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. Scott, Tucson

    The problem with a democratic health care plan is, they want to ensure that all illegals have the opportunity to use it at our expense. But I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop from Obama, the new issuance of new, across the board taxes to try and cover his spending bills.

    March 25, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. Island girl

    In other words, since their party lost they want America to go down too. Not one of their team players can hold a candle to Pres. Obama and the GOP knows it so they are going through mental anguish. I actually feel sorry for them.

    March 25, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  3. The black Spider

    Why don't the republican's just go and hide under a rock?
    How can you put fire into a house and come back trying to stop the fire department to put out the fire?

    March 25, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  4. Thomas Paine

    Your Republican economic policies have brought our country to the brink of another "Great Depression". So shut up and let the Democrats led us back to prosperity.
    Remember, you voted for the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, which was the first step in bringing about this economic crisis.

    March 25, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. Joe citizen abroad

    Everyone hoped Bush's policies would succeed. Everyone desperately prayed that they would. But they didn't.

    So now we have a new leader, who's taking a new direction.

    Mr. Thompson is splitting rhetorical hairs. Whether he wants the president to fail...or the president's policies to fail...he's still hoping for failure.

    Is this all the GOP has to offer? The fervent hope that our leader fails?

    March 25, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  6. patriot

    I wish these guys would spend as much time coming up with workable policy alternatives as they do on their spin strategies.

    March 25, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. Barbara - Atlanta

    So if his policies fail...will that hurt me and the rest of the Americians? Or will it just hurt the President?

    Wanting the President's policies to fail is wanting the American people to fail...it's that simple!

    Guess what GOPs...that includes you guys too!!

    March 25, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  8. tess

    read these posted comments carefully – they completely miss the point which is not surprising since all they care to do is bash republicans! what they are not comprehending is that YES we want o'bamas POLICIES to fail because if they doen't we are all heading down the toilet in our financial and social areas! this man and the people he has put in positions of power don't know diddly about running anything – they are elite academics who spout theory! hurry up 2010 – we need to clean house as quickly as possible to re-set america back on track!!!!!!

    March 25, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. sandra

    We are getting exactly what B.O. promised during the campaign. He is in way over his head.....he's a Socialist......he has tax-dodging incompetents surrounding him. If he could come up with fair, patriotic, enlightened ideas, I would support the man 100%......but that is just NOT THE CASE. How can anyone hope his crazy ideas of tax, tax, tax.....spend, spend, spend, will work?

    March 25, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  10. Fair is Fair

    @ obama-mamma, who wrote:

    " It's amazing that Thompson knows so much but isn't president. This is not but a GOP lynching of our new president. They will never join him in coming up with a plan to help America they are all thinking about the upcoming election. I hope and pray that Obama's policies work and the republicans will have to walk the plank come election time. They are a miserable bunch."
    ___________________________

    Fact is, obama-mamma, the Democrats have basically shut the Republicans out of any meaningful debate. To say the Republican party is the party of "no" is somewhat hypocritical, given that the dems are the ones who are telling the repubs "no".

    IF the president's agenda works, the dems can take all the credit. IF the president's agenda doesn't work, the dems will take all the blame.

    That's kind of risky, if you ask me.

    March 25, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  11. Karl Rudd

    What does Fred Thomson really know? Intellectually, he made no impression on me during his short presidential campaign, but now he seems to think he knows all the answers.

    In my opinion, the American people should be incredibly thankful that we have found such capable leader as Pres. Obama at this time in our history. It is incomprehensible to me that the conservatives in this country dare to be out in the open, instead of hiding somewhere under a rock for having put this country at the brink of disaster. How dare they criticize this great and intelligent president. Count your blessings and keep your lips locked!

    March 25, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  12. Gabriel

    How unpatriotic.

    March 25, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. Roger

    Why do we have to constantly endure the ramblings of these "also-rans" in our national discussion. Every American should want President Obama and his policies to succeed – that benefits all of us! He is trying to find solutions to problems that have festered for 30+ years. Now is the time to fix as much as we can before our entire economy implodes because we did not take these actions years ago. Fred needs to head back to Law & Order ASAP!!!

    March 25, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  14. Georgia Gal

    I am so sick of all of these Republicans sitting there and saying they want President Obama to fail. If he fails, we all fail ... do they not get that??

    I did not vote for President Bush either time, but I would never, ever have wished (nor did I actually wish) for him to fail.

    The GOP is nothing but a pathetic bunch of sore losers who have absolutely no plans (but yet they keep on criticizing everything President Obama says or does). A word of advice to the GOP – if you can't come up with any viable solutions to the problems we are having then you need to stop criticizing President Obama and shut the hell up.

    March 25, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  15. A New Era

    Freddy if you have a better plan woopit out.

    The repubs at their best.

    March 25, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  16. flavoters

    Typical do nothing politician this is not a script from a show. The republicans had there chance. And look where we are this man supported John McCain and phil Gramms theories and practices of deregulation.

    And now they complain when some has to clean up there crap. TOTAL HYPOCRITS.....

    March 25, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  17. W. Art

    Well Fred, one thing for sure that FAILED, was your run for PRESIDENT...good thing it did, too.

    If you really want to help, stop murmuring and go help. Why do you have to be asked. It's one thing to offer and be turned down, but another thing to say you will help, but not lifting a finger to do so.

    Only thing working is your mouth.

    March 25, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  18. TX Jim

    I'm still waiting for the GOP to give an alternative plan. All they are doing in wishing for failure is giving themselves hope that they can regain some sort of power.

    If the policies do not fail, they may not regain power for the next 20 years or more.

    The success of Obama's policies could even spell the end of the GOP as we know it because they will be seen as the party of failures and naysayers, and the Democrats as the party of success.

    March 25, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  19. barking dogs

    President Obama will succede,and that has them scared.I love every moment of their fear.

    March 25, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  20. D M Stuart

    I guess the Republicans just don't get the fact that if Obama fails the entire nation fails. Hopefully what we are hearing now is the death throws of the Grand Old Party.

    March 25, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  21. Joel in Pgh, PA

    "I believe that the principals behind Obama's policies are wrong, and therefore that his policies will fail." That's one way to say something. "I want Obama's policies to fail even if they are the right solution to our problems, so I will do whatever I can to sabotage them." That's another way to say something. "I care more about my own so-called 'principals' than I do about America, its people, history or laws. So I am willing to enforce my so-called policies even though they resulted in failure." That's still another thing to say. Which one do you think these politicians are really trying to say? If they mean the first one, and really believe it, how do they account for the current result of 8 years of their policies?

    March 25, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  22. Georgia Gal

    Also, a question to Mr. Thompson, if you want President Obama to fail then why are you willing to help him??

    And while I'm at it, a word of advice ... you're better off to stick to acting, Mr. Thompson. At least as an actor, I actually like you.

    March 25, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  23. Lisa P

    This is all so funny. Fred, you already have failed. If you can't learn anything from that failure that will help the folks who are trying to solve our current problems and move the country forward then maybe it's time for you to go home.

    March 25, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  24. jwdeluca

    If Obama fails, we ALL fail. Wishing this to occur is Anti-American if not treasonous.

    March 25, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  25. Maurice from Ontario

    Pres. Obama said it all: "The critics have not submitted their plan." Of course not! They don't have one! The invitation has been made: present a plan...one that will focus on health care reform, on education, on energy (because you don't have a say on the priorities of this Administration!). We're wait-ing! Let's just see if you have any other words in your vocabulary other than "No!".

    This administration is willing to listen, but we have to hear something being said, something constructive, well intentioned, humble, at the service of the American public (and not just the "few"). The invitation stands. We continue to wait. However, the clock ticks!.

    March 25, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
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