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. NSM

    Lieberman can take them – bunch of traitors.

    June 5, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  2. Trish

    Uh oh. Why am I seeing McBush/Clinton ticket.

    Or is Lieberman just really having a senior moment.

    June 5, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  3. Brian Knoxville, TN

    Count me in!

    McCain will bring the Republicans out of the wilderness of a 14-year tyranny of Neo-Conservative nonsense and its misuse and abuse of power (Neo-Conservatism, 1994-2008 B.I.H.).

    Obama will deliver the promise of pretty speeches and empty slogans for every American. For the next few months, he will make all those Democrats who are politically ignorant and who lack happiness in their own lives feel good about themselves. But the bag of tricks that Obama used to weasel his way off our party’s nomination won’t help him in the general election. How sad all those Democrats who fell for Obama will be when he loses the presidency in November…

    The rest of us Democrats—the majority of Democrats—will have gotten past our anger at the Democratic Party’s incompetence in selecting a joke as our candidate and embrace the Renewed Moderate Republican Party.

    The Republicans got lucky with their nominee.

    The Democratic leaders and the mob that they have stirred up for their own interests got stupid.

    The Democratic Party's leadership has totally failed us.

    Witness the Rise of the McCain Democrats.

    McCAIN FOR PRESIDENT '08
    A moderate Republican and a qualified leader

    June 5, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  4. Voting Obama

    All you HRC are being played. To bad you are too angry to see it. Good luck with McCain. All I know is that he is going to make our country worse and all the democrats are going to say I told you so..

    This is desperate and immature...

    June 5, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  5. Julie

    Good luck with that joe. The clinton dems will come to their senses and realize that continuing to vote democratic is in their best interests. There is no comparison to mccain and clinton – it's just spite talking – once reality kicks back in, their make the right decision. Oh, you may get old women – you know, your peer group – but I wouldn't count on many under 60.

    June 5, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  6. Mish

    they should give these two clowns... turn coat Lieberman and Lanny Davis two one way tickets to Outer Siberia!!!!!

    June 5, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  7. BIFF, BIFFINGTON...

    stinking poachers.....

    June 5, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  8. Caryn, WDC

    I hope all of you fools are happy now.

    June 5, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  9. Chi4Obama

    WTF, Lieberman and Clinton praising each other!!??

    Just makes you wonder if whether or non Hillary has always been a "Closet Republican".

    June 5, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Good idea for anyone but Lieberman to to. NO ONE LIKES OR RESPECTS HIM. I'm afraid he will hurt McCain and I certainly do NOT want that to happen. We've got to beat NOBAMA. I shudder to think what will happen to this great nation if we have to have NOBAMA and that sour puss wife of his in the White House.

    June 5, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  11. David

    What is wrong with Joe? I know he is still angry about his last senate race where he lost as a democrat and came back as an Independent. Now he wanted revenge! He wants to do favour for his ol pal McSame.
    Well, we have news for Joe, The harder he tried to destroy the democratic party, the stronger we get.

    June 5, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  12. Jerry Lee

    No one cares about Joe. Poor Joe.

    The confederate sons of the south in the 21st century will stand firm and support Obama in November. Yeehaw! Go the distance brother!

    Obama for President.

    June 5, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  13. Alicia

    Liebermann and McCain, Flip Floppers!

    **And alot of Republicans don't FEEEEELLLLLLLL the old coot McSame!

    June 5, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  14. Wise Owl

    This EX-Democrate is already signed up to go for McCain!!! The DNC needs to realize, millions have left the DNC building. Thank you Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi and Reid and your stupid committees, you are now a dictatorship not a democracy.

    June 5, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  15. Rob - WA

    Wow – I hope hillary is so proud of her nice little coalition of traitors. Nothing like a bunch of crybabies who cannot see the ofrest for the trees. HA!

    June 5, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  16. tell the truth

    Will not work. McCain does not equal Hilliary at all. The only thing is he is white so if that your reason then vote for McCain. McCain is pro life Hilliary is pro choice. McCain equal war in Irag, Clintion wants to end the war. McCain is for Bush tax cuts that helped the top 1% of Americans Clintions is against that taxes cut. So do want you want but do stated it is because of issues that concerns you.

    June 5, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  17. Agnostic Democrat

    Turncoat Lieberman, Grumpy McSham and their ilk are the exact reasons we are in the situation we are in. I hope the good people of Lieberman's district vote him out so he can officially change his party affiliation to Repug. And to think he almost became our VP. Save the world from all this flip-flopping McCain, McBush, McLieberman (A.K.A. McSham"s puppeteer) insanity!

    June 5, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  18. JT, AZ

    LOL; they'll ditch him the instant he pisses them off, too.

    June 5, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  19. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    All these new organizations and groups against Obama would be funny, if it were not so sad. But - it's politics, and I expect we're in for a long campaign of it.

    Anybody with any sense who believes in true democratic principles will vote democrat in the fall regardless of how many people try to lure 'Hillary's' voters over to McCain. Those who vote for McCain would most likely have done so regardless of who the democrat candidate turned out to be.

    Please - look through the spin and the headlines and think for yourself when your turn comes to vote in November.

    June 5, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  20. ObamaSupporter

    This Lier man need to chil and get better thing to do. In 2000 we lost because of him he betrayed the democratic party for his own ambition. He will do the same the republicans if things did not go his was you can not trust this man.

    June 5, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  21. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Obama put Lieberman in his place yesterday:

    While it was unclear what the two were discussing, the body language suggested that Obama was trying to convince Lieberman of something and his stance appeared slightly intimidating.
    Using forceful, but not angry, hand gestures, Obama literally backed up Lieberman against the wall, leaned in very close at times, and appeared to be trying to dominate the conversation, as the two talked over each other in a few instances.

    Still, Obama and Lieberman seemed to be trying to keep the back-and-forth congenial as they both patted each other on the back during and after the exchange.

    Afterwards, Obama smiled and pointed up at reporters peering over the edge of the press gallery for a better glimpse of their interaction.
    Obama loyalists were quick to express their frustration with Lieberman's decision and warned that if he continues to take a lead role in attacking Obama it could complicate his professional relationship with the Caucus.

    June 5, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  22. Marcus B.

    Whatever....McCain and the GOP don't stand a chance.....PERIOD. They are going to be forced to spend millions in states that have voted RED since the beginning of time. It's OVER...lol. I know the Republicans are pooping themselves!

    June 5, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  23. E. Banks

    Perhaps Clinton's "disaffected" women's supporters need to acquaint themselves with McCain's stance on reproductive rights. That might give them pause before backing McSame.

    June 5, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  24. Mischelle from Illinois

    Women for McCain, Citizen's for McCain, ex-democrats for McCain....It doesn't really matter what you call it....McCain will have my vote now that the DNC elite have selected and not elected Obama, and thrown away 18 million voters who supported the BEST person for the job. B.O. stinks! Not a penny to the DNC and I have a giant sign in my yard already for McCain, he will lead our country out of Bush's mess. The DNC assumes that everyone who votes votes for the party because they are so indoctrinated to believe that they know and do what is best. But REALITY is that citizens really vote their gut and vote for someone they can trust. OBAMA is a Chicago corrupt politician as usual, he CONTINUES to have nothing to say except that he says nothing very well.....CNN, you might have made him the nominee, but you won't make him president no matterhow hard you try. C-U in Nov when John McCain the war hero wins the general election!

    June 5, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  25. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA

    AND HE WILL ATTRACT THOSE ANTS, & THAT ONLY IF

    HE IS USING SYRUP. HE IS EVEN A BIGGER FOOL

    THAN THE IDIOT HE FOLLOWS AROUND LIKE A RETARD.

    THE 99.9% OF CLINTON SUPPORTERS WOULD RATHER

    GIVE UP THEIR TEETH THAN DEAL WITH ANOTHER 4 YEARS

    OF WAR & POVERTY. WE HELD THE SUPPORT OF THE WAR

    AGAINST HILLARY. AND SHE WAS ONE OF OUR OWN.

    June 5, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
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