January 1st, 2008
02:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Lieberman to hit the trail

Lieberman endorsed McCain last month.
Lieberman endorsed McCain last month.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democrat turned-Independent Joe Lieberman is set to hit the campaign trail in New Hampshire with Republican John McCain Wednesday, six days before the Granite State holds the nation's first 2008 presidential primary.

Both men will appear together in Derry for a meet-and-greet before Lieberman attends events on the Arizona senator's behalf in Keene, Nashua, Concord, Dover, and Portsmouth.

The Connecticut senator officially endorsed McCain two weeks ago, saying then, "no one should let party lines be a barrier to choosing the person we believe is best qualified to lead our nation forward."

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Joe Lieberman • John McCain
soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. Aware

    Joe Lieberman will not help to John McCain. Joe should stay home and keep quiet!

    January 1, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  2. Robin

    I aam very disappointed in JOe LIberman. Why doesn't he just join the REpbulican Party. HAd Gore selected Bob Graham in 2000 we would have carried Florida even by a wider margin. I understand Joe being for Israel especially since I am a SOuthern Baptist but enought nis enough.

    January 1, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. Mike

    a democrat liberal warhawk, thats supporting a RINO ...big surprise. Seriously...take away party labels and thats who McCain is. With his amnesty platform and campaign finance reforms.

    January 1, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. Dee, Plano TX

    The 2007 Emmy Award for TOO BORING goes to...
    The 4th Term Career Senator from CT!!!

    January 1, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. Rob

    I wish Joe would join the Republican Party. That way the idiot democrat leadership could go back to obscurity which is what they are best qualified.

    January 1, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. l turner

    I hope Lieberman does not drag McCain down.
    Neither pasrty should trust such a fair weather friend.

    January 1, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. Sledge

    Is Joe looking to be another vice presidential nominee pick again?

    I think so, no wander he is supporting John McCain because he knows full well that none of the demoncratic nominee would consider him as a running mate.

    Talk about the politics of endorcement for personal opportunities, and I will tell you outrite that you are talking about Joe Lieberman.

    January 1, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. MJ Westport CT

    I hope Joe Lieberman runs for the senate again so that I can have a chance to help vote his butt out of office. I voted for him the last two elections, but "fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me."

    I was hoping for a recall petition after Lieberman starts campaigning for his true party, the Republican Party.

    If McCain wins the nomination, I will vote against him for president in tribute to Lieberman since McCain thinks like Lieberman, if he wins, we will have more and more dead Americans and possibly World War III.

    Remember "BOMB BOMB IRAN?"

    January 1, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. Fred

    Your article should begin "Joe Lieberman, Democrat turned Republican" There is nothing either Democratic or Independent in Good old Joe Lieberman. I wonder just how foolish his Connecticut constituents must be when he promised them one thing and delivered another. I appreciate his Jewish roots, but he can't be a United States Senator and an Israeli senator at the same time. Pick your loyalties Joe.

    January 1, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. Heather

    It seems Libs think Lieberman is too conservative, and conservatives think that McCain is too liberal. Perhaps this is a signal that these two are exactly what we need. We need someone who can stand in the middle and help pull us all back together... this sniping at one another over party affiliation is getting out of hand, and is dangerous if we are going to be a strong nation.

    January 1, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  11. Tom

    These two would make a great advertisement for active Senior's, except they're both against Social Securinty. They're like like Mathau and Lemon in their final movie. Both changing their opinions and personalities from their last presidential positions just to prolong the days where their presence is appreciated. That time is fading fast. Must be time to flip styles again – this ones more than over done.

    January 1, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  12. Tobey

    After six recount of the Florida ballots it was determined that Gore did NOT win! And this was after Gore sent his lawyers to throw out military ballots. This was after the major networks declared that Gore won before the polls closed in the Florida pan handle, costing Bush about 10,000 votes over Gore.

    January 1, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  13. Jeff in Plainfield, IL

    I think the reason Liberman is an "Independent", is that he is so deeply Neocon/Fascist, he wouldn't even fit in today's Republican party. I trust Dubya more than I trust Lieberman. Both McCain and Lieberman are either senile, or just plain crazy. They have both made that much abundantly clear.

    January 1, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  14. jay

    MJ, the only reason Lieberman is still around is that the Dem Senate leadership was worried that he'd defect to the GOP, thereby pushing them out of the majority and the all the committee chairmanships. So they agreed not to support Ned Lamont, who was the Democratic nominee for the seat.

    Ned was probably a one-issue candidate, but his one issue was so important that it would've been well worth it to have him in there making himself heard and causing trouble.

    Someone once described Joe Lieberman as the kid in your junior high school who would yell, "Hit him! HIT HIM!!" when a crowd gathered around two scared boys squaring off to fight.

    January 1, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  15. james h

    Hey Lieberman finally came to his senses. Backing a rep. is pretty darn smart, I would say. He backed a Dem once and lost. I'm for Lieb.

    January 1, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  16. Ian Lubetkin

    John McCain does not support an amnesty program for illeagls. He supports a comprehensive immigration reform that starts with securing our boarders. Then we have to deal with the 12-15 million people living here illegally. It is unrealistic to expect that that we can deport all of them.

    John McCain is a strong supporter of tax cuts, he just believes they need to be accompanied with spending cuts. It is irresponsible for us to cut taxes and increase spending. McCain has never accepted a special project for his state, something not even Ron Paul can say.

    Joe will not drag McCain down, in fact one of McCain best fund-raising days was the day of the endorsement.

    January 1, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  17. Tim, Minnesota

    How is this change? These are the same clowns that are hell bent on destroying the U.S.. One's stuck in Vietnam and the other is more loyal to Israel than the U.S.

    Let's get new people making the decision and put these guys out to the pasture. They've done so much damage, it may take a whole generation to recover.

    January 1, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  18. JP

    r-Lieberman is a joke. He has no credibility in my eyes. After how the Democrats treated him, for him to turn his back on his word and the party...

    Also, it shows McCain to be desperate enough to court the support of a traitor to the other party. But McCain knows he is not straight talking and only got the name because he put it on his bus.

    Atlanta Lawyer

    January 1, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. Walt, Belton, TX

    Two noble Americans working toward a mutal goal. I love it!!!

    January 1, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. PW Wilton Ct

    MJ Westport,
    told you so.

    January 1, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  21. Richard D.

    Lieberman's allegiances are with Isreal and not with the United States. He doesn't believe in Democracy or the Democratic way. Or else he would have stepped aside when HE LOST tthe Democratic primary. Thats what Gore did when "he lost" his Presidential bid.

    January 1, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  22. Patrick

    All of you who are criticizing McCain and Lieberman for working together are the reason that politics have become so partisan today. Everyone should be applauding the two for being able to cross party lines and work together. I dream of the day when political parties are a thing of the past. There are so many people who I believe would have different feelings about policies if their national party they belong to didn't take a position on it. I believe there would be a lot of democrats supporting the war if it wasn't "cool" for democrats to be against Bush in everything he tries to do. There also wouldn't be blind Republican support for everything he does either. Wake up people, independents and moderates are the answer. Research the issues and the candidates instead of blindly supporting a party or a position b/c that's what you're used to.

    January 1, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  23. Larry Buchas, New Britain, CT

    To Heather,

    It has nothing to do with liberal or conservative. It's all about being WRONG! And both of these experienced deceivers are just that, WRONG!

    Just think of the trillion dollars thrown towards the WRONG war and NO END IN SIGHT? Just think if these idealogues were told where to go? Imagine if this country didn't drop the ball on BIN LADEN? Imagine NATO & Pakistan could be actual allies?

    These two keep telling us how things have improved in Iraq. I'll believe that when we're out of there & regrouping for the next battle. I'll believe that when the refugees return to Iraq. I'll believe that when Iraqis can return to their markets and jobs without the fear of being blown to bits. Certainly, without wearing bullet-proof vests & army helmets like these two clowns.

    January 1, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  24. Surrealist, Fort Myers, Fl

    Again Leiberman shows his truest colors.

    Instead of representing the American people....and the people of his state....
    he is again representing the agenda of Israeli foreign policy–and the only candidate remaining who is still willing to "cross-check" all of his actions on Mid-East foreign policy with the Israeli Prime Minister–before taking any action.

    Two has been politicians–still trying to fan the flames of "Israeli Independence" when the whole world knows the score "ad nauseum" from both sides.

    He disgraces his constituents, and his nation–and should just retire to Israel and run for the Knesset–God knows he's done enough on their behalf why "supposedly" serving U.S. citizens!!!

    January 1, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  25. Kevin Tanner

    Romney will not need corrupt political dealmakers to win in NH, he will just need votes from citizens who want to improve our country, our standard of living and our image abroad!

    McCain has been in this game way too long to be objective anymore....he can't fix a system he has been a part of for so long!

    Romney 2008

    January 1, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
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