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. An American in Canada

    OBAMA WILL NEVER EVER WIN., IT IS EITHER CLINTON OR MCCAIN

    SO DO NOT THINK THAT WE TENACIOUS CLINTON SUPPORTERS WILL GO GENTLY INTO THE NIGHT.

    WE ARE OVER HALF OF AMERICAN THAT WANT CLINTON AS OUR PRESIDENT WHEN YOU COUNT FLORIDA AND MICHIGAN AND AGAIN THEY TRY TO DICTATE TO THE PUBLIC WHO WILL OR SHALL BE THE PRESIDENT.... NOT THIS TIME, NOT THIS TIME, NOT THIS TIME...

    CLINTON OR MCCAIN FAR FAR BETTER THAN OBAMA, I DO NOT CARE HOW MANY SUPER DELEGATES VOTE FOR HIM IT IS THE AMERICAN PUBLIC THAT IS SUPPOSE TO BE VOTING NOT THE DNC, AND COWARD DEAN OR SORRY I MEAN HOWARD DEAN AND NANCY WHO.... DO YOU JOB IN THE HOUSE AND STAY OUT OF THE PUBLICS TIME TO MAKE A DECISION...

    WE ARE MAD AND WE ARE NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANY MORE...

    H.R. CLINTON 2009 PRESIDENT, AND SO SAY ALL OF CLINTON SUPPORTERS...

    May 9, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  2. Toufique

    why is Libermann criticizing Obama? is he a Republican?
    well we see him standing beside McCain almost everywhere. but is he the vice presidential candidate of McCain? we know he was a democrat and Vicepresidential candidate for Al Gore what does he want now?

    off course mking sure that Israil and all its interest is preserved and flourish under McCain. isnt it?

    May 9, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  3. The O

    Hey Obama can you send lieberman to GITMO after you become the President and while your at it can you put bush and dick in there with him.

    BARACK THE VOTE

    May 9, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  4. Joseph, Tampa, FL

    I guess you'll interview anyone who makes the news, hey? If my memory serves me, Joe Lieberman was once a Democrat. He now claims to be an "Independent". Is that the same as a "fence sitter", swinging from one Party to the other, depending on how the wind blows? Does being an Independent mean that one is an "independent" thinker? If that's the case, it certainly doesn't apply to Joe Lieberman; he's far from being an independent thinker. He's more an opportunist than anything. He couldn't get elected on the Democratic ticket, so he jumped to being an "Independent". Who knows? Perhaps his overtures to John McCain will get him elected on the Republican ticket! Since I don't really know much about politics, I may be way out in left (or right) field. Nonetheless, the wolf dressed as Little Red Riding Hood's grandmother, but he was still the wolf (not you, Blitzer!), and he, like Joe Lieberman, got a meal out of it!

    May 9, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  5. Sam in Indiana

    The fear card doesn't work anymore. Didn't you get the notice? We are not going to be lemmings for nonsense. It is pathetic now that we are supposed to even fear our best candidate. Get a grip Republicans..and Hillary.

    May 9, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  6. Chuck, Oregonians for Obama

    Your position Mr Liberman, as well as Mr McCains and the rest of the Republican Party is exactly why this country is in trouble. You can not reslove issues unless you are willing to sit down with an open mind to discuss all those things that keep you apart. This is a plain and simple fact that you can not deny although you may try. Has anyone ever heard of open dialogue?

    This is for LonghornMama: You can keep the experienc thing going all you want. However there has not been one single candidate that had the knowledge to deal with everything that comes up in the White House. What they do is they surround themselves with experts. Believe it or not your life experiences more than qualify any one for jobs that they would not consider. It is not so much the experience as it is the ability to think on your feet, ask the right questions, gather all the information and the ability to make a decision that keeps Americas best interest in mind. Also someone that is not trigger happy and jumps into a war that is not warrented. I wish the rest of the world leaders had the same vision as Obama, sure would be a happier place to live.

    May 9, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  7. IndyGal

    Dear Longhorn Mama,

    Nope, don't care. Your post is full of half truths and false information.

    May 9, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  8. Sarah from Tucson,AZ

    OBAMA 08', Excellent point about Reagan's negotiations with Russia, helping end the cold war.

    May 9, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  9. Ben

    You call it lack of experience...I think it means less time to be corrupted by Washington politics

    May 9, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  10. Venus

    I like the part of Lieberman statement that our enemies will fear Mc Cain!

    Yeah right – that's why Mc Cain was a POW for 5-years in Nam!

    Hell – Mc Cain didn't even fight in Nam! The punk-ass was a POW in another war we should not have been in and didn't win!

    John Mc Cain is no body to fear! He don't know when he's in Iraq or New Orleans!

    The only thing the Repibs – will use and can use against the Democratic Party is all the money the Clintons made selling Americans jobs and getting paid millions while giving speeches on how to get American jobs shipped, including money from the big lenders who tricked many homeowners into tricky loans...

    Oh yeah! This fight is getting heated – but Obama has nothing to fear!

    Ah yes – I forget to mention – did any one read the Rass-Report today?

    Well – they have decided not to poll any more between Obama and Hillary and will no longer POLL Hillary's questions!!!

    I knew it was a Hillary game! So – who paid to have questions like if Hillary doesn't win – will you select Obama? The dirt is already come into view!

    I can't wait to see Hillary cry on her last day when she is dragged off and kicked to the curb!

    Now her thugs are sending emails behind the scenes saying that Hillary should be on top of Obama's ticket!

    Can you imagine that? The loser should be on TOP of the winer's ticket! Hillary is strong? Where? If Hillary is so great why is she behind this race! How come most Americans do not like or trust her?

    And, to you Hillary supporters – please go vote Mc Cain! Obama is still going to be your president!

    Go Obama! Nothing to fear from Mc Same/Bush/Clintons!

    What's to fear from a war-monger who doesn't even know when the war in Iraq will end? Just because Mc Cain has been in a war and a senator doesn't mean he has been president!!!

    May 9, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  11. Linda

    Joe Lieberman is trying to position himself to be VP so he can whisper in McCain's ear when he makes a mistake. Does McCain need a VP that speaks for him? The Republican party may need to check for dementia.

    May 9, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  12. Elizabeth restrepo

    obama in hillary out ,obama will however not be president no experience at all,would sell this country out in a heartbeat,hillary will fight to end to no avail.obama lost alot of white vote,the whole democrat system is in shambles,whoever wins state should get all delegates period. needs major overhaul.mcain will be our next president ,he is a liberal in a republican suit.god help america the enemy will wipe us out. .be afraid america be very afraid.

    May 9, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    I am concerned at how can Barak Obama speak of change and the DNC support him knowing that he had an extra-marital affair. The person he had an affair with was a choir director and supposedly murdered when he was starting his bid for the president. She was murdered because she was about to go public with that information. has this issue been addressed because i am sure the RNC will use it in the general election. I am a concerned voter.

    May 9, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  14. Garth

    I have to question this review of experience. When did John McCain negotiate anything let alone a treaty? When did John McCain run anything larger than his office let alone a company or state? When did John McCain ever offer a diplomatic solution to a sticky situation? When did John McCain ever work out a billion dollar budget? When did John McCain find a solution to a life threatening problem that was way over his head?

    Yes, you can substitute Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton's name as well. Oh or substitute John Kennedy's name as well. No one is experienced enough at being President.

    May 9, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  15. Jason, San Diego

    Well, LonghornMama, perhaps experience isn't everything. You rightly bring up Bush, but what about Bush Sr.? He was chock full of experience and he couldn't hold the office for more than one term, particularly after he botched our exit from Iraq the first time around. Experience is nice, but ideas are, too. Besides, Obama, if he becomes the president, isn't going to be sitting in Washington alone making decisions. He'll have chosen a strong cabinet that will add to the efficacy of his presidency. Can you name one president who had experience as president before taking office? It's an impossibly difficult job, and experience is not something we can quantify over time as an indicator of performance. Nixon? Bush 1? Buchanan?

    The experience issue is a smokescreen. Wake up.

    May 9, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  16. georgia

    Lieberman ,a man without a country ,essentially running to any "political home" that would have him. I hope he likes his very distinguished job as Mcforgetful's memory jar-er. He needn't forget his own Ginko Biloba or they'll be in real trouble. I'm curious how either can tolerate the other's odd voice.. Strange but not so strange company.

    May 9, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  17. Raz

    Joe, Last time we trusted the experienced one look what happened to us. Maybe Joe going for VP? Hmmmmmm

    Raz

    May 9, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  18. jeannette

    Joe Lieberman is right on when it comes to Obama. I anxious to see how CNN spins for Obama against the Republicans.

    CNN has pushed this inexperienced candidate (Obama) to the point that he may well wind up president. The only time he has ever been grilled about issues was by Charlie Gibson. Y'all have let him get by too easy and this country will pay if he's elected.

    May 9, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  19. Xango

    Ok, with all due respect, cant Lieberman, Clinton, McCain, hear what the AMerican people are saying???
    we are exhausted of the same old same old politics, we want not just change, we want words into actions.
    Yes we are all different, but we all eat, we need gas, we have families, and kids , we need education, work, etc.. we dont want war, we want our soldiers to be home safe,
    cant they get that???

    my lord.............i dont get why people in power are so afraid of loosing when it is inevitable, and they already had their chances.
    look at it this way, Hillary and Mccain they both can write tons of books after this election, and really they both ought to do community service in New Orleans and other areas that are emporverished.

    they are both very rich adn very elitists, time to work for the people.......differently thatn sitting in congress in a suit, and doing lots of blah blah blah,
    and making money out of our missery and our lives............

    I keep thinking Mccain and Hillary one and the same..

    May 9, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  20. Sarah

    NO MORE CLINTONS AND GUTTER POLITICS. OBAMA 08'

    May 9, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  21. dflowers

    What did experience get us with George W? Look at all the experience of Cheney and Rumsfeld. Results=a big zero. Arguably our best President had all of 2 years in Congress. His name was Abe Lincoln!

    May 9, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  22. Sure

    I'm really confused on how you can call that negative???????

    May 9, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  23. tom

    TWO OLD FARTS, WE AMERICANS HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR.
    LETS STAND STRONG AND OPEN AND NOT BE RULE BY FEAR OF WHAT OTHERS "MAY" THINK!

    OBAMA 08

    May 9, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  24. T and Texas

    Who cares what Trader Joe thinks?

    May 9, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  25. Sandra

    It tells you something when Hillary and her McCain gang are attacking Obama. We finally have a candidate that will represent us and not the lobbyists or their 100 million dollar fat pocket bank accounts. It may get even dirtier but we will stand by Obama and are ready.

    May 9, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
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