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. Teresa

    I am a Democrat voting for McCain; Obama is an idiot on issues of income taxes. He will hurt the middle class big time.

    June 5, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  2. E. C., Houston, Texas

    GREAT IDEA, LIEBERMANN! DO IT!!!

    June 5, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  3. jr

    im not against obama i am againt obama supporters and the media i can't believe a i started watching fox news for fair and balance coverage msnbc was the worst i started watching o'reily over keith oberman.I will not vote for mccain nor obama i just wont vote this time.AND for all you obamanites out there who say you don't need bill clinton for this election let me just remind you who it was going into all those rural and small towns around the country mobilizing those people for hillary that's right it was bill clinton.

    June 5, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  4. Sam7

    Lieberman’s agenda is very obvious. He was very instrumental in getting the Iraq war started, and he continues his relentless pursuit in making sure that it keeps on going. It seems that this man’s mission on earth is to make sure that we always have an unstable Middle East, so the likes of Iran and Syria are always detracted from focusing on Israel… even if it meant that more American lives are lost in the process.
    Pursuing peaceful means could somehow lead to an end to this madness, but Lieberman’s suspicious intent will always prevent that from happening…

    June 5, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  5. Tangi

    YEAP, SIGN THEM ALL UP WITH THIER FOODSTAMPS!!

    June 5, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  6. Linda31

    Clinton is probably feeling sick to her stomach at the thought that people who supported her did not support her values.

    June 5, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  7. Ralph V. AZ

    Your political career is over!!!

    Go away!!

    June 5, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  8. Jim of K.C.

    Lieberman supports McCain, Bush and the war for one reason and one reason only Isreal . It's time for Joe to represent the country he was elected to represent.

    June 5, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  9. CJ

    This is completely crazy.

    June 5, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  10. William, from Cali

    These guys are up to no good, watch my words........................................

    June 5, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  11. Sam

    Lieberman is serving his last term in the Senate.

    June 5, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  12. Dedrick from Atlanta (in Portland)

    Obviosuly non of you have the mental fortitude to sit and realize how hard it was for a man of color to win a presidential primary in this great nation. I for one, will vote for this great man who won the nomination. As far as the Clintons go, thanks Bill, you did pretty good while you ran the nation (with the exception of all the scandals); however we want nothing to do with any more clintons!

    Pax

    June 5, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  13. Donna

    PLEASE MCCAIN...PUT HIM ON YOUR TICKET!!!!!!!

    June 5, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  14. No McSame

    Birds of a feather flock together. See ya. Show your support for McSame by sending your kids to the army so that they can help out in Iraq. You Hillary supporter are the ones that run your mouth but didn't send her any money. All of you are worthless so go and jump ship just like Joe.
    Joe, how many Israeli soldiers are in Iraq?

    June 5, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  15. Michael S.

    And this proud and PATRIOTIC flag-waving ex-Democrat would gladly pull a lever for McCain. My beloved party has went so far left. The Republicans have learned a lesson from going too far right and nominated a moderate in McCain. We are a bunch of idiots and are veering as far left as Bush did with the right. But now there are 18 million pissed off Clintonistas and this old bastard ain't falling into line.

    McCain, war hero and experienced Senator, versus a radical Marxist junior Senator married to a lady who has never been proud of America. And we are to believe he sat in the church of hate for 20 years and didn't agree with what was being said?

    June 5, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  16. Andi

    What don't you Obama supporters understand about us Hillary supporters??? I am a younger EXTREMELY left wing liberal democrat from San Francisco who wouldn't vote for Barack Obama if Hillary had left the campaign 3 months ago and personally knocked on my door begging me to vote for him!!!!

    Stop deluding yourselves that if only she would just go away, we will all just fall in love with your candidate and vote for him.

    I WOULD NOT HAVE VOTED FOR OBAMA IF HILLARY HAD *NEVER* RUN AT ALL!!!! I WILL NOT VOTE FOR HIM. AND THANKS TO YOU AND YOUR CANDIDATE WALKING IN ON A SURE THING NO BRAINER OF AN ELECTION AND SPLITTING THE PARTY, WE'RE GOING TO GET McCAIN FOR ANOTHER 4 YEARS. THANKS!

    June 5, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  17. Keith

    Its a shame that many loyal democrats have defected to the republican party, I wonder truely is it because of his credentials or is it because of his color. Its a shame in this country that there are still some people who do not think African Americans possess any kind of leadership qualities.

    The defecters from the democratic party are a bunch of sore losers, and have no respect nor care about the democratic party.

    As for Lieberman, he was probably the most conservative democrat when he was a democrat. I knew it would not be long before he switched parties. As for the so-called independent, I really care nothing for him as a politian. He showed his true colors when he went independent in a liberal state and won, I wonder if all of those voters who voted for him were independent or were "undercover republicans."

    June 5, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  18. ch

    I know of several people who voted for Hillary who tell me they will now vote for McCain.

    She won big amongst White women, Latinos, Jews and Gays. Democrats cannot afford to lose these core groups.

    June 5, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  19. Keith

    Lieberman's lack of backbone was present back in 2000 when he was the VP running mate of Al Gore Jr. Lieberman is "snake in the grass."

    June 5, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  20. M.S. Indiana

    gary, so Hillary should just have got the nomination ??there was no need for an election, that Obama won by all means ???? the people spoke and said new America....

    Obama weak ?? he won against the odds, against a former president, against the Elite and the old....

    June 5, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  21. Independent-Cuban-American-woman-voter-for-Obama

    TRAITOR JOE! TO THINK I SUPPORTED YOU WHEN YOU RAN WITH GORE!

    A VOTE FOR MCCAIN IS A VOTE FOR MORE WAR,

    MORE WAR DEAD

    MORE NATIONAL DEBT, $10 TRILLION AND COUNTING!

    MORE OF THE SAME FAILED POLICIES!

    IF YOU VOTE FOR MCCAIN, DON'T COMPLAIN WHEN OUR NATION IS BANKRUPT AND CHINA CALLS IN THE DEBT WE OWE !

    June 5, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  22. Independent white woman for Obama

    with McSame and LIEberman we'll be at war with Iran, protecting Israel, in no time flat.
    Get ready for the draft folks.

    June 5, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  23. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Lol! Yeah, those NEWFANGLED TELEPHONES are ringing off the hook!

    Will there be BINGO and a nap later?

    June 5, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  24. Jairo

    Thanks Joe. We'll teach Democrats to stop making wrong decisions. How come they let Hillary down??????????? Now the party is down........... First time I will suport Republicans. McCain deserves the white House more than Obama. GO McCain

    June 5, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  25. DemtoMcCain

    Thank you Joe. I just signed up.

    June 5, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
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