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article imageJoseph Liberman Issues Harsh Words Against Obama While Introducing McCain

By Susan Duclos     Aug 12, 2008 in Politics
While introducing John McCain at a campaign event in Pennsylvania, Joseph Lieberman said "John McCain, who has always put the country first, worked across party lines to get things done, and one candidate who has not."
That was only part of Joseph Lieberman's statement to the crowd that greeted the Straight Talk Express in a hangar-like hall, where a large crowd awaited John McCain, to the tune of Rocky.
Joseph Lieberman is a former Democrat that is now a sitting Independent Senator from Connecticut and has formally endorsed John McCain. Lieberman caucuses with the Democrats almost all domestic issues but votes with Republicans on the majority of national security issues.
More of Lieberman's statement was sent out by the McCain campaign, via email: (this portion starts at approximately the 2 minute mark in the video above)
"I think it's 84 days from now that the people of America are going to choose their next president. And it's a big choice, because we know these are tough times at home economically, and dangerous times in the world. And in my opinion, the choice could not be more clear; between one candidate, John McCain, who has experience and has been tested in war and tried in peace, and another candidate that has not. Between one candidate, John McCain, who has always put his country first, worked across party lines to get things done, and one candidate that has not. Between one candidate that's a talker and one candidate who's the leader America needs as our next president. You never know -- we never know what crisis will occur in the four years of his watch; we've just seen over the last few days, as the Russians invaded a sovereign nation, Georgia. And watch the response of this man, John McCain, to that crisis: right, strong, clear, principled. The kind of president we need in the White House over the next four years, to protect our country, our security, and our freedom ..."
The Straight Talk Express
The Straight Talk Express
by howieluvzus-Flickr
The portion that has many on the left side of the blogosphere criticizing Joseph Lieberman and claiming he is "smearing" Barack Obama is where he said, "Between one candidate, John McCain, who has always put his country first, worked across party lines to get things done, and one candidate that has not."
Some across the web are pointing out that he could have been speaking to the history that McCain has of reaching across the aisle which was part of that particular sentence, but Obama supporters as well as media blogs are using the "put his country first" remark in their headlines and focusing on that.
Lieberman finished his speech, but part of his introduction had him saying saying "It’s great to be here with Rocky McCain", and when McCain took the stage he went on to speak to the crowd telling them about his recent phone conversations with the president of Georgia, whom he has known for years and calls "Misha" Saakashvili, telling the president that McCain's and America's support is with him by saying "today we are all Georgians".
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