September 3rd, 2008
10:20 AM ET
6 years ago

Thompson skewers Obama

Fred Thompson said Barack Obama is unprepared to be president.
Fred Thompson said Barack Obama is unprepared to be president.

ST PAUL (CNN) – Barack Obama is wholly untested and unprepared to be president, former Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson said Tuesday - the most pointed criticisms yet of the Democratic presidential nominee delivered at the scaled-back GOP convention.

"Democrats present a history making nominee for president," Thompson told the cheering crowd. "History making in that he is the most liberal, most inexperienced nominee to ever run for president.

"Apparently they believe that he would match up well with the history making, Democrat controlled Congress," he continued in the prime-time speech. "History making because it's the least accomplished and most unpopular Congress in our nation's history."

Thompson, who abandoned his own presidential bid after poor showings in the first round of primaries early this year, also criticized the Illinois senator for comments at a recent faith forum during which he declined to say when he believed human life began.

"We need a president who doesn't think that the protection of the unborn or a newly born baby is above his pay grade," Thompson said in what was a clear reference to Obama's comments at a forum sponsored by Rick Warren last month.

Thompson faced criticism during his own presidential run when a YouTube clip of a 1994 Senate debate showed Thompson declaring, "The ultimate decision on abortion should be left with the woman and not the government."

It was also revealed Thompson once lobbied for an abortion-rights group.

soundoff (382 Responses)
  1. donna

    same ole arguments at a boring convention....

    Are the Democrats still going to be on Larry King this week to respond to the Republicans??

    September 2, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  2. Josh

    Thompson said about Obama "history making: because he is the most liberal candidate ever"....

    Hardly the most liberal.... I would be happier if he were MORE liberal. Would say he is pretty centrist at the moment.

    September 2, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  3. Barbara

    That old republican?

    September 2, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  4. Dave an Independent

    Does anyone at the RNC want to talk about the economy?

    September 2, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  5. Dee

    What a moron. Could he possibly be anymore patronizing. I hope he is belittling the historic nature of Sen. Obama's candidacy. It has a way of coming back to bite you. But then again, here is a man who had to ask for applause

    September 2, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  6. Adam, Plano, TX

    that was easily the most full of crap speech i've ever heard. way to go fred thompson, you're a clown.

    September 2, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  7. michael

    Has anyone seen my grampa? I took him out for dinner in the twin cities and I need to get him back to the nursing home... he starts talking crazy if he doesn't get his meds on time.

    September 2, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  8. FrankSmith

    The problem is that McCain has NEVER been tested as President, nor is Thompson. Only ex-Presidents such as Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter and so on can make such claims. After George Bush, how any American can listen to these idiots puzzles me! But then-

    September 2, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  9. Jane with a brain

    A convention for old fools with old ideas that work anymore. No wonder the rest of the world is leaving us behind. McSame does not put his country first. He put "womanizing" first. He could not stop looking at Sara "McPlain" Palin's behind. He is just using us women for his own personal desires. He chooses a second rate beauty queen instead of qualified candidates. Now he wants to give his VP choice a crash course in foreign policy. Wake up America! The rest of the world is laughing at us! Palin is a JOKE to all Americans. By the way I'm a republican. Save the drama and vote Obama

    September 2, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  10. Robert in Seattle

    The least canned sounding speech of the convention, still boring and spin filled, but at least it was a little more entertaining.

    September 2, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  11. Lee from FL

    they are so brain washed, they said john voted against Reagan about the troops but i hear nothing about his vote for IRAQ

    this is boring,and its seems like they are more military than fixing the economy for the American people

    September 2, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  12. Peter

    Obama takes outright swipes at the Republicans and anyone who supports McCain with some very basic proven lies and now it wa the Republicans turn to throw some facts on to the fire. GO MCCAIN!!!

    September 2, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  13. RyanD.

    Flip-Flop on abortion so you can get those WEDGE VOTES, Thompson!

    Fear, hate and vitriol is the only way the GOP can hope to compete.

    Obama-Biden 08'

    September 2, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  14. Donna

    Oh thank you. He's stopped talking.

    Maybe he'll go field dress a moose now.

    September 2, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  15. Vanessa

    Was it just me or did they forget about our economy?

    September 2, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  16. Roger from CA

    Oh, come on Gergen, etc.: the speech sucked! Stop misreporting, trying to sound "fair"?

    September 2, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  17. Robin

    Sarah Palin is a "breath of fresh air", and a big belly laugh.

    September 2, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  18. dddeee

    Boringggg

    September 2, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  19. Barbara

    By the way, ONLY GOD knows when life begins. I think that's definitely above everyone's pay grade.

    September 2, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  20. Seventhwonder

    THis was not energizing,,,,this gave me indigestion,,,,,this is the night of the living dead.

    September 2, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  21. jason

    hahahah hater

    September 2, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  22. Barbara

    How presumptuous

    September 2, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  23. Matt

    ZZZZZ......More half truths from the RNC. Way to go Fred!!! Stick to acting. He's just scared his millions will be taxed for the first time in a decade.

    September 2, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  24. Susans pics

    Talk about a blowhard...

    September 2, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  25. BORING!

    No wonder he lost in the primaries!

    September 2, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
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