March 25th, 2009
05:30 PM ET
9 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. Lori

    And I care about what Fred Thompson says because...

    Thompson himself IS a failure. He couldn't even run a successful campaign to get elected as the Republican nominee and I'm supposed to listen to what he has to say. What is Thompson's alternative solutions to helping out America- oh that's right- just like his other Republican counterparts- HE HAS NONE!!!

    March 25, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  2. elvis

    The Great One has spoken! In a field of complete idiots, Thompson actually ran the worst "campaign" in the 08 primaries. he's another example of a blowhard with no record of accomplishment getting his time on the news by criticizing the one real leader we have. It's just too easy to tear down the guy who's in there swinging, while providing NO ideas of your own. Fred, SHUT UP.

    March 25, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. karen

    It will be Republicans who fail, just as they have failed in rightly governing the Country. What hypocrits! Had Democrats been singing the same chorus Republicans are, hoping the President would fail during the Bush administration, just think what the outcry from Republicans would have been!

    March 25, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  4. Get Well Soon GOP

    If what Thompson thought meant much he would have gotten more votes. How can he stand to make comments like this when his bid was so pittyful. One might say we have Obama because of his failure to be a reasonable candidate.

    March 25, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  5. Spencer/Newport News, VA

    Another idiot. So I guess it's evident and clear that LimBLAH is the head of the republican party. Mr. Thompson needs to stick to acting and stop acting like a politician. He just gave me another reason not to watch Law & Order. If you want the President's policies to fail, you're basically stating you want the country to fail. Hearing all you right wingers with these unpatriotic remarks speaks volumes of your party. You should be brought up on treason charges and shot on the White House lawn. If you really believe in "Country First," then you should want the President to succeed whether you agree with his policies or not.

    March 25, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  6. john

    Fred Thompson represents the party of NO. They ALL deserve to be marginalized as they don't have any redeeming values if they cannot or will not come up with an alternative to President Obama tough economic pill. Debate is whats needed and the President has repeated his position and welcomes it, but they only wait for him to fail while sitting on the sidelines, booing and jeering. FOR SHAME!!! Their lock in step partisanship has no bounds, even if destroys the lives of their constituents. We as Americans have all to lose if this plan fails. Remember that next time you vote. You all listening down there???

    March 25, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. Bill Clatworthy

    I believe that those who are rooting for the failure of the President's policies are rooting for the failure of our nation. If they had any better ideas I suspect we wouldnit be here in the first place. And, as for Thompson's stand on Health Care, I have found that those who can afford their own are generally not too concerned with the well being of those who can't.

    March 25, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  8. James A.

    1. More of the same.
    2. More of the same.
    3. More of the same.

    Next year's House and Senate races are going to be very interesting.

    March 25, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. Marisa

    What a dichotomy. Some "very patriotic" individuals would like these policies to fail if they take us to an economic crisis (something is still to be seen), but no word about the policies that have brought us to immense crisis to live in now and which is fact created by policies and deregulation of the previous eight years.

    These patriots are determine to destroy this country as long as their party agendas survive.

    March 25, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  10. katiec

    Who cares what any of these republicans say?
    Their priorities of putting their egos, party, ambitions and hypocrisy
    over the survival of our country is as unAmerican as you can get.
    It is truly sad that we have politicians such as these thinking they
    can "lead" our country, after 8 years of failure. And, never acknowledging or admitting their failures.
    We have a President that is trying to dig our country out of all these
    diasters, and, a party who does not care about us or our survival.

    March 25, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  11. Karen

    Repubs are still pouting? That's news?

    March 25, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  12. walker

    Well we all know the GOP agenda is "failure". They would like to be the knight in shining armor and rescue the world. Bush left us with a trillion dollar war debt but the GOP refuses to believe that it was their policies that got us here. Please create an island for Thompson, Limbaugh, Coulter, Drudge and Beck and let them run their own little government and give the rest of the world a break.

    March 25, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  13. Rick Puckett

    The entire country is in distress, we at war on multiple fronts, people are dying, jobless, homeless, and looking for hope. In the face of all the suffering of the American people, the Republican Party's position is to stand on party principles, hope the President fails, and thereby be vindicated on their political stance?

    As a lifelong conservative Republican, I am ashamed of our elected officials. Leave us to suffer – let us remain jobless while you get into slap fights with each other. But we will remember. We will remember who tried to relieve our pain, who addressed our needs, who at least TRIED to do something to help – and we will remember those whose only purpose was to gain or hold on to power during this calamity.

    March 25, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  14. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    I wish the REPUBLICAN policies of the past 8 years had failed too, then we would not be having this discussion, would we, Fred.

    March 25, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  15. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Someone need to ask Republican former GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson why he want President Obama's policies to fail. looks like every Republican Candidate that ran for president that couldn't get elected president ,want President Obama to fail

    March 25, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  16. Matthew, Detroit

    Even Democrats are coming out against this clown.

    He is right up there with Jimmy Carter. Possibly the worst ever

    president of the US. I like the new title Prompter of the United States.

    He can not work without one.

    This guy has nothing on Bill Clinton. Clinton was much smarter, a

    much better speaker, and he could talk without using the prompter.

    March 25, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  17. Mel

    Really... you don't want the economy to recover? You don't want better health care prices? You don't want better education for your children?

    Honey, you better wake up and realize the truth in this world... Republicanism doesn't work. Thats been proven time and again.

    You know, just 6 months ago, this mans statements would have been called "treason" for not agreeing with the President. What exactly has happened since then? Hypocrites.

    March 25, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  18. Matthew, Detroit


    raising my taxes.
    socializing medicine.
    raising the amount of money spent on welfare.
    nationalizing companies and industry.
    forcing more union workers upon us with higher costs lower quality
    eliminating school vouchers for children
    perpetuating teachers unions and failing school systems.
    changing the constitution.
    gun control.
    nationalizing oil companies like Chavez in Venezuela Putin in Russia
    cut spending on the F-22 Raptor a NEEDED military program
    Kill off the pharmaceutical industry and the research of new drugs
    pay for abortions and promote the ease of abortions.

    This is why conservatives want barack to fail.
    He is driving us deeper into debt and that is the reason.

    March 25, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  19. Spencer/Newport News, VA

    G – Got
    O – 0
    P – Plans

    March 25, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  20. tm

    Republicans have failed for the last 8 years!!!! What could they possibly know about success????? The Republicans disagree with the new administration simply because Obama is a democrat. If he were a republican, doing the very same thing - they would be excited!!!

    It is a terrible shame that there is anyone who would want to see this administration fail. If the administration fails, we all fail.

    March 25, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  21. WhoCares?

    Anybody else when the "Dixie Chicks" (Celebrities) were cast by the right as utter traitors to America for being anti-Iraq War.

    These are actually elected Officials saying this......where is the same outrage from the right for them as they gave the Dixie Chicks.

    March 25, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  22. Irma in North Carolina

    I cant believe the republican party has so many hateful racits among them.. If you are so great Fred how come you you didnt win your primary in 2008. I think all you republicans will be sorry in 2012 with the canidates your are throwing out there, Sarah, Mark,Bobby and Newt and also Mitt. Their debates will be real fun to watch. Sarah and Bobby will go down first. Its for sure you are drawing big wages where you dont have to worry about your health care a place to sleep at night and where your next meal is coming from. Your Party the way it has been acting as made my self no longer a republican. And you know that your party is dwindling fast and by 2012 their wont be enough republicans left to vote a republican for the white house.

    March 25, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  23. Fitz in Texas

    Ok, mainly you libs, pay attention to what Mr. Thompson and others have said. The key word is-–Policies-–.

    I want Obama's policies to fail as well and I want Obama to stop throwing away taxpayer money. The government is in the process of taking total control and many of you are allowing it. Be very careful what you wish for and always remember......

    "A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.."
    --Thomas Jefferson--

    March 25, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  24. Minnesotan

    Thomson: Just another Republican Traitor, who thinks that their failed policies are a good thing. Republicans don't have any sense of looking back on what worked and what didn't. They just keep trying the same failures over and over and over, hoping for a different outcome. Isn't that the definition of insanity?

    March 25, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  25. Glen Shouse Jr.

    Does this mean that he wants our country to continue down the path we have been heading down.

    March 25, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
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