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. Tab

    For those of you who say Hillary should step out, remember this is a democracy. I am a firm Obama supporter, yet I support Democracy 1st. People in the other states deserve to have their voices heard. Too many people died for the right of all Americans to vote. After everyone who want to vote has the chance to vote, the person who has the most pledged delegates should be the nominee.

    To you Dems who will vote Republican if your candidate doesn't win, remember a vote for McCain is a vote for more of Bush. But it is your choice and your decision to make.

    May 9, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  2. NC4Obama08

    I, for one, am utterly FED UP with you dogmatic Clinton supporters claiming you will sabotage the general election by voting for a republican. Go ahead. They don't need simpletons like you in the democratic party anyway. You may be half... excuse me, ALMOST half of the population who wants her to be the next president, but more of us want him (as referenced by the fact that he is winning, period, fair and square... and will still win the nomination with or without MI and FL). I am a libertarian. I decided to venture out and LEARN about a man who is full of promise and has the moxie to change our nation and, potentially, our world. A fresh perspective and a commitment to change is where this nation is headed. I'm happy to leave you vicious, bigoted, uneducated wastes of space behind. I suggest, however, that you get on board the OBAMA TRAIN and let's change the status quo!

    May 9, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  3. Bill Pohnan

    Sounds like he is bucking for VP slot on the GOP ticket.

    I believe they would make a great ticket that would drive both conservatives and liberals nuts.

    It certainly would halt the Obama steamroller.

    May 9, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  4. Independent

    Another name for Republicans – BULLY! Go home Joe, you're 15 minutes were up a long time ago!

    May 9, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  5. raouf

    John McCain would make a terrific Pope, He would qualify on consideration of age alone.

    May 9, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  6. Kevin in DC

    Yeah Lieberman, that's just what the world needs, more fear mongering from you and the Republicans.

    May 9, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  7. GANI

    AFTER ACCUSING EVERYBODY AS RACIST , WHOEVER DARED TO CRITICISE MR EMPTY COAT OBAMA.....OBAMITES NOW WANT PEOPLE TO SUPPORT THEM.....ITS NOW CLEAR WHO THE REAL RACISTS ARE....90-92% AFRICAN AMERICANS VOTING FOR OBAMA, AT LEAST WHITES WHITES DILUTE AND PRETEND SOME 60-62% VOTING FOR HILLARY.......... PLS VOTE ANYONE BUT OBAMA

    May 9, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  8. Ben

    Since when did talking to enemies become less important then killing them, and have them kill us. Has the American foreign policy
    really decended to this level?WE WOULD RATHER HAVE OUR SONS DIE THAN EVEN TRY TO COME TO SOME KIND OF AGREEMENT

    May 9, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  9. Jon Hall

    McCain! Four More Wars!!!! Four More Wars!!!

    May 9, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  10. Jeff

    Lieberman must be aware that his time with any influence in the Senate is about to come to a close. He will get booted from the caucus and his committee placements the moment the Dems get enough votes this November, regardless of who the President is. His only hope for a job in the federal government in 2009 is in a McCain administration. Puts a certain perspective on his "comments."

    May 9, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  11. Kentucky Ann

    We love Hillary Clinton!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hillary Clinton is a American Patriot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hillary 08 or make a mistake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hillary run as an Indendpent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hillary let your following vote for McCain and you run in 2012!!!!!!!!!

    The desertion of Hillary Clinton will be the downfall of the democrats in 08. You have only the democrats Machine to blame.

    May 9, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  12. Jim

    I can not think of anything more exciting then a Joe and John event with the possible exception of Mr Magoo and Elmer Fud. Magoo and Fud for President!!!

    May 9, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  13. Rich In Seattle

    Wow, I can not believe how bitter and angry the Hillary supporters are. Talk about sore loosers. Get over yourselves and let go of the hate.

    May 9, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  14. Ratgurl

    McCain knows when to throw his weight around.... like when his wife teases him about his thinning hair. THAT really calls for him demeaning her & calling her the C-word. Yep, he's a strong leader all right!

    May 9, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  15. Andrea

    If Obama wins the nomination Hillary would be crazy to accept the VP post. Since Obama is sure to lose in November, she should leave the Democratic Party altogether, take millions of white votes with her, and run in 2012 as an Independent. By 2012 McCain will have run the country into the ground and the Democratic Party will still be the party it is today..a party that represents union bosses, black voters and a small but vocal minority of liberal elitists. And by that time Obama will be remembered as just another Michael Dukakis.

    May 9, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  16. fran

    It's a shame what has become of the democratic party. We have a race that is 50/50 and both sides have a base that is strong, yet they choose to throw Hillary to the side. I cannot watch as McCain becomes President of this country. It's going to happen because Hillary's supporters are goint to feel as if they stabbed in the back by the party and they will leave. No matter what Obama supporter say or try to do, the swing states are going to go to McCain.

    May 9, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  17. joe

    Can someone tell Joe Lieberman to shut up, He thinks Jews Own America and the World. What a Joke.
    If you and you blood lovers can not and not willy to leave in peace. Respect others who want to leave in peace.
    Obama for peace and progress.
    Is time for a Change- yes We can .

    May 9, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  18. bill pike

    Liber Man like russ limpbaughs. i hope it is these 2 as a team in november, Liber Man can remind mcbush what is going on-again.

    May 9, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  19. maya

    Senator Joe Lieberman ..plz keep your dum mouth shut..

    May 9, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  20. mariann

    A lot of wishful thinking seems to be reflected in these posts, as in I-can't-believe-it's-butter-it's-Obama for the Democratic Party Nominee. Let the primary voting system play itself out on June 3rd. Even Obama agreed and expressed that, with CNN's Wolf Blizter. He needs to continue campaigning in the remaining six states and be gracious about it (unlike someone else we all know). When it's all over, Hillary can write her next book about her experiences running for President as the first viable female by Disney-fying all of her accounts, including the sniper fire in Bosnia.

    May 9, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Didn't he lose his one bid at fame for vice president of the Democratic party? He is both a turn coat and a loser. Who cares about Joe?

    May 9, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  22. MurphyMorseJohnson

    Through the collective conventional wisdom and experience of old politics, the United States has never been more out of control in the Middle East than under the Bushes, the Clintons, the Liebermans, and the McCains. Time for a change....

    May 9, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  23. Glenn

    Joe is both a Democratic turncoat and a loser. Who even cares what Joe has to say?

    May 9, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  24. Genghis Cohen

    I think it's time Lieberman face reality. Joe, you're a Republican. Now get over it and switch parties, then no one will think about it when you side with the Republican nominee.

    May 9, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  25. NIKKI, SACRAMENTO CA

    I think Obama is smart to talk to the Iranian President. Like the old saying says, KEEP YOUR FRIENDS CLOSE AND YOUR ENEMIES CLOSER. THINK ABOUR THAT!!!

    May 9, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
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