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. rajah kahn

    Who is this guy??????????Another FRAUD and a TRAITOR to the democrats. Once he was chosen to be Gore's vice -president!!!!! And now he is spilling venom and lies. He needs to examine his molecules in his "donkey" brain, because they are FLUTUATING at the speed of sound...

    June 4, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  2. Grant

    No!?! Really!?!? Lieberman being critical of the democratic nominee?

    How's that angling for a VP offer from McCain going Joe?

    June 4, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |

    Mr. Lieberman should go home and stay their. If he "thinks" he knows so much, then he should have run for Pres. and would lose.

    McCain wants "town hall meetings"! No Gimmicks from Mr. McGimmick himself.

    Obama all the way to the White House. Protect Him!

    June 4, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. Ben

    Liebermann is a disgrace to all that is right and true in American politics. I cannot believe he has the audacity to open his mouth and talk.
    That traitor and Republican wanna be.

    June 4, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. Brian Knoxville, TN

    Obama's joke of a candidacy has got me siding with Lieberman now?

    What's next?

    McCain Democrat '08

    June 4, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  6. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    This is the guy that Carville should have labeled "Judas"!!!

    June 4, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  7. Joe

    His loyalty is in Israel, and he think other people do not have right to life.
    free tax payer money for Israel, more than 6 billion dollars every year.
    It seems the world and life is all about Jews or Israel.
    While many Americas leave on the street, can not afford medical insurances, school and others loosing their home. Yes it is all about you.
    Yes America needs to blow every body up for Israel, Palestine need to be free. He is nothing but a MORON

    June 4, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  8. lil

    Go away Lieberman you are two faced, and besides I dont want to
    hear what you have to say. You change your mind too much.

    June 4, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. marc from Indiana

    Hey CNN. The obvious bias on this venue is disgusting. You have allowed only one pro-Lieberman comment to be posted. This is not a free forum, but more of an Obummer shill media.

    June 4, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. Nija

    Lieberman please seat down. Loseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeer

    June 4, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  11. Voter

    Dave, Dave, Dave:
    Nobody thinks Lieberman is "still in the Democratic party," except you. He's an Independent. Fortunately, the voters in Connecticut know that, and they voted him in as an Independent when he lost the Dem nod. If you're going to carp, Dave, you really need to do your homework. He owes nothing to Dems; they bounced him, but Connecticut voters elected him anyway.

    June 4, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  12. Hetty Crookie

    Lieberman and John McCain know more about the world than most of us. What happened to listening to people who have been around a bit longer than our nose? Maybe we could learn something if we weren't so quick to judge the older generation. John McCain is still a far better choice in a world that hates us than our naive democratic candidate. And....I AM a Democrat!
    Tthis time, I am voting Republican. Barack can't handle our enemies, which are legion!

    June 4, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  13. Crush Rush


    June 4, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  14. Umpire

    Joel Liberman's grasp of foreign policy doesn't reach from Connecticut to Rhode Island. He would be doing himself a huge favor if he would fade into obscurity.

    June 4, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  15. Peter Kuhn

    Do Republicans really love Joe Loserman?

    June 4, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  16. Mel

    Obama has done nothing for 20 years but sit up in a black church and dap with the brothers while a bunch of blow hard '60s era racist badmouth "whitey" from the pulpit. When he gets into office you should hold on to your wallet because whatever you have left after paying for food and gas, he will be taking to give free health care, free housing, and free food to those who don't work, won't work, and would not work if you made them president of General Motors. On top of that every radical muslim in the world will be trying him on for size since they know he will never commit troops against them. Remember the Jimmy Carter inflation years because you will be seeing them again soon. Oh, I forgot. Most of Obama's backers are too young to remember what happens when a flaming liberal with no experience gets in office.

    June 4, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  17. Ridgeway

    Hey, a Democrat with a brain. Too much for you smarmy, cornball, cry baby, bed wetting Obamanites to understand. You really think he cares? If he wins enjoy the give aways and the deterioration of the American infrastructure. Don't believe it? Redistribution of the wealth. Look up the definition of Socialist. Obama's picture is right there.

    June 4, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  18. Laura

    Obama has no friggin clue as to what's going on in the Middle East. He is a disaster waiting to happen.

    June 4, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  19. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    Where would McCain be without Lieberman whispering in McCain's ear – telling him, at least twice, who was fighting who in Iraq!

    McCain may have made many trips to Iraq, on the taxpayer's dime and a waste of huge amounts of jet fuel, but he didn't seem to learn much – or is he just another old man, forgetful and full of crochets: remembering how it used to be ... when he was a maverick, before Bush stole the election of 2000 ...

    June 4, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  20. Karl in MI

    Plain and simple – this country needs more patriots and fewer partisan lapdogs.

    I, like many Americans, am still on the fence about November. As it is right now, I am likely to lean toward whomever slings the LEAST mud about their opponent.

    June 4, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  21. Jim

    Why do my comments always sit in “awaiting moderation” for so long while all the positive Obama comments and negative Hillary comments seem to get pushed right through? Bias coverage – even on the CNN blogs? It’s just like watching Anderson Cooper 360…

    June 4, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  22. AfricanforObama

    Lieberman who?

    Which hole did he crawl out from?
    Gimme a break and go sit somewhere loser!

    June 4, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  23. Jose

    Obama-Webb! or Obama-Sebelius?

    June 4, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  24. lookatyourgrandma

    monica, you are pathetic, if you reflect the obama faction, then you belong to the old politics......shame on your camp.

    June 4, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  25. Natasha

    Why doesn't Lieberman just come out and admit he's a Republican? Maybe he'll be McCain's running mate.

    June 4, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
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