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. Dan Sczepanski, New York

    Unfortunately, you nut-wing liberals don't want to listen to someone who probably knows the dangers out there better than a whole lot of people.

    June 30, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. Does It Matter?

    I always thought Lieberman was pathetic. Now I'm certain of it.

    June 30, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  3. abby

    What a lowlife this man has become!

    NO FEAR!!!! Not this time!!!!!

    June 30, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  4. Jessica in IL

    Why would anyone listen to a man who didn't make the cut 8 years ago?

    June 30, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  5. john

    Unbelievable ! now McCain uses ' terrorist attack ' to get the vote, how low can McCain be ? If we got attacked, it is Bush's fault, it is Republicans fault. Why can't they stop now if they already know it ?

    June 30, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  6. Bill Whitley

    Note that Joe Lieberman is a democrat. He is only one of the few democrats in the congress who is actually a statesman and cares more about the country than he does for the party.

    June 30, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  7. Carmon, Minneapolis

    These two are idiots. Enough with the scare tactics already.

    Obama "08"

    June 30, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  8. Shawn - GA

    Paul and all of the others who are goning to come on here saying he his just trying to spread fear... Remember it was Obama's new best bud HRC who came up with the 3am call idea. What do you think that was about??? it was about there being a major problem and the country wanting the best person available to be there answering the issue.

    She knew and knows that there is a real world threat to the U.S and she also knows that the person to best handle the problem is not Mr. Obama. He can't make a pretty speach and make it all better, things will need to be done.

    June 30, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  9. BudInTexas

    Joe you are the foulest of people!

    Your days in the Democratic caucus are numbered. You will be out on your fearmongering butt!!!!!!!!

    In addition, you probably need to check into a home – the one where you wear the jacket with the sleeves in the back.

    June 30, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  10. Frank

    This fear mongering is the truth, so face it, don't just scream hysterically. If any extremist group or country senses a newly elected weak president.....then that is their time to act.

    June 30, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  11. j

    I really wish that fear-mongering wouldn't work this time around....but im not very confident in the voting public. The same voting public in which 10% still think Obama is muslim. The republicans will do this until we're not stupid enough to not fall for it.

    June 30, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  12. Dina of the Bronx

    Well, if that's the case, let's get our troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan, and bring them home so they can protect our homefront from this soon-to-be new terrorist attack!

    Obama '08

    June 30, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  13. A Recovering Republican

    If McCain/Lieberman are so certain of the attack, why don't they take steps to stop it - like maybe capturing BinLadin, or maybe predicting where it will take place. Face it, numerous terrorists are always trying to find ways to attack us - every day, every minute. Some will succeed. This terror/fear mongering is the desperation of a losing campaign with a party that has no solutions, no vision, and no leadership.

    10 years sober.

    June 30, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  14. Rich

    Okay, should the Democrats pick up enough seats, this jerk should be kicked out of any postions he holds in the Senate. He is no longer even close to a Democrat.

    June 30, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  15. Jamaal Kansas

    Here is more Fear mongering by the Republicans Via Lieberman they use there dirty tactics to try to win I WON"T WORK THIS TIME REPUBLICANS

    June 30, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  16. Brad, IA

    This is worse than what Gen. Clark said. So much for taking the high road. Lieberman is Emperor Palpatine.

    June 30, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  17. Ed Olanrewaju - Virginia

    I use to respect this guy. Obviously he is saying this to fear people so that they can vote for McCain out of fear because of this perceived experience in military issues.

    I have news for him and republicans in general this dog won't hunt this year. We Americans have seen through their fear tactics and we won't buy it this year.

    Lieberman is a disgrace and a sellout. CT people should see through this and vote him out of office next time he ran again for the Senate.

    June 30, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  18. Mike in Columbus

    Reality Check Richmond Virginia,

    Very well said!

    June 30, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  19. sacto joe


    Let's make sure we create a self-fulfilling prophecy here.

    What do you think the right wing would have said if Senator Obama had said this?

    But you and your Israeli hard-liner friends have to play the fear card, don't you?

    I just hope and pray the American people are smarter than you obviously think they are!

    June 30, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  20. alvin, canada

    Fear mongering will not work this time Joe. The good people of America can read between the lines. They wont buy it.

    John McCain agrees with bush 95% of the time and they have got everything wrong from Iraq, the economy, and all their failed policies. Unfortunately McCain is still sticking to those failed policies.

    Obama 08/ 12

    June 30, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  21. Michael Lorton, Virginia

    How desparte Liberman gets as he enters towards his twlights years. More fear tactics towards Americans to persuade them to support McCain. I would be very afraid if I were LIberman everytime I look into the mirror each morning.....a image of a real terrorist.

    June 30, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Quote, "Well, I don't think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president," Clark said.

    This from a graduate of the Military Academy, but let's see where he is from? Oh Arkansas! A BUBBA. Now I see where Clark is coming from.

    It seems to me Clark is using "is" as a singular and also as a plural verb. Clinton used "is" as a question. So now I suppose using "is" as a plural verb is in the vogue? Such as, "I is from Ohio and I is happy to be supporting McCain.

    Nice, Mr. Clark is this a subtle way for you to "dis" Obama or is you trying hard to be our next VP nominee?

    June 30, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. Michael

    SHAME ON YOU Joe. DO US A FAVOR AND CAUCUS with the fear mongering R's.

    June 30, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  24. fojohnson

    Why do the republican alway bring fear in the mind of the American when it is election time? They forget all the hardship that is happening here. I hope people will not fall for fear mongering this time. The said the same about Bush and even before his swearing in as president. Shouldn't we wish the best for our country instead of thinking about the worst?

    June 30, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  25. Joe

    Lieberman is a true politician....a true Republican politician. I wonder if he would have backed John McCain if he were still a Democrat? Nevertheless, this statement shows me that Lieberman has bought into the Republican way of thinking....winnning be fear. He might as well register as a Republican because there is nothing INDEPENDENT about his thinking.

    June 30, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
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