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. Debbie

    Even Palin knows McCain blew it last night.

    When Palin was watching the debate, photos show her with the remote in her hand.

    October 16, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  2. virginia nielsen

    This guy Lieberman is a party flip-flopper and you can never trust in a person like that and what he is saying about "victory on the way" seems like we don't live in the same country. He is a SNAKE!!! Good for the dems that he is McBush's friend !!!

    October 16, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. Va for Obama

    First of all, I'm not your "friend". Second of all, REALLY!? I mean seriously, REALLY!?

    October 16, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. W O W WO W

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    OBAMA,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,WILL

    October 16, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. ScottPruden

    I guess CNN just isn't that curious about stuff.
    'Joe the Plumber', real name Samuel Joeseph Wurzelbacher, got on the national stage by ambushing Obama in front of a FoxNews camera.
    His story is implausible, he is UNUSUALLY conversant with McCain campaign talking points, his appearance just perfectly coincides with the eve of McCain's make-or-break debate, his campaign seemed REALLY prepared to use him in the debate and the spin afterward, I mean almost like the whole thing was PLANNED or something, and on top of that, coincidence of all coincidences:
    He shares the same name as Charles Keating's son-in-law who did prison time in the wake of the Keating 5 scandal.
    Hmmmmm. Anyway, CNN WON'T POST THIS.

    October 16, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. AFRICAN AMERICAN VOTER

    NOW THAT'S FUNNY....WITH THE POLLS STILL MOVING IN OBAMA'S DIRECTION.....LOL....

    AN NICE SKIT FOR SATURDAY NITE LIVE.....

    October 16, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. Lisa

    Dream on!!! LOL!!

    October 16, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. Thomas

    Joe Lieberman ,
    has turned into a yes man side kick .
    “We turned the corner in the debate last night. We changed the momentum.
    You did ?

    October 16, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. Spencer/Commonwealth of Virginia

    Two old dillusional men.

    October 16, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. Overseas Obama supporter

    What are you on Lieberman? Cindy McCain's pills? Or are you just like Palin, denying and blind to the ugly truth.

    October 16, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  11. Michael in Houston

    McCain is going to milk the Joe the Plumber story for all it's got. Nice to see the facts being presented about "Joe". Speaking of Joe, Nice to see you again Lieberman. I think it mught be a little late coming out for McCain now. The only person I know that can make up that kind of ground that fast is that guy Bolt who runs for the Jaimaca sprint team, and even he could not catch Obama at this point.

    October 16, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  12. Shari, NY

    John McCain has serious comprehension problems. He accused Biden of advocating the division of Iraq into three countries. According to Fact Check the allegation is FALSE. Biden merely supports decentralizing. The two words have different meanings.

    October 16, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  13. Latino for Obama-Biden

    LIEberman, dream on moron, dream on.

    October 16, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  14. Black Ivy

    As a Black woman and former Hillary Rodham Clinton supporter, I wish McCain/Palin well. I thought McCain's debate performance was exceptionally stronger than Obama's and media outlets like CNN are BIASED.

    Stop pandering to Obama!

    October 16, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. JUAN C AR LOS

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    October 16, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. annonymous

    it seems to me that insightful, reasoned comments rarely get printed here, while idiotic, moronic, and rash comments are printed.

    CNN, Why do you notprint everything that reasonable people write? It is pointless having oppinions if you consistantly fail to print them.

    October 16, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  17. Will from NYC

    Lieberman, after this election is over and Hillary takes over as Senate Majority leader.... your days in the Senate are numbered. Take him out of every single democratic committee and let's see how he does next time he's up for re-election.

    October 16, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  18. Melanie

    Um, isn't Joe Lieberman a Democrat? What's up with that?
    He must be living in an alternate universe, where McCain is suddenly winning...scary stuff!! Seems like someone, at some point, would start monitering these two elderly gentleman's medicine dosage.

    October 16, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  19. d Taliga

    That correct America MacCain and bush brought you 35,000 killed and wounded as well debt of 12 trillion USD plus all USA collaps just to serve the weapon Industry and special Intress.just think if we dont pay the IRS 500 USD we get jail why this bunch of jircks stil called respected,and not in jail.What do American need more than the disaster they see in US economy to understand repubilcan brought that,and all American shall vote against them.

    October 16, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  20. Ken, Pisgah Forest NC

    My plumber should wish he could make a profit of $250k per year. I am sure he would be glad to pay the extra $1k in taxes that the Obama tax plan would charge him. He's doing a project for me next Wednesday, so I'll ask him. We're going green with tankless waterheaters.

    I think Joe L., forever the optimist, missed the part of the debate where Obama spoke. He had a good answer for all of McCain's lies and exagerations, inlcuding the ones involving Joe the Plumber. He harped on the 'fine' that Joe would have to pay for not insuring his employees. If he had done his homework, he would have know there was no fine.

    Let's face it Joe L, the public believes Obama won the debate and there is no mega event left before election day to change people's minds. Besides, for many people in 34 states, election day starts now, and once they pull the lever, there is no going back.

    October 16, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  21. pdixon

    I was speechless when I first read this...what happened to Joe L. and John M.? I used to admire them, now they just look and sound foolish!

    October 16, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  22. Dan

    But Joe is not a plumber, not a small business owner, not credible, and not anything more than a campaign plant. Is anybody buying the latest gimmick from a dying campaign?

    October 16, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  23. Adam

    It's the return of JOEMENTUM! And it's just as ludicrous as it was in 2004!

    October 16, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  24. James from Kansas City

    McCain on the road to victory? Leiberman on something?

    October 16, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  25. Common Sense

    John obviously didn't watch the same debate that I was watching last night.

    I'd feel safer with Joe the Plumber as VP over Palin.

    October 16, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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