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. Anna, SW Missouri

    I believe Lieberman lost his Super Delegate status when he left the Democratic Party and became an Independent. This article makes it sound like he lost it when he endorsed McCain.

    April 16, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  2. jaci in oregon

    yikes, it looks like the bus from Shady Acres dropping the old folks off at Albertson's for their weekly shopping!!!!

    April 16, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  3. Mr Bigger

    Good for Joe. It proves he is a thinking Senator instead of a mind numbed Democrat

    April 16, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. Darth Vadik, CA

    Oh yeah, the guy in the Pensylvania "bitter" comercial, the one that say he is upset at Obama's comments.............


    April 16, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. henrie alabama


    April 16, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  6. Alonzo Demetrius

    Good show! Seems many of our electees have been representing the democrat party but that's okay as long as they have conservative principles and will stand up for them rather than just go along with all the crazy liberal stuff of today. Joe Lieberman is a good man, and the best proof of it was when he was elected as an independent after the Connecticut democrat elites black-listed him. Sen Lieberman I think wanted to remain a democrat, but since the democrats think they are too good for him, welcome aboard Joe.

    April 16, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. HSNP

    Joe Lieberman, the ultimate Judas.

    April 16, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  8. Darth Vadik, CA

    McCain, may Lieberman bring you all the luck he brought to Al Gore in 2000.

    April 16, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. Patrick, Takoma Park MD

    Among Democrats, that turncoat Lieberman is as popular as a hooker with herpes. So I can't imagine who would be persuaded by his endorsement of McCain. If anything, he's going to anger people and motivate them to work harder to elect a Democrat.

    April 16, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  10. chris isner

    Hey, maybe Lieberman is a double agent! Yeah, see, he has been cozying up to the Republicans while secretly in cahoots with Earth First and plans on doing recon for all them eco-terrorists that Al Gore actually controls who are planning on blowing up the Republican Convention and...and...oh God, I mean, Karl Rove, save us!!

    April 16, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  11. Dee

    Who cares what party you belong to? Lieberman clearly doesn't feel any great ties to the Dems, and who cares?

    That's not what makes him a lying, manipulative, self-serving Washington politician (which him and McCain both are).

    I think we should really stop all this Democrats against Republicans business and get to work on the issues that are important to us. This two-party system is the dumbest thing ever.

    I'm an Obama supporter, but I don't care if Lieberman backs McCain–they deserve each other!

    April 16, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. stef

    Could there be anything more distasteful than Lieberman (the turncoat) addressing the Republicans? Hello, Zell of 2008.

    I'm sure there are thousands of folks in CT who have serious buyer's remorse and would love nothing more than to get rid of him altogether. It's astonishing to me that he's still relevant.

    April 16, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  13. Ken

    AZM: "sick and sad". You should know, having voted for Bush twice, and now you are ready to do the ultimate insane thing: vote for him a 3rd time! If you can't see or admit to the abject failure that you [R]s have inflicted on America, it really is a sign of insanity - but you are not alone, apparently 28% of the public agree with you....a sign of the horribly LOW IQ of the American voting public.

    April 16, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  14. June

    Awwwwwwwwww...leave poor Joe alone....He just wants to be VP so much that any party will do. Canada has a Rhinocerous Party, rumour has it he thinking of trying that one next.

    April 16, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  15. Michael

    To the ***AMERICAN***

    This has nothing to do with free speech. The DNC is there to support the DEMOCRATIC PARTY. If a member comes out in support of the REPUBLICAN PARTY, then of course he shouldn't have a say in the democratic election. That is just ridiculous to make this about free speech.

    April 16, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  16. you'llfindmeinNY-JM

    This guy has allways resembled actor Kevin Spacey to me.... even sounds like him.



    April 16, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  17. Chris from San Antonio

    Not much of an Independent, I'd say.

    April 16, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  18. skyhawk

    He has conviction that goes beyong party loyalty. You have to admire that whether or not you agree with his views.

    Also, Liberman is an independent senator. If he is a traitor then what is he betraying?

    April 16, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  19. Nick

    and we thought Zell Miller was a thing of the past

    April 16, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  20. Tolga

    First a Democrat
    Then Independent
    Now he's a Republican.

    It sounds like the evolution of a dinosaur 🙂

    April 16, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  21. Rey (American Canyon, CA)

    Pethatic! He wants to speak, but does any one really listens?

    April 16, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  22. Scott Hughes ATL

    Star Wars Episode VII...lol Joe (Anakan Skywalker) Lieberman has completed his transition to the Dark Side. I think they're building a Death Star in CT...lol

    April 16, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  23. Alex

    you know how sports stars have their day in the sun before declining in ability....I would have to say McCain/ Lieberman are both "washed up" former stars who's usefulness has long gone.

    April 16, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  24. Steve

    WOW....a politician following his convictions instead of blindly towing the Partty line. Washington needs allot more like him,

    April 16, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  25. Shane

    Lieberman is such a sellout....

    April 16, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
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