June 4th, 2008
12:21 PM ET
14 years ago

Lieberman attacks Obama over foreign policy

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/04/art.lieb.gi.jpg caption="Lieberman had sharp words for Obama."](CNN) - On the first day of the general election campaign, the very first Republican conference call attacking presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama featured his party's 2000 vice presidential nominee, Sen. Joe Lieberman.

"Senator Obama argued today that American foreign policy in recent years has essentially sort of strengthened Iran," said Lieberman on a conference call for reporters hosted by John McCain's campaign Wednesday. "..If Israel is in danger today, it's not because of American foreign policy, which has been strongly supportive of Israel in every way. It's not because of what we’ve done in Iraq, it’s because Iran is a fanatical terrorist expansionist state."

On the same call, Republican Rep. Eric Cantor of Ohio said Obama's speech did nothing to dispel doubts about his commitment to Israel.

Both men spoke shortly after Obama addressed the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Washington. The GOP has been hoping that concerns by some in the Jewish community about the Illinois senator's willingness to diplomatically engage Iranian leaders will allow them to make inroads with that crucial Democratic voting bloc.

Lieberman, who endorsed John McCain earlier this year, has been increasingly critical of Obama - particularly his goal to end the war in Iraq. The Democrat-turned-independent has been a strong supporter of President Bush's Middle East and Iraq policies.

Obama endorsed Lieberman in his 2006 Democratic primary battle against challenger Ned Lamont. But after the Connecticut senator lost and decided to run as an independent, Obama switched his support to Lamont, who shared his opposition to the Iraq war.

soundoff (577 Responses)
  1. noemi of reason, latina for obama!

    I hope McShame picks this leuprachaun-traitor as his Veep. It will go downhill for the Reps after that smart move.

    Obama 08

    June 4, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. David - NYC

    Lieberman is a complete joke – just a talking point grunt for the Right Wing....he needs McCain to win because he's certainly not getting re-elected in Connecticut...they're ready to run that guy out of the state.

    Obama 2008 !!!!

    June 4, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. Skyjuice

    Booooooooooo...Boooooooooooo. to that ol' flip flopper. His words dont count.

    June 4, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. MDK -Texas

    This hopefully points out to Obama the importance of wisely selecting a Vice President.

    Since it is said "Behind every cloud there is a silver lining" maybe this indicates the silver lining in Gore losing in 04! But 4 more years of Bush was a very big cloud over this Country.

    I hope McCain picks Lieberman as his VP. Then history will be made again- Lieberman selected as VP by 2 different parties and LOST both times.

    June 4, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  5. So...

    does anyone care what Lie-berman has to say??

    June 4, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  6. Lucas is insane

    Barrack Obama wants to change things....he wants to raise your taxes, he wants to legitimize a terrorist state (Iran), and he wants to withdraw the troops from Iraq so we can pay $10 per gallon of gas and leave Iraq defenseless and vulnerable.

    That doesn't sound like good change to me.

    June 4, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  7. D.J.

    Lieberman and Cantor, Obama's first commitment is to The United States of America, not Israel, nor the Vatican, nor a group of self serving politicians. Although it's of the utmost importance to show solidarity with threatened countries, Israel is only one of many nations faced with vital problems. It's survival is of the highest priority to the U.S., but you would judge a future president only by what your perception allows you to evaluate. Have you given thought to what we could do for other nations in jeopardy. Not only Israel has suffered the attacks of radical terrorists. Many other nations have also suffered in the name of the Israeli state.

    June 4, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  8. Don in Florida

    It's going to be fun watching Obama debate these so called Experienced politicians in the upcoming months. I bet he comes out on top.

    June 4, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  9. mollygonz

    Lieberman you are such a suckup! Just go away. Who cares what you think.

    June 4, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  10. Clarification

    Sen. Lieberman was the Democrats' VP nominee in 2000, not 2004. Sen. Edwards was their VP nominee in 2004.

    June 4, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. Jamaal Kansas

    Bush Mcshame Policies is not working it is hurting this Country We as American are angrier than we have ever been it is because the War in Iraq that Mcbush want to continue that is what is hurting this Country Republicans you time is Up we Con't want you in this Country you all should be brought up on charges of war crimes.

    June 4, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  12. kayla

    lieberRAT, you need to shut up. nobody wants to see or hear from you.
    don't forget how you got into office. what was Al Gore thinking when he
    choose you as running mate.?

    June 4, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  13. Loserman

    Hey loserman, GO LIVE in ISRAEL. Americans live in the USA.

    June 4, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. skunkrat The Marine


    June 4, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  15. duketg

    not to be pedantic, but Lieberman was the VP nominee in 2000, not 2004. Though I do understand how easy it is to forget that John Edwards exists.

    June 4, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. George, Lynchburg, Va

    Your article refers to Lieberman as the 2004 Democrat vice presidential nominee. Actually that was John Edwards. Sen Lieberman ran as veep in 2000.

    June 4, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. Mike, Chantilly, VA

    Lieberman = looser even had to change parties. Crawl back in your shell, no one really cares what you think, you do not represent change. That is why someone like an Obama is going to win the White House because old time government does not get the vote of the youth of the US..

    June 4, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. a Canadian

    To Honest Abe
    We do not want him in Canada

    June 4, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  19. Jason

    "featured his party's 2004 vice presidential nominee, Sen. Joe Lieberman."
    Wasn't Edwards the vice presidential nominee in 2004?? Quality reporting guys!

    June 4, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  20. Alisa--GA

    He is a joke!!! Not to mention a sore loser!!!! He is walking around behind McCain like he is looking for some. He has no room to attack anyone.

    June 4, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  21. Nicole in NE

    You can have him – we will take Chuck Hagel for support.....thanks!

    June 4, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  22. DJ, LA, CA

    Lieberman go away. You're a nobody now and can not be taken seriously.

    June 4, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  23. JOANN



    June 4, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  24. Harry C

    What a jerk you are Lieberman!!! Why do you not just change over to the RP since that is really what you are.. You are the reason that Kerry lost, who needs you around good bye, go keep McClain company.. Losers attract Losers!

    June 4, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  25. Chris, Antioch, CA

    Just become a Republican already!

    June 4, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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