October 16th, 2008
03:08 PM ET
13 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. m c

    Yes, McCain is on the road to victory in Pennsylvania!!!! Everyone remember the "clinging to guns and religion" comment by Obama?? The latest gaff by Murtha just puts one more nail in the coffin of Obama. You know, many people on the CNN blogs like to make fun of McCain's age. One person even said that at last night's debate, McCain looked like a corpse propped up in a casket. Better take a look at Obama. He's the one who looks like a skinny corpse!!! Tit for Tat!!!!

    October 16, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  2. John

    Well, what's he going to say?

    October 16, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. John Tate

    "We turned the corner..." and "We are on the road to victory..." He's so dillusional he thinks he's an independent and he thinks McCain did well last night. What a loon!

    October 16, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  4. Murf

    If Senator Lieberman sincerely believes Senator McCain is on the road to victory he is in need of some type of therapy. He is delusional.

    October 16, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  5. Liberal Moderate in Penna

    Keep on DREAMING Joey Boy....................the stars are not lining up for your partner in crime

    October 16, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. Preco, NY

    In his dreams!!!

    Liberman is happy how McCain's campaign has turned out.

    After picking Palin, Liberman disappeared, his reapperance is just to keep up appearance. Who listens to a "washed-up old guy" anyways?

    October 16, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  7. 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 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  8. Jack

    The republicans have been lying to everyone else, why not themselves?

    October 16, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. OBAMERICANADA

    WHERE IS MCCAINS FLAG PIN LAST NIGTH ?
    ANY BODY SAW WHERE IT?.

    PAJIMO
    FROM CANADA

    October 16, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. Ab-Corpus Christi, TX

    Pennsylvania People had already made up their mind to vote for Obama......Sorry Senator Lieberman !!!

    October 16, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. No McCain/No Palin

    Hey Joe

    No one cares what you think, you are a traitor to the democratic party. Very soon, you'll be joining your old friend McCain at the old folks home. Your career is done, soooooo done MR. For the time being, just shut the hell up!

    October 16, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. John W

    McCain is pathetic. Not surprisingly, his sad tale of Joe the plumber is wrong on almost every front. As reported in today's NY Times, Joe is not a licensed plumber and has multiple liens against him for offenses including failure to pay his taxes. Best of all, Obama would not raise Joe's taxes, but would in fact likely lower them. Obama's plan would raise taxes on individuals making over $250k, not small businesses.

    With any luck, the Democrats will have 60 seats without help from Lieberman after the coming landslide. That would allow Harry Reid the freedom to tell Lieberman where to stick it.

    October 16, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. Irma in North Carolina

    John beings you are getting so far behind and you and Sarah cant convince the people to vote for you, maybe you should have your wife Cindy campaign for, hey people do you suppose she could help him.

    October 16, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  14. Baze

    Lieberman may have the most bleek future of any politician in Washington right now.

    ONE NATION

    October 16, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  15. mary ca

    Too old for a good resume

    October 16, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. UMMMM...

    say it ain't so joe!

    you sipping on the cough syrup?

    October 16, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. Rob indetroit

    Leiberman ,You sir are on your way out of the party.!!! after Nov,4 your vote will no longer be needed.

    October 16, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. LSC-Indy

    of course lieberman has to make comments like this. he is trying to save face to justify his party-hopping. "We turned the corner...into Obama-Biden land!" That's right!

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!

    October 16, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  19. John W

    McCain is pathetic. Not surprisingly, his sad tale of Joe the plumber is wrong on almost every front. As reported in today's NY Times, Joe is not a licensed plumber and has multiple liens against him for offenses including failure to pay his taxes. Best of all, Obama would not raise Joe's taxes, but would in fact likely lower them. Obama's plan would raise taxes on individuals making over $250k, not small businesses.

    With any luck, the Democrats will have 60 seats without help from Lieberman after the coming landslide. That would allow Harry Reid the freedom to tell Lieberman where to stick it.

    October 16, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  20. b4change

    With rare exception only base, loyal Republicans believe that McCain has a chance, even in Pennsylvania. Honestly, the only way the McCain/Palin ticket can win substantially anywhere right now outside of their base is if democratic voters fail to show up at the polls. We must continue to be more about blogs, and polls – we must get out the vote! (P.S. the delusions of this campaign astound me....)

    October 16, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  21. John Tate

    Joe is reportedly a close relative to Keeting's son-in-law and was asked to attend the Obama rally by the McCain campaign. He's unlicensed and owes back taxes. I saw that his two-man company doesn't have a plumbing license and is being shut down in Ohio. Typical republican. Forget about regulations like licenses. Forget about paying taxes. Lies aren't lies if you can fool people into believing them.

    October 16, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  22. Ian

    Right. Just like Palin was cleared of any wrongdoing in that report. Get real.

    October 16, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  23. rin

    liberman where has your head gone??

    October 16, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  24. Matt

    Yeah McCain...all that "new wealth" goes in one direction, up, no matter how fervently you repeat the Reaganidiocy of trickle-down economics. It's proven to be the case. Look at the last 50 years. You might have had a shot at this thing if you were willing to adapt based on the evidence, but you've stubbornly adhered to a disproven ideology. Time for you to join the dinosaurs you people apparently think went extinct 6,000 years ago.

    October 16, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  25. Jack Jodell

    Joe Lieberman is on the road to psychotic delusion.

    October 16, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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