be tightened, not loosened.

    January 10, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  24. Luke Brown

    Question for Big Mac: In how many years of the presidencies of George Bush the First and the Second was the Federal Budget in balance?

    Answer: Zero

    Question: On how many occasions in those twelve years did Big Mac oppose a major tax cut or spending bill proposed by the Bushes.

    Answer: Zero

    Question: How much credibility does the GOP and its current Mac Attack have with anyone who is paying attention?

    Answer: Zero

    January 10, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  25. bob

    time to vote for "none of the above"

    January 10, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
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