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. Wisconsin

    Why is anyone writing about the suck up Lieberman?

    August 12, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  2. Greg

    Joe, Don't you get it? You are not relevant. No one cares about what you think or what you say. Please sit down and be quiet. Better yet, go home and watch the Cindy McCain tape.

    August 12, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  3. James, Wichita, KS

    McCain's favorite lackey has said something out of bounds.

    Questioning Obama's "Americanism"... whatever that means.

    Lieberman is a total slim which makes sense because he is part of a disgraceful campaign.

    McCain's promise of a "civil" campaign long ago vanished. He is an angry old man that is itching for a fight. I take nothing for granted and hope that the warmongering McCain and Lieberman are denied their desire to scratch that itch.

    BTW – trivia time:

    1) Which candidate was not born in the USA?

    2) Which presidential nominee had an affair on his wife?

    3) Which candidate was born during the Great Depression?


    1) McCain, born in Panama.
    2) McCain, the "celebrity" war hero cheated with many woman (one of which was Cindy) on his first wife Carol. Carol was in a terrible car accident and was no longer a "pretty model" wife which disgusted John... he bribed her into a divorce after finding his rich beer heiress Cindy by promising to pay her overwhelming amount of medical bills for life.
    3) McCain was born in 1936... the Great Depression ended in the early 1940's. Other 1936 facts: Hitler was Chancellor of Germany, a New Ford was $600 & gas was 19 cents / gallon.

    August 12, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  4. Trasa, Texas

    GREAT! 2 pinheads

    August 13, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  5. NoBama

    You tell 'em Joe. How anybody can vote for Obama is insane, 3.5 un productive years on the senate a "Present" vote on all the controversial issues and questionable patriotism. McCain is not the 3rd Bush. Get a clue Dems.

    August 13, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  6. non white & non-black person

    Lieberman= Droopy the dog!
    he should be kicked out of politics for being too pro-israel, he is really just thinking about himself, not our country. Hey Lieberman, you are an American not Israeli start acting like one. You have no rights to criticize Obama when you seem to have your own agenda for israel. we want our armymen back safe and sound, no more Iraq war. Stop the lies!

    August 13, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  7. Nick K.

    Lieberman forgot to mention that Obama has worked closely with Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) on fighting the threat of nuclear proliferation. Obama and Lugar have travelled extensively together (to Russia and other places) researching this issue, and this experience would serve President Obama very well.

    Obama has focused intensely on reducing the threat of loose nukes–much more than McCain has.

    Lugar thinks very highly of Obama by the way. Of course Lieberman forgot to mention that too. Lieberman is not serving his country well by omitting this information.

    The fact of the matter, Mr. Lieberman, is that Barack Obama would make a great President.

    Obama in '08!

    August 13, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  8. Pat

    I cannot believe this. For years he was a Democrat. Now he is knocking down Obama and supporting McCain. What political agenda is he leaning to now? First, Democrat, then Independent and now ?Republican. Will it be Libertarian next? I can only think that he goes with whomever he thinks will butter his bread better. Is he angling for a VP post? Even if he sides with McCain (which is his democratic right) – I think it is very tacky for him to cutdown Obama if nothing more than remembering all the Democrat dollars that got him elected for many years. This is bad politcal taste at it's worse. I hope his state does not elect him for 4 more years when his term ends.

    August 13, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  9. Jeff

    Why is this news? It's not a secret that BHO's record is 'short.' His appeal has been that he's new and hip, not that he necessarily is qualified.

    August 13, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  10. PW, CA

    Lieberman is not an Independent....he's a prostitute

    August 13, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  11. Derek

    I've never been sure how Barack claims to be a uniter...uh oh...where have we heard that before? Inexperienced, likeable candidate who is a "uniter not divider". I think we've had enough of that in the past 8 years. Let's pick someone who actually walks the walk not just talks the talk.

    Barack Obama and George W Bush = Two sides of the same coin.

    August 13, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  12. WilKo

    Let's discuss this...Joe Lieberman, the Democrats' Republican, and John McCain, the Republicans' Democrat, sharing a ticket...If borne out, this could be the most generally despised ticket to ever grace a general election. Some where beneath the din of the Dems and Reps respectively ranting against and haranging Sens. Lieberman and McCain over their choices, one wonders whether their policies and perspectives would get anything like a fair and open hearing. Senator Obama can only dream about this possibility.

    August 13, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  13. Truth

    the harsh critique of droopy dog. I hope McCain picks him as his VP. Scary old men '08.

    August 13, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  14. RyanD.

    "Ever since their diaspora, Jews have been accused of putting something else - themselves, the dispersed Israelite people, then Israel itself - ahead of their own country. Jewish citizens of Russia, Germany and America, to pick just a few, have been slandered (and sometimes killed) for allegedly putting their allegiances to the Hebrew nation ahead of their patriotism toward the motherland, the fatherland or the homeland. This is vintage Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

    And yet what do we hear today from Orthodox Jew Joe Lieberman?

    Does Joe Lieberman not realize that he is using one of the oldest anti-semitic tricks in the book to accuse Obama of being the Islamic candidate?"

    Obama 08'

    August 13, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  15. ricardo williams

    Lieberman is very annoying. Is he really a Democrat or is he just a flea? A flea that seeks cover in the Democratic party sucking their blood and destroying it day by day.

    August 13, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  16. bush league

    Lieberman is an idiot.

    August 13, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  17. BlueDog Dem

    Traitor to his country planting political time bombs and questioning another Americans patriotism.... and his party second by being disingenuous and ungrateful for the nice things we all said about you four years ago when nobody knew who you were.........

    August 13, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |

    You don't want a comment. You want an agreement, but many will never agree to the joke of the century. Lieberman and McCain, a waste of time and breath.

    August 13, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  19. Dan

    The only problem I have with Senator Lieberman's statement is with all due respect is "Which Country First" is he suppose to be standing for as our elected representative.

    Senator Obama wants to work for America First and then honor or foreign obligations.

    August 13, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  20. hakeemsdad

    Hey Back staber, are planning another loss as a VP?

    August 13, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  21. jon sout carolina

    lieberman u suck and u help gore lose. go crawl under a rock

    August 13, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  22. Dan

    Again we see a negative spin of the opponent instead of a real discussion of the issues. This election might just prove to be different and not reward such tactics with votes.

    August 13, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  23. nancy

    The words "GO TO HELL" come to mind when I see, hear or read about Joey.
    He makes my skin crawl, which usually means there is something deceptive about the person.

    August 13, 2008 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  24. Genie, New Mexico

    Obama just isn't needed anymore-the war in Iraq is winding down and crude oil is dropping like a rock--time to send Obama back to the Senate where he can sip espresso with fat butt Hillary (wow–did you see the size of her backside-a lot of cheeseburgers there and too much sitting around in those comfy Senate seats).

    August 13, 2008 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  25. Olaf Big

    No way. Lieberman won't win a single vote for McCain outside Connecticut. Neither democrats nor republicans can figure out what he stands for other than selling to the highest bidder, and most voters of any stripe dislike his preachiness

    August 13, 2008 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
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