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. Scott, NY NY

    Republican Strategy

    Page 1

    A. Incite fear.

    June 4, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. Lieberman attacks Obama over foriegn policy?

    Lieberman attacks Obama over foriegn policy?


    June 4, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  3. Meg

    Macbush and his team are scared. Look at them coming out rushing after only yesterday......

    June 4, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  4. Democrat in 08!

    Was he listening to the same speech? Talk about spin and fear tatics!

    June 4, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  5. independent

    he is right.

    June 4, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  6. Jason

    Does this guy hate all people, or just Americans? I can't imagine how this guy is even vaguely relevant at all; his quote about supporting Israel is like saying that we can't blame Lindsay Lohan on her mom at all, because her mom supports her. He doesn't even addressed whether American policy towards the middle east has strengthened Iran. What's he going to say directly to that? "If we stay the course, Iran, who started making nuclear weapons under my foreign policy, won't continue to do so if we stay the course." I see the Iran issue "turning the corner" real quick under the "same old, same old" policy of Lieberman.

    June 4, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  7. Steve

    "... presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama featured his party's 2004 vice presidential nominee, Sen. Joe Lieberman."

    I thought John Edwards was the Dems 2004 VP nominee... Thanks for setting me straight, CNN!

    June 4, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  8. Mo, Ohio

    I thought these politicians were running for a United States of America political office. Since when is it a requirement that one has to commit to Israel? How about it politicians, pledge your allegiance to the USA!

    June 4, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  9. Justme WV

    I hope this is not the Lieberman folks have suggested as a VP for Obama....NOT!

    June 4, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  10. Raoul

    Lieberman is a disaster, plain and simple.

    June 4, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. Daniel

    Right, Lieberman. Our Iraq War didn't destabilize the region and give Iran tremendous political and military leverage that they never would have dreamed of if Saddam was still in power.

    Whether or not Iraq is better off now or under Saddam is a matter of debate. But there is absolutely no question that Bush and Lieberman's neocon foreign policy has directly lead to Iran's empowerment. Stop deluding yourself.

    And CNN, it was 2000, not 2004.

    June 4, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  12. politics

    here we go again. Obama's beasts are on the hunt again. Now the prey is McCain. It was Hillary, now him. They are scrupless, merciless, undignified beasts. Just read the blogs.

    June 4, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  13. Ron Bailey

    JoeLieberman needs to just go on and join the Republican Party. AfternNov. the Dems won'tneed him.

    June 4, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  14. Trenton Sims, Los Angeles



    June 4, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  15. TESAP


    June 4, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. God sent him

    Lieberman is a traitor and should keep his mouth shut. What will he say when President Obama bring peace to the middle east, create a Palestinian State, Bring Democracy to Cuba, Bring both Iran and North Korea to give up their nuclear and put Bin Laden behind bars. More history his in the making..............The only way to peace is to sit with your enemy and reason. Mcsane, please take a leaf out of the young man book.

    June 4, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  17. arc

    Al Gore should have never chosen him as his running mate. The laws of political physics behind the theory of Joe-mentum proved to be a disaster.

    June 4, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. s.boat

    So What Your Saying Is Voting For Mccain Is Voting For Another Bush Term Right?

    June 4, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  19. Thomas

    Liberman is a friggin' houseboy for the GOP. He is anything but Independent. What a joke.

    June 4, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  20. Lavella Medford

    Mr. Lieberman is a closet Republican. It's time he came out!

    June 4, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  21. Cmitch, FW TX

    Why foreign policy? What about the mess a home. The USA, we're in trouble. George Bush has destroyed this country with this unnecessary war killing over 4000 men & women. The sad part is not taking care of the families left behind after their death. Who cares what Lieberman Thinks?

    June 4, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. jess

    Lieberman is a free thinker. He doesn't bandwagon. Gotta respect him for abandoning the far left controlled democratic party to take a more moderate position. People like him really make me respect parts of the democrats. Moderates are uniters not wingnuts. The single mindedness of democrats is scary. Abandon Iraq (even though we are finally making progress–yes political progress and security) and focus on 7 year old information telling us that Osama bin laden is still in Afghanistan. Okayyyy? Oh and don't forget "This war has not made us safer." Really? I haven't heard of any terrorist attacks on us since 9/11. Hyper-liberl democrats are just power hungry is all.

    June 4, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  23. c

    john mccain is deaf to the people of america when it come to whether or not americans have a say in the war even though he says he answers to the people not the press,..and also.the press is a important part of the community..its people reporting to people whats going on in their world...john mccain measure the success in in iraq by combative strength not by political independence..john mccain trys to shadow his major role he has played in the bush administration with small talk..

    June 4, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. 50 year-old Latino for Obama

    Lieberman is a scum and a traitor. How could anyone who opposed Bush (he ran in 2004 as well as 2000) in their right minds go for McCain? He may as well join the Republican party, I never liked him that much as a Democrat either.

    June 4, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  25. ProudVet

    and tell your buddy mc c, they are not sunny-like in Florida, they are sunis

    June 4, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
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