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. Obama Express

    Lieberman is McStupid's little punk. Yeah right, all the world leaders are gonna be on their knees trembling at the wrath of McStupid. Well, we've already had a belligerent moron that goes by the name of "Bush" or "Shrub" or whatever... Let's send these two to the retirement home & give Obama a chance to write a new chapter in American history.

    May 9, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  2. Tony

    BTW: Liebermann is a moderate. Why do democrats turn on moderates like snakes on a hot rock?

    May 9, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  3. Kevin, Hanover PA

    Senator Joe = True Patriot

    Defend Liberty, Defeat Obama!

    Or SNOBAMA '08 – He is so much better than ignorant hicks

    May 9, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  4. nitro

    Joe leiberman is the last person that needs to question anyone. This is his way of getting the democrats back for wanting someone new in office. Maybe if john McCain makes him his VP he will screw it up like he screwed Al Gore. He is week on policies and should admit he is an undercover republican. American in Canada is not an american , your just another canadian. Because you want Clinton means your pissed off about NAFTA. Sorry but it want happen this time. NY you are an idiot. Paulette in cincinnati its funny that you can say this about Obama about have the wrong people around or past friends but it dont bother you one bit that the clintons screwed aman out of 1.2 million dollars and caused him to lose his company. What does that say about your morals.

    May 9, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  5. Shut up warmonger

    Like any Democrat gives a rat's a#$ what Joe Warmonger traitor Lieberman has to say.

    Lieberman has betrayed his party and his country by supporting an expensive, pointless war that distracts us from the necessary business of hunting down terrorists in Afghanistan and destroys our economy in the process. It is disgraceful that Connecticut keeps electing this bozo – thank God they at least kicked his sorry butt out of the Democratic Party.

    Doesn't it seem like *he's* going to be McCain's VP? He's sure around the old man enough. What a gift that would be to Democrats!

    May 9, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  6. rumpusgoopus


    May 9, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  7. Parzifal

    Lieberman's right – our enemies will only take advantage of weakness; they're not interested in negotiating anything – that's why they fly airplanes into buildings.

    Obama is all smoke and mirrors. He seems like a nice enough guy, but all of his speeches, debates, etc., are full of NOTHING but new-age soundbites packaged as profound sentiment. Sounds nice, but doesn't really mean anything. Not too dissimilar from the bland generalizations expounded in a horoscope.

    This is still a dangerous world – no matter who you choose to blame for it. We don't need a mannequin with a nice smile and no substance for our enemies to feast upon. We need someone who will make our fanatical enemies fear us. That's just the reality of a world that we share with inconsolable, murderous religious zealots.

    Simply being nice might be okay with our allies. But McCain can do that as well Obama – or any other politician for that matter.

    May 9, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  8. virginialiving

    Did you just hear Ted Kennedy on TV? Hillary is more than qualified to be VP but it won't happen because there is too much between them" He basically slapped all womanhood in the face.

    TED, BABY, You and the party front you pushed ARE PRIMARILY RESPONSIBLE WHY THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY HAS LEFT US BEHIND? Democrats who will not support Obama are not the one's leaving the party? The Democartic Party belongs to exactly what everyone is running against, "The old school politicians" who need power by hiding behind Obama. WHAT CHANGE!

    May 9, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  9. Vig

    Here comes the barrage of criticism against Obama – let's hope it sticks.

    May 9, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  10. marres

    WAIT...Lieberman is still alive?

    May 9, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  11. RealDeal

    Someone needs to buy Lieberman an Obama political lint remover.

    May 9, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  12. Ron

    Have you heard the expression "keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer!" This is wisdoms; and what better tools of leadership does a 'commander-In-Chief' need–WINDOM, KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING! There is currently comtemplations in the pipe-line, according to news reports, for Isreal and Syria to hold PEACE TALKS. Given that this report is true, and that the syrians are genuinely seek a peaceful resulations to the rifts between our friend, Isreal and their state, such a move would have been a welcome jester and a grand opportunity for the United States Of America to resume it's status as the leading PEACE-MAKER across the globe.

    FOr peaceto prevail, there must be those who are willing to substitute, humilily for agressive, high-handed approach. Before one a lead effectively he/she needs to cultivate the virtures of WINDOM, KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING.

    Experience as a general concept comprises knowledge of or skill in or observation of some thing or some event gained through involvement in or exposure to that thing or event. The history of the word experience aligns it closely with the concept of experiment. Through experiment with new ideas, new concepts, new approach to global issues, a new demonstration of strength to tackling these issues by conducting uncompromising talks and negotiations with not only our friends but with our enemies ( without compromising our principles), we can achieve even a semblance of true peace and security.

    May 9, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  13. kelley James

    If we listen to you we will go to war with anyone who disagrees with us. How many innocent life has been lost on both sides. How many young people have died. What wrong with trying to do this in a peaceful way. Vote for Obama 08.

    May 9, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  14. Chris, Silicon Valley, CA, USA

    It seems to me all the cheerleading for Obama is some of the most unquestioning, frenetic, irrational stuff I've seen in years. Did you see what his supporters wrote on the WV story? They are really turning me off toward him.

    Name 1 solid thing he will actually change.

    May 9, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  15. Mary

    Just bear in mind Democrat Machine that it is time for you to make nice to Hillary if you have any expection of Hillary's people to follow the democrat ticket even if Hillary does decide to come back to the fold. I'm liking the democrat ticket less every day and expect I will vote for McCain because the democrat party had made me mad by the way they gained up against Hillary.

    Kennedy we are not listening to your angry mouth any longer. Obama best use his best manners where Hillary is concerned. Hillary has a constinecy that Obama needs and that isn't the noble elder Democrats who have run Obama's campaign.

    May 9, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  16. Inez Kirson

    People are always making fun of West Virginians, but they have 20-20 when it comes to someone who really cares about the people and not their own agenda.

    May 9, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  17. Csokas

    I do not understand all the talk about inexperience. Politics as usual is not the only way to get experience. As for talking with our enemies, it means you are trying to understand why we are enemies and if it means we can only be enemies. Rogue nation or not, Iran is a nation and must be dealt with. I do not want to live in a world of fear. All the flag waving and lapel pin wearing in the world will not help if you live in that state.

    May 9, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  18. David PA

    Lieberman is a self-serving slimeball. Let us hope he tags along on McCain's campaign trail to whisper corrections into the old geezer's ear when he botches it.

    May 9, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  19. Aren't you tired of it too?

    Who are these all caps shouting HRC supporters? Not the true Dems. She has a lot of good qualities, but you have to admit, that she has run a poorly planned and executed campaign.

    Leiberman? Old news. Obama is on the right track...change. America has been "enemies" with Cuba for so many decades that I bet the 30-40 something can't even remember what the beef was about. I for one would LOVE to go to Cuba and I bet the repubs would be the first on the plane to flood the country with good and services from here.

    I'm not afraid of McCain (I think I could take him), so I can't see why anybody else would be either.

    May 9, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  20. bern

    Joe Lieberman is an idiot. It shows how very wrong the old gaurd democratic "experts" can be. He did not help Gore's run. I hope he helps to sink McCain's old leaky boat too. I get sick to my stomach everytime he opens his mouth.

    May 9, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  21. Mike

    McCain: A steadfast friend, an implacable enemy. Will pursue Bin Laden to the gates of hell.

    Obama: He's pretty! Dress him in a Burqua for his meeting with Ahmadinejad. He'd better not bend over to pet the Camel.

    May 9, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  22. SLO Bear

    What a jack***!

    May 9, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  23. Amber

    Its Clinton....or McCain. Obama will be stamped, tramped, beat, and dragged by the GOP machine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    Hang in there Sen. Clinton. If you don't get it now, wait ....Obama will lose to McCain. Then you can run in 2012 and we will be right here waiting for you with open arms and an open wallet!!!

    May 9, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  24. Hans

    Thank God he never became the Democrat VP! Lieberman is an opportunist without a threat of character and principal. At least he has finally found the right party to weasel himself into, one that fits his opportunism to the T – and they deserve him, especially as a VP!

    May 9, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  25. nitro

    You idiots noone respects us anymore anyway. It doesn't take experience to realize bullying people dont work anymore. If you cant talk to leaders rationally then everyone is your enemy. Once a country is no longer afraid of you then they have nomore use for you. NY you are really an idiot.

    May 9, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
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