August 12th, 2008
03:45 PM ET
14 years ago

Lieberman suggests Obama has not always 'put country first'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Lieberman campaigned with McCain Tuesday."]YORK, Pennsylvania (CNN) - John McCain used one of his largest and most ambitious town halls to date to brandish a pair of surrogates, Joe Lieberman and Tom Ridge, who may help him shore up support among independents in this fall battleground.

The Tuesday stop began with some campaign stunt work that turned the typically-mellow format into a lively Pennsylvania event that resembled one of the noisy rallies that characterized the Democratic primary.

The audience on hand - estimated by the campaign as north of 3,000 people - far exceeded the size of a standard McCain event. And the audience, who had been warmed up by a pair of television screens broadcasting a biographical film about the candidate, rose to their feet when McCain, Lieberman and Ridge arrived.

The trio entered the York Expo Center in the Straight Talk Express, which motored into the indoor venue under a massive American flag that was hoisted up to reveal the campaign bus, all while the theme from “Rocky” blared.

Lieberman then marshaled the audience by seeming to question Obama’s patriotism and commitment to bipartisanship in Washington.

"In my opinion, the choice could not be more clear, between one candidate John McCain who's had experience, been tested in war and tried in peace. Another candidate who has not,” Lieberman said to applause. “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.”

For his part, McCain plugged the moderate records Lieberman and Ridge, and praised their commitment to keeping the country safe.

Though he made a strong push to attract independents in his town hall performance, demanding that congress work together to solve the country’s energy crisis, the GOP nominee for the first time acknowledged he faces a deficit of support among younger voters.

Responding to a former Hillary Clinton supporter who asked what McCain will do for younger Americans, McCain said: “I'll give you straight talk. I need to do a better job with young voters in America.”

soundoff (298 Responses)
  1. kayla

    lieberrat is an idiot just like the rest of you obama haters. like it or not change is gonna come. you guys are running scared obama will blow you out the water. obama 08

    August 12, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  2. Nia - AZ by way of MN

    Lieberman and McPlagerize haven't always put the Country first...check thier voting record. McCain can't even put AZ first given that he has yet to show up for work since April 4th. I find McPlagerize's entrance to be a bit Uppity. All he needed was a cape, leotard and a mask. He could be "Super Mcplagerize!!"

    August 12, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  3. Another grumpy old white woman for Obama

    Joe Lieberman is a Zionist. He should relocate to Israel and stay there. His allegiance is to them and them alone.
    He is no American patriot.

    August 12, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  4. NSmith, New York, NY

    Lieberman, you are clearly a disgrace. Please support your candidate and stop trashing Obama. The two aren't mutually exclusive.

    August 12, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  5. Mike Lawler

    This is the lowest form of politics. Question a man's commitment to his county, and give no example to back it up.

    They are appealing to the knee jerk reaction of voters who they hope will put little actual thought into their decision on who to vote for.

    Negative tactics like this are all these very sad people have left.

    August 12, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  6. Rightsaid

    Lieberman is such an enormous fool. Talk about something important. McCain hasn't always put his country first. He is a self centered political operator, bending over frontwards and backwards to appeal to the Republican factions.

    August 12, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  7. McDrill here and Now.


    August 12, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  8. Jeff Brown

    Joe who?

    August 12, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  9. Joe

    He is big joke and people who elected him are more moron that he do.
    How on earth do anyone pay attention to him
    It is a Joke, real Joke, when people are loosing their home and Isreal is getting over 3-4billion dollars a year.
    -when people can not afford medical
    and Isreal is getting free medical shipment every six months and suprus.
    we are not even talking about free weapons, and Technology.
    Why will this Man not get excited. What do you think? blood sucker

    August 12, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  10. Carl Justus

    LIeberman is nothing more than a die hard Israel supporter and will all he can to give to Israel as much money, military equipment and grants and donations as possible. Lieberman should either move to Israel or join the republican party or just leave the country or just shut up for I do not believe anyone even takes him anywhere near faintly serious.

    August 12, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  11. Peter (CA)


    We are tired of arrogance and stupidity. We are tired of a President who is proud to say he doesn't read and uses his gut reaction as his means of making a decision. We are tired of cowboy diplomacy, we are tired of lies and cover-ups. We are tired of Bush and we see McCain veering in the same direction.

    We are smart enough to laugh at your comparisons of Bush and Obama. Bush's protege is McCain, the guy who said he would continue 95% of Bush's policies.

    By the way, nice way to engage in a debate. My head is out and looking around, thank you very much. Where has yours been for the last 8 years?

    August 12, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  12. Tempe

    I'm waiting leaders Reid and Pelosi to toss Joe Libermann from the democratic party. What is taking them so long? He needed to go yesterday.

    August 12, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  13. Steve

    Why do we keep listening to this lapdog of the Republicans? Obviously HE keeps putting Lieberman first. Try to pin him down on something. Go ahead. I dare ya. Democrat who supports Republicans? Nothing crazy about that, right PUMAs?

    August 12, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  14. Liliana, FL

    This isn't news, Obama comes first, his anti-American friends come second, maybe his kids come third, then his crazy wife and maybe then it's his SUV or America, not sure!

    NoBama 08

    August 12, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  15. Joseph

    Well, we all know which country ole Joe put's first.

    August 12, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  16. The Surly Scholar

    I believe I've said this before, but it bears repeating: Joe Lieberman is the most grotesquely shameless political tool to ever darken the doorway of Capitol Hill. His supposedly "independent" status simply means he can prop up whatever policies or officials are most expedient to his interests. Has has never put the US or even Israel first. He has, without fail, placed himself - his material and political gain - at the forefront of his interests.

    He represents a cancerous, disingenuous growth on the face of American politics. He should either dig deep - real deep - and find some modicum of human integrity, or retire.

    August 12, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  17. I Used To Be A Democrat

    What is wrong with all you Obamanazis? Why are you so brainwashed?

    God help us!

    August 12, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  18. Not4Obama

    You Obamers make me sick! If this were anyone praising Obama you would be in total agreement. Grow up, shut up and let the rest of America feel proud that a true American patriot is running for president.

    August 12, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  19. AJ

    Lieberman, you are disgusting. How can you challenge the patriotism of a Presidential candidate? You have no business talking about working on both sides of the aisle. You are a turncoat and have shown that you or McCain will NOT work across the aisle. You disgust us.

    August 12, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  20. frank

    Lie-berman is a puppet of israel, and is trying to cozy up to McJohn to keep USA funding the middle east trouble maker, israel.
    Lets bring back america to the usa.

    August 12, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  21. Seanm

    Joe Lieberman is a snake of the highest proportions. No loyalty. No morals. He is one of the primary reasons we are so entangled in the Middle East.

    August 12, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  22. texas democrat

    do people really listen to john mccain. this man actually said he knows how to catch osama bin laden yet he won't tell bush so we can catch him and get our troops home. this guy is so old and misquided that if he wins we are all going to hell and we will know it.

    August 12, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  23. Alan

    I'm reading these comments and trying to figure out why the posts are soooo hard on Lieberman. JL votes with over 90% of democrats, JM reaches across the partisan divide ie. Feingold; Kennedy; etc. I will support the center. I don't like ridiculous radical polititions.

    August 12, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
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