September 2nd, 2008
10:55 PM ET
14 years ago

Schneider: Who is this man, and where was he before

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) - Thompson gave a considerably better speech than he ever delivered on his own behalf during the primary season. He was certainly a lot more animated.

His attack on Obama – that he delivered a “teleprompter speech designed to appeal to America’s critics” abroad – brought the crowd to its feet.

The themes they’re stressing are character, judgment, leadership – all personal qualities. Republicans believe they can win the election on McCain’s personal qualities – because they’re not going to win on policy.

soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. john

    This is the worst I have seen a former United state senator speak,monotone and boring.
    what is these sounds that he keeps making after every word.........God we need new leaders
    It is so sad that this all the republicans can come up with.........TERRIBLE.
    David g,Roland M,Donna B AND Carl B.Please call it the way it is it is PATHETIC.

    September 2, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  2. Cecil

    They Forgot Two He's A Liar and A Warmonger!

    September 2, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  3. Bill in WA State

    Least experienced nominee in history?! I think there was another in our history with even less experience and he was a Republican! Can anyone guess who that might have been? I'll give you a clue. He was from the same state as Obama and wore a very tall top hat. Check your $5 bill.

    September 2, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  4. KBAY

    Thomson's speech was brilliant... oh God if only he could have given it last year.

    But I'm glad at least that he was able to summon his full speaking prowess for the benefit of McCain tonight. It's now clearly obvious that his friendship with McCain was and is genuine.

    September 2, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  5. Darrel from Denver

    John McCain is feared by our enemies abroad, they said tonight.

    No kidding...he will invade in a heartbeat anyone who disagrees with him.

    God help us if America falls for this crap once again.

    September 2, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  6. Peter

    Who cares what Thompson says? Let's face it......he's a washed up actor.

    September 2, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  7. Ron

    Two things...

    For those that want to know where Fred Thompson was last year, let me tell you. He was home sleeping in his recliner taking life easy. He was one of the laziest candidates to ever run for office and had the lightest schedule of anyone during the primary season.

    How funny that Republicans refer to Senator Obama as a "teleprompter" speaker. If anyone knew less about a topic but gave a rousing speech it was Ronald Reagan. Light on details and few on facts, he gave great speeches yet seldom understood the content. At least Senator Obama is prepared when he speaks and doesn't sing beach tunes about bombing other nations. Does he think war is funny and bombs magically land on only the evil?

    September 2, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  8. Cecil

    character, judgment, leadership

    Obama 08

    September 2, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
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