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. That One

    Last night didn't change squat LIEberman.
    He's toast my friends

    October 16, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. keeping it honest

    I sincerely hope that Mr. Libermann is wrong. After seeing John McCain in the 3 debates I feel he is not the best choice for President.
    He is immature....smile, hehehe, interupting when Senator Obama talks. Is this someone we really want making important decisions regarding our future?
    I will be very scared if him and Palin get into the White House!

    October 16, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. Frank

    Lieberman ... do you still have a Job? Do you even know where you stand or what the issues are? as far as I heard this morning, Joe the plumber told the public that they hav to make up their own mind about the election and he did well to say so. If he had favoured mcCain, his business would have had a hard time surving on republican clientel alone.

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

    We tested the policies of the ELEPHANT for 8 years. The math does not add up. Joe lost his pension, retirement, job, house, healthcare and college kids.

    It's time to ride a donkey through the rugged mountains. Abandon the elephant of the great plains of Africa..

    October 16, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. Cam

    Joe Lieberman has absolutely raped his own political credibility with his support of McCain and his obviously idiotic statement about the changing dynamics of this race.......

    October 16, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. Arin

    Hey Connecticut.... wake-up!!! Lose Lieberman, FAST!. He is a disgrace.

    October 16, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |


    October 16, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. OH

    Lieberman said McCain is on the road to victory? I sure do need a case of whatever Lieberman is drinking!

    NOT IN OHIO... NOT IN 2008!!!

    October 16, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. Cindy, Kansas City

    I just heard a snippet of McCain's lastest rally speech. He thought he was telling a funny story about his 96 year old mother, about her recent trip to Paris when a rental car company refused to let her drive because of her age. So. . . "she just went and bought a car!" Funny if one finds stories about the McCain family wealth funny in this time of GLOBAL recession. Is this what is meant by OUT OF TOUCH?

    October 16, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. Jorge -- SF_CA

    This traitor should be kicked to the other side of the aisle!

    October 16, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  11. Bulldog

    Lieberman is a disgrace. Lieberman better hope McCain wins because if he doesn't Lieberman is going to be a lonely man in Washington beginning in January.

    October 16, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. Cindy Nelson

    Leiberman~ Your a traitor. No one likes a dirty traitor.
    McCain is going down, and you are not welcome in the Democratic party~ At least not in my world you are not welcome.
    McCain thought so much of you, he went and picked Palin to be his VP~ And now he's going to lose for picking that joke of a VP choice.

    October 16, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  13. opeluboy

    Lieberman is going to end up with no friends and hopefully no job.

    October 16, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. robert


    October 16, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. Independent for Obama

    Poor Liberman, nobody wants him.,Democrats, Republicans or Independents. He has to cling onto that hope that McCain may win and he might have a shot in McCains presidency, maybe the dog walker.

    October 16, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. Blue By You

    Lieberman, POOF! there goes your cabinet position. POOF! there goes your chairmanship. The people of CT do not like traitors. This is your last term.

    October 16, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. John the Electrician

    Just like 2008 Nobel Price winner in Economics, Professor Krugman said "Republicans are becoming the party of the stupid". The whole economy mess is created by Bush failed Republican economics principles and policies. Please don't forget, John, you're the presidential candidate of Republican Party!!

    October 16, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. Bob Indianapolis IN

    AIPAC Joe! Friend of Neo-cons everywhere! Also pals around with Joe Six-Pack and Joe the Plumber....

    October 16, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. Walt

    Joe Lieberman-Al Gore's biggest mistake. Let's have a poll. Who was the worst Vice Presidential pick of the last 100 years:

    A. Nixon
    B. Palin
    C. Quayle
    D. Lieberman

    Wow, it sure is a tough choice...all are so deserving.

    October 16, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. Ken in Dallas

    Sure, he's on the road to victory. Only thing is, he's running the WRONG WAY!

    October 16, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  21. MG

    Lieberman is as out of touch as McCain. Makes me wonder what world these two are living in.

    October 16, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  22. Matt

    Insurance companies should be psyched. Anyone with a brain in their head who lives in a major city, particularly an inner city, should be buying insurance against the riots that will take place if the republicans win and it looks even remotely like they stole the election again.

    October 16, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  23. wjc

    Joe Lieberman = Mr. Irrelevant

    October 16, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  24. Tired of the Nonsense

    ....and if you believe this one, I've got a bridge in Alaska I wanna sell ya!

    "You betcha!" 😉 LOL


    October 16, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  25. Tolu

    Victory?! I have no words...

    October 16, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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