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. Margo Murphy

    It's Hillary or McCain.

    June 5, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  2. DJ, LA, CA

    Oh please...Joe get a life.

    June 5, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  3. Jen-Louise

    I have been to Hillarys website and it is sad but true most of the bloggers have stated unequivocally that they will vote for Mccain. I am hoping this is sour grapes and not a real view of what may happenin November. As an african american woman I watched both of these cam0aigns aggressively – either way i was coming out a winner. But no mistake regardless of who we elected I would have voted democratic because i believe that the failed policies of the republicans and not mention the shall we say new revelations about some of the less then family value oriented actions of its members is disconcerting. We need to focus on Issues people. Women we care about our children and our future right. mccain is guaranteeing you a continuance f this war, no real help on health insurance and no plans for the economy. How can you say you want that over the small doffrences between hillary and Obama. if you have forgotten look at his website. Look what his vision for the future is and ask yourself is this REALLY what I want?

    June 5, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  4. Chris, Atlanta, GA

    Hillary isn't even in the VP race because she will not submit all of Bills financial records, including those of his library and foundation, for vetting. This vetting is standard for all VP candidates and their spouses. So if Hillary isn't in the VP slot, it's because they don't want Bills financial records up for scrutiny.

    McCain will lose because he has nothing new to offer. Heck, even his "new" slogan" and website is ripped off from Obama. This guy and the republican party couldn't come up with an original thought if their lives depended on it.

    June 5, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  5. Its OK to be right

    Alright, now all you bitter Hillary Supporters who want to swith, JUST DO IT. You don't have to keep reminding us how bitter you are, just leave already. Frankly, if you are willing to sacrifice your position on the war, healthcare and other policies, then we don't need you!!!

    June 5, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  6. Less, Austin Tx

    There are a lot of open-hearted people out there who will simply turn their cheek and do what is right. Because I do not believe that people are willing to jeopardize and/or hand over their families future into the hands of McCain, who obviously isn't so warm at heart. Just wait and see, McCain has already shown this side to him.

    Here is an example: 100 years of war...yeah, the country first? Wait until you see his temper.

    Lieberman, is that all you got for McCain? Goodness, you need a vacation already.

    June 5, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  7. Tim

    Like Obama says... some politicians just play politics for their own gain, and they say things just to get votes, while they do nothing forAmerica.. McCain, Lieberman, and Clinton are prime examples of that!!!! No wonder the Old Farts are sticking together like maggots on Crap!!!

    June 5, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  8. David Goldman for OBAMA

    JUST ONE MORE THING,

    I AM AN AMERICAN OF JEWISH ANCESTRY & FAITH

    LIEBERIDIOT DOES NOT REMOTELY REPRESENT

    ME OR MY POLITICS OR PRINCIPALS OR HUMANITY,

    IN ANY WAY OR FASHION. I WOULD PUT A UNIFORM

    FOR AMERICA & ISRAEL.

    June 5, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  9. STAN WEAVER JR

    THERE'S NO WAY THESE SO CALLED HILARY SUPPORTS ARE THIS ANGRY THAT THEY ARE WILLING TO THROW AWAY 12 MORE YEARS, JUST TO PROVE A POINT.

    IF THAT'S THE CASE YOU REALLY WASN'T A DEMOCRAT.

    I AM A BARRACK SUPPORTER AND IF HE WOULD OF LOST , I WASN'T GOING TO VOTE FOR JOHN McCAIN.

    I'M A DEMOCRAT THRU AND THRU....I VOTE FOR THE PARTY.

    NOT BECAUSE OF RACE OR GENDER.

    I WASN'T GOING TO LET THE REPUBLICAN PIMP MY VOTE.

    THEY STOLE 8 YEARS FROM US ALREADY.

    NOW YOU DIE HARD HILLAREPUBLICAN ARE READY TO THROW IT ALL AWAY FOR WHAT?

    BECAUSE ANOTHER DEMOCRAT BEAT ANOTHER DEMOCRAT?

    ALL THAT TELLS ME, THERES MORE TO IT

    IF OBAMA WOULD OF LOST DO YOU THINK JOHN McCAIN WOULD OF APPEALED TO OBAMA'S BASE?

    HELL NO!

    HE'S GOING AFTER THE SO CALLED HARD WORKING WHITE AMERICAN.

    OLDER WHITE WOMEN .

    HISPANIC

    AND SCARED JEWISH VOTERS (still caught up in the BUSH fear propaganda)

    HE'S PIMPING THEIR VOTES.

    THIS IS THE SAME GUY WHO WAS BASHING HILARY ALONG WITH THE OTHER REPUBLICANS

    THIS IS THE SAME GUY WHO WANTED THIS DEMOCRATIC RACE TO CONTINUE.

    NOW ALL OF A SUDDEN, HE'S THIS COMPASSIONATE REPUBLICAN WHO FEELS THE HILARY SUPPORTERS PAIN.

    PIMP McCAIN

    IF YOU SO CALLED DEMOCRAT, GIVE THE WHITE HOUSE BACK TO THE REPUBLICANS, I'LL BE HIGHLY UPSET.

    AND I WOULD DARE ANYONE OF YOU SO CALLED HILARY SUPPORTS TO COME BACK ON THIS BOARD AND COMPLAIN.

    June 5, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  10. nycdem

    what a snake. taking advantage of HRC voters' anger.

    please, please HRC supporters – follow the cue of your admirable candidate, concede defeat and pledge your support for the Dem nominee.

    June 5, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  11. Brandon

    Sign me up

    Hillary supporter for Mc Cain

    June 5, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  12. Anthony Heyward In New York City

    I think Joe Liberman needs to be taken off the committee. Yes he votes with the Democrats but he is a traitor and had he not been selected as Gores VP, Gore would be finishing his second term and Barack Obama would still be where he is now...about to become the 44th President of the United States. Do what you want Joe, but your a loser with no real relevance. I hope they vote traitors out of office like you in 2010.

    OBAMA/ PELOSI 08 &&&&&& 12

    June 5, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  13. Andrew from Birmingham

    From Clinton to McCain '08.

    The DNC went to far left like they did with Carter.

    June 5, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  14. Daniel, Loganville. Ga.

    WOW look what Sen. Clinton historic race has turned into. It's a shame

    June 5, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  15. Belle

    Gosh,

    I actually thought the Hillary basing would have stopped by now Obama fans. Your candidate is the Presumptive Nominee.

    But now it seems you want to bash Clinton, and McCain. I see now you are calling him a liar...geez...is this Change?

    Is this hope?

    If it is, why am I feeling so hopeless?

    June 5, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  16. Operation Elephant

    Citizens for Ron Paul is a better choice

    June 5, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  17. former democrat

    YEAH!!!!!!! YOU CAN COUNT ME IN!!!!!! IF NOT HILLARY, THEN OUR NEXT BEST CHOICE IS MCCAIN. NEVER obama. HE IS A HPOCRITE, A LIAR AND A RACIST. NOT TO BE TRUSTED.

    June 5, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  18. Anthony Heyward In New York City

    TO: Dem Switching

    WHATS AN ALL AMERICAN, YOU FOOL? LAST TIME I CHECKED NONE OF US ARE ALL AMERICAN UNLESS YOUR PEOPLE ARE NATIVE AMERICAN. I BET I KNOW YOUR MOTIVATION FOR SWITCHING REPUBLICAN. STEP INTO THE TIMES "BROTHER" YA CANT HAVE LOCK DOWN ON THE OVAL OFFICE FOR EVER.

    June 5, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  19. A Prophet on the Blog

    People, elect Mccain and you will regret it for the rest of your life. Do not blame anyone when you are biting your fingers.

    He will give you exactly what you are looking for. 4 years later you'll be dreaming of the beautiful America!!!

    Select your own sentence!!!

    June 5, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  20. Andrew from Birmingham

    Hillary supporters, let's all go to johnmccain.com and contribute what we can. Let's shatter Obama's numbers for June and help McCain. They didn't want Hillary, and they don't want us.

    June 5, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  21. Chi4Obama

    Math Lesson # 2 (continued from prior blog):

    1) OBAMA > HILLARY
    2) HILLARY > MCCAIN

    Hypothesis # 2: – IF the Democrats would quit bickering amongst each other and Unite, THEN McCain doesn't have a snowball's chance in (blank).

    That is a Mathmatical certainty.

    June 5, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  22. Randy - Denver

    Like I said about a week ago the ticket will be McCain/Lieberman

    Now this one will be a tough one to beat but with a good choice as his VP Obama can do it.

    June 5, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  23. Drew P, Los Angeles

    GO Joe!!! Take down that arrogant SOB.

    June 5, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  24. Dave

    Leiberloser is a turncoat and a traitor in my book.

    He needs to go home and stay there, Then again, he is probably as senile as McCain and lose his way home...he is a loser that tries to go with anyone on what he figures is the winning side that time around. How in the world could anyone fall for his BS, you certainly cannot trust him.

    I would prefer to vote for Andy Rooney before I would vote for this turncoat idiot.

    June 5, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  25. John

    Notice Lieberman doesn't care about the US. He cares more about Israel. We have a spy in the the senate.

    June 5, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
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