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. Spirit of America

    McCain-Lieberman vs. Obama-Bloomberg: What a disastrous set of choices! The only hope is Hillary.

    May 9, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  2. The O

    This is for all those people who say they will vote for mcain if hillary does not win. lieberman. he has truly lost his princilples. and values. We need to grow up, some times we don't get exactly get what you want but do you really want mcain to be our next president. think about your jobs and your kids and our countries future please please please!!!!!!!!

    BARACK THE VOTE!!!!!!

    May 9, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  3. scomontana

    Hey An American in Canada... stay in Canada. It is idiots like you who stomp your feet and take your ball home when you don't get your way...is that how you ended up in Canada?...didn't like the way things were going in the states? "I'm not going to take it anymore," boohoo boohoo boohoooooooooo, wah wah wah....shut up

    May 9, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  4. D.J. Morales

    Mr. Lieberman is convinced that his knowledge of the intricacies of human conduct are the correct guidelines for human interaction. It would be wonderful if he were correct. History however, indicates that these guidelines are not correct, in as much as they have never resulted in successful dealings that have brought peace wherever conflict has been present, especially in the middle East. Open conversation and learning about other persons' culture and motives for his actions are far more promising than establishing prideful conditions that hamper understanding. Hurray for Barrack if he thinks that confrontation is unnecessary in the effort to establish open communication and peaceful solutions to very complicated human issues,...and you Mr. Lieberman, take a lesson from a humanist.

    May 9, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  5. skylark

    I know CNN won't post my rant but at least I got it out of my system. NOT!

    May 9, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  6. AD

    I also agree with LongHorn mama- Obama has done nothing but stab people in the back to get where he is, but yet says that he is going to change politics to be better. Obama has only gotten the position where he is in his life by the help of Hillary Clinton and instead of letting her have her time to solve the many problems facing this country, he is trying to take credit for things that she has done her whole political life. Why doesn't anyone question him more about his experience or some of the controversial and offensive things that he and Michelle say about the Clintons. In order to change the way things are you have to have a leader who can make that possible and that is Hillary Clinton. She is still running because she knows this and her supporters know this. This is more than just speeches or race or gender, it is about people's lives and what will be done to make them better!

    May 9, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  7. Hey, American in Canada

    Very glad you defected, with crazy rants like that

    Okay, so it's the American public that's supposed to decide the nominee? Then the fact Obama has more popular votes and more pledged delegates than Hillary in santioned contests means he should be the nominee, correct? Then what's the problem?

    He's not the one who needs the supers to overturn the will of the people to get him the nomination...that's your girl Hillary

    May 9, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  8. Mike

    Let me explain in Dr. Seuss terms for the Obama kool-aid generation:

    I will not vote for Obama here,
    I will not vote for Obama there.

    I will not vote for Obama today,
    I will not vote for Obama tomorrow.

    I will vote for Hillary or,
    I will vote for McCain.

    Obama cannot beat McCain,
    McCain cannot beat Hillary.

    So Hillary as the nominee,
    a democrat I shall be.

    If Obama is the nominee,
    a republican I will vote reluctantly.

    May 9, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  9. Paris

    Moderator,

    Are Idiot and Shut-up considered appropriate language?

    Day after day I see rude comments and inappropriate language being posted on your blog and yet you filter comments that are against Obama and for McCain or Hillary.

    Respect your own rules.

    May 9, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  10. Indiana Voter

    Lordy, Lordy, McBush has a lapdog already!!

    May 9, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  11. 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 real people face and something that no speech will solve.

    May 9, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  12. Fred

    Why is he even talking? And, who is listening to him? He may lose McCain more votes and he gets him?

    May 9, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  13. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    Is this guy of any significance any longer? I can't imagine that people put too much stock into what Joe says.

    I don't mind when people change thier mind or make a different choice than they did previously. That is called "learning." I do mind that a person changes thier philosophy and core principles because its expedient politics.

    Will the GOP actually put Lieberman on the ticket? They can't be that suicidal.... can they? Wait till Moveon.org get a hold of Joe LIEbermans name.

    McCain and Lieberman... two throw away politicians, sacraficial lambs of the GOP.

    May 9, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  14. BIFF, BIFFINGTON...

    Sorry Scott... George W. Bush already beat Barack to the punch on that one...

    May 9, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  15. Venus

    To post: An American in Canada

    ____________________________-

    Gosh – I hope when Hillary is dragged off the stage – that you and her lousy supporters go with her and take your issues regarding MI and FL votes directly to Howard Dean. Do you need his website or can you read?

    Some of you Hill supporters sounds just like her thugs – like James Carville!!!

    Regarding MI and FL – what about all the people that didn't VOTE and what about all the OTHER states that followed the rules?

    Heads up – the General Election is Nov/08 – OK. So now you have enough time to listen and read the freaking rules and vote! Florida – many of you blew the 2000 election – maybe a practice run this year?

    Get a life – go help Hillary pack up!

    May 9, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  16. Kristen, Luxembourg

    You know, the majority are not still right. The proof: the majority voted for Bush in 2004. I predict you a defeat of the democrats in November if Obama is the official candidate. If the democrats lose the general elections it will not be because of Clinton but because of the democratic voters who made the bad choice of the candidate.

    May 9, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  17. AD

    I also agree with LongHorn mama- Obama has done nothing but stab people in the back to get where he is, but yet says that he is going to change politics to be better. Obama has only gotten the position where he is in his life by the help of Hillary Clinton and instead of letting her have her time to solve the many problems facing this country, he is trying to take credit for things that she has done her whole political life. Why doesn't anyone question him more about his experience or some of the controversial and offensive things that he and Michelle say about the Clintons. In order to change the way things are you have to have a leader who can make that possible and that is Hillary Clinton. She is still running because she knows this and her supporters know this. This is more than just speeches or race or gender, it is about people's lives and what will be done to make them better!

    May 9, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  18. Voting in November

    The only way I, as a Hillary supporter, would vote for Obama is if:

    "I LOST MY BEARINGS" !!!

    May 9, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  19. Brad IL.

    I don't think the Republicans are running scared over a empty suit. I think the Democratic party should be more afraid of all the Democrats who are living there party. I know myself and my family are going and alot of Hillary's supporters will follow. We are finally on that kool-aid. Voting for a blind ambition. Come on Hillary supporters get on the Bus with JOHN McCAIN and lets rid this country of this joke of a candidate. No Obama is going to be his new slogan. Hillary Clinton or bust. Go out and vote don't deny your god given right. Vote for Hillary or lets stick together and get John elected. Thanks Hillary supporters!

    May 9, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  20. AD

    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 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  21. Huh?

    Joe who? This guy can't even figure out which party he wants to belong to. What gives him foreign policy cred?

    May 9, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  22. Mark Anthony - Lake Elsinore, CA

    See that's the problem with the McCain's of the world always want someone to fear them. Why we as a country try a different approach and at least try and talk to our enemies? Fearing the bully don't mean one day they won't attack our country remember 911.

    May 9, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  23. Sheryl from Los Angeles

    Everyone is very passionate right now about "their" candidate. But let's remember what this is about. Do we want someone who is vehemently anti-choice to make the next Supreme Court nominee; do we want someone who doesn't mind being in Iraq for decades; do we want someone who believes in tax cuts only for the rich; do we want someone who just might bomb Iran and start another war. People, people, at the beginning of the primaries, we were excited because we said any one of the three (Edwards, Clinton or Obama) would be far better than the Republican. Nothing has changed.

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

    Liebermann and Hillary are self-serving. Nuff said!

    May 9, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  25. Steve

    Independent, Joe Lieberman is a man of moderate values– those that used to embody the Democratic Party. Now that the Party is being hijacked by radicals don't be surpriised to see more Democrats become Independents.

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