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. Phil in KC

    I don't know what you've been smoking, Joe, but it must be some good stuff. Or maybe you know something the rest of us don't? I'd say you've hitched your wagon to a falling star.

    October 16, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. BM

    Lieberman, I used to respect you and even voted for your ticket, but you are dillusional too. You and McSame seem to have a lot in common.

    October 16, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. Winnie Hussein . . . in Montana

    To whom much is given, much is expected. Luke 12:48 Sen. Obama seems to get that, but Sens. McCain and Lieberman don't. Why is that? Oh, at least in Sen. McCain's case, he's just like George W. He is the son of a politically connected family who has gotten everything he desires because of those connections, not by earning them. Hmmm, me thinks it is time for a change in Washington.

    Sen. McCain, please take your turncoat buddy Lieberman, your second rate beauty queen, Palin, your pal who profited off of the war (profiteering is bad, folks), and all your other comrades and hang out in Arizona for awhile. Really, just pick one of your houses and give all your buddies one of your cars to drive.

    October 16, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. Deb in Colo

    More Republican revisionist history.

    McCain didn't win the debate.
    Palin was found gulty of ethics violations.

    But the Republicans don't believe a word of it.

    October 16, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. Shari, NY

    Oh Mr. Lieberman. Please join Jesse Jackson, Donald Trump, and other eligible geezers at the podiatrist's office to see if all the misplaced feet can be removed in one shot!

    October 16, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. Dustin

    What a freaking nutbar. Stop talking about the stupid plumber, you're just digging yourself a deeper poll hole.

    October 16, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  7. White Christian Mother for Obama

    Lieberman is as Delusional as McCain and Palin LOL....

    Now we might know why he is friends with McCain and so tight.. They BOTH are SENILE!!!... and Palin is just a Naive Dingy Barbie who pops her head back and forth saying "I... DONT.. KNOW....."

    October 16, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. StevieRay fan

    LOL!!! Liberman is praying because he will be without ANY friends after Nov 4th.

    October 16, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  9. Ramen Dude

    Wow! Look at Joe Lieberman's strained smile. Imagine him with clenched teeth, saying "I'm so happy even if I'm not the VP pick..."
    🙂
    🙂
    🙂
    🙁

    October 16, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. tony

    This comes from the same people who said we are on the verge of victory in Iraq. Given the polls, it is hard to understand what they mean by victory. Do they mean moral victory?

    October 16, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  11. Eric

    Lieberman was promised something for all this crap, cause it doesn't make "rational" sense.

    October 16, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. RIF

    Lieberman is on the road to being offically kicked out of the democratic caucaus.

    October 16, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  13. Nimi from NY

    I don't know which country he's living in. If it is this one, Obama won the debate and considering what we've been hearing and seeing in the polls he may actually win the election come Nov 4.

    October 16, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. sabuc for voting early!

    Alright people. Time for the real test! Vote early or show up early to vote on Nov 4. Nobody is ahead or behind until the last ballot is counted on Nov 4th!! Make sure all your friends and family members get out and vote!!

    October 16, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  15. the other jd

    McCain has turned the corner? Does that mean he is going to employ a surge of plumbers to invade FL, OH and PA?

    October 16, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  16. America think for you

    Go out and vote early to avoid long line. You can start voting now.

    October 16, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  17. Michael

    NIce try at spin McCain, but almost everyone else thinks you Lost the Debate and are about to lose the race for the White House.

    October 16, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  18. Lieberman_for_president

    He is a Democrat, and has a lot of experiences in public service, country first, with hands-on government-achievements, not just Obama-like rhetoric, all smooth talks and empty promises, or flip-flopping, so Lieberman should know better than most of us common people. God bless America, in the tradition of our founding-fathers such as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan! Is it the destiny of America, and the world?

    October 16, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  19. dwayne

    Lieberman=biggest political opportunist

    keep telling yourself Joe after Nov 5 when neither Democrats or Republicans and Independents has no use for you!

    October 16, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  20. Debby

    CNN do you see your blog comments above its like reading 3rd grader remarks. Are you catering now to grade and higschoolers.

    October 16, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  21. ANGIE

    Oh Joe I dont know which one is more funnier today Joe Liberman or Joe the Plumber

    October 16, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  22. John in PA

    I live in PA. No one gives a crap of what Joe Lieberman says. He has absolutely zero influence over anyone in this state. What's all this "we" talk of his anyway? If he worked this hard in 2000, we wouldn't have had this mess for the last 8 years. What a loser.

    October 16, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  23. Jeanette

    One of McCain's biggest problems is the people he surrounds himself with – Sara Palin being the worst.
    Too many bad decisions has made John McCain look angry and desperate and weak.
    And anyone, anyone, that tries to convince themselves, and others, that Palin is qualified to be VP and President is seriously delusional.

    October 16, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  24. McWho??

    LAUGHABLE

    October 16, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  25. John McPalin

    We're going to sit on my porch at the ranch and recall the good ole days me and my boyfriend Joe. Heck we'll even have Joe the plumber over too.

    October 16, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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