October 16th, 2008
03:08 PM ET
13 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. Craig a Texas Democrat

    Crazy old man i guess no one read how Joe the plumber wont get a tax increase.

    October 16, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. H Jay From NYC

    Bartender please stop serving Joe Lieberman alcoholic beverages

    October 16, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. CShaw

    No Mccain is on the road to a convalescent home.....

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

    What race and what debate has Leiberman been watching. Obama has Virginia leaning towards him and he is either close or up in the polls in other so called Republican states. That shows that Leiberman is out of touch just like McCain and Palin. Also how can McCain say he is not Bush when he voted with him over 90 percent of the time.

    October 16, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. Ron from Baltimore

    Our two guardians of the future, John Maverick McCain and Joseph Turncoat Liebermann, the men the whole nation has learned to take with a grain of salt, out their pouring even more salt one the Republican campaign's chances.

    Joe, you need to leave John alone for a few weeks. Call him after hours if you want, but he will do better if you don't.

    John, time to do some reputation re-building. Time to dig yourself out of the holes you dug last night and the past few weeks. We don't need a sore-loser gadfly running around Washington, certainly not two of them in you and Liebermann. You need to distance yourself not from Bush so much as from Palin and the crux of your campaign staff. Or you may not even have Liebermann to game with anymore.

    I guess you owe your supporters at least an explanation, an apology, but don't waste any more their time and money-as you say, they are great people, and they have things to do other than try to restart a car that is simply out of gas.

    October 16, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  6. Ross in MD

    How would Lieberman know what the road to victory looks like?

    October 16, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. will

    if theres one guy that knows about winning a presidential election....its joe lieberman.

    have fun on your january vaca john.

    October 16, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  8. John in Ohio

    Boy, there's a sure sign that McCain is utterly doomed to lose.

    October 16, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  9. Laszlo in L.A.

    I don't know where McCain or his supporters learned to read a map, but only road he's on is headed for a cliff.

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

    Joe the plumber still – It is not about Joe the plumber. It's these economy stupid!. Joe the plumber is host and don't even have a plumber license. Thank you Chris two dillusional old men with old dreams and no new Ideas!

    October 16, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  11. Eugene

    And Bush is on the road to peace in the Middle East.

    October 16, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  12. Shirley-Ohio

    Did Leiberman realize that McCain still had Palin as his running mate. The American people is not that stupid to put that unqualified woman in the spot of VP. She energized the base, which she was brought there for. She was used. She was a cheerleader just to get the base, that sad on McCain's behalf.

    October 16, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  13. tulsa

    “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.
    And did McCain tell them to stop booing?
    NOT.
    Remember that 700BILLION you voted for? Who's money is that John, Where's that going?
    And your buyout for bad mortgages,,,,, Who's money is that? Who is that going to?

    October 16, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  14. Clinton Supporter for Obama

    What road to victory???? Did they not see the polls? Liberman is just as old and delusional as McCain. Two losers supporting each other.

    Obama/Biden 08!!

    October 16, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  15. AZVoter

    This is the only strategy they have left: "We turned the corner, we're winning."

    They'll say it over and over, and hope people buy it.

    October 16, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  16. Jean2

    Joe Liberman should distance himself from the side show.

    October 16, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  17. C-Lo in Texas, Obama 08

    Lieberman should be called Liarman, NO ONE CARES WHAT HE THINKS!!!!!!!!

    October 16, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  18. Hpotterfan77 in CT

    I am ashamed that this man is from my state...what a sad man he has become...

    October 16, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  19. D. McMillan

    Wishful thinking! It ain't going to happen. It's just not McCain's time and unfortunately he missed his time. "HE" SHOULD HAVE RUN 4 YEARS AGO!!

    October 16, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  20. Accountant Guy

    LOL, at first this was hilarious, but now I am starting to feel bad for McBush. I can't even make fun of him anymore because it is just sad now!! I wonder if CNN will report how "Joe the Plumber" is related to Keating and how the guy doesn't even have a plumbing license. This is sad that this is McBush last death rattle!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 16, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  21. gl

    So, they have no issues so Joe the Plumber will McCain new talk for the week.

    October 16, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  22. Mickie in PA

    I don't know what corner Lieberman is looking at, but I believe McCain has definitely gone around the "bend". Factcheck and other independent sites have already dispelled his claims that taxes would go up more under Sen. Obama's plan (even for Joe the Plumber) and numerous times McCain repeats the lie that Sen. Obama voted to tax people making $42,000. He knows it's a lie and yet he has nothing else to offer. That is not someone honorable to me. More people would lose health care under McCain and he would tax health benefits besides. The taxpayer will get stuck with the bill for his bail out of mortgages and the banks would get away scott free. I hope most Americans who think for themselves will at least look into these lies by McCain.

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

    Yep double digit leadt from CBS, NYT, Quinniepiac, and CNN out of 500 probably mostly Dem. voters. LOL

    October 16, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  24. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Believe NOBODY............Republican, Democrat, nor Independent cares what Lieberman thinks..................except for John McCain. Sort of like an old Grumpy Guy Supprt Group. The only winning that will come of this ....will be the candidate that will takes Lieberman's Senate Seat by a landslide !!!

    October 16, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  25. Jeanette, DC

    The only corner that was turned in the debate last night was the one for John and his fruitcake Sarah to go home.

    John and Joe Liberman are two old farts who couldn't lead us out of a baseball dugout, much less a financial crisis.

    I don't like John because he's always pretending he knows me. He doesn't and he doesn't have a clue about most Americans.

    Last night he mentioned D.C. schools. D.C. does not have a vote in Congress, so the residents are used like guinea pigs, and they're voting for Barack Obama. The next time you want to talk about education, talk about education in your own state, and leave D.C. alone.

    John is a liar, and liars should be banned from our White House. We had George W. Bush for 8 years, and we don't need his buddy John McSame/McBush.

    October 16, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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