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. john

    Joe will be booted out of his leadership position once we get a better grip on the Senate. What a loser!

    June 4, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  2. Tommy

    Tell him Lieberman because he knows NOTHING about foreign policy.

    June 4, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  3. Not being fooled

    Is Lieberman actually serious?! Our countries complete lack of having any sort of diplomacy in our foreign policy is the problem. But of course politicians like McCain and Lieberman are pandering to extremists in the GOP and israel who only care to use force, expending human lives rather than expending an ounce of intellegence.

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

    Dave W.

    Check your recent history. Leiberman won as an independent. Everyone in Connecticut knew that. They rejected the liberal democrat of the likes that now stands as the nominee.

    June 4, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. Jeff

    Wow! I knew Emperor Palpatine was a scumbag who's never had America's best interests in mind, but I didn't know he was a full-fledged idiot! Only those EXTREMELY lacking in intellect think that our actions in the Mideast have improved the situation.

    Lieberman is a warmonger who doesn't care whether America comes out better or worse off from any engagement.

    June 4, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. i am not dump


    June 4, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  7. The Guy

    wah wah wah israel.

    You know, as an AMERICAN politician, maybe you should focus on doing what is right for AMERICA? you know?

    June 4, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. Honest Abe

    Hey, the turtle has come out of his shell! Lieberman needs to move to Canada!

    June 4, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  9. s.boat

    The Current Foreign Policies Are Failures And You Know It! Are You Really Expecting People To Vote For More Of The Same? Thats Not Leadership We Can Believe In!

    June 4, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. Omar

    Iran is "expansionist"? Aren't we the ones occupying their neighbor?

    June 4, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  11. Jim from Seattle

    is he smokin' it, is one, or both?

    June 4, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  12. AJ

    No, actually the reason Lieberman is still in the Senate is because he's been an outstandiong legislator for as long as he'sa been there. He offers sound judgement and a level-headed approach, and he refuses to kowtow to partisanship, be it democratic or republican.

    June 4, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  13. s.boat


    June 4, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  14. Shasta

    Fear, fear, fear, blah, blah, blah...just give it a rest.

    June 4, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. Anonymous


    June 4, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. Sandy

    Go sit down somewhere! Who are you anyway?

    June 4, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  17. Rose

    Lieberman is right, Obama keeps using the word "change" and "yes we can" but what he doesn't say is "How we can". He just doesn't get it, talking is what got him where he is but I am not at all sure he knows what he is talking about. If it were not for his advisors, he would be lost, they won't be there to help him with town hall meetings, lets see how well he handles that, we all know how he did with debates with Clinton. What he does say clearly is and uh and and uh.

    June 4, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  18. J

    Lieberman is a true turncoat.

    June 4, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    I ask this in hopes of getting an answer and not to stir the pot:

    where does the idea that Obama does not support Israel, or doesn't support it enough, come from?

    Everyone likes to say he's this (sexist, arrogant) or he isn't that (patriotic), but they never give any examples.

    June 4, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  20. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA



    June 4, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  21. John

    Let him be with the Republican Party. We will be more than happy to make those inroads that he would bring.

    June 4, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  22. Dave

    Lieberman is an idiot

    June 4, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  23. JBD

    Senator Lieberman is a man of courage and conviction. He and Senator McCain have actually brought Democrats and Republicans together in Washington, unlike, Barack Obama who talks and uniting people but has the most liberal voting record in the United States Sentate.

    June 4, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  24. Thomas Jefferson

    This article is inaccurate. Sen. Lieberman was the vice presidential nominee in 2000, not 2004 as the article states. Sen. John Edwards was the nominee in 2004. What a terrible embarasment for CNN this is. In any event, Lieberman is going to be sorry when Obama crushes McCain in November.

    June 4, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  25. faye, NV

    What ever Lie–man

    June 4, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
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