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. Mike

    Lieberman just wants to be McBush's vice President. Lets see, McBush and Hillary (Bush lite ) Clinton both want to Nuke Iran and bring on W W 3. And Obama would like to talk to Iran face to face first. Hmmm I think I will vote to let Obama talk first. The same way Kennedy talked with Russia and Cuba first instead of just Nukeing our way to oblivian.

    May 9, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  2. A Canadian interested bystander

    Obama is the best person for the job because he doesn't owe any favors the the "old boy's'club" in Washington. Canadians love him because he is smart, decent and honest. Why would you judge somebody by the minister at their church? I am glad people don't judge me that way because I have often disagreed with my minister but it doesn't mean I can't worship at my church where my friends and family attend.

    May 9, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  3. Jack

    Hey Smiley, The Soviet spoke to Regan only after they were convinced that the old man had his finger on the trigger and he wasn't afraid to pull it if they cross the line. Someone like Jimmy Carter on the other hand could speak to the Russian for another 50 years and the cold war will still be going on.

    May 9, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  4. Edith Arkansas

    Well now Senator Joe Lieberman, how much experience did President Reagan have when he call on Govichov to tear down that wall, and succeeded? All this talk about experience, what about being willing to give some suggestions on the apparoch in talking to Hamas. Senator Obama is not a dummy he is not going in feet first before carefully making a viable plan. I am confident that he will make sure this country is protected. You people keep basing everything on pass experiences of not taking an approach to peace talks like it will kill someone to at least talk and exchange point of view in and effort to peace.I f Former President Reagan had not made an approach to Govichov the wall would be still standing adn the cold war would be yet marching on. Don't forget a minority have a better chance at peace talks than non minorities. Those people in many of the other countries
    donot like or trust non minorities that is a fact try denying that point of view. GET A GRIPP.

    Those of you who are mad and is not going to take it anymore what do you hope to do? Get Over It. Its the voters, the Superdelagates who will choose the nominee, Are you in denial as your candidate is? Get Over It!!!!!

    May 9, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  5. Independent Voter MD

    Clinton is a brand name in politics. It's bigger than Coke and Pepsi. If Obama, a virtual unknown, can beat a brand name like Clinton, what do you think will happen in the general to a McCain? Who is no Clinton

    May 9, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  6. Jack in ND

    It's hilarious that, considering all the baggage people attach to Obama, that he's essentially defeated Hillary Clinton.

    If Obama is really as dangerous, and unamerican as people claim, why isn't Hillary defeating him in primaries by 95-5 margins or better? Why didn't she close the deal?

    What I see is a candidate that has managed to endure having every kitchen sink, anvil, and safe thrown at him, and is still not only standing, but has essentially won the nomination.

    Are we absolutely sure he isn't divine?

    May 9, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  7. Phillip Bunn , Bailey NC

    Joe Lieberman should get a job singing with the Leningrad Cowboys. At least, that way, he would be entertaining.

    May 9, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  8. T

    When you look at the enormous head sizes of Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney and Karl Rove, you have to ask yourself one question.
    Do I feel lucky punk Do you ?

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

    History would record this event as a historic moment that United State America for the first time embraced a meaningful equality between races. No longer it is only in Hollywood Movies that one can find a black men acting as a Presidents or even a God. It is now indeed a reality.

    I would further say that come November Obama will have absolutely no problem in beating MaCain, because, by then he has beyond doubt proven that he has gained so much experience managing to come total obscurity and with the help of few $ donated here and there to beat the most formidable Lady in America backed by the might of Democrat Machinery and millions of $ of personal Clinton wealth, little by little chipping away and clearing a hummable path to victory. I would most certainly call this endeavour as pure genius as no man that I have heard of has achieved it in such a short time. I would finally say that nowhere else in the world can this kind of fairy tale take place.

    Well Done USA, you may have just changed the perception that the world had of you in being just bunch of Cowboys.

    May 9, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  10. Payback Time

    Obama is spinning down the toilet.

    May 9, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  11. Ty

    Who cares about what has been Lieberman thinks. For those of you who are considering voting for McSame, you might as well switch over to the Republican party.

    Obama and Clinton are sooooo similar on the issues, so to not for for him means that your not voting according to the issues. So what are you voting on????

    And why is it that uneducated white people are voting for her, (are they saying that dumb white folks are too dumb to recognize that the Republican party is not for the working class?) So you will vote for a party that will continue to screw you over, because you don't want to vote for a black man.

    May 9, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  12. Shannon

    Lieberman should be careful, the Obama supporters will come after him. Just go to the post about HIllary being ahead in WV to see how hate filled the campaign of hope and change really is. Every post on there is mean and nasty. I'm printing it out, and when anyone I know even thinks about voting for Obama, I will show them page after page of hate filled racist rants from his supporters. Anyone who can inspire the kind of hate he does, isn't someone I want to vote for. The media thinks we will come together when Hillary leaves the race, I say no way, and I will actively show people what Obama and his hate filled supporters are about.. McCain is the next target on the Obama hit list, be careful when hope and change comes looking for you, they are one angry group of people.

    May 9, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  13. VoteforAmerica

    Hey.....there is news that Robert Malley, an Obama aide has resigned after his reported talks with Hamas. geez....Obama camp attracts quite a number anti-Israel people.
    Anyways...lets start the ball rolling....The time has almost come now, looks like the horse race is ending now, fasten on your belts, take a deep breadth and wait for the feared GOP attacks. I already believe they must have saved some shells for the general. They are going to throw one by one.

    May 9, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  14. Payback Time

    Obama is such a whiner!

    May 9, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  15. mitchell from arkansaw

    how many popular votes did mccain get during the primary?hillary and obama each got more votes than mccain.mccain has raised a third of what either of them have raised.republicans are toast ,this fall,so they can forget about getting our troops killed ,for THEIR oil,anymore.good riddance!

    May 9, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  16. honkey white guy from cali

    An American in Canada


    I hate to break the news to you 60% of Americans find HRC untrustworthy If your statement was true then she would be the nominee and by a wide margin I might add! this is what is wrong with you die hard Clinton supporters you don't even know the fact you just read a headline and then run off at the mouth with lies and garbage! I hope you very few of you as they are go and vote for Mc Cain! this GE is going to be the biggest landslide in US history! If even 50% of HRC supporters vote for Obama in November he wins by a landslide! This really is his election to lose at this point! For you people to hate someone for no other reason except a few lies or GOP talking points you read in a headline is just plain stupid! Ignorance can be cured with an education, Stupidity if for life!!

    Go Obama 08 Yes We Can

    May 9, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  17. Payback Time

    Obama's pants are on fire! Get it! Pants are on fire cause he's a liar!

    May 9, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  18. Jack in ND


    A new SurveyUSApoll indicates, that if California were able to revote like Michigan and Florida want to, Obama would now defeat Hillary Clinton.

    May 9, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  19. John

    Lieberman who is an hypocrite, makes non sense comments for get the attention of Mccain for vive presidency. What a wild dream………..

    May 9, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |

    Why is it wrong for Obama to make a remark about McCain's bearings (which is true anyway) and right for McCain to call Obama naive? Barack has stood with integrity regardless of the stupid attacks against him.

    If you vote for McCain, you will vote for war, high taxes on our MIDDLE CLASS OF HARD WORKING PEOPLE and a continuation of neglect of the AMERICAN PEOPLE and the real issues that affect our citizens. Who is the elitist? I say it is the Republicans with your high income tax cuts living the life of luxury while American citizens and Veterans go hungry and are homeless, jobless and under-educated. If you vote for McCain, you will be voting for the fall of the USA.

    The older generation has had their chance and they screwed it all up!!!

    In regard to Rev. Wright – since when is he running? Who cares what he says. He is not Barack. Just because someone has or even still associates with someone, does not mean they agree with 100% of the person' being, views or actions. Think about people in you own life. Don't you tolerate undesirable things about anyone in your life? I would guess the answer is "yes" or else you are a very lonely person.

    In reference to 'DELEGATES" & 'SUPERDELEGATES"; I thought that this was America, a democracy, a government run "for the people, by the people". What the hell are delegates anyway? Why on earth would a candidate be allowed to woo votes from individuals that are mostly politicians in order to receive the nomination? Why are we even wasting our time and money on primaries if the delegates have the final word? Get rid of these 'SUPERDELEGATES"! I don't think that is what our Founding Fathers had in mind! Listen to vote of the people!! The people choose OBAMA!!!

    It is time for fresh and new thinking. It is time for CHANGE!!!


    May 9, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  21. Payback Time

    Obama needs to drop out!

    May 9, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  22. Spectacles

    If Lieberman is the VP and if McCain wins prepare your boys and girls to die on Iranian soil.
    Lieberman wants them bombed, he wants to destroy them, he wants a war.
    I have been following this guy and he is very, very bad news.

    May 9, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  23. Eric

    LonghornMama: Yes all these poeple have more experience and bush does have more experience then obama and look where we are at. Our economy is garbage, we are spending billions of dollars on a war that shouldnt have been and america is hated more then ever across the world.... So with all that experience do you think it really matters?

    May 9, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  24. Len

    I'm so glad we helped get Obama the nomination. He won't stand a chance. lol

    McCain 08

    May 9, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  25. Ben - Portland

    He's your future republican VP...

    May 9, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
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