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. Pez

    Obamabots are out in full swing on this forum. You think that you can convience undecided voters by seemings like thoughtless sheep who only see their candidate as their only hope? Most people don't think like that, it doesn't matter if someone is old, young, republican, or whatever. They want a good leader, and obviously you all want an OBAMA, no matter what cost. You Obamabots will cost him the election, trust me.

    September 2, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  2. marta

    look at the crowd and the presentation so far ...canned applause by a bunch of old men in suits...so sad

    September 2, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  3. Dana from Las Vegas Nevada

    Mike R. California, it is better to keep quite and thought a fool than to open ones mouth a prove it like you did.

    September 2, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  4. SolPlyr

    Hmmmm... more diversity at the DNC... might that be because the Dems are the party of the handout?

    September 2, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  5. shell

    boorrinnggg! obama 08!

    September 2, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  6. v.a.

    it's the economy, stupid... oh wait republicans don't want to address that. my bad.

    September 2, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  7. longhairs for obama

    and you, sir, are a disgrace!

    September 2, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  8. Mr. X

    I think the VP picks are really important in this race...especially McCains since he's like 124324213 years old...and god forbid anything happens and PALIN!!!!!1 is president...i'll leave that up to your imagination

    September 2, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  9. Cecil

    character, judgment, leadership and policy!

    Obama 08

    September 2, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  10. SJB

    Fred WHO?

    September 2, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  11. KO

    Let's see, Thompson, who ran one of the worst political campaigns in modern history, criticizes Obama, who ran one of the best. Sounds like jealousy to me. Slink back to Hollywood, Fred–you're a loser.

    September 2, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  12. diane

    i am not surprise at joe Lieberman had to say tonight, He is not willing to vote for Obama because of his complection

    September 2, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  13. Kevin

    Didn't Abe Lincoln have even less experience than Obama? And yet he didn't do too bad.

    Doesn't George Bush have a lot of experience? And yet he didn't do too well.

    September 2, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  14. Cheri

    This has got to be the most boring convention ever.

    September 2, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  15. Vin Texas

    Saw the face of republican party tonight...it is old, white and crusty.

    Some in audience also proved white men cant (shouldnt) dance...

    September 2, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  16. McCain/Palin: What Desperation Looks Like

    Fred Thompson has just gave red meat? What red meat? Did I miss something? All I remember was something about a lightbulb burning 24 hours a day, that McCain was a P.O.W. and that Palin is a fresh face? Oh, and that Obama isn't qualified...

    Same talking points we heard over and over and over again.

    And this coming from the Party of Mavericks, change, and progress.

    Wake up, Fred.

    September 2, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  17. mike brian

    So many hateful O fans on this board....

    September 2, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  18. Stacey Decker

    All of you Obama Zombies need to start questioning why your imcompetent candidate has to read from a teleprompter all the time. And when he doesn't have one he stutters and stammers like the hollow child that he is. If he had a soul maybe he could speak like he had some heart.

    September 2, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  19. LS

    So, this is what's happening with the republican convention, thanks CNN for the info. Just what I expected would happen. Bashing and never addressing.

    Caught up on some movie-watching these past two days though.

    :o)

    September 2, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  20. Cecil

    Does anyone at the RNC want to talk about the economy?
    I Agree!

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

    Obama 08

    September 2, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  21. DEM for GOP

    Wow! What a great convention. I think the race is over. MacCain 2008.

    September 2, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  22. Ginrou Shirogami

    I wonder how many people that have commented here have actually or are actually watching the convention? How many are just commenting just to comment? How many are just following the same old party lines and rhetoric simply because that's what appears to be expected of them? People are foolish. They like to bark and bite before learning any facts at all, or they like to make up a bunch of facts just to appear educated and well-informed, OR they like to listen to people who have no clue what facts really are, and they base their opinions from the grumblings and whinings of the most vocal few.
    CNN won't publish this. This may be too inflammatory, and it definitely will get flammed; based upon the majority of the other knee-jerk posts here, I'm lucky I'm not giving my address out, or I might get tarred, feathered, and ran out on a rail.
    Good night Folks!

    September 2, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  23. mrsb

    Love the geriatric comments – and I'm there! They are boring me. Too bad they had to put their convention back on – and what is the real story about Bush not being there? Needed in Washington? He and his cronies should have been forced out of Washington for their failure to respond when Katrina devastated lives. But, as the revered Barbara Bush remarked after Katrina, "those people will be better off" – showing how she raised her little boy to be insensitive to the lives of others. Was not on board with Obama, but I am now.

    September 2, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  24. Susie

    Same BORING politics from the RNC!!! Unlike the DNC which was full of energy and new prospects for the future of this country!

    September 2, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  25. Robert

    I'm glad many people will be perfectly safe as they starve on our streets.

    September 2, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
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