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. expansionist fanatics, eh?

    "A fanatical terrorist EXPANSIONIST state?" the first one that comes to mind is not Iran, but it does start with 'I' . . .

    June 4, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. Jon

    Better editing please! This traitor was the 2000 VP nominee and it's 'foreign', not 'foriegn'.

    June 4, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. BETH,TX

    This is quite alright!! There are things that we can control, and then again, there are things that we cannot control. Every one is entitled to their own opinion and we shall give them that with pride and dignity.

    You keep doing what you are doing Obama. It hasn't failed you yet. Stand strong for what you believe in as you always have, because we stand with you every step of the way to the General Election in November.

    You are person that will take us into a future that we have only been dreaming of. You are the next PRESIDENT AND COMMANDER IN CHARGE.

    We are very proud of you !!

    Obama 08 ~ Don't Hate !!

    June 4, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. Ben - Portland

    People of Connecticut, please do something about this idiot.

    June 4, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  5. David

    Lieberman is a bird that don't has home. He flies from democrat to republican.
    He can't even make good judgement of himself to attack someone else.

    He should be ashmed of himself. A man without stand, without priority or policy is not a real man.
    So Senator Lieberman, just first make a good judgement and than we will see what will come out it.

    June 4, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. Adam Beyah

    If I were Sen. Obama, I wouldn't take much heed in the words of Joe Lieberman. Clearly he is biased in his support of John McCain. One thing I take solace in is that the campaign against Sen. Clinton has prepared Obama for the next rounds of attacks from the Republicans and their friends.

    Lieberman talks of the danger in engaging Iran and using diplomacy where beneficial. We know that 8 years of non-diplomacy has done little to conteract the influence of Iran in the region. As a matter of fact, this failed war has served to strengthen Iranian influence.

    Why is Lieberman so against using a different approach? Especially since Israel has participated in low level doplomacy with Syria, which is being described as a "terrorist state."

    Get ready for the next wave of "political" postering.

    June 4, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  7. Jan from Illinois

    Senator Lieberman should just trot across the aisle and make official his defection to the Republican Party. There was a time the Democrats needed him but not any more. He is living proof of how careful a candidate needs to be in choosing a running mate. Perhaps what he is angling for is another run for the VP slot!

    June 4, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  8. Martha, Georgia

    Oh wow, HRC/Lieberman what a good presidential ticket for BoraBora Island.

    June 4, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. Daniel Adewumi from Canada

    Joe is a spent force. I dont take him serious that much anyways

    June 4, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  10. Eloise

    Lieberman is a person that needs to be there to tell McCain what to say...the blood of our soldiers is being wasted...we do not need another old man telling us the right is wrong.

    June 4, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. Desmond Sequeira

    Obviously, losing no time, you guys. This is the time for people who are thinking Peace – Constructive Peace

    June 4, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. ms

    Lieberman is a fail person and he does not know anything except criticize successful politicians to hide his weakness as a poor politician.

    June 4, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  13. zina

    Lieberman just doesn't get it. In his statement, he did not connect the dots. Sen. Obama is clearly saying that our foreign policy has stregthened Iran THROUGH our Iraq policy. Stop trying to parse words, Lieberman!

    Please democrats, let's unite to keep these people OUT of the White House. They just dont get it.

    June 4, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  14. Leo

    Why doesn't Joe change parties?

    June 4, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  15. Wyo Jenny

    So now Lieberman is playing for the other team?

    June 4, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  16. Thomas

    Now we will see how much political clout Lieberman has.

    June 4, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  17. Jan E

    Obama/Sebelius '08

    The best team for our future.

    June 4, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  18. Dave W.

    Lieberman should run as a republican next time and see how far he gets. The only reason he is still in the senate is because most people still thinks he is in the democratic party.

    June 4, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  19. JMV

    Lieberman you are so pathetic!!!!!!!!!

    June 4, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  20. Obamaonceinalifetimeleader

    Lieberman = " A Lier Man".

    June 4, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  21. independent

    I am not a lieberman fan at all. but he is a jew, he knows his stuff on this issue. He is a slap in obamas face as how mccain cross's party lines to get things done effectively.

    June 4, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  22. PJ Independent, New York

    Lieberman is ABSOLUTELY 100% correct. It's amazing, you bleeding heart liberal/Obama-bots will agree with anything Obama says, no matter what!

    Hopefully the Jewish voter's will be able to see right through Obama's fancy scripted/pre-written speech's he gives.

    June 4, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  23. OK

    Israelis dont vote in a presidential election. Mr.

    June 4, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  24. Cathy Lyons

    Lieberman eats paste! He's proving himself to be no more than a
    McSame flunkie-he needs to get a life!

    June 4, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  25. Cooper

    This guy has been shooting to be McCain's VP so tirelessly it is pathetic. Please take him McCain. It would be the best thing ever for democrats. And think how helpful he can be when you forget the differences between Middle Eastern groups.

    June 4, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
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