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. Dave

    McCain's Policy = "Because I don't know anything about economics, but I know what it's like to be a P.O.W., let's have 100 more years of war."

    June 4, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. Tara , Canada

    Why would Canada want all these far left loonies to move up here.
    After a long , non productive , corrupt liberal government , we have finally a conservative leader who gets things done.
    A lot of us admire Hillary Clinton and I for one , think that she would have been a terrific President.
    Obama , the most liberal , least experienced and one who keeps some rather unsavoury company is completley unvetted and yet you vote for him to become your Presidential nominee.
    He is a great speaker , when he has a teleprompter.
    That's about it.!!!!

    June 4, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. Atty. K.

    What a sell-out. First he leaves the Democratic Party to become a so-called Independent. Now he is McCain's lap dog. Please just go away. Now I know why Al Gore couldn't win the presidency in 2000 with this clown on the ticket.

    Republicans, the scare tactics of the past won't work this time. America has had enough and we have the blood of those killed and wounded in Iraq to prove it.

    June 4, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  4. Brian

    The McCain/Lieberman ticket:

    Let's send more American boys to die in some Godforsaken desert.

    June 4, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. jojo smith

    I don't understand why people wants McCain to win. If they him into office they don't love USA. McCain is the biggest joke in this race. I respect this man more if he kept to his promise to be straight talker and not lie about his policy or voting record. All he wants to do to is attack Iran. He doesn't really have any solutions to our economic problem. I can't believe people think he is better suited to handle our economic problems. The only hope we have is OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Vote for OBAMA. I just hope people will come to realization that OBAMA will bring the glory back to USA. McCain will only make it worst. Thats my opinion.

    June 4, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. Walt

    Shawn, it does sound that way doesn't it??? Can you say Judas with his own agenda...

    Watch your back McCain, he just might turn on you as well. On second thought, don't watch your back. Put your full faith in him, by all means.

    June 4, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. A Liberian-Canadian in Toronto

    Keep your Lieberman down in the U.S, we don't want him here in Canada. If he comes, he will not enter the canada, we will deport him right at the border...

    June 4, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  8. S King

    Yea, it's him again, you know, the thorn in your side, the village trator,
    the town clown, that pain you just can't get rid of.
    Some one tell McCain his puppy has lost his way.

    S King
    Sonora, KY

    June 4, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. A Proud American

    Don't stop at just Foriegn Policy, there's a whole lot more. Dave, McCain did not say we would be there anither 100 years. If your going to restate the comment then get it right.

    June 4, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. TonyNJHC

    I think, in my opinion, the word "flimsy" would be more accurate to use Sen. Lieberman. I just cannot picture that candidate doing anything to help Israel. I just have to look at all of the baggage. I don't even think they would take odds on this issue in Las Vegas. Wake up America and smell the coffee!

    June 4, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. Samina from WI

    so CNN was my comment too much for you guys to handle...understandable..truth is always bitter

    June 4, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. Steve, New York, New York

    Joe Lieberman is an imbecile. He is a worthless loser who pulled a stupid, shameless stunt (switching parties) just so he could hold on to power.

    Joe, why don't you and Hillary both leave congress? You can go back to Arkansas with her (and maybe you can help her re-launch Whitewater).

    June 4, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    Lieberman, you know you are sad. You can't even decide what party you belong to. Pull up your rocking chair and sit it next to Pop McCain, while you watch the clinton children play

    Toooo Oooollllldddd and crazy

    June 4, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  14. Herman Schmitt

    Cause and effect

    I just refer to a headline as of June / 13 2007 :

    " US senator Joseph Lieberman suggests attacking Iran base "

    Is that the right way to fight terrorism ? – it helps to create it !

    Politicians should negociate to prevent such disasters.

    June 4, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. Julie

    I don't care anymore – being Democratic it's humiliating that we have a presidential nominee who is nothing more than a privilaged individual who is wet behind the ears and will probably have to be trained on the job. What a choice we have, someone who could possibly run this country on trial and error – oh, well! All I know is that I'm one of those millions of voters whose vote apparently didn't count. But, if it's possible for me to write in the name of Hillary Clinton in November, that's what I'll do, so hopefully, she won't agree to any "dream" ticket with Obama. If THAT happens, it's McCain who'll get the vote!

    June 4, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. applecrispbetty

    Just move to Israel, Joe. We're tired of you.

    June 4, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  17. Ryan Indianapolis,IN

    Lieberman is so right and guess what Dems the truth hurts. Obama will get torn apart in the general election for his naive and misguided foriegn policy. The whole lets just get our troops out thing is not making sense any more that we have turned the tide and guess what Obama the troops want to stay and get the job done right so we dont have to come back years later to clean up the mess.

    June 4, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  18. Bacusla

    What a sad specimen ... Empty vessel is a better description perhaps.

    June 4, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  19. MD FOR OBAMA

    Yo Joey Boy, throw your hat in the McCain ring for VP and your boring flip floppin butt will surely help in the Repub. loss.

    June 4, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  20. Sharon

    Why does CNN appear to only print a majority of pro Obama/anti Clinton comments? I know I've sent many comments favoring Clinton but they're never printed. After this election, CNN will no longer be the "Most trusted name in News" – HA HA!

    June 4, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  21. R. Chandrasekharan

    Gary's comment about the possibility of Joe Lieberman being the losing VP candidate for both parties is quite apt. America is tired of Bush-peddler Joe. Go away Joe.

    June 4, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  22. No McCain

    Who cares what this representative of "Washington as usual" has to say...

    June 4, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  23. jh

    Obama is correct. The US did Iran a favor by getting rid of Saddam, a sunni, who fought Iran to a draw 20 years ago. Iran has far greater influence and power in that region now that Saddam is gone.

    June 4, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  24. Marc

    Joe Lieberman needs to but out. I'm so tired of his annoying everything is about Israel monologue. I think he should move there and run for the Knesset.

    June 4, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  25. Chris, Denver CO

    Joe Lie-berman has been torpedoing Democrats since his botched performance as Al Gore's running mate in 2000.

    June 4, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
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