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

Lieberman might address GOP convention

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(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. Julia in CT

    We in CT would like a special election to take back our enormous mistake! What happened to you Joe????

    April 16, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. kevin Quinn

    Benedict Arnold was also from Connectict!

    April 16, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. Glen,

    The trouble with independents is they don't do what the party machinery tells them. They think for themselves which seems to be a problem for most of the BO groupies.

    April 16, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. Joseph Ngoru

    I am tired of posting comments which are never published!!!!!! but that will not stop Obama becoming the president!!!!!

    April 16, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  5. Frank, Dayton, Ohio

    The Democratic Party needs to show "Traitor Joe" Lieberman the Door when Congress re-convenes. Let him be seated with the Republicans where he belongs.

    April 16, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. John D

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: The only good thing to come out of the 2000 "election" was that this man did not become Vice President.

    April 16, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. Marine

    If Joe Lieberman wants to be a Republican then he ought to say so and throw the senate balance of power back to the Republicans. Instead he touts himself as an independent, after the Dems bamboozled him in the last election, but sided with the dems when it came to senate control. Either switch or go away.

    April 16, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    Lieberman is a milquetoast turncoat. He is disgustingly self-serving and acts like a Republican rather than a Democrat. He is SOOOOO wrong on the war, and is an fool for doing Bush's bidding. The Democrats should expel him from the party, as he is directly opposing them by endorsing McBush.

    April 16, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. Tony

    Joe L. has entered the debate with blinders off. He needs to be applauded for this.

    Note to the sheeple. You don't have to vote just based on the (R) or (D) next to a candidate's name.

    April 16, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  10. Oregon

    Lieberman physically resembles the Emperor in the Star Wars movies. Virtually any form of militarism against Arab countries is supported by him.

    April 16, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  11. Women 4 Obama

    Clearly, McBush can not win on Republican voters a lone. He's not conservative enough. A lot of conservatives hate him.

    So McBush needs votes of liberals (democrats). What McBush will try to do is brainwash democrats into thinking he is liberal like democrats as well.

    The only problem is that McBush only got the Republican nomination because McBush made promises to George Bush – so Bush has helped him. Before embracing George Bush, McCain was last in the Republican race. After embracing George Bush, McCain jumped to first place!

    Hopefully, Democrats and independent liberals don't fall for this trap. McCain is accountable to only George W. Bush.

    April 16, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  12. norb

    And after he does that, he and John can address the next beer convention in Arizona as ex Senator's. John McCain must not be very smart to have Joe Lieberman hanging around. Maybe Joe can take over driving the beer truck after John puts in his ten hours driving.

    April 16, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  13. Middle-aged American

    2 Old White men with outdated philosophies on how the country should be run.... Does anyone else see a repeating pattern, or is it just me?

    April 16, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  14. Thomas from TX

    Leiberman = Benedict Arnold

    April 16, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  15. Marcus

    Lieberman is an opportunist, he's always blown with whichever direction of the wind he thought would have the most advantage. He doesn't have any firm, fixed beliefs, a typical politician in the worst sense.

    April 16, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. Grif

    What's you're problem little man? Whatever it is. Just ask Old John McCain in November,k and he'll have the answer...All you have to do, is Knock....

    April 16, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. Mike

    Who cares about McCain and Lieberman anymore. They are the old politics. They are so out of touch... They be done by November for good. There will be a new chapter in our country. . Thanks God!!

    April 16, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  18. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Why does Joe seem like John McCain's little brother, following him to school on his first day?

    April 16, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  19. BHO

    This is a typical JEWISH mentality!

    April 16, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  20. John, Brooklyn, NY

    Heck! Bill Richardson ain't the Judas of the Democrats!

    Keep in mind the last time a major Democrat spoke at the Republican convention. It was that crackpot Zel Miller! Lieberman is JUST as out of touch with of the Democratic Party and the American people as was Miller.

    Lieberman has not had integrity since he chose to run as an Independent after he lost his Democratic primary for senate in 2006. Joe – that was a no-confidence vote from the Connecticut Democrats – and it represented the sentiment of the rest of us as well.

    We'll simply have to continue holding our noses until the end of this election cycle when we'll no longer be at his mercy for retaining the majority.

    April 16, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  21. Ken

    Now this is funny. The best the [R]s can do for their convention is premeir a [x-D] that is so dumb to have fallen for the Bush [R] failure? This just shows that the [R]s are really counting on you [D] idiots who claim if your candidate does not win the [D] nomination, you will vote for McSame.

    THE ONLY HOPE THE [R]s HAVE IN NOV. IS THAT ENOUGH OF YOU [D]s REALLY ARE AS DUMB AS YOU CLAIM, I.E. AS DUMB AS THE TYPICAL [R] - AND THEY HOPE LIEBERMAN WILL LEAD YOU OVER THE CLIFF.

    April 16, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  22. Grif

    I've gotta Song for you're Campaign Mr McCain.. "You're my Best Friend" Don Williams..

    April 16, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  23. Alex H

    ***AMERICAN*** – "I guess the DNC doesn't believe in Freedom of Speech."

    Yeah... a Democrat superdelegate backs a Republican and they take away his Democrat superdelegate title... and you wanna say where's the free speech? He has free speech! No one's stopping him from speaking. But the DNC has every right to remove someone's SUPER-ability to cast a vote for a Democrat nominee at their convention if they support a Republican instead.

    Don't try twisting things, it's not flattering for you.

    April 16, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  24. Real people for real man.

    Hillary will soon join you Lieberman, because Supperdelegates have themselves to blame after Clintons tear down their party apart.

    She knows she can't win this nomination and she want to destroy Obama chances of making it come November so that she will run again in 2012.
    Believe me she will run for Republican then, because if Obama didn't win November because of Hillary he will run again comes 2012 and Hillary can't beat him.
    She will destroy your party before your eyes because if you failed to stop this nonsense negativity that she has brought to your party.
    She is trying by almeans to spoil Obama chance against mccain.
    She represent Republican at this point.

    April 16, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  25. Peter

    If Barack gets the Democratic nomination, Joe won't be the only Democratic joining the GOP later this year.

    April 16, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
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