March 25th, 2009
05:30 PM ET
5 years ago

Thompson: I don't want Obama's policies to succeed

Fred Thompson, a former GOP White House hopeful, said Wednesday that he doesn't want some of the president's policies to succeed.
Fred Thompson, a former GOP White House hopeful, said Wednesday that he doesn't want some of the president's policies to succeed.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Count former GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson among the growing chorus of prominent Republicans who want President Obama's policies to fail.

Tuesday evening Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal called pressure to support Obama's policies "political correctness run amok."

Related: Jindal defends those who want Obama to fail

Thompson told CNN's John Roberts Wednesday that he agreed with some of his fellow Republicans who have said publicly they do not want the president's policies to be successful.

Watch: Thompson on American Morning

"I want his policies that I believe take us in the wrong direction to fail," Thompson told Roberts on CNN's American Morning.

"If he takes us down the road of tripling our national debt in ten years and making us vulnerable to higher interest rates and higher inflation, and things of that nature, I want all those policies not to succeed," he said.

Thompson, who made the rising cost of entitlement spending a focus of his 2008 presidential run, said he'd be happy to help Obama overhaul those programs.

"If he wants to do that, I will join with him. I'll do everything I can to make him succeed with regard to that because that's the whole ball game in terms of our fiscal future in this country," said the former Tennessee senator.

Thompson criticized Obama's ambitious health care agenda, telling Roberts the president's plans would cost the government more than they would save.

soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Seth in Jacksonville, FL

    So are we supposed to just ignore the problems with health care, education, energy/pollution, and procurement? NO. We have to fix these problems, even if they cost a lot of money. We've been putting them off for too long now. The time to address these problems is NOW.

    March 25, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  2. patrick

    Sour grapes for his party having been thrown out on their rear ends after 8 years of unsuccessful policies.

    March 25, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  3. Alex

    I don't want republican policies to succeed, oh wait, we already know they don't.

    March 25, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  4. Bob from Virginia

    If Fred the FAILURE wants Obama to fail, then it must be a good thing. no one wants the policies of the FAILURE to work. I'll take the winner. Good luck Obama and America, most of us in the thinking world want this to work.

    March 25, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  5. Socialism is killing America

    No one has to wish for him to fail, he is doing that on his own.

    March 25, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  6. Ron

    Where were all of these people when bush was sneaking in spending bills in the middle of the night?

    March 25, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  7. Dale

    I want Obama to fail, and I'm not a republican.

    March 25, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. phoenix86

    Anyone who wants Obama's agenda to succeed is hoping that the government takes care of them from cradle to grave. I cannot see how anyone in his right mind can support this.

    I want the US to recover, but if Obama's agenda goes forward the US will become structurally uncompetitive. I don't support that and no one else should either.

    March 25, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  9. Zion

    Once again, why are we listening to people who didn't even have the decency to run a successful presidential campaign. Remember, this guy lost. Notice that Republicans always want to discourage any sort of educational spending or healthcare spending. I guarantee you ever last one of the Congress people have private tutors for their children (or they attend top tier schools) and they have the best healthcare.

    March 25, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  10. greg in jacksonville florida

    when american fails, we all fail.. those that wish this are pathetic and unamerican.

    besides, doesnt fred thompson have some lying...um, i mean , acting to do.. lol

    March 25, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  11. Rick

    Obama's policies are going to fail. We will feel the effects for the next 20+ years. The problem is that dumbocrats can never put two and two together and so will never understand the lingering aftereffects of his failed policies and the result will be that 20 years from now they will be saying either a) it's the poor sap's fault that will be in office then(if it's a republican or b) it's George Bush's fault.

    March 25, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  12. steve

    Republicans watch your foul mouth because the economy is slowly turning around for good .
    Be careful what you wish for.
    President Obama will succeed and that is what frightens your party.
    Gov Jindals allegiance is to INDIA that is why he wants the president to fail .

    March 25, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  13. N.

    This is just sad. I am a liberal democrat through and through and hated GW with ever fiber of my being (no use lying and saying I didn't), but I still never wanted him to FAIL, because if the president and his policies fail, then WE as a COUNTRY fail. The comments are un-American, un-Patriotic. You can dislike the man. You can hate him. You can disagree with his policies. You can argue with him, but to wish him failure is just wrong. Just goes to show you how messed up our country really is.

    March 25, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  14. Bonnie Kimberly

    Fred did not go very far running for President ....that says it all. I do not think he has an answer to any of the problems he does not even try to address fixing anything specifically, none of these people can say what they would support they can only cry socialism and rant and rave over everything that is undertaken. It is starting to get me down. This is not positive and can only hurt us as a nation. But I do still believe a two party system needs watch dogs and if this makes us safer as a nation I guess we need these guys and their rhetoric. I liked it when people called the Bush Admin on everything they did I guess I will have to except this type of stuff now.

    March 25, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  15. Jeff Gary

    When Republicans make these statements about debt, why don't the CNN reporters point out to them that 9 Trillion dollars in stimulus/rescue was committed before Obama even took office. The position has no merit!

    March 25, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  16. Jackie in Dallas

    Oh, goodie. Yet another Republican jumping on the bandwagon, hoping that President Obama's policies fail.

    GUYS, BUY A CLUE! You've got the money, really, go buy a clue! If President Obama's policies fail, millions of people in this country will fail and suffer. You may disagree with his policies all you want, that's just fine, but until you offer intelligent, soundly created alternatives, President Obama's are what we have! You are cheering on the failure of businesses, people, and the economy. Way to put America first!

    March 25, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  17. Brian Crooks

    They woke up Fred Thompson? What I think these "we want him to fail" people seem to forget is that if his policies fail, there will be a major impact on the American People.

    Unemployment will continue to rise
    The dollar will continue to weaken
    More Americans will be without health care
    Our education system will continue to fall behind
    We will continue to rely more and more on foreign oil

    The list goes on and on and on. You can't couch your opposition in the "if, then" corollary, because you don't know the IF part first. Of course if his policies make everything worse, everyone wants him to fail. Duh! But it seems like the Republicans have decided that no matter what he proposes and no matter how many experts agree with him, his policy will be an abject failure so they better just oppose it to begin with. Well, Fred, come up with some answers for how to fix the problems instead of just hoping the country collapses.

    March 25, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  18. Americans WANT TRUTH

    A Better way to say it

    I STILL AGREE

    March 25, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  19. Neiki

    Where were you with your negetivity when Bush was running us into this bottomless pit? Why weren't you publicly speaking against his policies? (But then again I guess that would mean he would actually have to have policies in place, huh?!) My bad!

    March 25, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  20. Billy J in Texas

    Oh man..... It is going to be a loooong time before the Republicans get the majority back. Amazing that they don't get it. Things are too important, people are paying too much attention, and there are lot more young people who have watched their parents be fooled and robbed by the haters, than old people still 'clinging'.

    March 25, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  21. Mississippi Mike

    "If he takes us down the road of tripling our national debt in ten years and making us vulnerable to higher interest rates and higher inflation, and things of that nature, I want all those policies not to succeed," he said.

    Fred is right on the money. Obama complains about the national debt but he is forecasted to TRIPLE it this year. Obama's speeches are intentional misdirection. He is not planning on reducing the national debt, helping small businesses or strengthening our ties with our allies. How do I know this? His actions so far have led to a higher national debt, a less favorable climate for small businesses and he went out of his way to insult the UK. Read between the lines folks, he is either in way above his head or he does not have your best interests in mind. It's one or the other, you decide.

    March 25, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  22. Parnell Meagre

    Who is Fred Thompson and who besides Mrs. Thompson cares what he says?

    March 25, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  23. Terri

    Oh for Pete's sake – SHUT UP!!! I am so tired of you hyprocrital republicans. Where were you all George Bush was driving this country in the ground? Your party is just a bunch of sore loosers who whine and complain about everything our president is trying to do.

    Instead of getting on television stating you want his policies to fail, why not make an appointment with him and discuss your brillant ideas – oh wait – you don't any.

    March 25, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  24. Fairfax Patriot

    He is President and Commander-in-Chief.

    Such an unqualified statement is TREASON.

    The greed and fear of the last 8 years has totally corrupted our thinking and national identity.

    March 25, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  25. Michael T.

    People who kept their mouths shut for the last eight years have no standing to talk about fiscal responsibility and concern about the national debt now. This just proves their completely partisan agenda.

    March 25, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
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