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. Brian

    Barack Obama is our country's opportunity to apologize to the world community for what we've done to them in the last 8 years.

    Furthermore, he represents the opportunity to turn back the clock to 2000, and live in a world where we the people did NOT accept a court almost entirely appointed by one of the candidate's fathers throwing out the election results they didn't like.

    In this alternate Universe, President Gore never disbanded Bill Clinton's al Qaida task force, like Bush did, creating an unprecedented national security vulnerability that was exploited on 9/11.

    May 9, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  2. Donald from SC

    Yes, we have already seen what the old school experienced folks have done to our nation. I guess most of us are happy about the USA global stance. I guess we are happy about our current and near future economic situation. I guess we see our children's future as being on the right road. So if we are going in the right direction, then McCain will represent that quite well.

    But, if we want to improve America and where we will be in the future, then Obama will represent that quite well.

    May 9, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  3. today

    Go MCcain, i contnue to hope Hillary wins but if not,I'll vote for you.

    May 9, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  4. Ito

    Lieberman is a nobody but McCain's puppy.

    Which party does he belong to really? Democratic? Republican? "Independent'? That's a confused man just like New York's Bloomberg. These are political freaks that cannot be taken seriously. They are irrelevant.

    Lieberman's new name is PUPPY JOE.

    May 9, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  5. JB

    And this is relevant for what reason? I think Joe should continue falling through the cracks.

    May 9, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  6. jd

    Considering where the source came from-Who Cares! OBAMA/08

    May 9, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  7. Bayou Joe

    We are dancing in the streets now that we know McCain will be our next president. The Democrats got rid of their best candidates, first
    Edwards now Hillary. Blew it again. Can you Obama people say:
    President John McCain.
    President John McCain.

    Repeat after me. President John McCain.

    May 9, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  8. Tell It Like It Is

    This ridiculous meandering criticism is reminiscent of Bush's attitude towards speaking with Sadaam. What a horrific example of stupidity we have to remind us and the Iraqi people of where such ignorance in foreign relations can lead.

    May 9, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |

    Paulette, Cincinnati, Ohio

    Pauette.. how easy was it for you to believe allthe garbage you just wrote... did you check out for yourself any single fact...

    (obviously not.. because NONE of what you said was true...) not one single word... you are the type who wouldn't vote for Obama of Jesus and the Pope endorsed hi.

    Better if you just admit it.

    May 9, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  10. mitchell from arkansaw

    we've had 7 years of tough,and look where we're at,now.oh,yeah,you voted for this stupid war ,'re a flip-flopper ,just like mccain,and a warmonger,like bush and much have you earned off our troops' should all be jailed.

    May 9, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  11. Matt Hardeman

    So he wont even offer her the VP slot.

    would love to see how they plan on 'uniting the country' when they plan on slapping every clinton voter in the land across the face with some who-the-hell-is-that VP.

    the obama camp has been bad enough to the clintons as it is this campaign. take kennedy for example.. talk about audacity!!! trust me, excluding her from the ticket really will be electoral suicide. not to mention a huge anticlimax to an exciting race. My patience is wearing thin with the Yes-we-can to No-she-cant camp. and there is only ONE way to solve it.

    and i'd know. if she isnt on the ticket after all of this, i vote mccain. so will millions like me.

    over to you, obama folks.

    May 9, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  12. JS

    Can you explain the man called Romney who wants to destroy the social security system ?

    May 9, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  13. ne, Pa.

    LIEberman, You and Cindy want to run the country because you know McBush is too senile.

    May 9, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  14. Lisa

    Joe Lieberman is the Zell Miller of 2008. I hope you are enjoying your lst term in the Senate. Connecticut will not elect you again.

    May 9, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  15. Joe

    Are we all just sick of the whiny punks who threaten to vote McBush if Hillary is not nominated? For me. Let these Hit lery youth racists cross over to the Republicans. We will be better off when we are purged of these ignorant,intolerant losers.

    May 9, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  16. GL

    Looks like the home is missing another patient. Go back to your Bingo game Liberman, certainly don't want you missing your afternoon meds.

    No one cares what you think. You're only excited about the prospect of Hillary doubling the size of your party, you traitor.

    May 9, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  17. CW in DC

    Now I understand why the called them tickers, because every time I read some BS like this I get P.O.

    After this mess in Iraq, do these two imbeciles honestly think that anyone "fears" the United States? We're like the laughing stock of the world right now on foreign policy. Nobody listens to the United States and they d*mn sure don't fear us. Bush spent the last 8 years acting a fool and a maverick and then had the audacity to try and go to the U.N. and ask for back-up when he ignored their speaking out against going into Iraq to begin with. And now this jackass of a candidate BushLite wants to talk about putting fear into someone. Look where that garbage got us – 4,000+ dead soldiers, trillions in debt, and basically in the pocket of every nation.

    And this is who you Clinton supporters are willing to vote for because of your dislike for Obama?!

    May 9, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  18. FreshAir

    thats if he can remember who our friends and enemies are. heck, that's if he can remember anything.

    May 9, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  19. Joseph Adewole

    John McCain and Lie berman are only afraid of Obama; Lieberman, a partyless politician has LIE in his name so all he could do is to tell lies.

    May 9, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  20. mike

    Hey Thomas,

    your candidates name is spelled:
    John McCain

    (it's at the top of the page too)

    hopefully he has plenty more educated people like you to count on for his vote.

    and to an American in Canada:

    You don't have to yell. It's not polite and makes you sound crazy.

    try hitting a button called "caps lock" next time.

    May 9, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  21. Clinton supporters, stop the bitterness and think

    Paulette, did you know that the Clintons summoned Rev. Wright to the White House when the Monica thing was happening? He was invited to their White House. It seems pretty unlikely that he'll be invited to Obama's, after all his recent efforts – unintentional or not – to sink Obama.

    And, to "American in Canada":

    October 2007: "It's clear that this election they're having [in Michigan] is not going to count for anything," Hillary Clinton during an interview with New Hampshire Public Radio in

    August 2007: Clinton adviser Harold Ickes voted to strip the rogue states (Michigan & Florida) of their delegates as a member of the DNC's Rules and Bylaws committee – "to prevent the gaming of the system,"

    September 2007: Patti Solis Doyle, Former Clinton's campaign manager, pledged not to compete in either contest -. "We believe Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina play a unique and special role in the nominating process… and the DNC's rules and its calendar provide the necessary structure to respect and honor that role," "Thus, we will… adhere to the DNC-approved nominating calendar."

    January 2004: Former DNC chairman–and current Clinton aide–Terry McAuliffe: "If I allow you to do that, the whole system collapses," (According to his memoir)."The closest [Michigan's delegates will] get to Boston will be watching it on television. I will not let you break this entire nominating process for one state. The rules are the rules.

    May 9, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  22. Kevin,FL

    Let Obama and McCain go after each other, while Clinton sits back plan her way to victory, and at the Convention she will Grab the Nomination from Obama, Listen HRC may look down and out, But she's a CLINTON, NEVER COUNT OUT A CLINTON! She said at the start of this Presidential Cycle she's in it to win it, Is she going anywhere NO, will she win it, YES.. Just sit back watch and you'll see.. FL AND MI is still in Play

    May 9, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  23. M Philllips

    Who is running– McCain and/or Lieberman?Lieberman as a former Democratic Vice Presidential candidate has a dubious and continuing role - forgotten but not gone.

    May 9, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  24. James

    The republicans are so so so nervous now.

    May 9, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  25. MD Democrat


    If the nomination is stolen from Hillary, I will not vote, come November. If they steal it and she runs independent, then I'd vote. One things for sure, I will not vote for Obama.

    May 9, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
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