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. dil

    Dear Honest Abe, I am from Canada and believe me, we don't want him. He's your problem..:)

    June 4, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. Jodie, Idaho

    Oh, and its okay that you had to McCain from a fist fight with the German president? Talk about great foreign policy. If Obama's foreign policy is so horrible, why is it that an overwhelming amount of our allies want him as president because he will change our foreign policy? It is sad how America is viewed. Look at Myanmar! They are so afraid that we are going to steal their oil that they will not even let us to come their shores to distribute food. Mexico can not even trust us to let troops come to their borders to fight the illegal immigrants. We are so mistrusted by the rest of the world after Bush's lies. We need a different take on foreign relations, and believe me McCain will be no different.

    June 4, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. Burnis Jones

    John McCain and the Republicans are who we Democratics think they are and Joe Lieberman is one of them therefore we will not let them off the Hook This Time.

    June 4, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. Doug Pancoast

    Lieberman is an interesting character. I think these are starting to be some good times politically. We have Zell Miller and Lieberman who have basically swapped sides. We have Arlen Spector and Chuck Hagel who have loosened up quite a bit. Maybe we are starting to move away from this ridiculous all-or-nothing, 2 party political nightmare we find ourselves in.

    My only beef with Lieberman is this (besides that fact that I disagree with him on foreign policy and think he is a moron). To some degree, I don't have any problem with him buddying up with John McCain and saying the things he does because he is, in fact, an independent. But he's not really an independent by choice. He TRIED to run as a Democrat. He wanted to be a Democrat. The only reason he's not a Democrat is because he lost the Democratic primary. If you want to be a Democrat, then you shouldn't endorse the Republican candidate for President, whether you agree with the Democratic party on all of the issues or not.

    Joe, we knew you didn't want to stand with us before you did. Have fun being a man without a home...because as much as Republicans love to tout you around as some feather in their cap, the minute you came out in support of gay rights they'd burn your little body at the stake.

    June 4, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. Bukky

    A blind man could see that Iraq has created more danger to Israel than almost anything else. Even Israel talks to its enemys... and you expect us to sit tight and point a gun at them from 200 miles away.

    "If you move I'll shoot" is not foreign policy... its just plain stupid.

    Iran knows we can destroy if we need too... why must we scream that from the mountain tops. How is our rethoric against Iran different from Irans rethoric against Israel. Right now we are just threathening to blow each other up.

    By the way... between Iran and US. US has been the only counrty to make good on the threat to blow ANYTHING or anyone up...

    June 4, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  6. TEXAS TRAIL DOG

    Let's see Lieberman you do know what you're talking about. BUT I'D LIKE TO ASK YOU ABOUT OBAMA. WHAT FOREIGN POLICY?

    Hillary run as an Independent. Are Hillary supporters vote for JOHN McCAIN.

    June 4, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. Pistoff

    Man, this guy is horrible. What was Gore thinking? What was Connecticut thinking? He must not be re-elected.

    June 4, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. nad

    What a shameful and dishonest person, he has become.
    I agree with someone earlier that he should run as REP next time, then he might know how good he is as a politician.
    PPL like him always remain traitor to the country.

    June 4, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. Rave

    Look at this guy.. he is like a rotten tomato.
    Go Away
    OBAMA (2008 -16)

    June 4, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. HATING FLORIDA

    wow, he's still up and kicing?

    June 4, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  11. MavTx

    It is clear that Lieberman is a sell out to the Democratic Party, thus the reason he had to run as an Independent to return to a Senate seat. It is understandable why he and McFlip Flop get along- – songbirds of a feather. . .

    It is unfortunate has so many favors owed to the Republicans for helping him getting elected in his last campaign, but that is the path he chose.

    The Democrats need to oust his keadership position so the Republicans dcan fully embrace him, just as he has fully embraced their pandering rhetoric.

    Mr. Liberman you are pitiful- – enjoy this time in the limelight as it, you, McFlipFlop and the Republican Party are about to be part of the America's history we will be glad is past.

    June 4, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. Ernest

    The heat is on, even RATS are speaking out.

    June 4, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  13. nowlin

    Mr.Lieberman if you bring money, troops,and resources to a country then
    you strengthen that country. When you build or rebuild another country
    the give the lives of your country,then you weaken your country. Willl you
    address the import problem of the current administration. How about
    the low wages in parts of Kentucky or other states. You are making a
    comment, but what about Now!

    June 4, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  14. Barack the Vote in RI

    not worth a comment

    June 4, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  15. bob

    Finally a dem/independent with some brains..........I would like to say thank you to all you dems who voted for Bill Clinton and for all the terror attacks (5) that had happened on his watch and that were planned on his watch(9/11). I forgot to mention the awesome job he did handling Somalia as well.

    It seems to me Bush only had one and that was planned and ready to go on Clintons watch

    Here we go again

    June 4, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  16. NC Man

    OH WOW.....what bitterness from the left!

    June 4, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. Josh, CA

    Poor Lieberman!

    June 4, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  18. Bob Stephens

    Hey Joe, have you joined the Republican party yet? If not, why not.....

    June 4, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  19. RH

    That just doesn't make any sense. The US replaced an undesirable yet stable Iraq – a bulwark against Iranian regional ambitions – with the unstable land of terror we've been reading about for years now. Iraq is far more easily influenced by Iran since the US invasion.

    You're going to have to try harder, Joe.

    June 4, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  20. KBest

    Lieberman, Traitorman, Failureman. They all sound the same. You sound hollow and wounded. Your days are numbered in Conn. and your political revelance in a democratic-controlled government is doomed.

    Bye to irrelevaman.

    June 4, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  21. Steve

    Canada dosen't want him either!

    June 4, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  22. Independent-Cuban-American-woman-voter-for-Obama

    Lieberman, what has happened to your brain, man?! Are you nuts?

    McCain will only continue the bankrupting of our nation, we owe trillions to China.

    McCain will continue this war with Iraq that has only encouraged more terrorists.

    McCain will continue a war that has killed so many young people! Not to mention the thousands maimed, and the 100's that each month commit suicide!

    Is this how we want our nation to be?

    June 4, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  23. RLG Virginia

    That's right Joe,
    ratchet up the fear mongering and xenophobia some more. Next thing ya know, Joe will be piloting that swift boat to torpedo Obama with more rumor and innuendo about the Democratic nominee being a Muslim, a terrorist sympathizer, and worst of all, a guy who doesn't wear a flag pin! I can't believe this is the same "moderate" democrat who was VP on a ticket with Gore. But Lieberman fell sway to Darth Cheney and the Dark Side, long ago....what a shocker!

    June 4, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  24. Oregon

    Lieberman's a pawn for Israel. Pop quiz: which Democrat most supports the Iraq War? And why would that be? And what does support for the Iraq War have to do with placating Israel?

    Hillary Clinton's another pawn for Israel. That's why (after no history of supporting militaristic foreign policy) she became a supporter of preemptive war against an Arab nation. What would explain this shift in her identity. Why, it occurred right after she became a politician from New York.

    June 4, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  25. Misty

    Shut up Lieberman. You have no right to speak on foreign policy at all.
    Stay with McCain and correct his mistakes on Shia and Sunni differences. Good Bye

    June 4, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
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