June 30th, 2008
11:20 AM ET
14 years ago

Lieberman says terrorist attack likely

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/30/art.lieberman.gi.jpg caption="Lieberman is a backer of McCain."](CNN) - Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Democrat-turned-Independent who is a strong supporter of Republican John McCain's White House bid, suggested Sunday the United States will likely face a terrorist attack in 2009.

The controversial comments followed remarks by top John McCain adviser Charlie Black late last week that a terrorist attack leading up the the general election would probably help the Arizona senator's White House hopes.

Watch: McCain adviser apologizes for comments

"Our enemies will test the new president early," Lieberman told CBS Sunday. "Remember that the truck bombing of the World Trade Center happened in the first year of the Clinton administration. 9/11 happened in the first year of the Bush administration."

McCain and his supporters have long argued the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is better-suited to handle the country's foreign policy challenges than Barack Obama.

Watch: Lieberman touts McCain

"[McCain] knows the world," Lieberman said. "He's been tested. He's ready to protect the security of the American people."

But Lieberman, who served as the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 2000, distanced himself from Black's contention that a terrorist attack would boost McCain's chances of winning the Oval Office.

"Sometimes even the best of them say things that are not what they intended to say," Lieberman said. "Certainly the implications there I know were not what Charlie intended. And he apologized for it. Senator McCain said he didn't agree. And, of course, I feel the same way.

Lieberman, who calls himself an "independent Democrat," endorsed McCain in early December.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (301 Responses)
  1. Paul

    There is scum, then there are neo-cons, then there is Liberman.

    June 30, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. 100% Democrat

    Um, is this some kind of ploy? Nice try.

    June 30, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  3. Enlightened Voter

    Way to go there Liberman, same old republican fear tactics again. But here is the funny thing, I feel better having Obama at the helm than mcwar, he is too unstable for me and too stuck in that old cold war mentality, I don't trust mccain nor do I feel he is dependable.

    June 30, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. Heather

    Lieberman - SHUT. UP.

    And get out of my party.

    June 30, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  5. Obama Supporter from FL

    Can we say, "fear-mongering?"

    June 30, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  6. Interesting

    Ahhh...I'm so scared now, I'm going to vote republican!

    Lieberman is trying to get revenge on the dems for kicking him to the curb. He knows McCain will overturn Roe v Wade for the next 20 yrs with his SCOTUS appointments, but wants revenge more.

    June 30, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. L

    When you live in England you know these statements are so true. Its only over here that you get people getting their knickers in a knot about comments like this.

    Extremist are not going to go away just becuse you think the world will love Obama. If they know someone is going in who isnt that strong on foreign policy and is very liberal then i truly beleive they will try something out. They have unfoiled so many attacks in the UK that were in advanced stages (inlcuidng more plane bombings) and you have to wonder why arent these happening in America. Because we are probably one step ahead of them – at the moment....

    June 30, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. Skewba

    Figures they'd start to pull the 'fear' card.

    June 30, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. Jim


    June 30, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. Tired of W, OH

    "Fear the Muslims....Fear the Muslims....Fear the Muslims...."

    Noun, verb, 9/11. Always the same old crap from the repubs. If you believe this b.s. then the terrorists have already won.

    June 30, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  11. GA Republican

    Couldn't say it better myself. I wonder what RobertA, my buddy has to say about it?

    June 30, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  12. John Taylor

    We will without a doubt face a terror attack early in the term of the next president. Add to Leiberman's list the London bombings at the beginning of Gordon Brown's new adminstration. The fact that we will face such an attack is all the more reason why we don't need people like Bush-Cheney-McCain-Leibermann anywhere near the Oval Office.

    People who use war and terror and the loss of American lives to stoke political advantage and hold on to power are the worst kind of enemy to the American people.

    The enemy within....

    June 30, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  13. Vote Nader

    Don't blame Ralph Nader for VP Gore's loss in 2000. It's this nutjob who did him in.


    ** Nader/Gonzalez 2008 **

    June 30, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  14. Dan, TX

    Don't worry, Obama will take care of it. I trust him far more than McCain on National security issues.

    June 30, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  15. boered1

    Yeah is McCain is president when this attack occurs I suspect he will invade..lets see.. Iran or jordan? I can PROMISE he will not attack the country where the terrorist are from, Saudi Arabia, after all bush.. err McCain "knows the world," Lieberman said. "He's been tested." He can sing bomb bomb bomb Iran and all the mccainites and neocons and the hillary (destroy Iran) supporters will all be happy then!

    June 30, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  16. Candy - West Virginia

    If there was an attack i would feel much safer with Obama's sound judgement than mccain's instability. For some reason I don't feel comfortable with McCain. I think he is too trigger happy and too unstable. And I don't know how Lieberman says he been tried and tested, mccain's never been president before so how do we know?

    June 30, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. JB from NH

    Exactly how has McCain been tested?

    General Clark is right, being shot down and becoming a POW does not make you qualified to be President.

    June 30, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  18. Obama for President

    Start the RUMOR MILL already. Starting the FEAR MONGERING

    June 30, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  19. Raymond Duke

    I don't know if one will happen in 2009 but the terriost will attack us again. What are the chances depends on who wins the presidency. If it is McCain they will think twice before attacking because they know that a swift and deadly response will occur. They know where he stands. If Obama is elected along with a majority of democrats the chance is very likely. They know that the democrats will conduct a minimal attack at the most and then will go straight to negotaitions to buy them off as the democrats have always done.They know the democrats are weak people and leaders overall except for the conservative democrat blue dogs from the south. With Obama in office they know they got a fellow radical in the white house who does not love america also.

    June 30, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  20. Yasriel

    Quick, everybody, all Americans run for cover!!! Terrorists are coming to town. Let's hide under our basements and in our garages....hehehe

    Meanwhile in other parts of the world..everybody come out and have fun, come on let's enjoy life as much as possible.

    Politics of FEAR as usual....Americans must be dumb to buy this from LIEbermonster...Make up your mind people, let not McShameless trick you on fear.

    June 30, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  21. Chantelle

    Liberman, is used to picking the losing canidates. This just goes to show that.

    June 30, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  22. Donna

    McCain would handle an attack just like Bush did...POORLY...it amazes me that people continue to think that Obama isn't smart enough to surround himself with the proper people before making any decisions on response...

    And the PRESIDENT can NOT unilaterally make decisions (with the exception of COWPOKE BUSH)..that is a huge violation of the office..that is what CONGRESS, the NSA, CIA, etc. are for..to help make INFORMED decisions...

    The major difference is that Obama would LISTEN before he acted and not play COWBOY like Bush did and probably McCain will do and get us into a MESS that was not planned properly with no EXIT strategy...

    You can say what you want about Obama but thinking he is DUMB shouldn't be on anyone's list....

    June 30, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  23. A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Joe is right on when he says, "[McCain] knows the world." "He's been tested. He's ready to protect the security of the American people."

    Yes, Joe we want someone in the Office who understands our values and brings experience to the table. Now is not the time to bring in someone for training on the job.

    The terrorists are real and we have to remain alert. I prefer McCain's tested courage over a guy who wears gauntlet gloves to shovel a couple of sand bags.

    McCain proudly supports America first and doesn't have to give patriotism speeches on why he thinks his patriotism is the new patriotism. Obama likes cotton candy speeches filled with fluff and nothing of substance.

    June 30, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  24. Corey, Maryland

    Hooray fear!!! just scare the american people again and again in order to get McSame elected.

    June 30, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  25. Kevin

    Hey John, where's your flag lapel pin?

    Some patriot he is...

    June 30, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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