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

Lieberman: McCain is 'on the road to victory'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/16/art.joemac1016.ap.jpg caption="Sen. Lieberman campaigned with Sen. McCain in Pennsylvania Thursday."]
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. Greg in Mpls

    So is Liberman going to infuse McCain's run with some "Joementum"?

    Or is McCain just trying to surround himself with anyone named "Joe" these days.

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

    turning a corner down a dead end road--mccain is so out of touch and the polls show obama ahead by up to 10 points but is probably much higher because polls are taken by calling landlines and most young people and the people that will vote obama are not home they have cell phones and are busy working there back side off trying to stay above water... we the working people taht will vote obama are not like mccains supporters rich and retired and by our home phone all day

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

    Hahahahahah! Are... you... kidding me?! What a couple of jokers.

    Leiberman, you've hitched your wagon to another loser. Connecticut... I cannot, for the life of me, figure out why you didn't dump this jackal when you had the chance in 2006.

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

    don't we already pay taxes that are given to other people?

    you can call it redistribution of weath... socialism... marksism... whatever.

    Is it fair that a CEO takes home 400 Million dollars? Isn't that the Grossest display of redistribution of wealth anyone has ever seen?

    Could we please talk about that?

    I would personally be happy to pay 5% more in taxes ... I would bake a gosh darned cake and put lipstick on my dog ... If I only knew that someone was going to do something about Oil companies with record profits and $400M per year CEO compensations.


    October 16, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  5. ez

    Early voting is the way to go.

    Registered Republican "voted" Obama/Biden 08

    October 16, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. Erik

    This repetitive "Joe the Plumber" thing is just weird. McCain presents as increasingly deranged.

    October 16, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. sam

    Maybe it's just the camera angles, but does anyone besides me see nothing but white people at McCain/Palin rallies?

    October 16, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. wakeupamerica

    Yet another Aricept moment! Two peas in a pod.

    October 16, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. Jeanette, DC

    Twiddle Dee Dee and Twiddle Dee Dumb.

    Tick tock already I'm ready to vote for Obama and Biden.

    October 16, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. cjp123

    Amazing how McCain continues to lie. Unless Joe the Plummer makes more than $250k a year, his taxes wont' go up–and remember that Obama only wants to rescind tax cuts that Bush gave to his wealth cronies. Amazing how so many "conservative" Americans want roads, public schools, tax breaks for churches, strong military, etc. but don't want to pay for it. We pay lower taxes than virtually all industrialized nations, and it shows in our huge deficit. Just imagine if all americans paid $5 more a year in taxes, we'd have about a billion extra dollars.

    October 16, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  11. Proud to be American

    If it was not so sad it will actually be funny .... else, like Obama stated lets not go overboard Obama supporters as the Rethugs may have a rabbit to pull out of their hats.... look the polls states Obama should win but I do not trust the Republicans .... be viligent with your vote and do the darn thing! Do not let them turn you away your vote counts..... Lets kick the Rethugs out of the office!

    Obama and Biden 2008!

    October 16, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  12. thomas

    Those who steal from the poor will find they have nothing.

    October 16, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  13. Trysh, Los Angeles

    Spoken like a man knows that McCain being white will trump the good ideas, temperment and ability of Barack Obama.

    October 16, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  14. Common Sense

    "We don't want to spread the wealth around. We want to hoard it like selfish, heartless prigs, we want self-serving, me-first, country-second attitudes to reign supreme. We don't want the country coming after our SEVEN house that we inherited by marriage, we don't want to provide healthcare for the poor because it might cost us one of our multiple cars, we don't want to be taxed on the handouts that corporate CEOs give us to keep their dirty deals legal.
    No, we don't want to spread the wealth – we're all better of if I keep all the wealth and peddle some "good luck" American Dream/Culture Wars story to you as you struggle to pay for gas, food and electricity this winter!"

    McCain/Bush Extreme-Right Economics? FAIL!

    October 16, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. maxine

    If you looked on the face of Cindy McCain, today at the rally in Pa. you could see that the only corner John McCain turned was going down the wrong road.

    October 16, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |

    McBush thinks american are only the 5% rich, in that case he is right Obama will rase tax on them.
    Who is American is 95% of us that Obama cut the tax on .
    We want to see how much your wife paying tax?
    Obama is for Joe and me and 95% of American. McBush is for 5% the rich and yes we want to be rich so we can pay tax this is what make the America , America not just 5% rich to be richer and make decision for us 95%

    October 16, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  17. Fay

    If "winning" means everyone else saying that your opponent won then yeah, McCain won. LOL. Give me a break!

    October 16, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  18. JB

    What planet are they living on?

    October 16, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  19. Matt

    wow...I think I finally know what's happened: McCain and Lieberman accidentally switched their geriatric medicines in the Senate locker room and they're both all kinds of smuckered! Quick, someone call Physician Smurf and tell him Papa Smurf is losing the election because he's acting all crazy!

    October 16, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  20. Ohio will vote for Obama

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

    You're flat out delusional, guys. But, on the bright side, McBush and Lieberman will soon have lots of time to tell each other entertaining, self-congratulatory stories.

    October 16, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  21. Darrel from Denver

    Good luck, Senator, with this newest delusional incarnation. You will need it, clearly.

    October 16, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  22. Joan

    Exactly what planet is Joe Lieberman on – McCain looked and acted like an aggressive, angry man who showed more contempt on his face than respect when looking at Obama.

    Obama was by far the best Presidential candidate. His relaxed demeanour and direct answers are what one needs for the next President of the U.S.A.

    October 16, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  23. Musicpromo Ca

    What was he watching? It is 3 for 3 for Obama on the debates and Lieberman says Mccain is on the road to victory? WOW..... That's nuts.

    Maybe they are both ready for the old folks home. But really I think people are just tired of the lies.

    To watch something and then see one of these jerks, get up and say something not true... is just CRAZY!

    Something gotta give as the GOP never see anything as it is, They just keep saying what you want people to think happen but not telling the truth. But hey Joe, I watched all the debates and Mccain lost them all and is going to lose the white house. I can't wait until Nov 4th. I'm going to run to the polls. I am tired of the lies.. NO MORE LIES!!

    Good Bye GOP!!

    October 16, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  24. Kate

    I live in Downingtown. I don't know of one single solitary person who is voting for McCain. He's wasting his money and time in PA.

    October 16, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  25. Tim

    He must be talking about the State of Confusion.

    October 16, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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