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. objective observer

    for the rep. base, thompson gave a good speech. but i find the tone of the rnc much different than that of the dnc. the rnc seems to be mostly about war, and the military, and religion. the dnc seemed to focus on the economy, energy, and health care. i guess voters will decide which issues are more important to them.

    i find it very interesting that joe lieberman is on stage right now...how can he support john mccain and still call himself a democrat? the values of the rnc are very different than the dnc.

    September 2, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  2. J Pollard

    Mr Thompson, Your total praise of Mr. McCain and his militry record and Vetnam experience. The total presentation of all the differnt types of honorable vets., notice none of them were of any minority group. I am a Vietnam Vet., and I would never but never use this part of my life to advance on the deaths and injuries of my fellow service men..

    I wanted to hear qualifaction and not laurels...

    September 2, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    I likes that.

    September 2, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  4. Dana from Las Vegas Nevada

    Fred Thompson is another bad actor just like Ronald Raygun! Neither know or can remmeber what they are talking about.

    No matter how you paint it McCain does equal Bush as they both have to run on the Republican platform.

    September 2, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  5. Liliana, Fl

    Historic speech!

    Nobama 08

    September 2, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  6. LaVelle Jones

    Fred Thompson calls Sarah Palin "A Great Running mate". Well she is a great running mate who knows how to cook moose and fire her employees.

    September 2, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  7. for the love of people

    GO BACK TO LAW AND ORDER. WHO CARES!!!! AS YOU PREACH INTO A CARBON COPY GEORGE BUSH CROWD, DO YOU NOTICE THAT EVERYONE LOOKS THE SAME. WHERE'S THE DIVERSITY. MCCAIN IS THE SAME AS WHAT WE HAVE HAD FOR THE LAST 8 YEARS, IT IS TIME FOR SOMETHING NEW, SOME FRESH INSIGHT TO LAUNCH US INTO THE NEXT CENTURY. I AM TIRED OF THE SAME BROKEN WASHINGTON TRYING TO DICTATE WHAT WE BELIEVE IN. REPUBLICANS ARE SUCH HYPOCRITES. THEY PREACH A GOOD SERMON BUT CANT TAKE HEED OF ITS OWN LESSONS. I AM OBAMA ALL THE WAY BABY AND YOU BEST BELIEVE I AM NOT ALONE. GO OBAMA, A CHANGE WE CAN TRUST AND BELIEVE IN.

    September 2, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  8. Jason

    Thompson had about the same amount of experience as Obama, and he ran for President. What makes him qualified and Obama not? I guess it was the five years on Law & Order.

    September 2, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  9. Ved

    yeah right ... these conservative crappies are just counting their days to be extinct

    September 2, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  10. tuff Col. Oh

    they don't talk about the ecnomoy because they don't know anout the economay they are too rich to care

    September 2, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  11. AA

    And also let's be clear about the whole human rights thing...

    That is a smokescreen. As is the inexperience argument. As is the whole we've been safe since argument. As is the illegal immigration.

    Your life has been made worse by the Republicans. Your children are not at home and are dying because the Republicans lied to you. Your neighbors have lost their jobs. We are 10 trillion dollars in debt.

    Wake up now.

    Peace.

    September 2, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  12. Milton

    Yet the same, tired argument the Republicans have been making since Obama won the primary season. They'll try to try a little bit harder than this.

    September 2, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  13. gayle, ca

    Does anyone have to tell the truth anymore?
    The first lie.
    Abraham Lincoln was the least expereinced president and one of the greatest.

    Abraham Lincoln server 1 term (2 years) in the US House and four terms (8 years) in the Illinois House of Representatives for a total of 10 years of elective office.

    September 2, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  14. Lyndon

    By the way, did you know that McCain was a POW?

    Thanks but no thanks, Republican party. You've spent the last 8 years putting the country's economy, foreign policy, world standing, energy dependence, housing situation, health care policy, social security, education system and overall condition into the collective toilet. I've had enough of a President that has made a mockery and sham out of the pillars of the constitution that this country was built on.

    I have had enough of this. I have had enough of the Republican party. I simply cannot sit here and listen to another talking mouthpiece talk about how they have kept us safe and secure over the past 8 years, when the exact opposite has shown true. I've had enough of an administration that has declared war on the scientific research and progress that can potentially save millions of lives in the future. I've had enough of a platform that has tried its best to set back the cause of women's rights several decades. And I've had enough of an administration that has pitted Americans from all walks of life against one another by turning the conversation from the American people to wedge issues like abortion and gay rights. The historical walls that have been torn down over time have been slowly rebuilt, brick by brick by the hateful ignorance of the GOP.

    We live in the United States of America. Please tell me that we are better than the issues that Republicans have decided to pin their hopes on and that we can focus on the only thing that should matter: fixing the problems and improving the issues that can bring about change and hope into the everyday lives of ordinary Americans such as myself.

    Please. We can't afford four more years of wedge/fear/hate/division in our country. Vote for a reason. Vote for a cause that goes beyond catchphrases and slogans. Vote for intelligence, collaboration and peace.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 2, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  15. John

    BAMBI SUPPORTERS YOU ARE ALL "ABOVE YOUR PAY GRADE.

    September 2, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  16. Latina For Barack

    He said we are not in a depression? Has he visited some of our cities? Has he seen what our dollars is worth?

    Finally, I am shocked by the lack of diversity within the republican party.

    September 2, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  17. Linda

    Thompson gave a very good teleprompter speech. I would expect no less from an actor

    September 2, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  18. dancindukes

    Well happy days for the Status Quo! PLEASE leave religion out of all of the political debate. We need to find a common ground –
    My PERSONAL pick Obama Biden 08 and if they do a good job 12.

    September 2, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  19. brenda s dickey

    Fred Thompson is an ACTOR...read my text. You can tell he is a good Actor too! I find it laughable that he was commenting on Democrats raising taxes on businesses and basically you will be able to feel the crunch when you go to the store, etc. LOOK around people, since George Bush has been in office our food and gas prices have trippled, hello???????? All you have to do is watch the news one nite to see how bad our economy is due to Republicans being in office for the last 8 years. As far as Sarah Palin goes, well if you say it enough it becomes believable, it is sort of like a slow mind control issue.
    Wake up people, don't let yourself become slowly manipulated.

    September 2, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  20. S

    Can anybody agree on when life begins? I'm glad Obama responded in the way that he did. He admitted that he was not God and didn't have the power to tell someone what they should do with their own body and their own life. If God gives us free will, who is the government to take that away?

    September 2, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  21. Virginia Voter

    And on that note – I can't believe some of you all are watching this circus called the Republican National Convention! Hahaha, the Tampa Bay Rays and Yankees are playing!

    September 2, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  22. Karen - Canada

    SERVICE ... the word means more than serving in the Military!!!
    Mr. Thompson gives a good speak and then again, acting has become his trade ... the speech itself was nothing new ... attack ... attack... no surprise here.

    September 2, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  23. MacCain

    I have refused to be brainwashed by Obama.. Thank you Hilary Clinton.
    Hilary 2012.

    September 2, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  24. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    It's the same old story over and over and over again.

    September 2, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  25. George McCain/Sarah Powlenty

    Laura Bush stated on 09/01/08 that Palin’s experience as a mayor, qualified her for the Republican vice presidency.

    Cindy McCain stated Sunday, 8/31/08 Palin had national security experience because Alaska was next to Russia.

    QUESTIONS TO ALL THE MOTHER'S OF AMERICA'S CHILDREN

    Are you willing to take a chance that the welfare and safety of your own children, may at sometime in the future be the responsibility of the Republican party that actually believes that anyone, male or female, with experience as a city council member and the mayor of a village of 9.000 for 8 of her 10 years of “executive” experience, actually qualifies the candidate for the top office in the land?

    The same Republican party believes that the fact that the state, which has a total population of less than the city of Atlanta, and which she is the current governor of for all of 20 months, during which time she has already managed to create a cloud of suspicion for possibly abusing the power of her office. and is currently being investigated, is actually qualified for national security because the state she is the governor of is next to Russia?

    No matter how you feel about the Democratic ticket at least the one with the lesser experience was ELECTED, and made a VP selection of someone who would bring balance to the ticket and provides some responsibility. The Republican VP was SELECTED by one man that actually believes the Republican statements and beliefs as outlined above.

    You parents out there need to think long and hard about this ticket but more importantly about the Republican party which is apparently so welling to cater to the Far Right that the entire Republican party is willing to chance putting your own kids future in jeopardy, just so they can win an election?

    How exactly is that considered "Country First"?

    September 2, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
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