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. suzyku

    Fred Thompson proved that the only thing he's any good at is "acting"! His 2 minute run for President was a joke, he's a joke! He frankly is "UN" patriotic at best! Having a limo drop him off at a red pick up truck so that he could "pretend" to be a "regular" "good ol' boy" during his failed campaign should tell you exactly what this man is all about!

    March 25, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  2. L

    Your fifteen minutes are so over!

    March 25, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. Mary - Independent

    Perhaps if the Republicans would communicate with the Democrats and attempt to work together on issues, there would not be this
    "I hope Obama fails" routine. It appears that the Republicans are not even trying to build their party and cross over and help Obama.

    March 25, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. Veteran in Kansas

    I was a Republican all my life. I never once wished for an United States President or his policies to fail, I am an American. I find it totally offensive for these so called Americans saying that they want the PotUS and his policies to fail. To me this demonstrates that they hold their political views above the health and welfare of the nation. So who have these fools sworn allegaince to the RNC or the United States of America.

    March 25, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. andy

    I can't believe these comments. The President has been elected for four years, like it or not. Why would anyone want him to fail? Only those people with such large egos, who care more for their political ambitions than they do for their country. As a Canadian who watches everything from the outside, I can't help but compare the current administration to the Bush administration. When did you ever see George W. Bush stand up and answer questions, on his own, the way President Obama did last night at his news conference? Americans should be so proud that they have elected an intelligent leader with integrity. He should be supported. At least he is trying to do something to help the economy, not sitting back and watching it tank. That's what I think.

    March 25, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. John Manning

    There is a big difference between Bush's $1 trillion deficit at the end of 2008 and the OMB's projected $10 trillion deficit created by Obama's budget within 5 years. A lot of you Dems are math teachers, aren't ya? Don't that make Obama's fiscal irresponsibility 10 times that of Bush's? Or are you blocking that out? When your job gets cut, let me know if this is still change you believe in.

    March 25, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. WhoCares?

    "I have never seen once a Republican vocal in support of anything he does. "

    They didn't even come out and praise or support the "Lilly Ledbetter" Act.

    It is amazing how much they hate Obama.

    March 25, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. MikeTo

    If President Obama fails then the United States will fail as well. Are there any intellectuals in the GOP or all of them just sore loosers. Next thing you'll hear is they TP'd the White House cause they didn't like the President.

    PS
    I think GOP stands for the Great Oppressive Party.

    March 25, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. kim

    So what is this now – Divided We Stand, United We Fail. Does anyone realize that by hoping for Obama's administration and policies to fail, we will ALL lose. Why would these elected officials so openly dismiss the loyalty and confidence with which they were voted into office? Republican or Democrat, I will never EVER vote for someone who wishes America to fail. EVER. May you all enjoy your last term in office.

    March 25, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  10. Gary Andersen, Northridge, CA 91325

    Actors should be just that. Actors. There has been only one that was good at politics and I am not talking Arnold. He has been a disaster. Just look at the shape California is in right now. Old Fred here again doesn't have a plan, just a complaint. The Repubicans had there day and thank the stars it is over. Just sit back and watch how education instead of creationism starts the American dream over again. I guess the Republicans are just not use to a 'working' president. One that is actually doing his job. Wow, what a concept.

    March 25, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  11. Rob Beebe

    This is why the GOP is on the way out. They have almost become an extremist organization with all the rhetoric they are spreading. Can you say "Independant Party"?

    March 25, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  12. Bill_ MA

    The republicans are getting desperate watching the end of their party. Their failed policies have nearly ruined our country. Shame on those who would bring their country down because the party is history. Your phony patriotism didn't fool anyone.

    March 25, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  13. Jackie in Dallas

    Matthew in Detroit.

    President Barack Obama is a Constitutional lawyer and a scholar of both the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. What he WANTs is for us to get back to what those documents actually say and mean.

    Would you prefer to lose your freedoms through the policies of Cheney who bluntly said that the President and the Executive Branch were above the law? That anything that they did, was by definition, legal? Do you not see the dangers to our freedom in that attitude? President Obama wants to undo that damage, not change the Constitution in its fundamentals, but prevent that type of abuse from ever happening again!

    March 25, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  14. Roger

    There is a saying that I think is very appropriate in today's political world as it relates to the "loyal opposition" of the GOP; You are either part of the solution or you are part of the problem!

    By being obstructionist and not bringing forward better alternatives, you are defining yourself to be part of the problem. There is nothing wrong with disagreeing and in fact it is a good thing to have opposition however you also need to offer alternative solutions to a better way forward. Simply saying I hope this fails and no all the time isn't going to get us anywhere either!

    March 25, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  15. Herbert

    Let's think about this for a minute: Republicans hope that Obama's policies "fail"; that is, they hope the policies don't succeed in making the nation stronger. So, they have revealed that having a strong, prosperous nation is *not* their ultimate goal. Their ultimate goal is to promote their own agenda, even if a different agenda would result in a healthier America.

    March 25, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  16. BOB C

    What is wrong with this blooming idiot and the rest of the republicans that want the american society and all that goes with it to fail. Their memory is awfully short seeing it was the republican president that got us here, with the backing of the republican party whose policies were the worst this country has seen, maybe forever. I can't believe any true AMERICAN wishes failure on this country

    March 25, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  17. Billy

    Fred that is so bad of you. I know you and the party of NO could care less about the regular people. Look at the country and go tell those without a job or those being run out of their home that you want Obama to fail. Then be prepared to run like hell.

    March 25, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. Scott

    You all need to learn to read. Noone...Not Thompson, Not Jindal, Not Limbaugh said they want Obama and the country to fail. They (and I), as conservative minded poeple want Obama to fail in enacting his Liberal agenda which we believe will hurt the country.
    To put it another way, we hope Obama fails so that the country can succeed.

    WISE UP!!!!!!!

    March 25, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  19. john

    Fred Who? Remind these whiners once again–THEY LOST THE ELECTION. VOODOO TRICKLE DOWN ECONOMICS DOESNT WORK!
    This country now must rebuild from the bottom up and remember in the future how the fat cats' deregulatory schemes and cynical manipulations drove this country and this world's economy into the ground. To borrow a phrase "Never Again" should the American public elect anyone of this blowhard's ilk.

    March 25, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  20. Merengo

    Were I a Republican politician, given the past 8 years of essentially rubber-stamping the proposals and programs of Mr. Bush, including economic decisions that contributed greatly in bringing our economy to this critical juncture, I'd keep a very low profile, and criticizing Mr. Obama's plan for economic recovery is the last thing I would do.
    The above writer is correct. A new party should be formed. We can call it the Hypocrite Party and offer membership to all Republicans.

    March 25, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  21. CC from Chicago

    Could anyone imagine of the Dems would have come and said they hoped Bush's policies failed regarding Iraq. They would have labelled them as unpatriotic cowards in bed with terrorists. So although most Dems criticized Bush's poorly planned strategies and policies, they never once said they hoped for failure. I'm so tired of the same BS line of "we're the opposition party". Just because you're a different party doesn't mean you have to say it's black when it's white just to save face to say your not with that other party. Cut the antics and do right by the American people. Even if they didn't under Bush.

    March 25, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  22. Lee

    That's your opinion. Try to pray. I think our President is doing what no other President has done for this country. Please retire.

    March 25, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  23. dann

    For the love of Cheech and Chong people, the man has only been in Office a couple of months and you expect him to be a miracle worker.
    It's not going to be an overnight success, it's going to take awhile. Do any of you think you could do better? Cut him some slack ok. Oh and by the way I didn't vote for him or McMaverick.

    March 25, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  24. Incredulous

    I can't believe that members ot the GOP state publicly that they want the US to stay in the fiscal hole THEY CREATED. I knew they held treason in their hearts, but they now act like their treason is patriotism. If they don't want to help, they should leave the US, without their bank accounts of course lest they steal everything they haven't given away already.

    March 25, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  25. J.

    Wanting the president to fail implies:

    You want job losses to continue
    You want people to continue to lose their homes
    You want people to suffer
    You want to breath smog
    You want poor health care

    It doesn't matter if you like his ideas or policies or not, wanting him to fail means you want America to fail, and that is NOT acceptable. To take a phrase used by the GOP the past 8 years, if you don't love America and want her to succeed, then get out!

    March 25, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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