June 5th, 2008
03:20 PM ET
14 years ago

Lieberman launches grassroots organization

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Joe Lieberman – who has taken on increasingly high-profile campaign roles on behalf of presumptive Republican nominee John McCain – announced Thursday that he was launching and heading a new grassroots organization, "Citizens for McCain," making a direct appeal to Hillary Clinton’s disappointed supporters.

“The phones at the campaign headquarters have been ringing with disaffected Democrats calling to say they believe Senator McCain has the experience, judgment, and bipartisanship necessary to lead our country in these difficult times,” Lieberman wrote in a message sent to the Arizona senator’s supporters. “Many of these supporters are former supporters of Senator Clinton.”

Over the past few weeks, some supporters of Hillary Clinton – whose campaign announced Wednesday that she would be suspending her presidential run this weekend - have said that they would consider voting for McCain if she were not the Democratic nominee.

Lieberman highlighted McCain’s “very good working relationship with Senator Clinton” – which he said would continue in the future – and his comments praising her in a speech at a Louisiana campaign event Wednesday.

"Senator Clinton has earned great respect for her tenacity and courage. The media often overlooked how compassionately she spoke to the concerns and dreams of millions of Americans, and she deserves a lot more appreciation than she sometimes received,” said McCain. “As the father of three daughters, I owe her a debt for inspiring millions of women to believe there is no opportunity in this great country beyond their reach. I am proud to call her my friend."

He called on supporters to “reach out to Americans who are not currently involved in the campaign.

“Will you help us by recruiting your friends, family, and co-workers who may not consider themselves members of the Republican Party and ask them to join the Citizens for McCain organization?” wrote Lieberman.

“I am confident we will find many Democrats and Independents who, like John McCain and me, put country before political party and will support a leader with a real record of bipartisanship…. Together, we will make history.”

On Wednesday - the first day of the general election campaign – the very first Republican conference call attacking presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama featured Lieberman.

Lieberman has been increasingly critical of Obama. 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.

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soundoff (208 Responses)
  1. Jeremiah Grant - Phoenix, AZ

    Wow...I didn't expect to be shocked by so much stupidity so quickly. McCain already has a problem with Conservatives and now he wants to woo disaffected HRC supporters. Yeah....that's really going to help him with Conservatives, without whom he has ZERO chance of winning.

    Goodness sakes, McCain, do you really think that you can pick up more HRC voters than you're going to lose among Conservatives who already don't trust you? You might want to reconsider this ill advised stratgy and fire the genius who suggested it.

    June 5, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  2. Chut Pata

    If 1/2 of "Sore-Loserman-2000" is going to support McBush with his "Citizen Cain" organization, then I will support Obama even if he picks Billary.

    June 5, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  3. Terrence (Winston Salem, NC)

    Tom, ALBUQUERQUE, NM June 5th, 2008 6:13 pm ET

    Count me in Joe, as a devout African American democrat and Hillary supporter I will readily cast my vote for McCain.

    You have the right name for a turncoat.

    June 5, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  4. JJ

    Hey Michael S – who HAS been telling you what a marxist he is? surely not members of your very large tried and true democratic family. Can you even define marxist? give an example of how that description fits Obama? how it does not fit with Hill? you, sir, are full of it.

    June 5, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  5. D-Weezy - OH

    Go...run as fast as you can to Joe. Keep in mind though Hillary was able to keep up because R. Limpballs listeners said run to the polls and vote for Hillary because we don't want to against Obama we can't beat him, but we know we can beat Hillary; therefore, the republicans went running like it was dooms day to vote for Hillary. In return, we are not afraid. Don't sing it...Bring it!

    June 5, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  6. Tjaye in LA

    HIllary supporters, do you not see how rude and vile you are? You call Obama names, lie about his stances and show over and again that you are completely uninformed and simply voting on emotion. So, why do you assume that when Obama supporters snap back at you that WE are being rude? What makes you think YOU deserve respect, but you are entitled to disrespect us?

    And please stop with the tantrums of "we will vote for McCain if we don't get our way". If the US doesn't negotiate with terrorist, then neither do the voters.

    June 5, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  7. Hillary supporter

    if you wanna vote for bush, hillary supporters just be quite and do it treating dont mean nothing but after maccain i dont want to see you guys crying cuz america lost its super powers, you guys made a poor judgement with Bush wont be suprise if you make another with macsame

    June 5, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  8. Rick

    The South is laughing wrote:
    I think the Democratic Ticket has hit an all time low here!! I guess people Forgot what was going to happen after the Nominations This is another example of how when the race card is played everyone Suffers.. The fact that anyone Thinks Obama is going to beat McCain Needs to get a real grip on the Status Of America...The only reason obama is even on the Ticket is because who he was running against
    If it had been a white man Obama would not have even Got close The Democrats had A BLACK MAN and a WOMAN running for the ticket no way in hell!!! are the Democrats getting the Whitehouse this time around. how Foolish have the Democrats become to even think that would happen the fact is in America" and you don't have to be a racist to see this" I keep seeing posts from people saying I would like to see whiteys face now!!!
    let me let you in on a little Secret White America Don't give a rat's ass what black america does!!! every time you see a Black Person on TV Whining Because whitey wont give him this or wont Give him that they are the ones who Brought up the matter not Whitey!!! you never hear of The Asian Community whining about Whitey Not giving them anything that is Because they don't want anything from Whitey they can go out and Work and get it themselves just Like us Whitey's have to do we Don't need affirmative action,Quota hiring laws, to get what we need in life....we got out and we WORK for it Blacks will never be Equal to Whites in America NEVER GONNA HAPPEN!!!! So all the Blacks that think they are advancing the black race By Whining and Pulling the race card out everytime your life derails.. You are hurting blacks in America by Doing that crap!!!
    one thing that is a given in america is your are percieved by how you present yourself
    where I work and I wont give the Name...
    if you come into our HR dept and start talking in Ebonics It don't matter how many Degrees you have they could be from Harvard you are not Working there!!! hell 90 percent of all sucessful Blacks in America are in Sports or Entertainment..Mostly for White people's Entertainment you have turned yourself into Court jesters for america's whites!!!!!

    June 5, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
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