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. McClinton Supporter from Ohio

    Right on Joe!!

    BHO is just another liberal tax and spend Dem. The Libs gave it to Hillary just like they gave it to you. They will go the way of Mondale and Kerry.

    Stick with the winner Joe!

    Clinton supportor for McCain!!

    June 4, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. LB

    Another old fart blowing wind.

    June 4, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  3. GT

    I hope Joe ends up as McCain's running mate. That will pretty much doom the already ill-fated Republican ticket...

    June 4, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. Henry

    To my amazement this has not been pointed out or corrected in the 200+ minutes since this article was published: Lieberman was not the Democratic Party's Vice Presidential nominee in 2004 (it was Edwards). He was said nominee in the year 2000.

    Who is responsible for these blatantly factually incorrect "news" postings that then go published without proper review?

    Fortunately most readers would, I would hope, probably recognize this error. But seeing factual errors like this on this supposedly "top name" news site makes me wonder how much I can trust getting accurate information on anything written here [which I do not already have more knowledge about than the authors].

    And I'm sure this factual correction, which is in line with the CNN comments policy, will be censored and/or not allowed to be posted by those in control in fear of Big Brother Time/Warner, while many meaningless, idiotic comments are allowed. After all, lowering the level of discourse is surely what CNN aims to accomplish.


    June 4, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. rw in ct

    Yep, that's how it happened in the CT election. Most CT dems are registered Independent, but we cannot vote in the (closed) primaries...so when Lieberman ran as Independent, guess what...the Independent Democrats put him over the top. Good move, Hillary should do the same.

    June 4, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  6. DEMS UNITE!!!

    Ya know what old man, your big made-up words of fear are not going to sway the people this time!

    Obama '08

    June 4, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  7. SPQR753

    When will the DNC kick this senator out ?

    June 4, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  8. Pam, Tennessee

    Do we care what Lieberman says? I think not. Go Obama and no Clinton for VP.

    June 4, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  9. Rob in Vegas

    how to spell weasel... L-I-E-B oh wait, my mistake.. hmmm come to think of it, nope. i was right.. let me finish then -E-R-M-A-N

    and to think he claimed he'd be a democratic independant. HAHAHA, i'm sorry that Connecticut fell for his lies, i really am, i just hope they vote him out faster then anything for it.

    June 4, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  10. Jon, West Haven, CT

    Don't forget that republicans essentially put Lieberman in office in CT, since he couldn't win a majority of democrat votes and the republican candidates never have a chance in this state. I guess he's paying them back for his re-election.

    June 4, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  11. KIKI

    Someone's attacking Obama – Call Sharpton & Jackson so they can start a march.

    June 4, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  12. Gregory

    If Lieberman had so much influence in the pary, he would still be in the party. He obviously had no place in Democratic affairs and as some others have stated, He is completely irrelevent!


    June 4, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  13. Craig

    CORRECTION: Eric Cantor is Republican Rep. of VIRGINIA, not Ohio. I should know, I lived in his district.

    June 4, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  14. Brewpark (Bristol, Ct.)

    I am from Ct. and am totally embarresed that this idiot represents out state. Oh, by the way I am a registered Independant.

    June 4, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  15. Jason

    I thought it was odd for Obama to say Iran has been strengthened... didn't a report come out earlier this year which said Iran halted its nuclear efforts right after Libya gave its weapons up in 2003? Those two examples are bloodless victories scored by the Bush administration. There's a few good results of Bush foreign policy, although I agree we need improvement.

    Perhaps Obama would have disarmed Libya and Iran differently?

    June 4, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  16. Koo

    What a joke.....do we still listen to him?

    June 4, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  17. KMAN

    Hey Joe ... get off your knees pal, McCain has already zipped up his pants and left your hotel room!

    June 4, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  18. rich

    One word: TRAITOR!

    June 4, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  19. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Lieberman is nothing but a shill for AIPAC. Hope McSame invites him to be VP and he has the same effect on his campaign as he did for Gore...

    June 4, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  20. Proud American

    Lieberman your nothing but a weasel.

    June 4, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  21. Sophie

    McCain will eigther pick this dope (Lieberman) or Kay Bailey Hutchinson for VP. They both are scum.

    June 4, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  22. independent OBAMA Supporter

    Lieberman you'r a fool. Go and rest

    June 4, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  23. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If Senator Lieberman would look at the situation, then he would know that Iran has strengthened its sphere of influence. The Shiite in Iran are talking with the Shiite in Iraq as well as working together to hinder the Iraqi government and American forces. The Iranians, in the government and their religious leaders, have been bolder and speak with more hate. Yes, Senator Lieberman, Iran is stronger because their counter-balance is gone; we took out Saddam Hussein.

    Israel has always been in danger. The Arabs and Iranians (technically they are Persians) hate Israel for reasons that I can't fully fathom. Until Arab love their children more than they hate Israelis and Jews, there will be risk to Israel and Jews around the world (paraphrasing Golda Meir).

    June 4, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  24. Peter

    OK. I am glad to see you have changed 2004 to 2000.

    June 4, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  25. BK

    Obama does not have a clue about foreign policy. Obama is a fraud. He has no history of working across the aisle and uniting people. Now when its to late they will know the truth.

    June 4, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
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