June 4th, 2008
12:21 PM ET
13 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. Hope for America

    Lieberman is a traitor to the U.S.! He is more concerned with Isreal than America's welfare.

    June 4, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  2. The US abolishes century old clinton dynasty

    who???? when how??
    this is no news

    June 4, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  3. WATCHING

    WHAT DOES LIEBERMAN WANT??? VP OR SECRETARY OF SOMETHING???

    June 4, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  4. Hillary Dems for McCain

    Paul,

    Your point is well taken. Lieberman, McCain, and Hillary all have a history of working across the Aisle. Why do you think their parties all hate them? Liberals ran Joe Lieberman out of the party in CT.

    The ironic thing is that people want our leaders to work together, but when they do, they are beat up over it.

    I think that a new party needs to come about in this country. We have had 8 years on the far right, and now it looks like we will be getting 4 years on the far left.

    God help us.

    June 4, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  5. Nick, Chicago, IL

    Mr. Lieberman was the VP candidate in 2000 (not 2004) and has since been kicked out of the Democratic Party. Please update your article. Thank you.

    June 4, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. lee Rosen

    Leiberman is a disgrace to be called Jewish, I voted for in when he ran with kerry and am so happy now that he lost

    June 4, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  7. Il voter

    you dont have any domestic policy also. 🙂

    June 4, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  8. Ted

    OK Joe, are you American or Isreali, Democrat or Republican; pick one and then stand up for your own truth.

    June 4, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  9. Zubair, CA

    however let Sidious speak again?

    June 4, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. Aaron F

    Lieberman was the Democratic Vice-Presidential nominee in 2000, not 2004. Edwards was 2004. CNN ought to correct that statement.

    June 4, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. Ray

    John McCain, please,pretty please, pick Joe (Benedict Arnold) Lieberman for your running mate, so you can both go down in LANDSLIDE DEFEAT!!!!!

    June 4, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  12. Marj - Columbia, SC

    What is up with Lieberman? Seems like he loves the limelight too much and just blabbers on and on irrelevantly! Shut up already!

    June 4, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  13. The Clear Thinking Indepedent

    Joe ... you are a Republican ... I hope they save you because we won't reelect you next time....

    June 4, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  14. Dave G

    It will be a McCain/Lieberman ticket this fall. Lieberman will go down in history as the first candidate to run as VP for both Democratic and Republican parties, and lose both times.

    June 4, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  15. What if?

    Here we go again, another person wanting their 15 mins. of fame on someone else’s time.

    June 4, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  16. jon

    What's new about that? They voted for him not because of his experience but for the novelty of having a black President

    June 4, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  17. sky

    Lets be real here......this guy does not have both of his oars in the water. Recently....he was running for the VP position for the Democratic party......and when that fell through he just began moving from one position to the next. Lets try being an Independent for a while, nah, that doesnt work....lets try being a Republican for a while.....in fact....lets be John McCains body guard and diction coach. Tomorrow he will be handing us a hot sack of french fries from the pick up window.

    June 4, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  18. Kevin

    Joe lieberman we know why you prefer bomb bomb Iran. But Iran won`t be another Iraq so beware of what you are doing.

    June 4, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  19. John Smith

    Obama has won this process WITHOUT the help of Clinton. In point of fact, Hillary and her supporters threw all the kitchen sink stuff at Obama and he still won "fair" and square.

    So Obama does NOT need Hillary to screw this process for him. Hillary, Bill, and Chelsea should stay away from this ticket and the White House as far as possible. This nation cannot afford to deal with any more of the past or current scandals!

    If the Clinton supportes want to roll over to McCain, so be it. No DEM should beg or worship these people! Both Hillary and McCain make the same old poor judgements with their years of tauted experiences. We need to move forward (change); this election is about CHANGE, not Queen Hillary or One-eyed McCain.

    June 4, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  20. Justin

    CT hates Lieberman.

    CT resident for Obama.

    June 4, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  21. Joshua Berkov

    Lieberman was the 2000 VP nominee, not the 2004 VP. Edwards was the 2004 VP.

    June 4, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  22. Raz

    We don't even know What is this guy? Dem or Rep ? McCain should select him as VP and for sure we'll have 2 loosers.

    Raz

    June 4, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  23. Democrat 4 EVER

    Paul Jones........... Sounds more like the old my way or the highway politics we've enjoyed for too long already.--NO OLD IS MCSAME AND LIBERMAN.....MCSAME NEEDS LIBERMAN IN ORDER TO CORRECT HIM .....JUST INCASE HE FORGETS WHERE HE IS -WHO HE IS -AND WHO HE IS REFERRING TO

    June 4, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  24. New Day

    I'm surprised Joe took his head out of McCain's tush long enough to make that statement. Maybe, if Joe had actually done what he was supposed to do and came through with the Jewish vote for Gore, we wouldnt have lost Florida and had 8 years of hell. Hush up Joe, and get back to carrying McCain's suitcase.

    June 4, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  25. Foreign Observer

    Not sure what the ground rules on this section are, but Lieberman is and has always been a wanker.

    June 4, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
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