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. Jane

    Yawn...hey, I just saw a black guy!

    September 2, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  2. Tired of C Students!!!

    Fred Thompson is a LOSER! He could not even get his own party's nomination and he wants to criticize the Democratic nominee? the article states:

    The article states "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." Make up your mind Fred are you pro-choice or are u against a woman's right to choose? Why don't you finish the argument with yourself before criticizing others!

    September 2, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  3. Eric-29-m-PA

    So true!

    September 2, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  4. Virginia Voter

    LOL, please. You're a former Senator for a reason, Fred. It's called being irrelevant. Your hypocrisy of calling Senator Obama inexperienced while praising Sarah Palin is laughable.

    No way, No how, No McCain!

    September 2, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  5. Darrel from Denver

    Thompson is a hypocrite. The people saw through him in his run and the people will see through him now.

    September 2, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  6. Veronica

    Fred Thomson is a liar. He conveniently omitted the fact that all the problems he named were created under the Bush administration under the watch of his old and roting party. Ad he has the nerve to blame the Democrats,
    Republicans are the party of old rich men in their suits. It is really scary to even look at that crowd.
    The only one worse one than all those old corrupt republicans is Judas Liberman. The Opportunistic lying two timer, he cost Al Gore the election because he was a liability more than a help to him. I wish he will stop saying he is a Democrat he doesn't deserve this title.....Liar Scum

    September 2, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  7. Tom

    Just more spin and lies. America will not be fooled this time Mr Celebrity. And did he just say that being a POW doesn't qualify someone for the presidency; wow go figure.

    September 2, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  8. Fitz

    FINALLY, some one spoke the truth and hit the nail on the head. Obama is no more ready to lead this great nation and serve as our Commander in Chief than he can be the man in the moon. While he is intelligent, eloquent, and attractive the office he seeks requires more. God bless this nation, our service members, and the updoming elections.

    September 2, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  9. Chi-town gurl

    Wow...what a hysterical speech! I wonder why was Mr. Thompson in the top 5 contenders for nomination......oh well....maybe he should stick to his day job as actor.....

    September 2, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  10. Cynthia

    Wow, I couldn't watch the DNC without a Republican critizing, commenting, and providing their opinion of what the Democrats had to accomplish during their convention!!! Why aren't the Democrats being allowed the same publicity during the RNC?!?!? How much more biased can the media be?

    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.

    Filed under: Fred Thompson • Republican National Convention

    Says a lot about Freds fiery statements against Barack!!! Get off your soapbox Republicans and tell us what you really think about McCains pick for VP... The RNC is BORING!!! The folks there don't look to happy!!

    September 2, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  11. monica

    There really are no words, that was the absoultely longest speech about nothing at all, he practically read mcbush's autobiography and threw in some political soundbites for good measure, with the crowd chanting Obama's "yes we can" and that was it?

    I am more proud than ever to be a Democrat If he believed half of what he actually said, he is just as backwards thinking and incompetent as mcbush!!

    Obama/Biden '08/12

    September 2, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  12. Mia

    The republicans always just spew one liners that are complete lies.

    Same old republicans.

    Same old lies.

    It boggles my mind how they just simply lie with a straight face.

    Go Obama. Truth will prevail.

    September 2, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  13. American

    OMG, what a big bag of air. Oscar worthy.

    September 2, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  14. Bulldog

    People keep talking about Palin's exectutive experience. She governed the 3rd from last smallest state for 1.5 years while Obama was running a National campaign for the same amount of time. Obama was well received by foreign leaders all over the world while Palin has never met with any other country's leader.

    Obama was a United States Constitutional professor, does Palin even know the Constitution?
    Obama is a Harvard graduate and first black person to be president of the Harvard Law Review (leadership). Palin graduated from a small college with a degree in journalism and worked as a sports reporter.

    Obama worked as a community organizer right out of college and helped organize much needed help for the less needy. Palin owned a small fishing store in Alaska. On and on and on.

    Obama has excellent experience, was President of Harvard Law Review, chose to be a community organizer over going to Wall Street, and was a Constitutional professor before he ever even ran for state senate. God knows this country needs someone who understands the constitution. The experience argument against Obama is getting very old. He has tons of experience, just not in Washington. He definately has more relevant experience than Palin.

    September 2, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  15. Karl Rove

    Hey Fred, if you want the most inexperienced candidate ever to run", go look in the mirror!

    September 2, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  16. Stephy

    why is this any different than anything else they have done? all they do is low road tactics. where is the substance. they have yet to define what if anything they plan to do that will help the average joe.

    September 2, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  17. Jack in Springfield, IL

    Of course Obama is Pro-death. Everyone in Illinois knows that its the dead people that help get Democrats elected in Chicago.

    September 2, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  18. Rob

    Hey Fred,

    Why don't you go lose a couple more primaries? I'll take you seriously then, promise!

    September 2, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  19. GALib

    Why do most of the speakers seem strained? It doesn't sound fluid. It doesn't have the feelings of people who are excited to move the country forward. They sound defensive and bitter. I am not uplifted, I am left feeling saddened that this is the alternative if the dems lose. It will be God Help America, not God Bless America.

    September 2, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  20. fixthebroken

    How sad. Thompson said it was up to the woman and not the government back in the 90s. Now all of a sudden the woman should have no choice and the government should dictate for her.

    I thought Republicans liked limited government - Ron Paul is at least consistent there.

    And another thing, I find it so funny how the Republicans can turn Obama's "above my pay grade" answer into a negative. It is above his pay grade. Only God (if you believe) can really know whether it is right or wrong. Or at the very least, only the woman who has to make the choice can really know. But, of course, since the Republicans own morality in this country, they say life begins at conception and that is that. They know that because there is no one above them on the "pay scale", not even God.

    September 2, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  21. LaVelle Jones

    Fred Thompson further proved why Republicans are so out of touch with Americans. After saying Democrats act as if we are in the "Great Depression", someone should remind Fred how many millions of people do not have healthcare as well as jobless and suffering because of high gas prices because of a War that should not have taken place in the first place. Because of a War that has turned our America into a Great Depression and to joke about this and have so little feelings for those millions of people, including me, who are stuggling to make it everyday is one of the many reasons why I am voting for Barack Obama for President of the United States. We do not need 4 More Years of this.

    September 2, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  22. Jennifer

    George W Bush had executive experience as governor of a large and populous state and look where that got us. It's JUDGEMENT not experience that makes him ready to lead and thats why millions of Americans voted for him.

    Thompson is a hypocrite now pandering to pro-life when he himself is pro choice. ENOUGH with the spin! ENOUGH!!!

    September 2, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  23. Jimmy

    I want everyone to do exactly what Spike Lee said to do. Look at the difference!!! The Democratic convention was very diverse. The Republic convention was a sea of white faces. It just goes to show the racial division in the two parties. One party promotes the melting pot that is supposed to be America, the other party promotes the same good ole boy politics that has corrupted America from the inside and has caused hate and distrust around the world.

    September 2, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  24. 63122mom

    Yawn. He sounded like a half-drunk uncle someone inadvisedly gave the microphone to a wedding reception for hte first half of the speech and the same old stuff we're heard for years–and these same GOP insiders rejected-8 years ago.

    September 2, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  25. bs

    b.s this is real life sir not TV. What you do on tv doesn't apply to real life sir.
    Obama 08

    September 2, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
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