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. Michael - USAF Veteran

    @Matthew, Detriot. You are correct about Obama. He clearly lays out his ideology and influences in his books. Most of the Democrats don't know this and try to defend that he is not a "Socialist" but they clearly haven't read Audacity of Hope and and Dreams of My Father

    March 25, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. mike

    It continues to amaze me the absolute relics that the GOP is digging up – literally – to take shots at Obama. Wasn't this guys 15 minutes up back in '08? Same old – literally – tired potshots from a thoroughly defeated and out of touch party.

    March 25, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. Bipartisan?

    I guess Republicans want the continued failure of the last 8 Bush years. I mean, if Obama succeeds, then it proves them WRONG. And they would rather see this whole country fail than be proven wrong. Selfish.

    March 25, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  4. roy

    I agree with Mr Thompson, this clown Obama is way in over his head and many members of his own party want his POLICIES to fail and I dont think it is going to take very long.

    March 25, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. Obama 2.0

    You and others like you are simply divisive, you do not love the "United" Statews of America. You want to make it into some pervereted Ideological state, I am starting to think that the only difference between you and the Taliban is the skirt and the hat.

    March 25, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. WhoCares?

    I think the thing that REALLY bother Liberals and Democrats is that all these Republicans (Congressmen, Pundits, and regular posters) were completely and utterly silent during the 8 years that BUSH spent TRILLIONS on things that held no lasting benefit for America.

    And then in Mid-January...all of a sudden they become the "Champions of Fiscal Responsibility" and then have the gall to start calling out Obama on his spending which is focused on ong-term benefits for Amercia.

    You know...like building roads and bridges in America....not in the Middle East.. What a shocking idea eh?

    March 25, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. Ursula

    I'm convinced.... with the exception of only a few, like Meghan McCain... Most republicans are total idiots!

    March 25, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. Argyle

    Gosh. You really have to be a bottom feeder to wish more agony upon the American people. After all this suffering, they won't even give Obama a chance to help the country (that includes THEM) out of this mess. Shame on them. Every one.

    March 25, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. FreeNLovingIt

    Yes. Clinton and Obama should save every penny and fix the economy to health. And then we should again, elect a King George II to spend it all. What are we stupid?

    March 25, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  10. Ma11onee

    I think that if a politician, some elected official we are supposed to look up to, is going to wish failure upon somone who is trying to make our country safer, more ethical, mare successful, then we need to take a closer look at their qualifications and maturity levels to ask ourselves: Do they belong in a leadership role? Do they belong at the forefront of the American people, taking credit for being the voice of the people, when it is obvous that their voice can change due to their connections?

    March 25, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  11. Syl Weller

    Impertinent question? Hardly. The President's response to Ed Henry's question reflected common sense and good judgement, something to which we were not accustomed to for the past eight years.

    March 25, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  12. Jim

    Obama will fail becuase Obama took advantage of this crises to pay back his base and to roll the dice on alternative energy with no backup plan. There are untapped natural resources in the US that could be utilized now to stimulate our economy while we search for new alternatives sources, guaranteed fast stimulus to this economy! But Obama can’t go against the “green special interest” that make up much of his base by proposing expansion of exploration of these fuels. Instead he is willing to roll the dice with our futures to cement his political interests.

    March 25, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  13. Jim from MO

    The sad truth is that our political structure, by nature, lends itself to that fact that each party hopes for the failure of the other. The two highest priorities of most of our congressional leaders is 1) to ensure their re-election, and 2) to ensure their party is in power. They see no other choice but to hope for the other party's failure or to at least create that illusion to the American people. They are too out of touch with the average American to know that if they truly work for the common good of the country, they will probably get re-elected. However, it's not completely their fault. We keep electing these self-serving idiots. I say let's clean the house and start electing people who are willing to give the president a fair chance to succeed, regardless of political affiliation.

    March 25, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  14. Bipartisan?

    Aren't we all on the same team? There is more loyalty from fans of a college football team than there is to the US as a country. If Thompson's favorite football team called a bad play (in his opinion), I'd bet he would STILL WANT HIS TEAM TO WIN. But when it comes to country.... guess not.

    March 25, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  15. blaster

    All this nonsense about if Obama's policies fail, the country fails. If his policies succeed, the country gets thrown into a fiscal abyss from which it will never recover. This man is a socialist who believes in wealth distribution from the achievers to the do-nothings. You want a tax on gas and utilities because of this stupid green initiative? You want company health benefits to be taxable income? You want the government to be able to tax bonuses at 90%. You want the government to control executive pay? How could anyone want a socialist state, which is Obama's eventual goal for this country? Wake up people. This man is a wolf in sheep's clothing.

    March 25, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  16. bcd

    I think the attitude of Thompson and his ilk is exactly why we are in the position we are today. It is also a very strong indicator of why he IS where he is today; namely out of office. This just shows how completely out of touch republicans have been and apparently remain.
    All I can say is SHAME ON YOU, FRED THOMPSON!

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

    "Wanting him to fail means this: We don't want trillions of dollars, that is TRILLIONS of dollars spent because of the enormous rise in inflation ! "

    Where the heck were you when Bush was spending TRILLIONS on the Middle East? WHERE?

    Yet you have issues with Obama spending TRILLIONS on America eh?

    March 25, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  18. Truth Bomb Thrower

    I second that. I don't want Obama's policies to succeed either.
    Why? Because I love my country..........like the rest of 60,000,000 patriotic Americans who voted against him in the last election.

    March 25, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. Mike NC

    Repugs only want one thing for the country to fail. Let's face it their only idea is to lower the taxes for corporations and the wealthy. Why not just let them pay 0%, they do it now with all the incentives that Bush gave them to outsource American jobs.

    March 25, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. Steve Lenzen

    The only solution the GOP has for any of issues facing ths country are: 1) cut taxes, 2) cut regulations 3) say no all proposals by the Obama administration.

    It is time for the GOP to provided a detailed budget plan that includes tax increases on the upper 10 – 205 the GOP was willing to enrich while stealing form the majority of the people.

    Time for the GOP to put up or shut up!

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

    What are people thinking? Regardless of who our president is, wishing them failure is basically wishing failure upon our country. We are suppose to be the UNITED states. Though we may disagree with our leaders, we should still hope for the success of their strategies. If we hope for failure, we will all fail. I think it's time for our government officials and political big wigs to grow up.

    March 25, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  22. Clint in Houston

    Rep. moderates like me aren't comfortable in a party that puts party over country, so we left and became Independents. The NeoCons have ruined the GOP and I don't think it will ever regain it's prominence.

    March 25, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  23. Eddie B

    I keep hearing nothing but Republicans voicing their opposition to everything Obama does. I have never seen once a Republican vocal in support of anything he does. They will keep doing everything in their power to bring Obama down and by doing so bring this country down.

    March 25, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  24. Emma, San Jose

    What is your soundproof plan, Mr. Thompson?

    March 25, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  25. Spirit of America

    He wants America to fail. That's treason.

    March 25, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
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