April 16th, 2008
09:38 AM ET
13 years ago

Lieberman might address GOP convention

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/01/01/art.liebermainmccain.gi.jpg caption=" Sen Lieberman has traveled with McCain on the campaign trail."]
(CNN) - Sen. Joe Lieberman - the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 2000 - is willing to address the Republican National Convention if it will help Sen. John McCain win in November, his office confirms to CNN.

In an interview published Tuesday night, the independent Connecticut senator told The Hill newspaper that “If Sen. McCain, who I support so strongly, asked me to do it, if he thinks it will help him, I will.”

Lieberman, who lost his Democratic superdelegate status when he was re-elected to the Senate as an independent, endorsed the Arizona senator earlier this year and has actively campaigned for the presumptive GOP nominee.

McCain has not yet asked Lieberman if he would address the Republican nominating convention in September.

Filed under: Joe Lieberman • John McCain
soundoff (200 Responses)
  1. James, SC

    The smartest person that the republicans have is an ex-democrat!

    April 16, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  2. Chuck in Oregon

    No great loss is all that needs to be said.

    April 16, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  3. Tom

    Of course he'll do that. He's a Republican. Just drop the fakery, Lieberman, and change your affiliation. The Democratic party doesn't need or want your type of "support." If you're supporting the guy who's in favor of 100 years of war, tax breaks for the rich, and big corporations over the environment, you are no Democrat.

    April 16, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  4. Hicks, Fort Myers

    I'm suprised that we haven't seen more Democratic leaders like Lieberman leaving the Democratic party.

    It appears the vast majority of those elected because they were relativtly to the center.....are indeed WAY FAR LEFT of center.

    I predict this will result in large losses of congressional seats to Independants and Libertarians.

    April 16, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  5. Justice

    Lieberman lost his state as a Democrat and quickly ran as an Independent and won. Now he is backing McCain who at one time thought about becoming a Democrat.

    Does anyone else see an issue with this???

    April 16, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  6. Matthew Taylor

    Shouldn't this guy be asked to leave the dem party. He cann't have his sweet and eat it. Choose ye this day, who will he serve. Dem or GOP?

    April 16, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  7. chuckabee


    he's like the little nerdy kid who will do anything to hang out with the cool crowd

    April 16, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  8. Eric

    Lieberman deserves nothing but defeat in his 2012 reelection race.

    April 16, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  9. Matthew Taylor

    Besides McCain is using him to get Dem votes, after the dust settle McCain would kick him to the curve. No prolife would be on McCain tick, you heard it yesterday.

    April 16, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  10. Cindy

    Yeah... well we know why this has been set up- McCain can't seem to keep the Iraqi factions straigtht, in fact, he can't seem to keep any details in order.... Sure I want a President who has a mean streak and has major outbursts to be the President of the United States- Kiss your you-know-what goodbye! He'll be pulling that tigger reall fast and ask questions later!

    April 16, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  11. Obama will be President

    Leiberman should run as an Independent with Hillary. they seem to be cut from the same cloth.

    April 16, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  12. Deep Blue

    If the democrats don't think they can manage to get this putz out of Congress when he comes up for re-election they should call me.

    Joe's got to GO!

    April 16, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  13. Darth Vadik, CA

    Lieberman belongs in the Republican party, I hope you Hillary supporters are paying attention, Hillary is DLC and DLC chose Lieberman to be Al Gore's VP in 2000.

    Also (Chuck) Schumer, a DLC Democrat, was the one who sugested Mukasey for Attorney General.

    With the war going on, and the Democrats being impotent, I really wonder if the DLC is really working for the Republicans. I really wonder.

    April 16, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  14. Chief lagosboy, NJ

    Who cares! Lieberman is a loser ! Better still, Grandpa McCain why don’t you make him your VP. That would sure be a winning team, the “Warmonger” and the "Traitor".

    Our President Obama 08’ & 12’

    April 16, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  15. Neil K, Lake Forest CA

    I think we can officially change the graphic to "Joe Lieberman (R-CT)."

    April 16, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  16. Darth Vadik, CA

    ..and did the Republican know 9-11 was coming so they planted Lieberman to Gore hopping that he would guide Gore into Iraq after 9-11.

    April 16, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  17. An Agnostic Democrat

    Maybe Hillary can address the GOP for an honorary membership since she acts just like a Republican, too! We don't want her in our Democratic party anymore!!! Clinton/Coulter 2012!

    April 16, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  18. Jed in Texas

    Lieberman doesnt care about America or what happens to it.He only cares about his little country in the middle east.

    April 16, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  19. ***AMERICAN***


    You are so right.

    "Funny thing is how bad he will be destoyed on this thread… by the same people who voted for him in 2000…. Sick and Sad…"

    April 16, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  20. DJG-Tex

    Who care what this guy does. He's Al Gore's mistake that cost him the 2000 election. Won't make a difference to me are any other dem what this trader does.

    April 16, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  21. Ponte

    I'd kinda like to see Joe as Mac's Veep. He's a good man, see's things clearly on BOTH sides of the political fence, and has tons of experience. Enough talk about a First Woman or First Black. How about First Independent Jew?

    John & Joe in 08!

    April 16, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  22. H.M.

    Can anyone say they are surprised by this??? The sad idiots that voted for him ought to just change their own party affiliation. I wonder if he'll challenge Chris Matthews to a duel???

    April 16, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  23. ben

    Arizona Senator McCain getting endorsed by Israeli Senator Lieberman. Hopefully when the democrats extend their lead in the Senate, we can give this foreign policy nut the boot.

    April 16, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  24. Nick, Austin, TX

    I really hope the Democratic party picks up a few seats in the Senate so they can kick Lieberman all the way out of the Democratic party and not even caucus with him. If Carville wants to call somebody a Judas I think I've found his guy.

    On the other hand, I guess this is what Democrats have to deal with in exchange for getting some reasonable Republicans like Hagel, Luger and Voinovich.

    April 16, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  25. neocon3

    Joe is proof positive that the liberal left is now in full control of the DNC..

    April 16, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
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