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. J. Anderson

    I would want every US President to succeed. The election is over. People have spoken. Now pull together behind the elected Prez for the common good.

    March 25, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. Peter Johnson

    I'm all for this kind of discussion, and of course you don't have to agree with the President on everything, or anything. However, these ARE the same Republicans who equated any kind of dissent during the W years with being unpatriotic, or anti-American, or whatever the catchphrase was for that week.

    Someone needs to explain why disagreeing with Obama is patriotic, but disagreeing with Bush was unpatriotic.

    March 25, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. Mari

    TO THE GOP:

    We get YOUR MESSAGE, loud and clear! It will make a great campaign slogan for 2010 and 2012.

    The problem with the GOP is their constant hypocrisy, when Bush/Cheney were in Office we were to follow lock & step with them! OR...... risk being condemned as ....... UN American or UN-Patriotic.

    NOW....... that the president is a Democrat, its A-Okay to demean, criticize, obstruct and......... HOPE HE FAILS!

    No matter how the GOPers put it......... HOPING THAT OUR PRESIDENT OR HIS POLICIES FAIL....... IS HOPING THAT AMERICA FAILS!

    The Democrats do not have to campaign against the GOP! The GOP is self-destructing all on their own!

    March 25, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. thomas

    Somebody needs to clue old Fred in on the consequences of failure if Obama does not succeed. Look around. Do you see the apocalyptic version of America or the glossy futuritic version? Once you start down one road it becomes increasingly difficult to change directions.

    March 25, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  5. LOIS HUGENTOBER

    Listening to the republicans you would think all this mess just started 2 months ago. Where were you 8 years ago?

    March 25, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  6. CvilleGal

    What an irresponsible, misanthropic thing to say! Does he not realize that with the failures of Obama's policies, would come misery to many? And that's what Thompson & other Republicans wish on the American people? Shame on them. Shame on them for their narcissism, their short-sightedness and arrogance during this time of crisis.

    March 25, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. Eddie B

    Does this make him "Un-American"?!?! I remember a time when any one that opposed Bush was quickly called this by Republicans.

    March 25, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  8. Whatashame

    It is just a shame that we are a nation with ADD and that we have no collective memory. If we could remember farther back than the last commercial we would remember the prosperity of the Clinton years. We would also remember the economic results of the two trickle down economics presidents Reagan and Bush. And that would permanently doom the Grumpy Oldmen Party.

    March 25, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. Alex

    Isn't it great to see the GOP try so hard to preserve it's crippling (and crippled) image as the party of cranky old men?

    March 25, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. Deborah Black

    Do not elect any more of these same old do nothing Republicans. They are so afraid that President Obama will suceed and America will emerge an even greater nation, that they are being obstructionist, subversives, and giving aid and comfort to our enemies. How can anyone see them as being anything but the party of hateful, grumpy, negative old men.

    March 25, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. Bob

    Fred–you'd actually do something for the economy by acting in a sequel with Alec Baldwin of The Hunt for Red October.

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

    What are your policy options Fred? If your policies are as well thought out as your pitiful campaign, it becomes obvious why all you can do is complain.

    March 25, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. Will-South Dakota

    Whats with the GOP HAS BEENS? DENY, DELAY, DO NOTHING is all they cry-baby around about.

    March 25, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. Missy

    Idiots, all. Who cares what Thompson thinks? Hopefully he'll go back to doing voiceovers for Country Bear Jamboree, or whatever else he's into. And the Republicans in Congress need to get to work and stop blocking President Obama's progress. I'm about ready to lose my mind.

    March 25, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  15. Jacque Bauer

    I see that Budget Director Orszag says that the US gov't is missing "hundreds of billions of dollars" each year in uncollected tax revenues. We know this to be true simply from the Democrats who have admitted (after getting caught red handed) to not paying their taxes - like most of Obama's cabinet nominees...

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

    More proof that republicans are more interested in the success of their party than in the success of America. When is their concern for America going to show?

    March 25, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  17. Saboth

    What a strange philosophy. He wants the president to fail so Republicans can say "I told you so", and make a power grab in 2010-2012. Meanwhile the USA will have become a 3rd world country, because if Obama can't fix this mess Republicans got us into, the economy will collapse.

    March 25, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  18. Dustin

    What is going on? This is becoming over the top!! People need to keep their comments to themselves. Saying this at the beginning of the Bush presidency would have branded you unpatriotic but now it seem as if it is cool to be idiotic

    March 25, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  19. Scott

    Regardless as to whether Fred Thompson voted for President Obama or not, he is the American president and deserve the support of the American people in the time of economic uncertainty. Saying you wish for him to fail is the same as saying you wish the country failure, I would like to see you tell that to the millions of Americans who are currently unemployed and do not know how they are going to take care of their families. Former Senator, that is truly un-American.

    March 25, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  20. Larry

    I think it's time the Republicans get back to work or resign their offices

    The on going repeated Flapping Of Republican Jowls {follow the leader rhetoric style of leadership} is way beyond getting old

    Boys ... where I come from ... it's put up or shutup

    Now Grow Up ... period

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

    Let me see, when anyone tried to question Bush and the Rep's they were considered unpatriaotic.

    March 25, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  22. James, Phoenix AZ

    There are a lot of people who wish that the Republican strategy will fail, too.

    Ooops, silly me. It already has.

    March 25, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  23. Nancy

    You can't get any worse than what Bush has already put the US through.

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

    What do Repulicans know about successful policies? That's right...absolutely nothing.

    March 25, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  25. greatfish

    Can you imagine the outcry if a Democrat said something like this? The filthy Republicans would be calling their Federal District Attorneys who would bring charges of treason . . . . They'd stand in front of the flag and insist that real Americans would never say something not in the best interests of the country . . . . and we all know who they mean when they say "real Americans."

    March 25, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
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