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. the fool flock

    Obama sheep:

    Get real...
    No republican is blogging to WRITE HRC in in Nov.

    No to Obama and No to McCain

    We have a third option this time around. Intelligent, free-thinking believers in freedom and justice and fair elections and democracy will take that third option.

    June 5, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  2. Penn State

    All of you guys saying you are HILLARY people ,you guys are liers and you are really Republican voter please spear us your deceptive tatics because we not going to fall for all your BS. I gaurantee you 100% that OBAMA will win come NOV

    June 5, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  3. Dem Switching

    Where do I sgn up?

    June 5, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  4. GCG - Austin, TX

    Brian Knoxville, TN, how can you still make claims that Sen. Obama delivers "empty slogans" after we have seen how he is taking control of the DNC and forcing it to stop accepting contributions from federal lobbyists and PACs??? That's a HUGE change (not to mention a pretty significant RISK as well), and directly in line with his campaign policies and practices for cleaning up Washington!

    He *is* the nominee and as one of the very first acts, within 48 hours of crossing the finish line, he is living up to one of his campaign promises! That doesn't sound like someone that only delivers "empty slogans."

    June 5, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  5. Clyde

    Lieberman is NOT an Independant. I am sure the only reason he Caucas' with the Dems is to give inside information to the GOP in which he has shown FULL loyalty to .

    Think about that for a minute…….Just THINK!

    I would Ban him from any further talks as it has become apparent he belongs to McCain.

    June 5, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  6. joe

    HOW DO WE SIGN UP?

    I AM TIRED OF CNN JUST RUNNING ALL OF OBAMA SPEECHES

    AND IGNORING HILLARY AND NOW MCCAIN..

    IT SHOWS HOW BIAS CNN HAS BECOME...ONLY

    SHARING HALF THE STORY AND NOT THE FULL STORY

    CNN THE OBAMA NETWORK...

    OBAMA BIAS JOURNALISTS

    BERGER

    CAFFERTY

    ANDERSON

    WOLF

    AND OF COURSE

    MARTIN AND BRAZILE...

    THE LEFT SIDE OF FOX....REALLY DISAPPOINTED

    June 5, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  7. Phillip

    If there are really members of the Democratic party out there who would be willing to subject the U.S. and the world to a third Bush term out of spite, we don't want them. Vote for McCain in the general, and just stay in the Republican party. If you're that kind of person, you'll be happier there.

    However, true Democrats, the time has come to take the White House back from the Bush-McCain style leadership that the U.S. has been under for 8 years. We cannot afford another 4 (or 8 ) years of Bush's policies. We have our nominee; like him or not, he is virtually the same as Clinton in terms of policy. Even Clinton herself is getting behind him. It's time for us to do the same; time to make the right choice.

    June 5, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  8. Hillary supporter

    Traitor Joe isn't going to play this Hillary supporter. We may be hurt right now but we're not stupid. Typical chauvenist male playing on the "emotions" of us women. I want to see Hillary get her health care plan passed and she can't do that with McBush in office.

    June 5, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  9. DJ in TX

    Brian from Knoxsville – and people call Obama supporters rude. If you want to vote for Senator McCain (despite you calling yourself a Democrat) who has voted on Republican agenda over 90% of the time, that's your right.

    But please don't forget that Senator Obama also received over 18 million votes (and I question what math Senator Clinton is using). If you actually belive that Senator McCain is going to be moderate, your fooling yourself. I talk to Republican friends (yes – I call them friends) and they all – ALL – have heartaches at Senator McCain being their nominee.

    He wants things done, but do you really believe it will get done? He'll have a Democratic Congress (potentially with both house having veto override) and be a "lame duck" president (no disrespect meant to Senator McCain, but it is a term that is being used).

    His health care policy is not a policy that will bring prices down or get everyone covered. He economic policy is to just let the markets work it out. He's championed a market that allows our companies to take American jobs out of America and reward them with tax breaks. And he wants to continue the war (even though there are some reports that Iraq wants us to leave and Iraq is now friendly with Iran).

    Please if you are Democrat and support those ideals, then change your affiliation to Republican. Because those ideals are NOT what Senator Clinton stands for. You would be doing a dis-service to her more than your would Senator Obama.

    June 5, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  10. M.S. Indiana

    Joe, wait and see all the disappointed supporters of the republicans...
    You have not followed the news or seen the last elections for congress ?
    Republican party is worse then dog food...

    Just wait to we start campaigning against McCain, do he even have anything to bring ??? other then more war and more wars ??

    Brian Knoxville, TN, wish you were right, but McCain is a part of the big problems USA is in now.. He have done nothing and will do nothing... He can't bring anything new to the table, he don't know how to fix problems and have no clue about the economy.... All he talks about is pork spending (Iraq war is pork) and war.... Giving rich people more money with tax breaks and letting the people pay for it, with no jobs nor education... He is also against women rights....

    June 5, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  11. John

    Poor Ole Joe is still upset that Democrats no longer support him. Didn't elect him as Vice President in 2000, and didn't re-elect him to the senate either. So poor Ole Joe is an Independent now, and kissing McCain's BUTT!!!

    McCain has always been a Republican not happy with his own Party, and his party hasn't been happy with him either! The only reason he won the nominee positiion, is because there were so many other good Republicans that spit the vote, and it allowed McCain to sneak in.

    Hillary has proven her bad character and her bad politics over the past year, and Democrats can no longer stand her or Bill!!!

    McCain, Lieberman, and Hillary need to wake up!!! Democrats don't like any of your old butts, and neither do the Republicans!! The three of you are in Limbo between two partys that are both tired of you!!!!

    June 5, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  12. Jaime in Portland

    It is mathematically impossible for Obama to do any worse than Reagan and Bush and Bush combined. And it is very possible for McCain to completely turn the USA into a third world country just like Idiot shrimp Jr. did in his last 7 years.

    June 5, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  13. amtFresno,CA

    Why doesn't the DNC just ask him(Lieberman) to get out & join another party? Well, if people are happy with the status quo, continue the war in Iraq, want more of the same of McBush & McCan't then of coarse they will vote for Lieberman's candidate. People that think the country is headed in the wrong direction will vote for Change, Change We Can Believe In. and that is Barack Obama. I guess Hillary is happy, maybe she can run on McSame/ McCant's ticket for Veep? Obama for Pres 08.

    June 5, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  14. CLEAN HEARTED AND PURE FLORIDIAN

    Its really SAD that if Hillary had won, Obama supporters would have voted for her in November and because she lost some of her supporters is full of hate. This is not about just you its about the whole of america. Go ahead and mess up other peoples lives. I hope you can live with your selves when innocent people looses their lives in Iraq, when people here in America have to suffer, lose their homes, jobs, and God knows what else. God Bless America.

    June 5, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  15. middle ground

    No to Obama AND No to McCain.

    Stand by Hillary
    Obamanation zealots: Your man is not a democrat. So don't tell Hillary supporters they've destroyed the democratic party. He's a Marxist, he undercuts competition, getting all other names off of ballots so he can win. His entourage is nothing short of islamic jihaddists and anti american personnel. The tool to conquer the electorate is propaganda. The great orator is propaganda. HE IS NOT A DEMOCRAT, he ruined the so called democratic party.

    June 5, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  16. Billiam

    Beware! Lots of Republicans posing as angry Clinton suporters.

    Obama 08/12

    June 5, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  17. BARAKFORLIFE

    Clinton supporters who run to McCain should be tried for high crimes and treason against the Democratic Party. You are REALLY stupid if you think for one minute that McCain has your best interests at heart. Sure, he'll woo you–woo you to death to get your much-needed vote. Then, he'll turn around and show you how he takes care of his flock by forcing you over with no vaseline!! If you don't want to end up a shame-faced pansy, I'd be careful about where I laid my vote. the onslaught of wickedly emotional responses to the failed campaign of Ms. Clinton are the WORST representation of our party. We look like DONKEYS to McCain and his supporters. Keep it up and good luck with your delusional behavior. If Clinton comes around as promised, she'll even indicate the error of your ways...WAKE UP!

    June 5, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  18. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Joe Lieberman has revealed over and over he is a chameleon and opportunist and a traitor to the Democratic Party and thus much of what is good about and for America. Choosing this modern version of "Mr. Haney" on "Green Acres" as his running mate was Al Gore's biggest mistake.....here's hoping that John McCain shows his true colors and makes the same mistake.....looks like Lieberman is as much a slave to his own ambition as he is to Israel.

    June 5, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  19. If not Hillary....then McCain

    Please be advised, those of you saying we disenfranchised dems are Republicans posing as dems to divide party....We are not, the democratic party did this all by themselves.

    Remember the Boston Tea Party? The colonists wasted all that valuable tea and dumped it in the Boston Harbor just to prove a point....as I recall, it had something to do with "taxation without representation."..hummmm! It wasn't the TEA that was the problem...it was the principle that was at stake. Sometimes a short term sacrifice is needed for long term benefits.

    Sometimes drastic moves are needed to prove a point. Do not think for 1 minute that "we will come around in November...." or that "we could not possibly be life-ling democrats...we're really republicans at heart."

    You are all saying if we vote for McCain that we will be voting against all things the democratic party stands for. As a matter of fact, we will be exercising democracy at it's best....using our freedom to vote to ensure that true democracy is not lost to all...

    June 5, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  20. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    Oh my... bitter Democrats abound. No, i think not. These folks don't even sound like democrats.

    No reasonable democrat is going to vote McCain. Yes, there will be some who do. Likewise, some reasonable republicans will vote for Obama. Barack and John are tied after less than 24 hours of Barack becoming the nominee. Think about that folks. The man hasn't said boo on the national stage and he is dead even with the republican nominee who has had a clear shot for almost 3 months.

    I can't wait for the debates! And hell, Obama is a bad debater. We are gonna have so much fun we dems.

    All you McCain dems are gonna miss out on a lot of fun and a great time! (yes, and hard work too!)

    June 5, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  21. Dem Switching

    You know it is the Obama supporters that don't want Hillary as VP and why is that? Because they don't like her, trust her they think that she is just a horrible person, WELL GUESS WHAT IF YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO SAY THESE THINGS THAN WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO SAY THE SAME ABOUT OBAMA, WE DON'T TRUST HIM, HE IS NOT EXPERIENCED ENOUGH TO RUN OUR COUNTRY, IF I WERE A HIRING MANAGER AND HAVE BEEN I WOULD NOT HIRE ANYONE WHO DID NOT HAVE THE EXPERIENCE OR QUALIFICATIONS TO HANDLE THIS MOST IMPORTANT KIND OF JOB.

    AT LEAST MCCAIN HAS BEEN AROUND THE BLOCK MORE THAN A FEW TIMES WE TRUST HIM, WE KNOW HE IS A CHRISTIAN, WE KNOW THAT HE HAS INTEGRITY AND MOST OF ALL HE IS AN ALL AMERICAN UNLIKE OBAMA.

    June 5, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  22. Liz

    So is McCain going to help Hillary get univeral health care passed? You Hllary supporters should think about her legacy and how important that issue is to her. It will never happen without a Democrat in the WH.

    June 5, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  23. Brian Knoxville, TN

    P, CA,

    Have you taken a course in persuasive speaking or something? Very nicely said... but, alas, eloquence will not win Hillary's supporters to a candidate whom no one knew just four short years ago and who has proven himself to be a sleazy and shallow person who doesn't care much for anything but advancing his own political career, even if it means taking our party down into significant risk with the general election. Hillary was always the stronger candidate with the much greater chance of winning, so Barack should step aside, let her run a real campaign, learn something, and build a record of accomplishment in the Senate and maybe even run for reelection just once.

    But he won't do that. What little record of him we have, despite the empty slogans, shows that he's a sleazy guy.

    June 5, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  24. Ratgurl

    Trying to make that last grasp for political power.... Joe, your moment in the sun has passed. Time to settle gently into retirement!

    June 5, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  25. LIAR LIAR LIar

    "Dem Switching", you are definitely not a democrat and you are immaturely pathetic

    All those who would vote for McCain, just to get revenge for a supposed Clinton injustice truly do not care about their country's future.

    Lieberman is trying to manipulate and play Clinton supporters... Wake up and realise that he doesn't care about you!!!

    June 5, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
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