December 17th, 2007
08:55 AM ET
15 years ago

Lieberman: McCain best able to break through partisanship

Lieberman officially backed McCain Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Joe Lieberman, a Democrat turned Independent, announced Monday he is backing Republican presidential hopeful John McCain, an endorsement that could help the Arizona senator court independent voters in the crucial primary state of New Hampshire.

"I know it's unusual for a Democrat to be endorsing a Republican," Lieberman said at a New Hampshire press conference with McCain and former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge in New Hampshire. "It's even unusual for an independent Democrat like me to be endorsing a Republican."

"You know, political parties are important in our country," he continued. "But they're not more important than what's best for our country, they're not more important than friendship, they're not more important than our future. And that's why I'm proudly here to urge Republicans and Independents in New Hampshire to come out on January 8 and make John McCain the next president of the United States."

Lieberman, the Democratic Party’s vice presidential nominee in 2000, said McCain is the presidential contender best able "to break through the partisanship that is poisoning our politics today and stopping us from getting anything done in Washington."

In accepting Lieberman's backing, McCain said, "It is one of the great honors of my political career to have known him, to have worked with him, and to have received his endorsement."

Like McCain, Lieberman has been a vocal supporter of the Iraq war. For Lieberman, it is an issue that caused him to split with his own political party after losing the Democratic Senate primary in 2006. Lieberman refused to back down, and won reelection as an Independent. Lieberman: McCain can reunite our country

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: John McCain • New Hampshire
soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. AJ, IL

    Is Lieberman for real? McCain is the same guy who was only a couple of months ago singing "BOMB BOMB BOMB, BOMB BOMB IRAN!" and more recently said that America needs to build up its Asian military presence to thwart the military buildup of China.

    Since Joe Lieberman's loss as President and VP in 2000, Joe has been increasingly siding with Republicans on a host of issues. When Joe lost the 2006 senate race Democratic primary, but ran as an Independent and won. Joe has been ever so slightly continually moving toward the Republican party line, knowing that he won't be accepted into the Republican Party as a Republican.

    December 17, 2007 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  2. patrick, Chicago, IL

    he is so obviously bitter. Hey Joe just join the GOP. You are a great and predictable lap dog.

    December 17, 2007 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  3. William, Oak Hill, CA

    Who Cares? Only reason Joe isn't a Republican is because they don't want a Jewish person in their party and he knows it.

    December 17, 2007 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. theIndependent

    McCain/Huckabee is the best ticket for America.

    December 17, 2007 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  5. Atlanta, GA

    I guess, Barack Obamas ability to break through the washington quagmire and re-energize the average American is not good enough. It is time for us to change the guard in Washington and as great as Senator McCain is (and I think he is the most qualified republican running) unfortunately he is more of the same Washington standard.

    Fresh empowered leadership right now is more important then the status quo.

    Maybe Barack will pick John McCain as his veep!


    December 17, 2007 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  6. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    Lieberman seems to be having much difficulty finding a party that represents interests he supports. 3

    Could that be because his interests with respect to foreign policy–mirror the Israeli Knesset–more than the will of Connecticut voters.

    December 17, 2007 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  7. Anonymous

    I'm confused is Lieberman a senator from Israel or the US?

    December 17, 2007 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  8. Xx !

    Who cares? And where is the headline: Ron Paul sets new 24 hour fundraising record with the help of ordinary Americans who are sick and tired of the status quo?

    December 17, 2007 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. Andy, Cincinnati, OH

    Will somebody please transfer Lieberman to the GOP already? He is a disgrace for the party.


    December 17, 2007 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. Amy, FL

    One war monger supports another...big surprise!

    If Lieberman had his way, we would have already invaded Iran. Can someone or some entity get AIPAC out of OUR politics and take Lieberman with them?!

    December 17, 2007 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. Christopher, hating Alf's dad, Madison, WI

    Wow Alf's dad is at it again. He never was a democrat. This idiot (funded by the repukes for re-election) would say anything to continue on his path as career politician. He is a warmonger and a liar! Throw this idiot, Bush butt-kisser out.

    December 17, 2007 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. Rafi, NY NY

    I completely agree with Lieberman's point that partisanship should take a backseat to actual quality. I think this would've been a reasonable endorsement four years ago, if McCain had run, but the irony here is that McCain has since abandoned his independence and totally pandered to his party and the Bush administration. He's no longer able to cross party lines; he's shown that under fire he'll retreat to the home party and engage in divisive politics. I'm a Democrat and I used to love McCain - in fact I was hoping in '04 that Kerry would pick him as a running mate over Lieberman - but in the last year I've lost a lot of respect for both.

    Separately, I'll agree that friendship is more important than partisanship, but friendship isn't really a good reason for an endorsement.

    December 17, 2007 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. Ryan Indianapolis

    Good for you Joe,,,Lieberman is by far the most logical and realistic democrat I have heard in a while. He should be considered for a cabinet position for his dedication to this country. Dems you might want to take some notes on from this guy , he believed in the SURGE and it looks like he was right in his belief in it.

    December 17, 2007 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. Paul, Charlotte NC


    December 17, 2007 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. Tracey, Minneapolis, Mn

    They both have a blood thirsty war mentality. They think this prehistoric behavior is patriotic.
    Read a book every now and again McCain!!!

    December 17, 2007 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  16. Sharon, Raleigh NC

    Does anyone pay attention to Lieberman anyway?

    December 17, 2007 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  17. Ray, Venice, CA

    Republicans are using Leieberman, and he does not have any credibility left with who really cares who Joe endorses??? I'm actually surprised he did not endorse Bush for another presidency.... Look for his book early next year “How to destroy your political career in 5 easy steps”.

    December 17, 2007 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |

    "SICKO, LOSERMAN. This man was the sword of damocles for Gore in 2000.

    December 17, 2007 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  19. larry buchas, new britain, ct

    Lieberman divided his own party in Connecticut. How can he claim McCain the best candidate to unite the nation when most of it rejects the Iraqi invasion?

    Lieberman has already failed to deliver his promise of troop withdrawals by the end of this year. And he has called for an invasion of Iran. Gungho Joe is not interested in the Palestinian side of the Israel-Palestine conflict.

    The best candidate available to unite the country is Senator Obama. He shares most of our values and correctly predicted the current mess happening in Iraq.

    December 17, 2007 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  20. IN hoosier allons,tn

    a hypocrite a play eather side character my opinion

    December 17, 2007 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  21. H Arnold, Chicago, IL

    This means nothing....Lieberman is a has been Democrat. He will not win the next election if the democrats run the right person against him.

    December 17, 2007 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  22. curtis in WI

    There was a time when Mr Lieberman would have been right about Mr McCain being able to 'break through partinship' – but then Mr McCain decided to become Bush's boy and lost all credibility with many who had previously respected him.

    December 17, 2007 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  23. Bruce, Franklin TN

    I admire both McCain and Lieberman for their principles and bipartisan stands on the issues. Should McCain win the Republican nomination, I would have no problem voting for him. If he chose Lieberman as his running mate, that's okay, too. Wish McCain hadn't been deraileed in 2000.

    December 17, 2007 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  24. Martin, Clarksville, TN

    To all of the Clintonians out there, this one has to sting.

    People are starting to wake up and realize the Hillary is out of touch with mainstream America and is not what this country needs.

    Thank you Lieberman. While I am not sure I can support McCain, it is great to see that even former democrats want somebody other than Hillary.

    Anybody but Hillary in 2008

    December 17, 2007 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  25. Justin Pensacola, FL

    What a crock!!! The reason he endorses McCain is McCain will keep going with the Iraq war, not disrupt the big business of war, and will keep the status quo of war, big government, the Military/Medical/Media industrial complexes, all while stepping all over the will of the American people. This is what they are used to doing and cannot envision themselves without power for themselves, instead of power by We The People.

    Join the revolution!!! Vote for America!!! Vote Ron Paul in '08!! Take down all the Hucksters and Wannabes this primary season. They only have interest in special interests, the revolution has interest in America!!!

    December 17, 2007 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
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