August 12th, 2008
08:35 PM ET
11 years ago

Lieberman again attacks Obama's senate record

Lieberman is trying to help McCain appeal to independent voters.

Lieberman is trying to help McCain appeal to independent voters.

NEWARK, New Jersey (CNN) - If a running mate's chief role in a campaign is to play attack dog, then vice presidential prospect Joe Lieberman's audition is going swimmingly.

The Connecticut senator first questioned Barack Obama's patriotism and bipartisan record on Tuesday morning in Pennsylvania, saying the presidential contest is "between one candidate, John McCain who's always put the country first, worked across party lines to get things done, and one candidate who has not."

McCain's campaign later distributed those comments to reporters.

Lieberman, an Independent senator who caucuses with the Democratic Party, again sounded off to reporters on board McCain's campaign plane during a flight to New Jersey, praising the presumptive Republican nominee's record in the Senate and belittling Obama's.

"In the three and a half years Barack Obama has been in the senate with all respect, there is very little evidence of that kind of bipartisan outreach," said Lieberman.

"Barack Obama talks about bipartisanship," he continued. "John McCain has lived it, worked it, done it. That's why I think in the end, which is election day, which we hope is just the beginning, there are going to be many more Democrats who will vote for John McCain than Republicans who will vote for Barack Obama."

Faced with the V.P. question, Lieberman demurred.

Asked if he would accept a spot on the Republican ticket, he answered: "Uh, where?"

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (211 Responses)
  1. Lou R

    It would be wonderful to see Leiberman as McCain's VP choice. This way he would make history by being the VP choice of two loosing Presidential campaigns. Kind of a kiss of death choice.

    August 12, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  2. jennifer murphy

    I am so tired of these old republicans, spitting out lieson Obama or using the same tired line that he has no experience. God forbid we have something new in the white house that would take away the old republican power! I really hate that sean hannity. I swear, I think he might be a member of the clan! He hates Obama so much that he actually reports things that are not true about him. I don't know how you guys ( reporters) can let him get away with that. I mean there are other people who believe his crap. The worst is this gerome corsi, I can't believe anyone is reading his hate book, which is full of lies. If you go to you tube and watch his statements on the truth about 9/11, you'll see what I mean. Hannity would'nt even have him on the show in 2004. But now that he's also an Obama hater it's all good. These people are frauds! Cnn you need to report on these people. It's not right that they can get away with unfair, one-sided reporting.

    August 12, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  3. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Let's talk about John McCain's morality issues since Lieberman thinks McCain is the best man for the job. Now that's something for sure we all know he has lived it, worked it, done it, cheated on his wife, then left her for his mistress when she became ill. I thought Lieberman was a man of integrity but I see he will sell his soul to the devil.

    August 12, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  4. john williams san diego, ca.

    wow...i wasn't aware that obama even had a senate record, but i guess they do count flip-flops as sort of a record.

    August 12, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  5. Tim E

    Asked if he would accept a spot on the Republican ticket, he answered: "Uh, where?" Makes me wonder if the McCain gaffe syndrome is infectious.

    August 12, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  6. e.j.mohammed

    This is a very attractive picture of both Lieberman and McCain they look like two old turkeys just before Thanksgiving! Lieberman is such a whiner what a disaster if he were the the V.P. choice for McCain he didn't do much for Gore when he was the Democratic choice for V.P. it'll be worse for McCain. I think I'll move south of the boarder if those two are leading our country.What a pair of old geezers can't the Republican party do better than them!
    Tacoma Washington

    August 12, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    I despise Lieberman. He is licking McCain's boots hoping for the VP spot. But even a dog gets it right every now and then and this time he is right. Obama has done nothing but promote himself.

    August 12, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  8. ckuhn

    Lieberman is a joke toast. Just to think that this man was running for VP. He is as liberal as Bush is liberal. He really has no function and McCain has nothing to be proud of. letting Lieber speak on his behalf. You see the same old same Old with McCain. McCAin is a GOP/Bush cloan that will continue with GOP/Bush policies. Ok he will change a few things to get the votes. YOu need to ask yourself, How come you didn't vote for him when he was running against Bush? AGE/too old? No spark/same old sameold? He really doesnt represent change. The Big Oil bush machine will groom his pockets. I wonder why he and Bush didn't promote OIL drillng when they both seats in Congress? HE was part (McCAin) of the GOP machine...and they just pooped All over the Amercian people. Shame if you want more of the same...

    August 12, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  9. Michael Ray Thompson

    Wow, Joe Lieberman endorsing John McCain. What a coup! Obama is leading in the polls right now. I don't think that will last very long. John McCain/Joe Lieberman will win by a landslide in November.

    August 12, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  10. Tony Z-MD

    This is why Al Gore lost? Whose side was he really on?

    August 12, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  11. Tejano

    What Record? He has no record, so you can't attack something that he does not have.

    August 12, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  12. Jeff

    I despise Lieberman. He is licking McCain's boots hoping for the VP spot. But even a scum sucking bottom feeder gets it right every now and then. Obama has never done anything but promote himself.

    August 12, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  13. vJ

    John MaCain and rest of the Republicans can have him. We need change .Obama is the only one can bring change.American people know it.

    August 12, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  14. Sue

    Liberman is a disgrace just like McCain....

    August 12, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  15. Barack Obama IS Our 44th president!

    Their constant attacks on Sen. Obama is indicative that they are intimidated, and definitely don't have any new ideas to offer the American people to make our lives better. So they can waste their time attacking Sen. Obama all they want, but they will not prevail. They can't hinder / stop what is destined for Sen. Obama.

    It's time for REAL change in Washington, it's time to elect Barack Obama for president !

    Isaiah 54:17 (King James Version)

    No weapon that is formed against [Barack Obama, his campaign, his presidency, his family ] shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against [Barack Obama, his campaign, his presidency, his family ] in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is [Barack Obama, his campaign,his presidency, his family ] heritage [ as a] of the servants of the LORD, and [Barack Obama, his campaign, his presidency, his family ] righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.


    August 12, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  16. roger dowdle, lockhart, Tx

    Lieberman is a joke- when he smiles, he reminds me of Alfred E Newman from MAD magazine. The one McCain should pick for his running mate is Walter Mathau, then they could run as The Grumpy Old Men.

    August 12, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  17. Bayou Joe

    Obama will never put our country first. He is an internationalists and in his own words. " I am a citizen of the world". Reality is that we elect citizens of the United States with unquestionable loyalty. Sorry Obama
    you don't meet that criteria.
    Tell me who you are with and I will tell you who you are.

    August 12, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  18. Dot

    I can't wait to see John Kerry and Obamania lose in November. Bill Clinton left the hospital after his heart surgery to go and campaign for Kerry, you don't have to guess who John Kerry endorse and that was the payback to the Clintons. As a matter of fact, Clinton's daughter spoke for the first time on a campaign. I will be praying for John Kerry to lose come November

    August 12, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  19. Cecil

    This Is Shameful;

    And McCain's supporters are making the most of it.

    "We've just seen over the last few days as the Russians invaded a sovereign nation, Georgia, and watched the response of this man, John McCain, to that crisis: right, strong, clear, principled — the kind of president we need in the White House," said Senator Joe Lieberman, who joined McCain at a campaign event Tuesday.

    At a town hall in Pennsylvania Tuesday that drew an unusually large turnout, McCain talked about the relevance of the crisis to Americans.

    "There's a pipeline, an oil pipeline," said McCain, "which brings oil from the Caspian to points west and traverses Georgia. That's the very pipeline that the Russians tried to bomb."

    He played to the emotions when he recounted his remarks to the President of Georgia.

    "I told him that I know I speak for every American when I say to him, `Today, we are all Georgians."

    His tone on local radio in Pennsylvania was ominous.

    "I think it's very clear that Russian ambitions are to restore the old Russian empire."

    Who Does He Think He Is!


    August 12, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Democrats get rid of this guy, once and for all!!!

    August 12, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  21. americaN for Peace

    Joe is a traitor and a war monger. Anything he says is meaningless.

    Boycott Connecticut businesses and vacations.

    Regardless, this is his last term ... he is finished.

    August 12, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  22. E. Elliott, Orlando, FL

    He belongs with McBush. Another burntout old white man that should have retired gracefully years ago.

    August 12, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  23. Brian

    Hey Democrats, consider this:

    If Gore had moved into the White House eight years ago, Lieberman would probably be your nominee today.

    Funny, huh?

    Even when you guys are right, you're wrong. I'd say especially when you're "right."

    August 12, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  24. NickNas

    Lieberman attacks Obama. Just put up a static page until November this isn't news.

    August 12, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  25. Ted:Canada

    Lieberman! You actually look like an "attack dog".

    Be honest you are not a "Independent" you are a Repub – that's ok – just be honest about !

    I think what is most troubling is that you are racist – sad to say that person who comes from a race that has been discrimated against himeslf does not respect black people because of their colour. At least be honest!!! if you are going to be an "attack dog"

    By the way this is coming from a white older catholic canadian.

    Everybody has the right to be FREE – Lieberman!

    August 12, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
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