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. Molly

    What YET ANOTHER QUESTIONABLE ASSOCIATE for OBama-
    his campaign advisor is "friends" with Hamas!!!!!! And now has resigned – for the good of the campaign! FOX NEWS!! Guess CNN cannot report a negative story on their glory boy.
    This story will be have to be checked out – because we cannot trust obama – he has told us many things that turn out to be "mistakes".
    Maybe this is Why Senator Clinton will not be pushed out!

    May 9, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  2. Florida voter

    Theres this thing called diplomacy.....I would hope our next president has some of that...its really helpful in avoiding war

    May 9, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  3. Ric

    Clinton Democrats for Mc Cain

    May 9, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  4. MajorTom

    I care LonghornMama.

    The way I see it, being a network administrator, is that you don't put someone without experience into the role of a network admin. Sure, new people are energetic and it's nice to see a new face, but unless you care to risk the ability of users to have a fully functional network, you hire someone with experience, someone that knows what to do and just as importantly, what not to do. The same is true of the "network" of the United States. We've needed someone that knew what to do and what not to do for almost 8 years now.

    The other big one for me is the war in Iraq. Had I been in Hillary Clinton's shoes, the Senator of the great state of NY after the terrible events of 9/11, I also, even being against war the overwhelming majority of the time, would've voted for the war. My views on the war, not being as extreme as Obama's and being more like Hillary's, match up more with McCain than Obamas.

    Therefore, unfortunately, this is why if Obama gets the Democratic nomination, even though I've voted Democrat all my life, I'll choose to vote for McCain.

    May 9, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  5. skylark

    So the little sychophant takes his head out of McCains butt long enough to speak. What a small little man he is. The fear remark is very telling don't you think? Is it any wonder Americans are considered bullies? Is it surprising that we are hated? Send your kids to Iraq McCain. Send your kids Lieberman (If you have any). Send your grandkids too. What small minded trigger happy bastards you are.
    You have destroyed our reputation in the international community, squandered our hard earned tax dollars for nothing, obliterated our economy, sold our jobs to the lowest bidders, ruined the environment, with your denials about the danger of global warming, taken food and health care from the poor by reducing benefits in order to reward corporate treason. (I must include the name Clinton in this list of selfish politicians. They (The Clintons) started killing our jobs with NAFTA and got themselves rich in the process.)
    Shame on you all. And shame on every one who ever voted for GWB your hero. The party of the rich and infamous. We don't need any more self serving idiots representing our country. Go away!

    May 9, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  6. D.Kimbro OHIO

    American in Canada, you won't be voting in the election will you?? Thanks for you input. Wait til you get a look at the NAFTA changes. You may have to follow your job back to this country, so your statements would be treason.

    May 9, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  7. Vic

    Joe, you are a traitor. We don't like you or want you in our party!

    May 9, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  8. Lana

    An American in Canada

    Wow. Getting desperate are we?

    Calm down!!

    May 9, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  9. No More Years, Lake Forest CA

    Senator,

    Do us a favor and officially change your party affilliation to Republican to clear up the confusion for the ten people in this country who still think that you are either a Democrat or an independent.

    How much do Connecticut voters want THAT vote back?

    May 9, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  10. Cowboy Jack

    As a CT resident, for the first time in my adult life, I'm really proud of my Senator....

    I was mad at Joe for endorsing McCain, but Joe is correct about Naive Obama

    May 9, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  11. Matt Hardeman

    YES WE CAN?

    more like

    NO SHE CANT

    its just SO inspiring...

    May 9, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  12. JERRY

    IS PUERTO RICO A WINNER TAKE ALL PRIMARY?????

    May 9, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  13. Tony

    I FEEL GOOD – READ THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT

    Obama Now Takes The Lead in Superdelegates Too
    May 09, 2008 6:19 AM

    ABC News' Karen Travers Reports: For the first time this campaign season, Barack Obama has surpassed Hillary Clinton's support among superdelegates, according to the ABC News delegate estimate.

    Rep. Donald Payne, D-N.J., switched his endorsement from Clinton to Obama and Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., endorsed Obama. DeFazio was previously uncommitted.

    With these endorsements, Obama has the support of 267 superdelegates and Clinton has 265 superdelegates.

    May 9, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  14. Stone

    Hillary can not win either, she has alinated too many voters that can see through her bs. The Florida and Michigan deabcle was self inflicted. All the candidated removed their names from the ballot in Michigan except Hillary, at the party's request and she still did not get 51% of the vote. She bucked the party then and now she wants to be rewarded for not playing by the rules for self gain I think not!! This is not the person I want in the Whitehouse leading this country.

    May 9, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  15. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Joe Lieberman. Give me a break.

    He has lost his bearings too-a long time ago.

    May 9, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  16. Clinton/McCain

    I'm appalled that people would actually consider Obama as president material. He is a disgrace to the Democratic party. I can't wait to vote for McCain if Hillary isn't nominated.

    PA voter

    May 9, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  17. Venus

    Yeah! All you Hillary supporters – who are saying Obama will never win! You sound just like Hillary who is losing and begging a rookie for a debate! Begging to be put on TOP of his TICKET! If Hillary can beat Mc Cain – how come she can't a rookie who have managed a better campaign and tons of money?

    Hillary supporters should go to Hillary's home page and give her more money before her plane runs out of gas! What a much of loser to give millions to a loser!

    So Obama is a new kid is what you are saying? Well – so why is the powerful first lady, NY Senator losing and out of money???

    Mc Cain is no one to fear! He was a POW for 5-years! He's a punk! He didn't fight in Nam – another war the USA should not have been in and didn't win – just like Iraq! Mc Cain – how much money are you and Bush paiding Hamas not to kill us?

    The Repigs have a lot more problems in their party then we do!

    Half of the Repigs don't even like Mc Cain!

    May 9, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  18. Belle - NoVA

    Obama will be President of the USA !
    MCCain and Hillary..., NEVER!!

    May 9, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  19. G.Mathews

    THe best I heard was from mitt romney yesterday, What has Obama aaccomplished ? think about folks before u jump up and down for Obama, listen we are electing the leader of the world, not the mayor of Chicago!!!!

    May 9, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  20. Xeifrank

    Obama is not what he is portrayed to be. He is not a "uniter". He and others may say he is, but he has not proven it with any actions. In fact he has proven the opposite if you look at his actions. He has been a member of a church with a pastor that says insulting things about not just whites but America in general. This is the same person Obama considers his spiritual leader. The same person who married him. The same person who baptized his two kids. The same person he named his book after. Come on folks, Obama does not feel insulted by Rev Wright's words, he agrees with them. He only now says he is insulted because he has to in order to get elected. His wife also said (before the Wright tapes came out) that this was the first time she was proud of America. What? Her husband running for president was the first time she was proud of America? That's just crazy! That is the same philosophy as Rev Wright. They believe and agree with what Rev Wright has said in his surmons, don't be fooled. He may win the democratic nomination, but he has no chance in the general election. White independents won't vote for him, nor will many of the Hillary supporters. Good luck in 2012.
    vr, Xeifrank

    May 9, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  21. Harris May

    Leiberman has proven antisimites wrong who claim that all Jews are smart.

    May 9, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  22. T Mez

    Who cares about you. Barack Obama will lead the rise of Black America, even educated whites are with us. Only working class whites ain't. All hail the rise of Black America. Show some respect! All brothers in Detroit, East LA, Atlanta unite!

    May 9, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  23. B + NYC

    Senator Joe Lieberman has always been a very good judge of character...

    Clinton is the Democrats only hope, Senator Obama will never beat the Republicans...

    May 9, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  24. kayla

    listen you lieberman. the only reason you are there is because it was the democrats who voted you in. now you turn your back on the very people who voted for you. you should be ashamed of yourself. you old geezer. who need you anyway. mcsame/lieberman.

    May 9, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  25. Blake, San Diego

    These people make me sick to my stomach to think that I once considered myself a republican.

    May 9, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
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