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. Obama Supporter 08

    Stick to Law & Order bud.

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

    As I listen to the biography and praise by various people at the RNC about John McCain, one thing comes to mind. Why did the GOP NOT feel this way about John McCain in 2000 when Rove began his rise to power? I would vote for McCain 2000 but I cannot vote for McCain 2008 who is aligned with the Corporations and lobbyists that got Bush elected over a better candidate in 2000. Now the party has no credibility. The presidency does not need a war hero as much as it needs someone that is smart, has good judgement and can inspire a country. The USA has not seen that in 8 years. God Bless America!!!

    September 2, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  3. Mia

    Just wondering if the republicans are ever going to talk about the issues at some point during the convention.

    Character attacks...that's all they know.

    They've got nothing else to talk about.

    September 2, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  4. tim

    Nice....

    Thompson divided everyone and Liberman tries to unite everyone.

    I love hearing this crap... the republicans cry out against petty and unfair jabs by Obama, but do it themselves on national tv.

    I can't watch anymore

    September 2, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  5. Doug

    Good for Fred. At least there are some smart people willing to say what needs to be said. Obama is less qualified than Sarah Palin. (although the left news services will tell try to make you believe differently)
    Americans are in the most part smarter than that. Obama is nothing more than a bag of hot air. He is great at reading speeches (that a speech writer wrote). when talking on his own, he can't even think what to say. He really says some stupid things when it isn't written down for him

    September 2, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  6. Lame Repubs..

    These guys don't know what they are up against.. Losers..

    September 2, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  7. Eric

    Fred Thompson said more in this speech then he did in his short lived campaign. Go back to hollywood Fred!!

    September 2, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  8. Bryan

    Same old attacks, same old arguments....and it hasn't worked yet. I'm not sure what the Repubs are going for here.

    September 2, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  9. Steve

    Think it is time for Fred to head back to the easy pay check of L & O. His memory is fading that he once supported women's rights. Needs to get back to those easy to remember grumpy cameos on TV.

    September 2, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  10. Meck

    Who are you fooling Mr Thompson. You once were a lobbyist for abortion rights and supported the right for a woman to choose. Now you even have the audacity to stand there and vomit nonsense.
    November is near....the votes shall tell.

    Meck, Vanc

    September 2, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  11. KC

    Gee, do you think if Obama will admit that the SURGE worked, that Mccain/Palin will admit that Abstanance only sex ed does not work?

    September 2, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  12. Javone

    This from a man whose claim to fame is telling Alexandra Cabot who to prosecute as the DA on Law and Order SVU. Inexperienced huh? I guess he thought he was the second coming of Ronald Reagan LOL

    September 2, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  13. Sarah

    I can't believe how many people "of faith" apparently didn't get the "above my pay grade" comment. Obama was pretty obviously referring to GOD.

    What morons. Are they really that stupid, or do they just play that stupid on TV?

    September 2, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  14. Jackie

    Apparently, I have thought about the issues of what people will do in their prospective positions. I know Obama and McCain are about even in their abilities to lead, and as far as foreign politics – they are both untried, but capable. Both men are smart ....

    My concern lies more with the back up and what they can do. I see Biden as being able to devote all his time to the office... however – I really don't like to pick on women, but this woman left herself open in her speech.

    Where will Palin be when she has the new grandchild? Overseas? In the Air? On the Road? It is her responsibility to support the president, how is she planning to take care of family and also be able to perform the duties of the position?

    She has claimed that her whole family would be there for the daughter and her new baby. Where will she be when the baby comes if she is VP?

    How about the down syndrome infant Palin has? As a special needs teacher, I know that is a huge responsibility as a mother and father. Will Palin leave the children to the father, and do her duties or will she be there for her children and forego some of the traveling duties of the VP?

    I think it is well due to have a female in the white house – either as President or Vice.. but I had a much more mature vision of a woman who did not have to divide her responsibilities of motherhood with her position to support the President. Most women I thought might make it had children of older years, adult children. I wonder if Palin will fall apart or make it.

    I think she is not ready for the political race of Washington. Too bad, we could have a great opportunity for a female in the white house.

    September 2, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  15. Kerry Chapman

    Fred, was right about OBAMA, is inexperienced. Just as Liberman says. OBMAMA attend all the right Washington Cocktail Parties. Thats
    about it.

    September 2, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  16. Steve Witman

    He should head back to Law and Order....

    September 2, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  17. Valerie

    I just have to say that on FOX news NONE of their blog comments have been posted regarding the RNC tonight, how pathetic. Goes to show the republicans our out of touch with technology and the comments of the people!

    September 2, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  18. Larry B.

    Could that audience look any more comatose? Could those speakers sound any less enthusiastic? The big black buzzard of doom is gliding over this shindig, and everyone there seems to know it.

    It's supposed to be the Republican PARTY! Lighten up! Have some fun! Party like W. used to! It looks like they raided the local morgue to fill the seats.

    Of course the conservatives are stuck with a loser, so they may as well live it up a bit.

    September 2, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  19. CT in DC

    ""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."

    This is why I do not like this statement. Instead of acknowledging the history, he chooses to take a jab for political reasons.

    And Liberman says:

    There is no room for eloquence with a presidential candidate? Then mentions what clinton did AFTER he won the presidency. lol

    September 2, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  20. tuff Col. Oh

    if he said those things about abortion rights how can he diss obama, what a hypocrit, but the republicans are full of hypcrites

    September 2, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  21. Willa PA

    """Thompson said that “we need a President who doesn't think that the protection of the unborn or a newly born baby is above his pay grade.” That’s a dig at the recent Obama statement at the recent faith forum, when Rick Warren asked when life begins – he responded that it was above his pay grade."""

    Is not what Obama said. It is above his pay grade to know when life acually begins, nothing about not protecting a baby...Everyone has his or her own opinion about when life begins and should not be in politics.....Get your facts straight...This is how the Conservatives work and spread the word, with lies and distorted statements....

    September 2, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  22. hila

    Well said. The worst Congress in our time that Obama wants to change is controlled by Democratics. Is it not an easy job to get rid of them?
    MacCain 2008

    September 2, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  23. Mike in PA

    Are they for real? Wow, I would have expected something with a little substance.

    September 2, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  24. Yawn

    Thompson is a Flip Flopper like most of the Rep party and have no right to point fingers at Obama or anyone else .

    September 2, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  25. bs

    Who cares what you have to say.... Mr. Mccain what happen to the intrevew with larry king...... the truth hurt.

    September 2, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
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