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

    There are so many ways I can be killed every day. The odds of it happening from a terrorist attack are almost zero. I'm not falling for it Joe.

    June 30, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  2. Shane

    I dont know guy's, the only thing I fear is pulling up to the gas pump

    June 30, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. Fast Eddie

    Somebody quick get the soap and wash his mouth out. Pyscho Joe is Raging War Again. Idoit.

    June 30, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. Shawn in Iowa City

    The sky is falling! The sky is falling!!!!! And to think, I had Lieberman pegged as a turkey instead of a chicken.

    June 30, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. Onlooker, WA

    It's sad but all to often FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt) works amongst the populace, especially the elder and uninformed.

    June 30, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. Lydia

    OMG! Life imitates art. Are the Republicans "planning" a terrorist attack a la A Long Kiss Goodnight? And this comment on the heals of the comment made last week about a terrorist attack helping the Republicans and John McCain's candidacy?

    This is quite frightening!

    We should all be very afraid.

    June 30, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. faith-connectcut

    Lie-berman is a looser and doesnt represent people of my state!

    June 30, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. Mike, FL

    Just another misreable old man. Come next year, Dems will have enough majority to strip him his seniority.

    June 30, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. Tony C.

    Don't be fooled people, not again anyway!

    McCain can denounce Charlie Black's comment about an attack being good for McCain's chances in November, as I am sure he will put out a statement sometime today or tomorrow doing the same with Lieberman's remarks.

    Don't be suckered into believeing that McCain doesn't wish for another attack or doesn't agree with both Lieberman and Black to boost his chances against Obama.

    McCain has these clowns making these statements for him since he cannot as the nominee, and don't believe for one moment that McCain is not in 100% agreement with them.

    REPUBLICANS = Lying, cheating, FEAR. fraud.

    Please remember that the next president will more than likely have the opportunity to naem at least 3 Justices to the Supreme Court, possibly 4. If that man is McCain you can expect strict, conservative, far right leaning justices to be appointed.

    THAT SHOULD SCARE THE HELL OUT OF EVERYONE, even more than Black. Liberman and McCains wish of another attack. Those appointments are for life and affect every single one of us and I would much rather a Democrat make those appointmetns than any republican...any day!

    THINK people, before you vote. Hasn't the last 8 years taught anyone anything????

    June 30, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. Jason

    Does this mean that Bush has not kept up safe from more terrorist attacks, like he promised?

    June 30, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |

    Fear =-mongering at its best. What a way to TRICK the American public. This is LOW down and DIRTY. Playing on people's worst fears–and filling their heads with horrible lies. I HATE that you think this is a GOOD thing to do–but then again, you run with Caney-Cane–and together, you will espouse lies to the known world...

    June 30, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. eric

    The Republicans WANT another terrorist attack. They'd gladly see more Americans die if it would help win future elections. You never hear these statements from "unpatriotic" Democrats.

    June 30, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  13. Julia

    OK, scare tactics aside, how WILL Obama handle this prediction if it comes true? Will we be better off with Obama? Is he going to talk he way out of it? The Bush presidency is a legacy of failure, no doubt, but I'm not sure that Obama would be the best commander in chief if something as catastrophic as 9/11 was repeated. So now that it's been posed, and you liberals are clearly reading and commenting on this, what do you propose he will do?

    June 30, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  14. Endlessly Moderated and Censored for No Good Reason

    For those of you who think that Obama "voted against the war"–

    Obama was not even a United States Senator at the time that the
    vote on the Iraq war was conducted!

    All that Obama did was give a speech about the war in
    his Illinois district.

    June 30, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  15. Todd A

    I used to have some respect for Lieberman. No more. He's steadily morphed into just another politician, willing to say or do anything to win an election.

    June 30, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  16. Unshrub

    Fear, fear, fear, if republicans can't come up with anything else they always use the fear card.

    June 30, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  17. The Truth is near

    The scare tactics at work again. I predict that Bush knows where Bin Ladin is and has a few dirty secrets to hide why we haven't gotten him yet.

    June 30, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  18. Tom in S.A.

    Oh my gosh dems, did you see that part of the story about a bombing in 1993 under Clinton, yes in 1993, the terrorists have been at war with us for a long time before Bush was in office but you sure love hating...........

    June 30, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  19. victor,nj

    WHAT AN IDIOT!!!!!!!!!

    June 30, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  20. McCrazy

    If McCain is so great, how come he can't stop it from happening? If it is going to happen anyway, shouldn't we pick the party better fit to handle the economy instead of war (since an attack will happen no matter what)?

    June 30, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  21. PUMA Republicans

    I'm soooo scared. Joe really has convinced me. Boooo Hooooo about Hillary. Waaaaaaaaaaaah!

    June 30, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  22. JJ

    Lieberman needs to sit his old wishy washy butt down somewhere and hush up! He is so far up McCain's tail it's not even funny. I think he wants to become VP but McCain will certaintly lose if he picks this character as his veep.

    June 30, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  23. Donald, Canton NC

    Two peas in a pod!! Black and Liberman injecting the time failed 'fear factor".
    They can't win an honest election so they resort to these Rovian tactics.
    All of them need to take a good dose of Geritol and retire to a rest home far away from a microphone.

    June 30, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  24. elmerg

    The Senate majority leader needs to kick this whiney turncoat to the curb. Remove his chairmanship and quit inviting him to your cocktail parties. Go ahead and let him switch parties, he has already done it in everything but name.

    June 30, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  25. Sue

    Lieberman is horrible. He should start being honest with the people and declare that he is truly a Republican. He is certainly no independent Democrat. He has been kissing up to the Republicans since he ran as an "independent". I would not give any credence to anything he says.

    June 30, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
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