October 16th, 2008
03:08 PM ET
14 years ago

Lieberman: McCain is 'on the road to victory'

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DOWNINGTON, Pennsylvania (CNN) - It wasn’t quite the starring role that he had at the last presidential debate, but Joe the plumber still had top billing at the McCain event in Downingtown, Pennsylvania Thursday.

The senator from Arizona didn’t declare himself the winner in Wednesday night’s sparring match with Barack Obama, bestowing that honor instead on America’s newest star, Ohio resident Joe Wurzelbacher.

“My friends, we had a good debate last night. It was a lot of fun, you know. I thought I did pretty well. The real winner last night was Joe the plumber,” said McCain to applause and chants of “Joe.”

“Joe’s the man. He won, and small businesses won across America. They won because the American people are not going to let Senator Obama raise their taxes in a tough economy. They are not going to let him do it, my friends.”

And that wasn’t the last we heard of Joe. McCain again elaborated on what Obama to the Ohio plumber in their weekend meeting.

“He wanted to spread his wealth around. What does that mean? He wants the government to take Joe’s money and give it to somebody else, “McCain said as the crowd booed. “His hard earned dollars. We are not going to stand for that. America didn't become the greatest nation on earth by spreading the wealth; we became the greatest nation on earth by creating new wealth.”

The Republican presidential nominee had more criticism for Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. “I agree with the chairman of the FDIC, who said that Secretary of the Treasury in this government is not going enough to help people stay in their homes,” he said. “That has got to be our first priority. Not Wall Street. Not the bankers. Not the investment houses.”

McCain also reprised his debate night line about George W. Bush, which had been left out of his prepared remarks Thursday.

“We can’t spend the next four years as we have spent much of the last eight: waiting for our luck to change. As I mentioned last night to Senator Obama, I’m not George Bush, and if he wanted to run against George Bush he should have run four years ago.”

Obama holds a double-digit edge over McCain in Pennsylvania in the CNN poll of polls released this week, and his road to capturing the states’ 21 electoral votes looks rocky.

But his friend and constant companion, Senator Joe Lieberman, said that last night changed the dynamic of the race.

“We turned the corner in the debate last night. We changed the momentum. We are on the road to victory in Pennsylvania.”

Filed under: Joe Lieberman • John McCain • Pennsylvania
soundoff (181 Responses)
  1. Lee - TX

    This sounds vaugely familiar...kinda like turning the corner....IN IRAQ! Please, stop lying and accept truth, Joe. You've put all your eggs into McCain's basket, he chose to rely on Palin and a dishonorable campaign, and now you all look like fools.

    October 16, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  2. Tony

    What planet does Lieberman live on.

    Someone wake that old fool up!

    October 16, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |

    everytime you and palin come into PA you leave a bad odor..just
    move on you can not win here...

    October 16, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  4. tigerakabj

    Lieberman, you know you're wrong.

    In fact I'm surprised you want to hang with McCain after he didn't pick you. All that sucking up for nothing.

    Oh well. You're out in January. See ya, wouldn't wanna be ya.

    Obama/Biden 2008/2012.

    October 16, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. Tim

    Say it ain't so Joe???


    A company that ships oil into Iraq for use by American forces there "appears to have engaged in a reprehensible form of war profiteering," according to a letter by Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Cal., Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The company, International Oil Trading Limited, is run by Florida-based businessman Harry Sargeant, a top fundraiser for the presidential campaign of Senator John McCain.

    October 16, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. Chris

    LOL...two dillusional old men

    October 16, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. Ryan Cincinnati

    Two old Washington fools!

    October 16, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. Unshrub

    No wonder he is supporting McCain, he doesn't have a clue about reality. Both of these guys need to retire, between the two of them they don't make a full deck.

    October 16, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  9. C A

    Lieberman you are a joke. The only corner McCain turned last night was the last curve he will take heading back home to Arizona for a long retirement. Please join him Lieberman and go away.

    October 16, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  10. Tony





    October 16, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  11. Jenny

    So McMoneybags you want to know what "spreading the wealth around" means. Let me tell you. It means instead of billionaires like you and your wife pocketing all the money, the workers get to share in the profits. it means people like you and your wife start paying your fair share. You know, like cell phone towers.

    October 16, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  12. Abby

    You all said that on Monday, Mr. LIEberman. Just because you said it, doesn’t make it true. McCain just put all his eggs in the Joe the Plumber basket and it was just discovered that Joe is not a licensed or registered plumber and he doesn’t even come close to earning 250k or buying a business for that amount and he owes back taxes. It’s over!

    Obama 08 with honesty and integrity!

    October 16, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  13. M. Bryan

    Just keep digging that hole and staying in that rut, Sen. McCain.
    You're doing a "heckuva" job on yourself, Sen Lieberman notwithstanding. Haven't you learned anything from George W.?

    October 16, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  14. obamacrat

    If McCain were to win we're all going to need a good plumber because we are going to be in deep...........

    October 16, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  15. George in Indianapolis

    Surely he is talking about the shuffleboard or Bocci Ball tounament when he speaks of victory.

    October 16, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  16. Linda32

    Lieberman is suppose to be believable???? In what universe? Lieberman, McCain, & Palin are on the path to defeat. Get use to it.

    October 16, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  17. Deb N Texas

    The only road McCain and Lieberman is on is on the road to Arizona and Connecticut. As far a Lieberman, I hope the people in Connecticut are not stupid enough to vote for him ever again.

    October 16, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  18. no way

    Lieberman must be delusional.

    October 16, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  19. John in VA

    You are a delusional man, Lieberman. I can, however, take solace in the fact you'll be out of there in 2012 for turning your back on your state. Traitor!

    October 16, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  20. Steve

    Either Lieberman is a pathological liar, or he is as clueless as McCain. When Sarah Palin leaves the campaign next week due to "personal reasons" Lieberman will be the perfect running mate for McCain. The two of then can continue to deny hitting the political iceberg as they stand in the icy water on the deck of their campaign ship, as it slips out of sight. The only momentum that changed last night was the momentum of McCain's campaign as it sinks into oblivion.

    October 16, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  21. gl

    John McCain and Joe Lieberman is just too too old and we need youth running this country. Just look at the two of them. I know Joe Lieberman will be someone on McCain cabin and that is not a good thing. Two old fools with all story and old ideas! Listen McCain you will you get Pennsylvania so please take you camp and more on.

    October 16, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  22. Bring America Back!

    Joe "Lie"berman is a traitor just like Napoleon. He will go no where after the 4th of November. Maybe he can move back to the separatist state of Alaska along with Palin...

    October 16, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  23. patnyc

    Lieberman is as delusional as McCain..they both clearly need a nap, and one quickly, if they think last night's debate turned the corner for McCain! LOL!

    October 16, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  24. Tony



    McCain did Joe the Plumber no favors.
    Thu Oct 16, 2:27 PM ET

    You knew it would happen. Joe the Plumber's 15 minutes of fame in last night's debate have turned into a round of public humiliation for the wannabe business owner. The Toledo Blade is reporting that Joe has no plumber's license.

    To make matters worse, the Blade also found that the Ohio Department of Taxation placed a lien against Joe because $1,183 in personal property taxes had not been paid. To pile on, the paper disclosed, based on divorce records, Joe's 2006 income — $40,000, hardly enough to qualify for the tax hike he's so concerned about.

    October 16, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  25. vet for obama

    Joe L. the Republican ought to be kicked out of any independent caucus position after this election-go home and pout Joe, you backed the wrong horsie 'twould seem- 🙂

    October 16, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
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