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. joe

    According to mr. Joe Lieberman
    “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"
    I am wondering why true Americas and the people of Connecticut keep sending this old war mongers , blood suckers and morons to Washington?
    We Want one world of peace and progress, no special friend, allies and enemies. one people one love and equal right and Justice
    So, Joe Lieberman, ideals and McCain, are based on division and war instead of peace and unity.

    May 9, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  2. Texan in Texas

    Dear American in Canada,

    Do not go gentle into that good night. You all are over half of American what? Half of the THAT from America? Who is dictating? Be more specific! Also, I think that Hillary is leading the super delegate count as of right now. Furthermore, the American public is overwhelmingly supporting Obama. I think that's why he is winning, but you can double check me on that. Oh! I see! You just put the C in place of the H and then...very clever. Try to use more articles and nouns when you post your comments, so that people can understand more of the nonsense you type. Lastly, STOP YELLING!

    May 9, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  3. Joseph Williams

    People we must understand something.

    1. Obama has won through DEMOCRACY, meaning that people voted and they chose him over Clinton.

    2. Although Michigan and Florida are not seated, it does not matter because he would win even if they were (and I am in support of them being seated.) Also, even if they are chosen to be seated, Michigan would have to be a complete do over because Clinton was the only one on the ticket.

    3. He has won the popular vote, caucus, and more states. People keep complaining about the big states that he has not won. A few big states can not over ride a bunch of little states as Obama has proven–and again it was through DEMOCRACY.

    4. I agree that he does not have the CULTURED experience to be in the white house. Yet we have always voted for experience, and look at where we are now. The comment about Bush having more experience than Obama is a contradictive statement. Basically, the statement concludes that with more experience than Obama, the country would end up in its current state; however, the argument did not begin that way.

    5. There is absolutley no dirt on Obama. He is about as clean as a politician is going to get. Yet, I will agree that he is a "politician," playing the game, but he is a breath of fresh air because he offers something different that America has ignored for years, which is a new approach, a discussion about race, and common sense.

    6. I believe in this democracy and will support Clinton as long as she wants to stay in because voters should vote. Yet, I would have it that neither she nor Obama be as negative as they have been; however, as political as it seemed to suggest that Obama be her VP earlier in this primary, there is absolutely no way she can demote him anymore. For any Obama supporter, that was the icing on the cake. And for any Clinton supporter it showed either how manipulative she is to win a race, or how much she really likes him. Whatever the reason was, Clinton supporters can not easily (key word being easily) demote Obama either because she basically endorsed him herself while all along he has been saying it is too presumptuous to talk about a joint ticket. Maybe it was political, maybe it was sincere... Whatever the case, if she does become the nominee and do not offer him the VP spot, she will have a lot of explaining to do.

    I am someone who likes both Hilary and Obama. One can not deny the fact that when the Clintons were in office, the economy was good; however, democracy has voted and Obama is what they want. He has not cheated, lied, or any of the sort. I do not think he is perfect. I think he won his senate seat very easily, and I think that there are some things that might not ever get done if he is voted, but that is my realistic thought with every candidate. Nevertheless, I would still have it that the democrats either unite or shut up about how people do not want Obama. DE-MO-CRA-CY VOTED.

    With that I am a Christian so I say in all of my beliefs God bless everyone. I pray that he contineus to show his grace, mercy, and love towards his children no matter of what creed, race, religion, or culture.

    May 9, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  4. mimi de la cruz for OBAMA





    May 9, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  5. Ian MacIsaac

    Obama has two years in the senate. People are saying he isn't experienced enough.

    Abraham Lincoln was elected president in 1860 after two years in the senate. In 2000, a poll of Democrats and Republicans, and even moderated, conducted by Gallup, crowned him the Finest President of All Time. I think Obama will do just fine, based on Lincoln's record.

    Besides, don't you think that, as the President, he might have a LITTLE help? Say, from his VP? Or... get this... his CABINET AND ADVISERS? He's not gonna be on a friggin' desert island by himself. running America.

    May 9, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  6. mama coo

    What, someone has criticized Senator Obama? Better watch out you'll be labeled a racist. Don't you understand, no one can criticize him. No one can ask a question. No one can campaign against him or else they risk being called a racist. And please don't use the word white when speaking about anything close to Mr. Obama. it won't be allowed! Mr. Obama should be given ths presidency without further ado lest we offend Obama and his fans.

    May 9, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  7. bernice

    I hope Barack is ready - because here they come....... If anyone thinks that the lobbyists and the current old boy network with a smattering of females and minorities is going to give up their power easily they're wrong. It will be like Satan giving up Hell - it's going to be UGLY!!!!

    But I will continue to pray for Barack and for this country - because I truly do believe that he is the change that we as a country needs. Sometimes you just have to get rid of what you KNOW is not working and try a different route.

    May 9, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  8. Dana in Maryland

    Liberman is perfectly ready to complain about Obama's remark about McCain being of his bearings ( a navigational metaphor meaning off the course he said he was going to follow ), yet willing to push the Hamas and Achmedinejad remarks as though they were somehow not meant to be demeaning. As far as I am concerned if the Iranian President gets an ego boost by meeting with Obama, I could care less, and Hamas may want Obama because they see he just may possibly be able to bring peace to the mideast where all the posturers with their big talk and threats have only managed to bring the mideast to the brink of all out war. How many people does McCain intend to kill in the name of his bruised national pride. It is about time we had world leaders who didn't think and behave like kindergardeners.

    May 9, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  9. Dan

    McCain is experienced? He thought that Al-Queda was training in IRAN (WRONG! Lieberman had to correct him in front of everyone!) AND he thought that Vladimir Putin was the Chancellor of Germany! (Guess he's never heard of Angela Merkel. Maybe a female running the third most powerful country in the world irks his 1940s values.

    May 9, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  10. Lara

    Let see she backed and worked for a communist company she helped in the defense of Black Panther Bobby Seale. She gave money to terrorist when she worked for the IPS.and New Foundation. Lets not forget White Water or Travel Gate. Then there is the 50 million dollars of our tax money to investigate Monica Lewinsky. She is in a civil fraud case right now for taking illegal money in her 2000 Senate race from a convicted criminal. She promised to give summer tax breaks when she knew she couldn't do it. Oh yes and if you are sending her any money you can be sure she is paying herself back first. The Clinton's don't care about us they left the oval office and became millionaires now they want to go back in and become billionaires on our blood sweat and tears. If you have the guts Google her past it 's very interesting. I did I wanted to know who I was voting for and she is not the one.

    May 9, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  11. Dr. J

    Liberman is an old guard politician. I would much rather take a risk with something new than do the same old thing. If it is not working, try something new.

    May 9, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  12. Dan

    Lieberman's foreign policy views in the Middle East have failed time and time again. He has no credibility. He places Israel's wishes above those that our in the US's best interest. Pay him no mind...he is a sorry old windbag.

    May 9, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  13. Joe who???

    Who is this guy??? joe the LOOSER MEANINGLESS lieberman???

    May 9, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  14. Inevitable



    READ THIS DEMOCRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Quoted by Concern Democrats "Those democrats that feel the need to support McCain or not vote to express their anger/hate/revenge are only hurting themselves. If Obama lose, he'll go back to the senate and he'll be alright. However, will you be OK with a failing economy, a continue war in Iraq, health care unresolved, conservative justices, etc…"


    May 9, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  15. Norma. Franklin

    Lieberman ruined Gore's chances of the Presidency. John for sure don't want him for VP. Who will Johnnie Boy pick for a real conservative to win back many gofers. Obama wants change– that can be a bad thing- like bad change. Black people don't really care about experience- their goal is just to get a black man in there and to hell with running the country right. Obama don't even know enough about the presidency to know what change he is talking about. And his wife will make a witch for first lady. Hillary is the best and knows what CHANGE really means and how to apply it.

    May 9, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  16. Andy

    The Dem's can't even nominate a candidate. How the heck do you expect them to run a country? If they get the White House, we'll have runaway inflation like we had during Carter's rein. Obama doesn't have enough experience. As for his great judgement...just look at his relationships. What a joke.

    May 9, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  17. J.L.

    People speak of inexperience but the best example of that is the guy sitting in 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. right now... who had the "experience" of being governor of Texas. But even in this case, I think Obama has a little more intelligence than that guy.

    And I don't understand why Lieberman just doesn't switch his party affiliation to Republican. I mean he's pretty much alienated himself out of the Democratic Party.

    May 9, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  18. Charles

    Lieberman and the Republicans appear to have listening problems with the rest of the world. It's OK to carry a big stick, but the U.S. Administration's failure to listen in the last 8 years has cost us dearly. We seem one-sided, self-righteous and arrogant to the rest of the world. Of course you don't have to agree with your enemies, but you would be foolish to put your fingers in your ears and pretend that by doing so you are going to accomplish anything worthwhile. Even Nixon negotiated with the Chinese in the middle of the cold war. There is some truth in keeping your enemies even closer!

    May 9, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  19. Jodie a white republican woman from Idaho for Obama

    Lets do what the republicans want to do and lets just blow everyone up who does not agree with us. Give me a break Leiberman. Shouldn't you be changing McCain's diaper or is that Cindy's job? McCain is a puppet just like Bush. HIs pockets are so full of Lobbyist money they are overflowing. I am so mad at all of you who choose to continue this decline America is in. Just remember it was your choice, so you have no one to blame but yourselves.

    May 9, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  20. bob in pa

    Joe Lieberman is a PHONY...he is in it for himself and nothing else, what a shame he is...

    May 9, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  21. Maya

    I am sure that Hillary and McCain has better judgement than Obama.

    The reason why sen Lieberman thinks it's going to be a tough campaign with Obama because the media is afraid to criticize him, anyone who dare to do so will be called "RACIST".

    Don't worry Sen Lieberman , Obama is not going to win period, the Hillary supporters like me will not vote for him, the Jewish will not vote for him, he is not going to win Florida and Michigan don't forget all the states that Hillary won.

    May 9, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  22. Arrthur Elmer

    Lieberman is nuts!
    He is a Bush backer and should quit the democratic party and move to Israel. He is like Bush, his actions does not match his rhetoric.

    May 9, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  23. Sean

    An American in Canada: Have you seen the numbers? Even including MI and FL, Obama leads Hillary. So what's the "more than half" you refer to?

    May 9, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  24. HH

    Hopefully the good people of Connecticut are not fooled for voting for this clown again.

    May 9, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  25. Jermaine

    At very least we already know who John McBush VP will be. Liberman could not help ALGORE, he can't save McBush. Liberman is another tired politician who follows the old way of thinking. If it is one think we don not need is a Jewish VP making plans for the greater Middle East, that will most certainly cause a Saudi Arabia, Iran and all other Middle East Nations including Venezuela to stop pumping oil or to reduce capacity and increase price here in the US. McBUSH-LIEBERMAN is the change we seek, VOTE THEM OUT OF DC!
    Liberman just like Hillary is not a DEMOCRAT they are Republicans in Democrats clothing!

    OBAMA-HAGEL 2008
    OBAMA-WEBB 2008
    OBAMA-GORE 2008
    OBAMA-DODD 2008

    OBAMA-CLINTON ***maybe???

    May 9, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
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