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. flipside

    Joe liberman is an idiot.. he is an angy ousted idiot.. once he pulls his head outta McCains McButCrack.. he will understand that John is so way out there in left field, he forgets where he is, who he is and what he is running for.. His whole campagin is a joke.. So is Hillary let me plz have Michigain votes (even thou Obama didn't get to run there or be on the ballod) but who cares its votes for me.. why should I be fair Clinton. We need no more of these LOSERS in washington.. Hey Hillary... whats that I hear.. sounds like the FAT LADY.. and she has a wheel chair for that old guy McCain also..

    You both need to just go somewhere realize the US public doesn't want either of you as President of the United States Of America.

    May 9, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  2. RIF


    It's cute to see you and Mtit campaign to be McCain's running mate. Ohhh...who can say the coolest oneliners about Obama. Go home. You added NOTHING to the Gore ticket and that's one on the reasons why he lost in 2000 and then you didn't have a home so you became and independent and apparently now even the indepedents don't want you so now you seem to be a Republican. What next? Nader and the Green Party? No party for Joe.

    May 9, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  3. sweetpea

    Lieber-me continues to support the Neoconservatives of the Republican party. When he ran against Ned Lamont he kept saying he was concerned about the war and all the men and women dying, and would try to chance the direction and bring the troops home. As soon as he was reelected he again kissed up to Bush and the neoconservatives. Putting it mildly...speaking for the State of Connecticut., both Republicans and Democrats...we are ashamed we voted for him, and if a recall process was available to remove him from office...he'd be out.

    May 9, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  4. Whites for Obama

    John McCain is older then my great grandmother and she can bearly see over the steering wheel when she is ALLOWED which is the keyword to drive a car.. Its scares the crap outta me knowing that a guy almost a century or two short of 100 years old is trying to run the county..

    Wasn't Charleston Heston (bless his soul) the same age as McCain..

    I've voted Republican in the past, but just on his age factor alone i'm gonna go for the sure shot and crossover to Barack Obama this November.. Last thing we need is someone that suffers from alzhimers or demintcha and doesn't know what, who or where he is...

    I can see him know wandering aimlessly outside on the white house lawn when the phone is ringing at 3:am.

    May 9, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  5. Tony Einstein

    America has the biggest gun now and for years to come that will remain, so with that said to realize peace in this world, the President should be one who both sides feel like they could get a fair deal from. For instance, if Isreal is going into talks with Palestine and Arafat was the abirtrator, then Isreal may feel they can't get fair deal. But if you have an Obama who Isreal and the Muslisms (like Harmas) feels comfortable with, then, in my opinion, there is a much better chance of a deal that can bring final peace in the middle east. So in other words, Obama can offer the same deal as Arafat but because it came from Obama, someone well respected by both parties, then both parties may be more receptive.

    May 9, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  6. World For Obama!!

    An American in Canada..

    Anger doesn't help you. Do you realize that you are driven by anger and emotion?

    You do know Mrs Clinton is a democrate and Mr McCain is republican, right? If Clinton is the presidential nominee than you would crush and trash McCain then. Are you democrate, independent or republican? If you are independent then use wise judgement.

    You can't stop the voice from the World as I believe, billions will support Mr Obama for the general election. I represent one of the countries in Asean who supports Mr Obama for President.

    You should be proud of an American who is wanted by the people around the world who vote for peace and harmony.

    May 9, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  7. international observer


    PEOPLE LISTEN i am positive i obama was in the position that mrs clinton is in right now,he would have been pushed out of the race a long time ago(yes i said it a looooooong time ago)now that he has clearly won the nomination you hate spewing clinton supporters are acting childish and unpatriotic to the democratic my country here in the caribbean,9 out ten persons will tell you how they see the USA in a new light baring that for the first time in US history a black man has a serious chance of getting elected president.the world is ecstatic,elated,excited...........the fever has reached a boiling point over this great achievement

    see i believe that its not that people hate BARACK OBAMA,they are simply afraid of order to make progress there must be some form of change.whether i,you,everyone accept it,there will be change in washington come January 2009.

    so please people,we the world,the small islandsers,the third world need amaerica to take its place as head again,not to buly the world,but to set a straight course that will bring prosperity to all.

    God bless, presumptive president Barack Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 9, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  8. Sukie

    Obama has no history. He has no past.

    He has never been a professor, a businessman, has had no experience traveling the world. By his own admission he has spent the past two years campaigning. That is about the length of his term so far.

    Apparently superdelegates are going to elect Obama.

    The votes of the PEOPLE (including those in five states who HAVEN'T VOTED YET), are worthless.

    Oregon's own Peter DeFazio, a man I have supported for many years, won't even wait for the Oregon election to end May 20 and observe who will win, Clinton or Obama. Today DeFazio stabbed Hillary in the back while she was actually campaigning in Oregon.

    DeFazio, you are a sleazebag.

    On May 21 I am going to change my voter's registration to Independent and vote for McCain in November. I think he is most qualified to run our country, far better than Obama, a man who has no past. I have seen no vetting of Obama.

    May 9, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  9. Vivian

    According to Lieberman, John McCain knows how to be tough and when to be soft. Does McCain know how to make a speech without Lieberman having to constantly correct me. Does McCain or his wife know how to tell the truth. When asked if he voted for Bush he said yes, however there are at least 3 witnesses who have said both he and his wife are liars. We've had a president for 8 yrs who has been caught in over 900 lies. Why on earth, would anyone want to vote for McCain. 8 yrs of this is quite enough, shame on you Lieberman for supporting a liar.

    May 9, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  10. Glory

    Hey, I hope you guys elect the right person who can save your economy, bring about prosperity and peace. When your ship is sinking, you don’t have the luxury to train the captain. The way we see it from north of your border, so far, you are on course for more of the same.

    May 9, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  11. Brent

    why would anyone listen to a word Lieberman says....i often wonder if he is more loyal to America or his rhetoric you would think he's actively pursuing WW3...When will Americans understand their policies of isolation have failed countless only strenthens your have isolated Cuba for 50 years,Iran for almost 30, North Korea for 50 and how has that worked out....those situations are all just as bad or worse as they have ever been.

    May 9, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  12. steve in florida

    Joe Lieberman is important...why? I think maybe Gore should have picked someone else – probably cost him the White House. Joe should lobby to be McFlip's running mate so he can torpedo another presidential ticket (although McFlop can probably handle that all by himself).

    May 9, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  13. World For Obama!!

    If some of you think that Mr Obama doesn't have experience then why Mr Bush with experience failed to deliver or change America into a better place to live in. Why Republican? Why?

    May 9, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  14. World Leader

    What does it take to speak to another human being? All actions begin with a thought, so Obama is the right person for the job. Might is not Right .

    May 9, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  15. spencer

    Liebermann is just pissed because he didn't get to be Vice-president as a Democrat, so he is trying to be Vice-president with the Republican now..I would listen to nothing he has to say period...............

    May 9, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  16. Al, CA

    Lieberman? He's not in jail yet? He voted for Iraq war. Why he is in senate yet?! He did not have an experience of a reasonable guy to day 'no'. What he can talk about?!

    May 9, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  17. mosweet

    Lieberman has only one agenda...imperial zionism. He is in bed with right-wing religionists, Republicans, and anyone else who supports an imperial Israel, regardless of their specific agenda. How cynical is the courting of Apocalyptical Protestants who are just trying to hold Israel until Jesus returne. (This does NOT label me as an anti-semite, just someone who'd like to see a little balance in our Mid-East policies.There is hope,however, as even some Israelis are beginning to take a more balanced view of their future.

    May 9, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |

    Senator Joe Lieberman should stop with the lies, and stop trying to push the scare tactics. Senator Obama is the only honest, trustworthy candidate in this race. Joe is a trader and very sneaky, McCain is old and so is Lieberman. They both need to sit down and let some of the new blood bring about a change in The White House. McCain said that he'd not run a negative campaign and every chance that he gets he is spewing and spinning lies on Senator Obama, Senator McCain was on nation wide tv debating with his mother about when he was born on a Friday or Saturday. She said Saturday and he says Friday. I would think that his mom has more of her wits about her than he does. Also, the word bearings just means: the manner in which one conducts or carries oneself, including posture and gestures: a man of dignified bearing. You-all can find that on if you're unsure. It does not mean old.

    Stone Mountain, GA

    May 9, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  19. Jane, NC

    I think when the Republicans get through with Obama, he's going to be toast. And one thing we've already found out, when he makes negative statements about McCain in speeches/interviews as he did with Wolfe Blitzer, the Republicans will not take it silently; they will shout "attacked" from the highest mountain because that's what it is. And they will not let these attacks go unpunished, however subtle Obama tries to make them. It's going to be interesting to see how well the media can continue protecting Barack Obama once the general election process is underway.

    May 9, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  20. Obama has offered absolutely NO solutions!

    Need I say more!

    May 9, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |

    I am SOOO glad I switched parties and VOTED for McCain (Train Wreck)

    Now we are seeing our work pay off....

    GO OBAMA!!!!!!

    May 9, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  22. bandito

    Quick, somebody help me remove JL's trembling voice from my head.

    May 9, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  23. Ms. Common Sense


    I hate to be the one to tell you this, but Bush has already ended our status as a super power.

    I keep seeing people bash Obama over "lies and lack of experience." I guess its OK to lie and have experience? If you think McCain or any of those who have been in office for any length of time actually care about any of us, I have an invisible bridge I'd like to sell to you.

    Politicians only have two things in mind – getting elected and staying in power. Period.

    May 9, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  24. Tony

    Lieberman is a voice for Israel. Obama is a voice for America. I pay my taxes to America. Lieberman doesn't give a hoot about America.

    May 9, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  25. Hellery Hell

    Joe Liberman (Kiss of Death)...OBAMBA's secret weapon.

    Just let the world know he supports a candidate and it's OVER. Keep cheering for HasBeen Clinton!

    May 9, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
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