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. Larry

    Who is the chucklehead in the front row who keeps yellin YEAH!!!! Yeah!!. He's killing me.

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

    Agree with the other comments. I tried to listen, but (yawn) he didn't say anything to make you pay attention.

    September 2, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  3. Hillary 2012

    GOP convention we hear USA USA USA
    DNC convention We heard OBAMA OABAMA OBAMA
    GOP gave respect to Tim Russert

    So far Very good Convention

    September 2, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  4. Orlando

    Fred don't quit your day job.

    September 2, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  5. Tracey

    Thompson failed to mention Bush, the unpopular President! I wonder why?

    OBO8

    September 2, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  6. Matt

    Obama inexperienced ? Compared to who ? And what counts as "experience" ? Bush was governor and history will count him as one of the biggest failures. And then there is John McCain. Experience of little accomplishment in the Senate for decades and an ardent supporter of Bush.

    Plus, McCain's POW experience is tauted as some character strength. He was shot down while on a mission, as numerous air men were and he was put into a situation where he survived, as many have done. So nothing special.

    What this country needs, the republicans do not understand, is a President who does NOT have the Washington insider experience. A President that will be a President for the 21st century. This is something that McCain and the Republican Party can not provide.

    Finally, the difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is simple. The Republicans elect a President to serve their narrow range of interests, while the democrats elect a President who serves the American people.

    September 2, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  7. beth bump

    This has been one of the most electrofying elections in history. I am an X Republican.... Why the change 1. We keep saying Oboma has no experience yet he shows up at any one place or country and hundred of thousands people flock just to glymps him. With a love like that who do we have to compete. Our lack af love and biased behavior, people dont trust us any more. 2. The dicision to elect the gov. of Alaska last munite shows lack of judgement. What weill she do on day one or when the 3am call comes in god fordid he dies. Sorry I cant come to the phone I am breast feeding my baby !!!!! Noble but dangerous for the country!!!!!!!!!

    September 2, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  8. Ralph Peoria, Il

    Fred Thompson was a loser before and still is. Stick to acting, it makes you more believeable.

    September 2, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  9. CNN you are amazing

    What a story. You take a speaker and instead of focusing on what they say, you try to do a hatchet job.

    Good news reporting

    September 2, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  10. Patti Ann Kelly

    This comment goes out to all CNN so called journalists. I have been watching this presidential campaign intensely since the first primaries. As far as I am concerned unbiased journalism has died in America. I used to highly respect CNN. After the many months of undermining Hlllary Clinton, never ever vetting Obama, and now attacking Sarah Palin on issues that have nothing to do with her role as VP. Going after her daughter and her family in the past few days, has been the lowest of the low. It is sime. Worse than the National Inquirer. Why don't you all just wear Obama buttons and have subheadings: Obama supporter. Throughout this entire process you have been so unbeieveable biased towards annointing Obama, it is just disgraceful. Your group of pundits have not a shred of integrity.
    How dare you break a woman who has actually done something.
    CNN and MSNBC cannot call themselves journalists. I used to feel sorry for people living in Communist countries that had to listen to propaganda and one biased view point.
    Get a grip.. get professional. Where is true unbiased , honest journalism with integrity? You should all be ashamed of yourselves,and what is even worse is the role model you have for your children.
    NO longer a viewer of CNN

    September 2, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  11. Richard, FL

    Fred, as expected, missed some facts. Congress is rated rock-bottom, but the REPUBLICANS have a higher disapproval rating and the same polls that show the low Congressional ratings also show that Americans prefer to have Democrats rather than Republicans in Congress. Do Republicans ever check facts?

    September 2, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  12. Dready1rasta

    An actor acting.....no news here.

    September 2, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  13. ChangeWeCanBelieveIN

    My Friends, Fred Thompson is a joke and out of touch with Americans. Why is the majority of the crowd filled with people over seventy? John Mccain must have invited his entire family to fill up the place.

    September 2, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  14. Democrat Voting For McCain !!!

    Fred You Hit !!! . I'm A Life long Democrat . And There is only One Choice For President , John McCain A True American Hero , True Proven Leader !!! . Myself , And My House Wil Vote For What's Best For Our Great Crountry , John McCain / Sarah Palin 2008!!!!!

    September 2, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  15. Renee

    um, how many votes did this moron get when he was campaigning for President? This is nausiating.

    September 2, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  16. Tracey

    So, Thompson is a hyprocrite as well? Wow! there's so many of them!

    September 2, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  17. lee in Fort Worth - no more please

    If I see any more old duffers with old idea's talking about how the
    G O P is about country first....( Not). unless you are a big bussiness, People are the country and the G O P does not put people first they put themself's first and there buddies first....No MORE Please.

    September 2, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  18. SHS

    Based on CNN reporters, you can sure tell whose camp they are promoting! Not one good thing to say about the Republican camp!

    I am sad about the bias in media today!

    September 2, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  19. FloridaJack

    He had some good lines.. The most liberal (and inexperienced) candidate who has ever run for president. Who is less liberal? Clinton and Gore - not there - Maybe McGovern - it is hard to tell - more liberal on Foreign policy , but economics, and social issues, Obama takes the prize

    September 2, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  20. Doc

    All I saw at the RNC convention were old white people. Where is the rest of America?

    September 2, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  21. DEM IN NYC

    LOL I'M WATCHING THE SPEECHES AND ALL I HEARD WAS THE SAME THING ABOUT MCCAIN BEING A POW AND HOW THAT QUALIFIES HIM TO BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT AND HOW GOV WHATS HER FACE PALIN OR WHO EVER THIS MYSTERY WOMAN IS IS GOIN TO BE A GREAT VP....LOL ARE U SERIOUS.....AND GEORGE W BUSH.....LOL U REPUBS ARE A HANDFUL AND A CACKLE.....VERY FUNNY U GET AN FOR EFFORT BUT A D FOR EXECUTION.....I HAVE YET TO HEAR ANYTHING ABOUT THE ECONOMY ALL I HEARD IS ABOUT THE WAR THIS WAR THAT.....GIVE ME A BREAK AND WHY WOULD I LISTEN TO ANYTHING JOE LIEBERMAN SAYS......LOL I SHOULD JUST PUT THE GUN TO MY HEAD AND PULL THE TRIGGER!

    September 2, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  22. suv2001

    The only reason I turn to CNN, was to see how basis David was going to be.

    September 2, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  23. Mike in Columbus

    Is anyone ever going to tell us what John McCain actually plans to do????????

    September 2, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  24. Tsk Tsk Tsk...

    Enough with this experience crap. Sarah Palin is unprepared to be Vice President. Talk about something else.

    September 2, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  25. kasia

    Now who's the blow hard. Blah, blah, blah - drama king. So you're an actor. Whoopty-do. Good acting job tonight, however, you still have a bit more practicing in the mirror to do - not quite completely convincing yet.

    September 2, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
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