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. Beverly, NYC

    Liberman = Mccain 's knockoff version of Cheney

    May 9, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  2. george

    He said it right, experience counts and O lacks that. He keeps saying he was a community organizer, well, what does that mean? I'm from Chicago and don't think anyone who walks the streets of the south side organizing people, helping them off of drugs, etc. is going to help us in Iran, Afghanistan or anywhere else. It's hard enough to sleep at night without wondering if your pres. knows what he's doing or is it that O is going to surround himself with knowing people. What a guy! Save yourself and vote McCain.

    May 9, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  3. tom

    Hillary / Lieberman in 08

    I would love to see her become a independent and wipe the floor with Barry (Sorry i don't call him by his Muslim name) Wright jr.

    want to see what change looks like in the eyes of Obama, just look to Zimbabwie, and South africa. They have afro centric views too. Now whites are murdered 4 times higher than any other race. Whites striped of their land at the end of a gun.

    May 9, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  4. for the good of the democratic party


    There are many other criteria you can use to evaluate candidates besides experience. John Mccain has a lot of experience but running on all the same policies of George Bush that doomed this country the last 8 years.

    Here are some qualities that Obama has:

    work ethic
    ability to bring people from oppositie spectrums together
    ability to lead

    the last quality is the most important. I hope you will use some of the above qualities I use to rate candidates.

    thanks, Obama 2008! Yes we can!

    May 9, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |


    Why don't you learn to spell McCain before you "win" the white house? I guess Hillary isn't the only one winning the dumb vote.

    May 9, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  6. The O

    It looks like the evil lord dick chenny was able to use the old Jedi mind trick to pull the simple minded lieberman over to the dark side of the force...


    May 9, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  7. Penny

    hey joe go back home back stabber

    May 9, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  8. Bayou Joe

    Geriatric ,,,,get a life. We are shaking in our boots over this far left candidate with no experience.

    McCain will leave him in the dust by the end of summer.

    By the time We Clinton Democrats and the Moderate Republicans get down with him, he will be lucky to hold on to his Senate Seat.
    Now that we know who he is and what he represents, believe me
    all us Whiteys are going after that Senate Seat if he runs for re-election.

    May 9, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  9. Rene

    A muslin as a united states president? he dont show any patriot
    in his face.

    May 9, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    This is why we are enemies of the whole world.
    Those old washington pot heads whose ideas are so destructive .

    If we want to implement their old ideas about the world, then we are headed for more hatred.

    It is time for America to start talking to our enemies and let them know where we stand.
    This is what Obama meant, when he said he will talk to our enemies and let the know where we stand with them.
    He has made it clear that he will not hesitate , I reapeat hesitate to protect the security of the American people.
    We can see a clear minded commander-in-chief who will not only protect the constitution of the United States Of America, but also it's citizens in any aspects of terror or byond.

    Any time the republicans take office, we are deem for war.


    May 9, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  11. Jennifer - American living in Canada

    LonghornMama......Amazing isn't it?
    Your words:-
    Obama was a Senator all of 18 months before he started running for President. FOLKS....


    ......and he was able to be the front runner in the Dem nomination, and would very likely be the next President of the USA. Hats off Sen Obama!
    This was a hard fought race.

    May 9, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  12. Patrick in Colorado

    Scott – did Reagan speak to Iran? Well, yes, there was this whole deal called the Iran-Contra affair.

    I want talk, not war.

    Obama '08

    May 9, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  13. Muzics

    Yeah and look where all that Bush experience especially with lieing has taken this country.

    May 9, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  14. A

    This shouldn't be about race or gender, this should be about issues and what person has the best ideas to make American lives better! Clinton actually addresses the issues with proposing solutions, while Obama is just complaining about all that is wrong with it. Just listen to the solutions, whose ideas are tangible and whose ideas can change people's lives. It isn't about believing in something or having hope that things will change- it is the actual ideas and ways in which people's lives will change! It is about the ideas and the experience needed to make these ideas and these campaign promises a reality, and it is sad to see that the truly better candidate is being pushed aside because someone can deliver an empty speech. When I graduate from college, no speech can make it so that I don't have endless debt, no speech that Obama makes will make it so that I will receive equal pay for equal work- these are real issues that face real people and something that no speech will solve.

    May 9, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  15. Julie mn

    AMEN! American in Canada. I think people better update thier passports if obama is the President. The dem party is no more! it has been taken over by the elite far left anti-American radicals.

    WE, Hillary supporters will NEVER unite, well maybe for McCain.

    May 9, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  16. ryanb

    Last I checked Reagan not only spoke with Iran but gave them weapons as well. Iran Contra anyone? Wow memories are short these days.

    May 9, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  17. PJ Davidson

    Why is Obama saying he's black? Read Charge #14....

    Senator Obama’s father is from Kenya (Black African) and he (Obama) was born in America. How can you say he is not African American?

    REBUTTAL – Senator Obama’s racial background consists of the following: 50% white (mother, both sides), 43.25% Arabic (father, both sides), and 6.25% African Negro (father, one side, 1 generation removed). 12.5% is the legal threshold one must prove to claim racial status under the law. In addition, Senator Obama cannot make a sociological claim as an African American either. He was not raised as an African American, was not raised by African Americans, and was not raised in an African American neighborhood.

    He is 50% white, 43.5% Arabic and 6.25% African black. Is this why he wants to meet with the Arabic leaders?

    Why is no one doing this research and telling people?

    May 9, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  18. Paris

    Since when talking about the reality is scaring people? The truth is we have very serious enemies that we must face. Which part of it is scare tactics? The fact that Al-Qaida is determine to kill us or the fact that Iran is financing terrorism and trying to destroy Israel and US interest around the world? Or maybe Hezbollah and Hamas don’t exist, and if they do they just love us.
    He is absolutely correct, Hamas likes Obama and they hate McCain and they happen to be an enemy of the United State of America!!
    The bigger issue is what they see in Obama that they like him.

    May 9, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  19. BackStabber

    Spoken like a true BACK STABBER !

    Make yourself clear first.. are you a Democrat or a Republican.


    May 9, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  20. Cheryl L. Swaim

    I'm not a McCain or Lieberman fan, but I think Obama is a self-serving hypocrite. His ego is huge, and he thinks he can use his charms to lure Osama from the caves. Woe is America if we elect Obama.
    Nobama 08

    May 9, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  21. voter

    Wow, McCain has experience. His experience is so great that he states the following:
    1. Not good on the economy
    2. can't differeniate between shiate and sunni insurgents as it relates to Iran
    3.stay in Iraq 100 years
    4. bomb iran song
    5. the economic hardship of the middle class is psychological
    6. wants to tear down new orleans and the list continues

    Yeah, he has experience allright.

    May 9, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  22. LeeRoy

    Obama will be nominated democrat there is no doubt and I really think that in front of McCain of these comments will make him lose the elections. I always think that Clinton is the ideal candidate to beat McCain. Obama will lose in front of McCain in November it's an evidence.

    May 9, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  23. Tejano

    Age is not an inpediment to electablity. It should be a requirement that no one under the age of 65 should apply. By that age at least we can assume that that person has some accomplishments and can tackle the most difficult job in the world.

    Obama is not electable. Do you hear me now.

    May 9, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  24. jr.

    Dear Mr. Lieberman I am sure you do not know what you are talking about Mr. Obama said he has experience on diplomat since he was six years old.

    May 9, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  25. David

    __An American in Canada May 9th, 2008 6:46 pm ET

    My friend you should be ashame to talk like that, you're not an American in Canada, if you truly were an American and if you had any care of America, you wouldn't be saying stupidities like that, so you don't have to talk here, mind your own business...

    Joe Lieberman has nothing to say about Obama, he's not part of this process, Bush and the Washington experience got us into a dumb war, a war that cost us thousands of lives and billions of dollars.

    Obama is right and almost all the generals recognize that if we engage direct talks with countries like Iran, we're in strong position to force them to act in a civil manner, this is a truth, so Mr Joe Lieberman just chill out !!!

    May 9, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
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