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. Moderate Dem

    I am so tired of our policy of snubbing nations by refusing to meet or communicate them. Any businessperson who wanted to succeed would never think to act like that. It smacks of third grade behavior. If a normal person conducted their personal life like this they'd be very lonely. Obviously these "rogue" nations, although we disgree with them, play an important role in the world. Ignoring them like Lieberman and McCain want to do accomplishes nothing and makes us look immature and stubborn. We do not gain anyone's "respect" by snubbing leaders from unfriendly nations.

    May 9, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  2. Jake

    Please get rid of the ALL CAPS there, tough guy. And he's still got more popular votes than her, even if you count MI and FL. Get a grip.

    May 9, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  3. goodtimepolitics

    Obama should not be talking to Iran who is killing our young men and women in the Military. I for one American would condemn Obama for such actions!

    May 9, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |

    Isn't Lieberman the same idiot that switched parties because he could not make up his mind of who or what he wanted to be. It is a good thing that America is land of the free because otherwise.....^#@*$*%@$#&^^ for him.

    May 9, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  5. Rob

    Does everyone realize Lieberman virtually committed fraud to voters just to win reelection??? He lied saying Ned Lamont tampered with his campaign website and won a runoff election by a large margin. He had the results from an FBI investigation 2 weeks prior to the election that vindicated Lamont. Yet he lied to voters just to retain his seat. Obama will have surrogates taking out Liar-berman's knees real soon.

    May 9, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  6. Tony

    Lieberman is an opportunist and a traitor nothing else. He is following McSame like a puppy and his master.

    May 9, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  7. Nava-Canada

    what more can anyone expect from a man who won his election to the senate using Dems. ticket and now working against the dems. candidate for the presidency.
    Joe lieberman is pro Israeili and undoubtedly he will will expect the future Presidents not to talk one on one with the M/E leaders. Is there anything wrong to talk to a democtatically elected President of another democratic or so called Islamic state. What Obaba said from day one is that he will even talk to a devil if the devil is for world peace.
    People, world over wants America to lead the world and the man who has a clear vision of the future of America and can lead is Barrack Obama.

    May 9, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  8. Clarence in Florida

    Bring Karl Rove out of retirement and let him run Hillary's campaign. After all, anyone who can take a drunken wartime Air National Guard deserter with the IQ of a worm and make him commander-in-chief of the armed forces and president is an outright genius.

    H.R.C next in D.C.!

    May 9, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  9. Fran Says

    The arrogance of America's leadership!

    What's next Bush, Lieberman and McCain? Should we just obliterate the other countries in the world that we consider enemies? That is one of the reasons America is hated instead of respected.

    The leaders of the global community no longer represent the people. It's all about who has the biggest gun and whose bomb can reach the farthest. It's amazing that any of us are still here!

    May 9, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  10. Renecia Mi

    Since it is not "fair" for Barack to bring up John mccain's mental health, who's going to address this very real possible danger to the country. If he is still suffering from post traumatic syndrome, to give him the power to declare war is more scary to me than a lot of scenarios. I heard that he still refers to vietnemese as gooks. This matter, albeit a sensitive subject, has to be investigated before the election! Please help! We've all seen signs of this: Quick temper, holding grudges, and somewhat forgetful. Let's suggest an extensive psychological test. This is not a situation we want to let ride because it may seem hard. We will suffer if we put a mentally ill man in a position of power. He seems war happy. Let's stay maybe 100 years. Let's deal with this before it deals with us.

    May 9, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  11. charles

    I bet the people in Conn. are just kicking themselves.

    May 9, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  12. Bill

    Hillary or McCain, that is the only answer!

    May 9, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  13. Enquiring Minds

    Republicans are uniting! Republicans are coming out of the wood works and starting in on the attacks for the general election!
    Democrats its time to unite! party leaders Need to start going to bat for the Democrat Nominee! To top party officials, undecided super delegates its time to come around the democratic nominee and focus the parties energy towards the republicans, Going to bat for the nominee, promoting our nominee so we can get a democrat into office.
    If this democratic nomination doesn't come to an end the republicans will have an advantage come september cause while they have the time to attack Obama, Obama will be busy fighting off republicans and Hillary Clinton and when he is nominated the democratic nominee, the democrats will have a late start to defend themselves against the republicans.
    Hillary Unite before the borage of republican attacks start.

    May 9, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  14. JM

    Senator Lieberman is a has-been man from the moment he failed to get his own party to renominate him to run for another Senate term. Since he became Senator McCain's coat tail his words and opinions became even more irrelevant.

    May 9, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  15. Joe

    Senator Who? Joe Lieberman is a part of the political past. No wonder he feels more comfortable with John McCain. Lieberman and McCain have had their turn and look at the shape Washington is in as a result of their "leadership". It's time for a different Washington, and I can understand why Joe Lieberman is not comfortable with the idea of that.

    May 9, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  16. David Goldman for OBAMA


    May 9, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  17. Ross in MD

    Lock it up Joe.

    We are going to throw you and the rest of your neocons out of the Senate anyway.

    May 9, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  18. American Girl

    Once again – The Politics of fear and Bush "You either for us or against us"

    Retire Liberman!

    May 9, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  19. Krishna Baru

    I will vote only for Hillary otherwise I will abstain. Sorry Obama, you have to grow up. You are not in touch with the working families and their plight. On the the other hand, John McCain does not inspire me. So what choice do I have.

    May 9, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  20. Helene

    What do we care about Judas Lieberman's rantings ?

    May 9, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  21. Limbaughfatbelly

    Sen Lieberman is the biggest gooffer I've seen. "..the last time I checked, his bearing was still intact..." referring to the comments on Sen. McCain.
    One thing he doesn't realize is that he too most likely has lost his bearing as well. Matter of fact, worse off than McCain. How can someone who doesn't show any bearing himself be the one to "evaluate" McCain's bearing? Doctors who are "sick upstairs" lack the "bearing" to evaluate psychiatric patients. Think about it. All Lieberman's interested in are issues regarding war, his religion etc

    May 9, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  22. Bill

    It amuses me to see how racists flock to these few places they can still be heard. In fact, the only thing that amuses me more is how ignorant their rants are.

    Do Monica Lewinsky Clinton supporters understand that most of her supporters in these states like W(hite)V(ery) hate her? They simply hate the negro more. Once he's gone, they can vote for McCain.

    You people are soooo stupid.

    May 9, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  23. Reality

    McLame is going to meet the same end as Hillary did. And it would be joe standing behind and crying like Bill Clinton did on the eve of narrow win in Indiana.

    May 9, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  24. Chill Out-N-AZ

    WOW! What's with all the "WHINING" from the Clintonites? Conspiracy theories, innuendos, and just plain BS coming from people who clearly aren't as tough as their candidate of choice.

    Who cares what Lieberman thinks he just a Republican masquerading as an Independent and clearly shilling for the VP spot or any position he can get. What the "STATUS QUO" thinkers call inexperience is in actuality called "thinking outside of the box" something thats been clearly lacking in D.C. for a long time.

    You same people who see this approach as a mistake are the same ones who then wonder why our enemies are pursuing the bomb. Dont ever forget the only thing the "AXIS OF EVIL" speech accomplished was to get us bogged down in an unnecessary war in Iraq and provide a reason for Iran and N.Korea to reconstitute their efforts to get "THE BOMB".

    And this was done by an administration that had DECADES of "EXPERIENCE"

    May 9, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  25. John Lee

    obama is already toast in the general election, or should I say BURNT TOAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 9, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
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