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.”

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  1. Obama Mama

    Lieberman is just jealous because even he couldn't win a presidential nomination! Let stick those two and all of the other "Hillbots" on a rocket to the moon. They can form their own government there and HillBilly can be the president for as long as she wants!

    May 9, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  2. Incoming Sniper Fire

    Thomas May 9th, 2008 6:39 pm ET

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

    McCane 08′

    Thomas, do you really think people are that gullible?? Really?? know you did not vote for Obama, we know you are just trying to get people to doubt themselves. Obama supporters are smart and are firmly in his camp...there is no moving us. We are a movement that will not stop until he is POTUS. Get used to it!

    May 9, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  3. Chut Pata

    Israelies know what is best for Israel, not liberal turned neo-con and 1/2 of Sore Loserman 2000. Israeli foreigner minister Perez says war with Iran is not the only option, and peace has its chance.

    Apparently Obama knows what is good for Israel more than 1/2 of Sore Loserman 2000 knows.

    May 9, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  4. A Florida Democrat

    How does anyone get the idea that half of America wants Clinton as president when more than 60% find her untrustworthy? She was in my Florida neighborhood when the candidates vowed they would NOT campaign. That on ttop of all her other blatant lies (yes lies), I don't know anyone here who will vote for her. Most of my friends and I stayed away from the polls since our votes wouldn't "count" anyway. Don't take the low road like your heroine and try to jerk Florida (or Michigan) around. Either revote or nothing.

    May 9, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  5. jon

    who would liberman endorse if clinton won ???????????
    he is a traitor. a war lover .oh why the people wants to vote for mcdepression mccain .they will be sorry later when the yen drops again dollar is dead

    May 9, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  6. Voter from CT

    wow this just pisses me off, he's supposed to be a Democrat!

    May 9, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  7. gobo

    Jason (San Diego) raised a very good question to McCain.
    I find the criticism from McCain that Hamas likes Obama somewhat funny. How is that Obama's problem if other people (whether are friends or enemies) like him? To me, this accusation is as ridiculous as a husband blaming his wife for being liked by other men even though she has no control over their liking.

    McCain, what is your problem if people around the world (including Hamas) prefer Obama over you? May be they see in him more hope for world peace. Since McCain and his party are trying to scare people by suggesting ‘even-our-enemies’ like him kind of politics, I hope we can see a survey of world leaders preference of the next US president. How would McCain fare?

    May 9, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  8. JonPeter, Hartford, CT

    Thinking HRC is going to win the noimination is delusional... We're getting rid of one with with delusions of grandeur when Bush leaves office. Why would we want another delusional president ??

    May 9, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  9. Angela

    Judging by alot of these posts I get the feeling that many Obama supporters are 12 years old....Posting on the internet is the 21st century version of a paper route? Do you get paid by the post or the number of times you say Obama 08....

    May 9, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  10. Phil

    An American in Canada – Obama is leading in the votes of the people and Clinton is the one who needs the super delegates to override the people and give the nomination to her. Shouting does not make what you say to be true.

    Democrats need to unite behind the nominee. If Clinton was winning the popular vote or the elected delegate totals then I would support her. Insulting the other candidates is not helping us take back our country. John McCain will keep our troops in Iraq and try to launch a preemptive war in Iran.

    May 9, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  11. Gabriel

    There's nothing to fear but Fear itself, and Mr. Lieberman, if it's enemies you want fearing him, you'll get your wish tenfold by the time we've been in Iraq for ( ) years. The thing he will do best is making enemies.

    May 9, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  12. Steve

    Wow! So much anti Obama comments. Ms. Clinton has shown her tenacity for lying for years. Mr. Obama has been trying to bring democrats and republicans together for 18 months. Hmmmm, I think I'll go with Mr. Obama. And by the way; who cares what an American in Canada thinks. It's the Americans in America that count. Contact your draft board man; maybe they'll let you move back.

    May 9, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  13. Barry

    I hope that Hillary gets picked as the democratic nominee if not i will be forced to vote for John McCain. I have never voted republ;ican in my life. I hope that after tuesday vote here in West Virgingia that this states super delagates back Senator Clinton.

    May 9, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  14. Political Observer

    Meeting the leaders of people who oppose US foreign policy is a wise thing to do, if the objective is peace making.

    If the objective is war, funded by even more printing of US Dollars, with the negative implications for the economy, then keep on attacking each other and let there be another neo-con government. Loyalty to leaders is a very stupid thing to do. Be loyal to your country, and so, seek the best leaders for it. If you love your country you will learn to think this out.

    All of the aggression by the neo-cons has earned, what?

    It has created a highly insecure Middle East. Israel is even more insecure now than in 2000. The error of attacking Iraq has given all the extremists in the region the legitimation no one else could have given them. Own goal for the US due to bad foreign policy by Bush II.
    The Arab world and most of the rest of the world has become very anti-American after October 2001. In September, almost all were American.

    (That is just a partial list.)

    The wise thing to do is to solve the problems in the M.E. starting with a Palestinian state. Hamas is the elected government of the Palestinians and only Hamas can deliver peace. (Theory: peace is achieved by the hardcore, as only they can deliver. However, only a wise mediator can get them together.) Only a wise leader (Carter, for example) delivered the Israeli-Egyptian deal.

    Two states seems the only thing that can happen, and it would in the interests of all to make sure Palestine becomes a viable entity. Make it look like Singapore and Hong Kong, and the enmity with Israel will go away.

    Once the above is started, the rest will be easier. Iran will need to sell its oil, and its large young pro-Western population will be keen to vote in a progressive government. If the West does not threaten Iran, then its leaders cannot play the "evil" empire card to get support from the people. There are thousands of Iranians in the US who want to lead Iran away from the Mullahs, but their hand will be weakened if the US threatens Iran.

    If the US gets too pre-occupied with the Middle East, it will lose sight of China. Fast rising, it looks set to be blue water force sooner than later if the US pushes Iranian oil to China.

    What is sad is that much could have been achieved before with a less divided US. It will take the guts of an Obama to tell it like it is to achieve peace and win the long run game of power politics.

    Those with little or no understanding of foreign policy will only talk war. Those like Obama with a very keen understanding of the world knows how to achieve peace.

    The American Living in Canada, must surely see how much better it is in Canada with no Canadians soldiers in Iraq. How can this person in good faith not see the writing on the wall with Obama as the candidate? Now be the patriot and rally around the party's candidate.

    May 9, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  15. john

    Lieberman is filthy pig who is owned by the AIPAC and the corporate warhawks. He deserves to be in prison with Bush, Cheney and the whole lot of war criminals running our country now. 9/11 was an inside job and the truth is coming out. The media refuses to cover the hundreds of reputable people questioning 911, last week a senator from Arizona spoke out about the coverup and the Japanese parliament questioned their afghan mission based on lack of evidence of who was really behind 911. Please see

    May 9, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  16. cedric nicholson

    “One of John’s strengths is that our allies and friends will trust him and our enemies will fear him," said Lieberman

    I was always told it was best to be respected than feared.

    May 9, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  17. Goody - Oregonians 4 Hillary

    Move over Joe. If Hillary gets hoodwinked by the DNC, there will be many, many voters registering as independents.

    May 9, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  18. Nikki


    May 9, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  19. LucieLee

    Fearmongering from the enabler of the warmonger.....Nice Joe LIEberman~!!!

    May 9, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  20. J-Dog

    "McCain knows when to be tough and when to be soft.”–

    What is McCain? A toilet paper?

    May 9, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  21. Susan Lester

    Joe Lieberman is a traitor to the Democratic Party. He is a Republican now. How can you expect a Republican like Joe Lieberman to say anything nice about the Democratic Nominee. Lieberman is a total war-monger, just like his pal, John McCain.

    May 9, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  22. Only1

    To American in Canada,
    If you are such a Clinton Fanatic, what are you doing in Canada?. Get back home!. Please
    1) first she cries 2x saying she doesn't know how she holds it together
    2) then she says if the calls comes in at 3 am she could 'hold it together'
    3) She the gets outright nasty challenging her rival to a debate without moderators
    4) Today she uses the race card.
    Not only do you need to come back home, but you need to tell your girl she was hired by the people of NY state to do some work which she has yet to start. She needs to come home too.

    May 9, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  23. greenfun

    McCain can get ready for a whole lot of Clinton supporters to be coming his way.

    How about this voting debacle-sure makes you wonder just how many there really were:

    Mecklenburg, Wake find vote flaws
    Updated: 05/09/2008 07:38 AM
    By: Shawn Flynn

    [The problem regarding this year’s double counting was narrowed down to an optical scanner machine, which most counties do not use.]
    The problem regarding this year’s double counting was narrowed down to an optical scanner machine, which most counties do not use.
    MECKLENBURG & WAKE COUNTIES - Vote tallies are changing in the state’s two largest counties, after certain ballots were counted twice in Mecklenburg and Wake counties.

    The mistake didn’t change the outcome of any elections, but it is a cause for concern to election directors. For example, when Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama declared victory Tuesday night in North Carolina’s primary, he was given approximately 15,000 votes more than he should have been. That’s 1 percent of all ballots cast.

    In Wake County, early and absentee ballots were counted as part of the individual voters precincts and again as a whole. “So in essence, those voters were recorded double,” said Cherie Poucher of the Wake Co. Board of Elections. It was around 37,000 votes.

    May 9, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  24. Come together

    As I read these forums I can only hope and pray that some of the irrational fear and hate that I am reading does not represent the majority of our countries people. Its OK to have strong opinions but I wish everyone would take a step back and let go of the anger.

    I am a registered Republican who will be voting for Obama in the fall should he be the nominee. I like who he is and I like what he has to offer our Country. I wish McCain could give me a reason to vote for him, but I just dont hear the conviction is his words and his ideas dont deviate from our current policies enough to give me any hope for Americas future. I really dont think he understands how bad things have gotten for most of America. We need help from our leaders!

    May 9, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  25. Morgan

    If you're not bitter, WHY DO YOU TYPE IN ALL CAPS? Why do all Clinton supporters type in all caps? You guys really need to see a therapist or something. Thank God Lieberman is not a Democrat anymore. I wish he would just call himself a Republican. There's nothing independent about him.

    May 9, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
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