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. Susan

    What has happened to Joe Lieberman? He is spouting the same scare garbage the GOP has used for years. He is questioning Obama's time in the senate, but when was McSturgis there last?

    Wow. Whatever they did to him, they did it completely.

    August 12, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  2. braggingrights

    Lieberman is a GOP sell out! May 23, 2008 no one can put it better than you Joe!!!
    By Joe Conason:
    Despite his boundless pretensions, Sen. Joe Lieberman is not and has never been a font of foreign policy wisdom. His opinions derive as much from expedience and vanity as any consistent worldview. He will say whatever serves his ambitions at a given moment.

    Running against antiwar Democrat Ned Lamont almost two years ago, for instance, he promised Connecticut voters that we were on the cusp of victory in Iraq. "I am confident that the situation is improving enough on the ground that by the end of this year, we will begin to draw down significant numbers of American troops," he said in October 2006, "and by the end of the next year more than half of the troops who are there now will be home." Within weeks after winning that election, of course, Lieberman was joining with Sen. John McCain, his friend and ideological ally, in support of sending 30,000 additional American troops to Iraq - and bringing exactly none home. why does Mcain sorround himself with loosers?

    August 12, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  3. john

    Hardly worth commenting on this idiot really.

    August 12, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  4. Mr C

    Lieberman and McCain - Losing combination!!!

    August 12, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  5. Douglas Democrat

    Short Ride Joe has gotta go. And Reid had better grow a spine and realize that ol' Joe isn't the Democratic Party's buddy anymore.

    August 12, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  6. Sebastian

    Honestly –

    What has Joe Lieberman done since he was Gore's running mate that makes him a BETTER VP candidate?

    August 12, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  7. Independent-Latina-for-OBAMA

    LIEberman is totally insane! And to think Gore choose to run with him in 2000!

    LIEberman & McBush are two out of touch-war-fear-old-men!

    August 12, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  8. sam

    yeah, great.

    This guy is by far the most annoying politician in the country, including Bush. What a snide jerk.

    August 12, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  9. Diane

    Senator Lieberman is a disgrace as is John McCain. For them to say that McCain has put "country first" is nothing but a bald-faced lie. McCain has voted time and time again against the interests of this country and it's people. His votes have allowed companies to move out of the country costing millions of Americans their jobs, he has consistently voted against bills that would help our men and women of the Armed Services. His idea of "country first" is what is best for John McCain.

    August 12, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  10. Hal Sedgwick

    Come election day, Joe Lieberman, the millions of people you have betrayed are going to insist that you label yourself not only the Republican you have become but the megalomaniacal loser you have, even more painfully, become.

    August 12, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  11. LeoKnox

    Joe, I have a feeling you think your vote to authorize Bush's war in Iraq was a really positive bipartisan move. You are one of the most despicable politicians in America. I sincerely hope McCain selects you for his VP candidate, because he could then only hope for 40% of the popular vote.

    August 12, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  12. Nissa

    Oh don't even go there.

    Liebergoober needs to question McCain's own record. Not Obama's.

    Obama 08

    August 12, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  13. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian


    Why do you think no one has made a comment on this article on the ticker, which was posted since 8:35pm?

    I will go out on a limb here and say, it is because NO ONE IS INTERESTED IN TURNCOAT LIEBERMAN!

    August 12, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  14. Steve

    Senator Lieberman's comments are hypocritical and self-serving. His foreign policy decisions, such as the backing of the Iraq war do not serve our foreign policy's best interest. They serve the reelection interest of Senator Lieberman, whose constituency is primarily concerned with what is best for the state of Israel.

    Israel is a sovereign nation and a good ally of the United States, but Israel's best interest is in the neutralizing of it's unfriendly neighbors, such as Iraq.

    The United States is a sovereign nation, and it was not in our best interest to start a guerilla war with a nation we had already defeated (and were controlling) in a conventional war (1991).

    Every sovereign nation has the right and the responsibility to its citizens to formulate and follow through with the foreign policy that best serves its interests. What is true for Israel is true for the United States. It begs the question, that with this disaster for the United States going into its 5th year, how does Senator Lieberman not see how wrong this has been for the United States, and why does he condemn a fellow Senator, who though limited in foreign policy experience, made a really good decision to oppose this fiasco?

    August 12, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  15. jennifer murphy

    McCain made a statement, that today we are all Georgians. Good line but it does remind you of Obama, right? Didn't McCain say that someone can give good speeches and use good lines, but it doesn't mean they're ready to lead a nation. Also some people might like to look at the website, It has a great picture of him with a prostitute in front of the bunny bar. Forget Edwards we should be looking at hannity! What a joke he is. One of the powerful clansmen!

    August 12, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  16. Michael

    Yeah we all know how bipartisan the Repubs are. Lieberman is such a pathetic loser, I hope McSurge picks him for VP, that should guarantee a Obama win.

    August 12, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  17. Vig

    Obama is about Obama – I think he will make one lazy President – just like the one occupying the White House now.

    August 12, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  18. Fabian Blache III, Baton Rouge, LA

    Lieberman. Enough said. If that response doesn't settle your mind, then you simply aren't paying attention or you are a political neophyte and need to check Joe's senate record. The nerve of this guy, and to boot he is inaccurate at best.

    August 12, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  19. Matt, PA

    Just waiting for the hatred to spew forth. Obama Democrats are cheering the possibility of Republican Chuck Hagel as Obama's running mate and calling him a true man of principle because he agrees with them on one issue...the war in Iraq (forget that fact that the rest of the time he votes with Bush more than McCain does). Those same Obama Democrats then line up and say some absolutely vile things about Joe Lieberman, who truly is a man of principle whether you agree with him or not (and for the record, with the exception of Iraq, he agrees with and votes with Democrats on practically everything else). It seems many Obama supporters are simply new to following politics and pretty ignorant when it comes to the facts.

    August 12, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  20. Indiana Bob

    What Senate record? What has Obama done since Rezko bought the Senate seat for him? He has done nothing except plan his presidential campaign and take credit for what other senators have done.

    PUMA - forget it Obamabots, I won't shut up, I won't move on, I won't go away, and I won't forget. You don't seem to get it. It is not a female issue. It is not bitterness that Hillary lost. It is bitterness about how Obama won the nomination. He won with no credentials simply because he is black. And that is disgusting. Him being black was not the reason I voted against him. But I certainly will not support a person who was a senator for 2 years before he walked away from his duties as a senator to go on the campaign trail for President. A white man with 2 years experience as a senator before running for president would be laughed off the campaign trail, as he should be. I will not support a man who doesn't have a clue simply because he is a Democrat or because he is black.

    PUMA - Votre McCain

    August 12, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  21. w.l. jones

    Here we go again "It apears cant see the forrest for the trees" look like a case of the bias. "Stake your claim" Dem. or Repub" if neither reframe from critiside one of the other.

    August 12, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  22. Jess

    He doesn't have any work to do but take up Mark Penn's Mission of Destruction?

    August 12, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  23. andrew s

    two old fools who need to be put in old folks home

    August 12, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  24. Ken, Plano, TX

    Joe Liebermann impugns Barack Obama's loyalty? So what?

    This is coming from a man who got himself elected as a Democrat, turned on the Democratic party the day he started his new Senate term, and now shills for a senile bellicose gasbag that doesn't understand we lack the means to back up his bluster. Lieberman belongs to AIPAC, body and soul, parrots whatever Likud writes for him, and has the gall to claim authority on the subject of American patriotism?

    Are we really America the gullible?

    August 12, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  25. True Democrat

    It is now clear that Lieberman has lost his way. He went from being the second in command of the democratic party to being the opposition's attack dog. His donation to the democratic senate fund or whatever it's called is a weak attempt to save his committee positions and his support from the democratic base. As a democrat, I can't wait to kick him out of each spot he has and then get his seat next election. I hope McCain picks Lieberman, I can't imagine he would but it'll be another losing ticket for Senator Lieberman...

    Obama 09'

    August 12, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
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