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. Moderate Democrat

    Come on people, it's not as though this is news. So republicans want us to fail, what's new? How else do you explain Bush? TWICE?

    And this guy telling us...failed election run? SURPRISE!

    Failure is the only policy that the republicans consistently stick to. Failure is the foundation of their party. Their policies and idealogies are all rooted in a firm desire to accomplish failure. They know they can't succeed with their plans, so they've changed their goal to meet their expected outcome, failure.

    Thank god we finally have a party in control that DOESN"T want america to fail.

    March 25, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. bearced

    It seems to me Fred, Rush, Bobby and the rest want Obama's policies to fail because if they suceed it will prove their ideology to be wrong.

    March 25, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  3. Lorraine Hunnicutt

    You are a very selfish man for wanting him to fail when the only thing that he is doing is trying to fix this mess in this country.

    March 25, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  4. justanop

    Appears that he said he wants those ideas and plans that will hurt in the long term to fail – not that everything he says or does to fail. Granted Obama has not been in office long enough to turn things around yet and not sure he can, but then again, let's not rush to lay all the blame on GWB and the Republican party. Remember that the last 2 years of GWB's term, the years that eveyone points to as the time when thngs went south, that our Congress, which controls spending and the budget, was ruled by Democrats. So, before we point fingers here, let's accept that we elect people to office – people just like you and me – who sometimes make mistakes; who sometime would have been better served to make a different decision; who would often times been in a better position if they had supprot instead of being blocked at every turn. There is more than enough blame to go around – so let's quit blaming and work on some solutions.

    March 25, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  5. Rickymo

    Free speech is one thing but this seems to be borderline treasonous. Many Dems supported Bush with the Iraq War because many believed it was important to support the President in times of war. We are now in a war with the eccomy and this should also be supported. These so called patriots need to be taken to task for this stuff..and Jindal isn't even out of the gate and he already is another loser!

    March 25, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  6. Rob George

    The republicans have a lot of gaul critizing the deficit when they are the ones chiefly responsible for it. As to Obama failing, if he does we all go down with him. Let's stop the obstructionism and get into the game with constructive options and opportinities to get the country back on the ball!

    March 25, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  7. bob in LA

    The idiocy of these comment is if they work- then they were the right move.
    Failure is the only way for the GOP to be able to say – "see, we told you so"
    Had anyone dare say they hoped the surge in Iraq would fail they would have been arrested for treason. Why is it different when our financial future as a country is at stake.
    I for one hope they work- for all Americans benefit.

    March 25, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  8. Kwesoe

    Thompson and his likes are the Get-Rich-Quick speculators who think that governing a country is like acting, where everything is an illusion and where there is a quick fix to every problem. But if Obama should fail, it will not be because he was incapable of leading, it will be because the American people failed to heed his call to change their old ways of greed and corruption and settle instead for the status quo. People should remember that Obama was not given a clean slate. He inherited the Republican legacy of corruption, over-spending and greed. It will certainly take time and more money to correct the economic woes Obama inherited. Patience is needed.

    March 25, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  9. John from California

    Old Fred Thompson seems to be losing his memory since, it was the republicans from Ronald Reagan on that thought deficit spending was a great idea.

    Fred Thompson and the republicans thought cutting taxes for the rich which reduces our national income and wasting our treasury on wars of adventure like Iraq were sound policy.

    Old Fred Thompson likes to represent the rich and famous and he should advocate changing the name of the GOP to the "Greedy Old Party".

    March 25, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  10. Mr. Little

    Like the ads go: Fred Thompson is not a politician (leader), he just plays one on TV. Someone probably had to write his lines for him.

    March 25, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  11. Get Well Soon GOP

    Two Coffee shops are across the street from each other. One gets lots of business, the other only gets the over flow of the one doing well. Why would the over flow shop want the one doing well to fail? Instead the 2nd one should marvel at the 1st, and then compete. Come up with a better brew, develop Choclate coffee cups, don't just go belly up and hope the other one does the same. I am suprized at the GOP!

    March 25, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  12. Jason

    Thomas,
    Someone needs to clue you in to the consequences if Obama's policies succeed. Trillions of dollars of more debt. If they fail he'll just have to rewrite the budget taking into account the billions of dollars our country is in debt already. Everyone is all behind Obama simply because he isn't Bush, but all I've seen him do is push back the digital TV date and act like a celebrity instead of a president.

    March 25, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  13. Ginger

    Let me get this straight - Republicans do not want us to have a more stable economy; do not want us to have a healthier environment; do not want us to have a stronger education system; do not want us to break free from our dependence on limited natural resources; do not want us to have the best health care system possible. And they wonder why Republicans did not win the election? DUH?!?!?!

    March 25, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  14. charlie j

    My understanding is that the policies of the Obama administration have become law, in part. If Limbaugh, Jindal, Thompson and others mean that they want these to fail, they should carefully ponder what that means before they say that publicly.

    Because what I hear in those words is a message that is more political than anything. If the stimulus package fails, then we all will be suffering. Who wants that?! No one that I would call a good American. But perhaps this is the case for people who value their own ideologies and political careers more than the quality of life of their fellow citizens. I don't vote for people like that in either party.

    Reasonable people can disagree about whether something was a good idea, and can say 'I told you so!' when time proves them correct. (Lord knows I did exactly when we found out that there were no WMDs in in Iraq!) But wanting failure is something very different. It's at best unseemly and at worst unAmerican.

    March 25, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  15. sensi johnson

    It is a sad day for America When people want the president to fail. Let's face it , these guys are hiding under the term "policies" when they actually mean the president. It is unheard of when the president policies includes billions of dollars and you want that to fail? Are you saying that you don't mind loosing billions just to prove a point? But then again I must be crazy to ask the last question, when this concept is coming from the party of Bush who spend billions just to get even with the guy who wanted to....... All I see are individuals who are now jumping on the right side of the republican party "Dear leader" Mr. Rush Limbaugh, hoping that they can get some publicity and favoritism in the future 2012.

    March 25, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. Andres Guevara

    This should read: Republicans NEED Obama's policies to fail. Once again, we get more proof that for Republicans, they can't conceive that their ideas and policies were just flat out wrong. So instead, they must get validation from the failure of Democratic policies. Poor pathetic Republicans.

    March 25, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. Stephanie

    While Thompson and other Republicans (on a personal level) may want Obama's polities to fail, to say that just shows that these people do not care about America or their own constituents. Despite not liking Obama's policies everyone should want them to work. Everyone should want the economy to be better. Everyone should want the loss of jobs to get better. Everyone should want America to be safe. Everyone should want America to rebound back to a better place. No matter how anyone feels about Obama's policies we all need to support him. He is our President. He is in charge. To not support him and to say I hope he fails is to say I hope America fails, I hope the economy gets worse, I hope there are more job losses. Come on people. That is HORRIBLE! This just goes to show how little Thompson cares about America. I'm certainly glad he didn't make it far in the race.

    March 25, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  18. brett

    Honestly, does it matter who's policy it is? We are talking about a nations policy now, not hobo the clown's drinking money policy. If Obama's policies fail, we fail as a nation. Must be the failure of a campaign that drives people to say stuff like this or something.

    March 25, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  19. Thanh

    Anybody who doesn't wish for the improvement of the country doesn't deserve to be an American. We tried GOP strategy already. It's time to try something different.

    It's ridiculous when you have opponents looking for failure, even when there's a chance to succeed. "I want Obama's policies to fail, even if it destroys the country." That's ludicrous.

    March 25, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  20. Mike

    After failing this county dismally of course the conservatives want Obama to fail. Then they won't look so bad. Let's hear your solutions to the healing economy Fred. That's right you don't have any...

    March 25, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  21. Mark

    I don't care what party you belong to.

    This spending is way out of control. Bush was wrong for sending money we don't have and Obama is wrong for spending money we don't have.

    I do not want to have a one world currency, one world government. The UN is worthless and I want to make my own way without government interference except for the main reason the founding fathers gave for the need of a nation government for the people, by the people.

    March 25, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  22. jack straw

    I guess this explains why old Fred failed to carry even a single state during the Republican primaries; he's out of step with the rest of America, out of step with the rest of the world, and even out of step with the future of his own party.

    ... And he wasn't much of an "Actor" before he entered politics either.

    March 25, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  23. David

    It says very little about our country that so many people are this mean-spirited and selfish that they think that we, the public, need to hear what is on their minds all the time. I think that we need a partial media blackout for the rest of the year to give us all a break. I know that I am worn out by all this rhetoric.

    March 25, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  24. Beth

    I'm sorry, and I'm probably in the minority here, but I actually think that Fred Thompson is onto something. For those of you saying that Republicans have done nothing and have been obstructionists, you are forgetting about the stimulus bill that some Republicans put together that Pelosi would not even look at. They have tried.
    I would LOVE to support this President's policies, but I think they are wrong, and I seriously am worried about the future of this country. I really hope things start looking up.

    March 25, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  25. doug, fairbanks, alaska

    Thompson and Jindal are both morons! They fail to recognize that if Obama fails, they fail also..what idiots! and with such short term memory of what President and Republican Congress it was that got us into this mess in the first place!

    March 25, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
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