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Lieberman Points to McCain's Son in Defending His Dad

By Jonathan Weisman
In responding to furious Democratic attacks on John McCain's morning Iraq comments, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) broke a McCain campaign taboo this afternoon -- he invoked the service of McCain's son in Iraq.

McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, has rarely mentioned his youngest son Jimmy's deployment to Iraq, saying he would not use his Marine son's service as a political tool. But Lieberman did just that on a conference call convened by the McCain campaign. Lieberman was responding to Democratic attacks on comments McCain made this morning on the "Today Show," when he suggested the date when troops could come home from Iraq was not so important, as long as casualties had fallen to levels comparable to Japan, Germany and South Korea, where U.S. forces have been stationed for decades, with few incidents.

What has been "most outrageous," Lieberman said, have been Democratic suggestions that McCain is "out of touch with the needs of our troops and insensitive to their families."

McCain knows the sacrifice those troops have made and the burdens on their families, Lieberman said, because he saw it first hand during his father's service in the Navy, his own service and incarceration in Vietnam, his eight visits to Iraq, "and the fact that his son was deployed to Iraq."

When a reporter asked whether the campaign would be invoking Jimmy McCain's service more often, McCain national security adviser Randy Scheunemann said he would not comment. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), who was also on the call, quipped that if Scheunemann wasn't commenting, neither was he.

By Web Politics Editor  |  June 11, 2008; 1:44 PM ET
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I am a veteran of Iraq, having served multiple campaigns there, and serving in Afghanistan as well, and I don't think McCain supports the troops. Fact is, he has no problem sending us to war, but refuses to support veteran's care and health when they return. I can tell you that McCain support among military isn't all that great. In fact, Ron Paul and Barack Obama received more military donations than any other candidate form their respective party's. What I don't like is how McCain uses his military experiences in Vietnam as a propaganda tool, after he criticized John Kerry for using the same tactics in 2004. McCain is a flip-flopping failure, and this is coming from a two-war combat veteran. I dare you to call me anti-American. As for Israel, who cares, they are failures and couldn't survive without us. I just detest the fact that we support those terrorists while they commit atrocities against the Palestinians.

Posted by: victor | June 23, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Liberman is my new hero. Way to go Lieb! Stand up for our country in the threat of racism and communism! No one else in our party is!

20 years at a racist, Marxist church... what more do we need to know?

Posted by: OBAMAHATESWHITEAMERICA | June 16, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

democrats have taken many of McCain's words out of context, such as the comment of we shouldn't be in a hurry because AS LONG AS OUR TROOPS AREN'T BEING HURT OR KILLED we should maintain a long-term presence in Iraq to help stabilize the country (and indirectly pressure Iran and Syria into playing nice in their neighborhood). Democrats show ignorance by taking a few words out of a McCain answer (50 years? why not 100!) when he is stating it in a certain context.

What I don't get is why democrats don't call for removal of ALL AMERICAN FOREIGN TROOPS???? Because McCain stated only if our troops were NOT BEING HURT should they keep a long-term presence in Iraq. More people need to realize the political games that Obama and his surrogates are playing (is he REALLY about change or is he the most insidious presidential candidate ever??!?). It is a shame there are enough people in this country that have blinders on and want to isolate ourselves, much like an ostrich putting its head in the sand. WE WERE THE ONES ATTACKED BY TERRORISTS ON 9/11 - WE CANNOT LET THAT HAPPEN AGAIN!!! If that means we take on EVERY STATE-SPONSORED TERRORIST GROUP AND COUNTRY - SO BE IT!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Michael | June 16, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

It's unfortunate that Obama has so many anti-semitic bigots as supporters. Fact is Lieberman is in the minority of Jews supporting McCain. Amazing Jews are overlooking Obama's flip flops on key positions ("Undivided Jerusalem") and the viscerally anti-Israel position of Obama's top advisors, such as his co-chair McPeak (who blames Jews in New York and Miami for the lack of peace in the Middle East, rather than the existence of intransigent terrorists like Hamas and Hezbollah).

Posted by: Dave J | June 13, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Joe 'Judas' Lieberman has sold his party, his country and his soul to the devil. I am amazed that this monster has the chutzpah to show his face in public.

Posted by: al Zachariah | June 12, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Who cares what Joseph Lieberman thinks? He's nothing but a treasonous Israeli mole planted here to serve Israel and only Israel's interest. And John McCain understands what both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama proved last week - that it's very hard to be elected in the country without AIPAC on your side - because AIPAC will spend what ever it takes to ensure that the U.S. remains staunchly Pro-Israel and that the billions continue to flow to Israel each year in so-called foreign aid. But most importantly, the U.S. must continue to fight Israel's wars.

Posted by: TJ | June 12, 2008 4:52 AM | Report abuse

Doug wrote "Obama loves to distort people's words. He did the same thing with Hillary on the RFK remarks."

Here is what you are claiming as a distortion of Clinton's words. This is a direct quote from Obama:

"I have learned that when you are campaigning for as many months as Sen. Clinton and I have been campaigning, sometimes you get careless in terms of the statements that you make. And I think that is what happened here. Sen. Clinton says that she did not intend any offense by it, and I would take her at her word on that."

Sounds to me like Obama is being a very nice guy in regard to Hillary's RFK remark. Maybe your source is distorting Obama's words!

Posted by: Jim Morrison | June 12, 2008 3:40 AM | Report abuse

Kick Lieberman out of the Democratic party!

Posted by: Billy Idol | June 12, 2008 3:32 AM | Report abuse

McCain has also said he would run an honorable campaign, and that went right out the window too. McCain himself may not bring up his son's military service, but he never said anything about his puppets trying to mint political coin from it.

Lieberman will apparently say or do anything to continue military conflict in Iraq and instigate war with Iran. To use McCain's ham-fisted attempt at being clever with regards to Obama's slogan, "that's not change we can believe in!"

Posted by: Piter | June 12, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

So when will Lieberjew's son ship to Iraq? He supports the war as well. Someone ought to ask him that question.

Posted by: playa | June 12, 2008 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Obama looks down at the military.

Obama called McCain elitist because his father and grandfather were admirals.

McCain's 19 year old son served in iraq and he has another in the navy academy.

McCain goes to Walter Reed all the time. Obama has been there once.

McCain visits his other son in the navy academy and has lunch with his friends.

McCain is close with the friends his son served with in Iraq.

His son found out he won New Hampshire when he was digging himself out of a ditch.


Obama because he saw no responsibility to serve feels he needs to denegrate McCain to go after his strength.

Obama says McCain doesn't care about the soldiers in Iraq.

Obama is one classless politician. No veteran would say that about McCain.

Obama never served.

Obama's comrades were Wright, Father Pfleger and Rezko.

Shame on Kerry. McCain defended Kerry against the swiftboat attacks.

Obama loves to distort people's words. He did the same thing with Hillary on the RFK remarks.

Posted by: Doug | June 12, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

He still hasn't use his son's military service for campaign, but when his butt gets on fire and feels he is going to loose, I will bta you that his son will come out in open about military service. True McCain is coming soon.

Posted by: BOBSTER | June 11, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

We need to aprove $140billion for Iraq and Afganistan operations if you wana live free in this country. We need to be carefull about Iran, because they probably have WMD. Only John McCain can help us with our American interests. Thank you Joe Liberman, thank you for being true American.

Posted by: STUPID (Republican) | June 11, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Joe Lieberman is getting senile. Plus he's never forgiven the Dems for supporting the other guy during the primaries. Anyway, Joe is pretty much of a national fool anywhere he shows up.

Posted by: DR Doug | June 11, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Lieberman is behind McCain simply because it is his best shot to see that all Arabs are wiped out.

Posted by: Jim | June 11, 2008 3:16 PM
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and the problem with that is ???

Posted by: laughing at the dems | June 11, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Me like McCain. Him crash plane. Get captured. A real American. Him hero.

Posted by: D Miner | June 11, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

When will Lieberman just come out of the closet as a Republican? He endorsed McCain for president and has said he would speak at the Republican convention.

We Democrates do not need friends like this.

He was "excommunicated" as a superdelegate, at least that's good.

Posted by: Robert Campbell | June 11, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

"It is amazing to me that the majority of the Democratic Party is willing to appease our enemies but attack a decorated veteran who has given his entire life in service to this Great Nation."

Yes criticizing ST John McCain is uncalled for, no debate with republicans. Its unpatriotic to not accept 100 years in Iraq, and war with Iran.

Posted by: Julian | June 11, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

It is amazing to me that the majority of the Democratic Party is willing to appease our enemies but attack a decorated veteran who has given his entire life in service to this Great Nation.

Posted by: Veteran | June 11, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse


Apparently the Democrats don't think it's too important either. They were voted in to stop the war, but they don't have the stones to do it.

At least McCain tells the truth and does actually have stones.

Posted by: Chicago1 | June 11, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm not planning to vote for McCain, but what a refreshing contrast with our chicken-hawk in chief. Almost nobody at the top of our current administration has ever been in the military, except for W himself, who was sort of in the national guard, but only did that to avoid the draft.

I won't vote for him, but he has a right to express his hawkish views that comes from his family's history of putting its butt on the line. He took the risks he's asking others to take and paid the price.

I respect all of that, but we need a Democratic administration with a Democratic attorney general and a Democratic Congress to restore the constitution by investigating the innumerable violations by the Bush administration and prosecuting all those crimes for which there is no immunity. The best way to help discourage the constitution being treated like toilet paper again is to put as many of these crooks in jail as is legally possible.

Posted by: dcp123 | June 11, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

"And of course any critique of Obama would never be considered racist."

really? look at the like 6 critical of Obama pieces Mccains base the washingtonpost has written today? Look at the comments no one has called it racist!

Infact the most Obama could hope to do by calling anyoen racist is solidify black support, which i don't know if you have notices he already has.

White people get angry if you say something another white person says is racist, so long as it is short of the N word essentially thats how politics ahas been this season.

Posted by: Julian | June 11, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Obama Joe Mama.

Posted by: Obama bin Laden | June 11, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

if the american pick mccain as president then we have not learn for the BUSH ERA.. the cost of war for something that dont make any sense in the first place. WMD haha stupid where? how?> why>? it got this far well YOU AS THE american WHO VOTED FOR BUSH got some lose screws that need to be tighten.. you like high cost for fuel or food and layoff no jobs thats the BUSH ERA the past was like that his DAD BUSH senior... stupid

Posted by: master from shamrock | June 11, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Good for McCain! It is perfectly justifiable for the campaign to mention his son's service in Iraq, especially when democrats are telling lies and attacking his character. Obama has no service record and no prior affiliation with the armed services. Strange that during the last election every Democrat was touting John Kerry's service record, but now they won't even address the fact that Obama has no experience.

Posted by: NewYork | June 11, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

McCain was saying that troops *dying* in Iraq is a much bigger problem than troops *being* in Iraq. Seems like a simple, valid point. I don't see what the uproar is about. And yeah, if McCain says he's not going to refer to his son, then his supporters shouldn't make a habit of it either.

Posted by: Ben | June 11, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

same old washington politic time to move on ..i dont beleive its good if we got mccain as president IRAN world war 3.. whats next its times .>>>NEW WORLD ORDER>>GO OBAMA

Posted by: master from shamrock | June 11, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, Im not defending anyone, but Straight Talk should check his facts. McCain remained married to his wife for TEN YEARS after her accident, and they divorced due to the affair with Cindy which explains why he remarried quickly afterwards. You see how your marriage fares when you've been tortured for 5 years and your wife has been crippled. I'm surprised they lasted as long as they did.

Posted by: Janster | June 11, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Do have to give it to McCain, he has avoided using his son's service completely.

Posted by: Bert | June 11, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

"The new McCain tactic: no one can question anything i say, or its ageism or they are insulting mine or my sons service.
Typical republicans, when you can't win the argument, make disagreement some sort of Dogma."

And of course any critique of Obama would never be considered racist. If turning disagreement into Dogma is a political tactic, it came out of the liberal playbook.

McCain is the most liberal republican in the country. I'm surprised democrats aren't extatic about his nomination. The downward cycle continues, and it just gained more speed.

Posted by: Pot Calling the Kettle | June 11, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

The reason why Joe Lieberman is behind McCain is because Joe Lieberman is a jewish american that wants to see America fight for Israel. Am I the only one that notices Joe Liebermans support for Mccain. I'm wondering would Mccain put the draft back to action, because it sure looks like we are going into Iran with McCain. Americans need to wake up and elect new officials in there local and state and federal governments to get these lobbyist out of the white house.

Posted by: mike | June 11, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

John McCain collects 100% disabiity that could go to real disabled vets. He is one of the richest Senators and claims to be in perfect health.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Lieberman is behind McCain simply because it is his best shot to see that all Arabs are wiped out.

Posted by: Jim | June 11, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

John McCain has a wide stance. Leiberman is in the next stall.

Posted by: D Major | June 11, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

No, McCain won't use his son Jimmy as a tool on Iraq, but he will use his tool LIEberman to trot him out in his stead. Does ANYONE possiblly believe that the man surgically attached to John McCain's hip the last 5 months let something "slip?" Amazing ... McCain. The new "say anything, do anything" candidate. But hey, when a guy dumps his first wife after she got horribly disfigured in a car accident and one month later marries the younger, richer, politically connected Cindy why would we think that John McCain would hold his family "sacred?"

Posted by: straight talk my a** | June 11, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

The new McCain tactic: no one can question anything i say, or its ageism or they are insulting mine or my sons service.
Typical republicans, when you can't win the argument, make disagreement some sort of Dogma.
If he gets elected it will be worse then bush, he will use his service to stifle discussion about war and peace. 100 years in a Iraq and his dream confrontation with Iran. We will be a country of war if this man is president.

Posted by: Julian | June 11, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Why is Joe Lieberman?

Posted by: jake l | June 11, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

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