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. Mish

    who cares about this turn coat !!!
    Just another war monger no one gives a care what another war mongers opinion is!!!
    onward and forward to Peace and Prosperity!!!!!!

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

    Did I hear somnolent mumbling and rambling on? Ahhh, yes, a second to third rate presidential wanna-be thinking he's relevant. It's almost endearing.

    June 4, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. Rose

    Joe...you're just a scambug and back-stabber. First, you tried to cause division within the democratic party when you tried to run as "independant"...which it really meant, republican- in heart....and that attempt failed miserably.
    Now, you want to reveal your true identity that you're in fact a republican slave. Keep kissing the bottoms and you'll be a good definition of "opportunest" and "LOSER"

    June 4, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. PA for Obama

    If the Democrats don't take this idiot's chairmanships away from him they might as well join the GOP with him. I've never seen a slimier character. On the other hand, he has provided great material for future Obama ads. I for one will never get tired of watching Joe whisper the difference between Shiites and Sunnis in McCain's ear.

    June 4, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. Bill R

    Hey Joe catch a flight out of here please...you are a waste of time. you are just jealous that the country did not want you when you ran, so you RAN!!!

    June 4, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. Brendose, Oceanside CA

    He just wants to be loved by somebody! Democrats wouldn't take him, so he's trying on the Republican shoes.

    Well go Joe! We don't want you biting the hand that feeds you.

    Take your failed policies and opinions with you.

    June 4, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  7. Jeff

    Dear Joe...
    You have no place in American politics any more. Go to the state of Israel and get elected over there. That is where your heart, mind and soul really is. Just GO AWAY!

    June 4, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. American Girl

    You Liberman need to be quite and sign up for the VP spot so that the Two Grumpy Old Men can be defeated and placed in a retirement center like the two characters in the movie.

    McCain/Liberman – OH, Never

    June 4, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  9. Eliot from Chicago, Illinois

    There is no correct agreed upon approach to help protect and support Isreal. If you went to the Israeli Keneset, you would get several different views of what the United States role should be. Some who agree with McCain and some who agree with Obama, and some who differ with both.

    June 4, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  10. Beverly, NYC

    John McCain's translator should shut up. Seeing that VP nod on another losing ticket slipping away Mr. Lieberman.

    June 4, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  11. Matthew

    This moderate Dem says, Go Joe!

    After how the Democrats treated Lieberman in 2006, we're lucky he even caucuses with us. He could easily caucus with the Republicans and throw control of the Senate back their way.

    June 4, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  12. Mark

    Considering Mr. Liberman is less concerned with America's interests and more concerned with Israel's I think maybe his judgment should be in question.

    June 4, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  13. David A.

    Did these Republicans actually listen to Obama's speech? Are they incapable of understanding thoughtful discussion?

    June 4, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  14. Susan

    Shut up Joe. You are a further extension of bush -McBush-BushLieberman. We are going to have OBAMA as our next President of the United States! No more lying Republicans, no more War Mongers!

    June 4, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  15. Jack Crowley

    Doesn't it seem strange that a test for an american president is swearing an oath to a foriegn country?

    My president will be looking after MY children and MY country...

    Hopefully, more of the public figures this out, then maybe one of these guys will figure it out as well...

    Lieberman has long been part of the "third column," he is an Likud agent and doesn't really hide it, but the fact that so many are willing to join up, is scarry...

    June 4, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. SIDNEY P

    WOW, I'm a Republican, proud AMERICAN who supports Barrack Obama. I get it now, we Republican should go and be nasty and get nothing done. I have worked in Foreign Service and can tell you, when we get a President who acts without reason we always fail. Please enough already stop Patronizing Israel, I am a friend to Israel but will state that Israel should show a little more patience with Diplomacy instead of playing to these reckless responses that have not worked for so long. Like Reagan said let us break down that WALL, the wall of stupidity and engage our Enemies because this day is bringing about worst killers than before because of poverty and the sanctions that creates it (poverty), hence look at what’s happening with America and the Economy. We have to understand that its not about Barrack Obama or McCain its about the American People and when you get that in your heads you will Know that WE are the friends to Israel and not the President he just caries our dedication to freedom as we know it. WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES want you politicians to realize that you are all about to be either voted out or limited in your ability to LIE, STEAL OR CHEAT us with this non-sense. WE THE PEOPLE GAVE LIBERMAN a chance to compete as we did Barrack OBAMA and McCain the born in Spanish Central America on an American Base candidate. AGAIN, enough already stop Patronizing Israel. GOD PROTECTS THE CHILDREN OF ISREAL NOT THE United States of America-

    June 4, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  17. Rick in Oregon

    The biggest Judas of the democratic party. Lieberman was all willing to take the power of VP as a democrat, but when that didn't happen, his true colors came out.

    I think that he should just "come out" as a Republican...and anything esle he needs to be truthful about.

    June 4, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  18. Lucas is insane

    LIEBERMAN is smart enough to realize that being a hard nose Democrat or a hard nose Republican gets NOTHING accomplished. We need more middle of the road politicans to work together and compromise to solve problems.

    McCain and Lieberman are toward the middle enough to get things done.

    Barrak Obama is a joke. Change?? Can he elaborate??

    June 4, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  19. Jeff

    He's my senator from Connecticut, and I'm pretty sure he wants the VP job because he knows he's out of a job when his term is up!

    June 4, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  20. Arizona

    Senator Lieberman's loyalties are to Israel first and foremost

    June 4, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  21. Jew for Obama

    What wonderful good Lieberman did for Al Gore...he still does for Obama now! Better we should get a landslide of new Democratic Senators this fall, keyn ayn-hara. Poi! Poi!

    June 4, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  22. Lonny, Seattle

    He'll be gone in two years anyways. I dont think they voted a republican into office.

    He reeeeally wants to be a VP.

    June 4, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  23. Larry


    June 4, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  24. Jamaal Kansas

    Lieberman you snake Obama is talking about How before we came to the Region and Outed Sadaam Hussein they were sacred to opperate in Iraq and would not cross the border but now they are free to do it because we Took down there enemy for them and this is the truth because Sadaam is dead now Iran can roam free without any Interuptions thanks to Mcsame and Bush!

    June 4, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  25. An American

    Hello Traitor Liberman, how was the Hagee convention?

    June 4, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
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