May 9th, 2008
04:25 PM ET
14 years ago

Lieberman increases criticism of Barack Obama

(CNN)— Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman echoed presumptive nominee John McCain's increasing criticism of Barack Obama’s willingness to meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer Friday, the Democrat turned independent said he didn’t question Obama’s commitment when it comes to the Middle East, but said the Illinois senator's failure to set pre-conditions on the meeting shows inexperience, and “not only gives prestige [to Ahmedinajad], but threatens our allies in the region.”

“One of John’s strengths is that our allies and friends will trust him and our enemies will fear him," said Lieberman, who has backed the Arizona senator's presidential bid. "McCain knows when to be tough and when to be soft.”

Lieberman said the Democratic race wasn't over yet - but he said it was pretty clear to him that Obama will be the nominee, adding “it will be a tough [general election] campaign.”

soundoff (381 Responses)
  1. Geriatic

    THE REPUBLICANS RUNNING SCARED ALREADY?

    May 9, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  2. Smiley from Conyers, GA

    Doesn't "old" Johnny boy know that fear doesn't equal respect? If Regan never spoke to Russia would the cold war still be going on?

    May 9, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  3. LonghornMama

    Today, I went to the DMV and picked up a new registration card. I've voted Democratic for 30 years. But an overly zealous media has created a situation where no one dares question Obama's experience. Here it is in a nutshell. Obama won Illinois State Senate by a default; questioning registration after registration until he was the last man standing. He also stabbed in the back Alice Palmer, the woman who brought him into the process. He has done the same thing to Hillary Clinton. Hillary spent an inordinate amount of time showing Barack the ropes. Obama was a Senator all of 18 months before he started running for President. FOLKS...even George W. Bush, the worst on record, had more experience than this. Don't you care???

    May 9, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  4. Jason, San Diego

    As a 30 year old man, I am extremely concerned about McCain's age. I would never vote for his based on his policies and voting record, but I fear deeply that other Americans will vote for a man who cannot possibly be in touch with the concerns of my generation.

    Further, McCain's cheap innuendo about Hamas deserves much more comment from McCain. The Arizona Senator seems to like to bring up the issue and then leave it hanging. It's such a transparent, and unintelligent tactic. What exactly are you worried about, Mr. McCain, if Hamas prefers Obama to other candidate? Maybe the better question is this: what foreign leader, in the whole world, supports your nomination, Mr. McCain? Does a single foreign figure like you and your prunes?

    May 9, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  5. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Oh yes, our old friend Joe. It seems like he's no longer content to just turn his back on his party, he now wants to actively campaign against it. Way to go Joe.......and to think, you were within a whisker of becoming our VP in 2000.

    May 9, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  6. Bryan Hayward

    Having enemies fear you is detrimental to both parties, and ultimately the world.

    May 9, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  7. Thomas

    I'm so glad I voted for Obama, so we can win the white house!

    McCane 08'

    May 9, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  8. Keyon

    That's because McCain knows he to old to become President.

    May 9, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  9. Kenneth M

    I FEEL LIKE RIFF IN WEST SIDE STORY WHEN HE SAID TO TONY " TONY GET WITH THE GANG" JOHN L. NEEDS TO GET WITH THE GANG.

    May 9, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  10. Ben

    Who cares Joe?

    May 9, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  11. Keith R.

    Longhorn, we care.

    Enough that we are glad he won't resort to the same underhandedness that apparently all that experience breeds.

    We care.

    May 9, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  12. Ben

    Sounds like Joe is looking at a possible run at the VP spot on the GOP ticket. I think that he would really be a boost for the ticket, as it would make it look much more moderate than what the Dems are sure to serve up.

    May 9, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  13. Extinct Snipe

    Lieberman's comments can't be taken seriously considering the source – himself.

    May 9, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  14. Scott

    Regan would speak to the USSR because, although they were the "Enemy" they were not a rogue nation. Did Regan speak to Cuba? To North Korea? To Iran? I think not, and if he had done so, his position as Commander-in-Chief with regards to the role of the President in foreign affairs would have been weakened tremendously. Barak Obama will be the end of our status as a global power.

    May 9, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  15. NY

    John is correct. Obama is inexperienced and doesn't have the capability or experience or skills to talk to foreign leaders. We will be better off if he runs Chicago. Show me one accomplishment of Obama.

    I can't believe that a national TV channel like C N N will be super biased against Clinton. Shame on C N N .

    May 9, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  16. Paul

    WAKE UP IDIOT!!!

    he's basically saying.. "we only bomb our enemies, regardless of the innocent people killed, not talk to them.."

    May 9, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  17. Lana

    You're one to talk Lieberman. You've been caught on tape several times whispering into McBush's ear when he gets things wrong.

    Who's inexperinced now?

    Stop trying to get your way into the VP. It ain't gonna work.

    Folks. Lets all get behind Obama and support him all the way.

    Obama O8!!!!

    May 9, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  18. Paulette, Cincinnati, Ohio

    I for one do care. I do not understand why some of the American people don't understand that Obama is made of lies, no experience, known to be friends or past friends with the wrong people, etc. etc. Can you imagine what will be going on in the White House if he gets in. That DOES include Wright and Sharpton!!!! Wake up America.

    May 9, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  19. D.Kimbro OHIO

    What party is this guy this week. SHUT UP!!!!! That does it MR. you and John McCain Nap TIME!!!

    May 9, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  20. Ray Ito

    Which party does Lieberman belong to really? Democratic? Republican, Independent? Just like New York's Bloomberg. These are political freaks – political aberrations that cannot be really classified and so, they are irrelevant.

    He's just McCain's puppy. He's new name is PUPPY JOE.

    May 9, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  21. Mike

    It's pathetic that all this old status quo politicians are going negative against OBAMA!!

    STAND
    STRONG FOR
    CHANGE

    OR

    FALL HARD
    FOR THE SAME!!!

    May 9, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  22. NY

    Obama is just fake. He is just a good speaker...all talk no action.
    I really doubt his patriotism having spent 20 years in a church that hates America and Americans. Why is Michele hidden from the press? Is it to hide her hate against the Americans?

    May 9, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  23. Jose

    He might have won the IL senate seat by default, but he is the sure front runner, ahead your favorite and "most" experience candidate.

    Have you guys stop to think why the voters are rejecting Hillary's "experience" card?

    The last time I checked, it is the voters that elect the president and so far in this primary, they are speaking and giving their votes to Obama.

    May 9, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  24. Amy in Woodstock, NY

    And who cares. Liebermann has not credibility. I guess Hillary will be following Liebermanns lead....straight out of the democratic party.

    May 9, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  25. Sumitra

    Oh Lieberman! Lieberman! Lieberman! How much more blood you want on your conscience? After being responsible for deaths of so many innocent Iraqis you are still bloodthirsty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 9, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
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