September 3rd, 2008
10:20 AM ET
14 years ago

Thompson skewers Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Fred Thompson said Barack Obama is unprepared to be president."]

ST PAUL (CNN) - Barack Obama is wholly untested and unprepared to be president, former Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson said Tuesday - the most pointed criticisms yet of the Democratic presidential nominee delivered at the scaled-back GOP convention.

"Democrats present a history making nominee for president," Thompson told the cheering crowd. "History making in that he is the most liberal, most inexperienced nominee to ever run for president.

"Apparently they believe that he would match up well with the history making, Democrat controlled Congress," he continued in the prime-time speech. "History making because it's the least accomplished and most unpopular Congress in our nation's history."

Thompson, who abandoned his own presidential bid after poor showings in the first round of primaries early this year, also criticized the Illinois senator for comments at a recent faith forum during which he declined to say when he believed human life began.

"We need a president who doesn't think that the protection of the unborn or a newly born baby is above his pay grade," Thompson said in what was a clear reference to Obama's comments at a forum sponsored by Rick Warren last month.

Thompson faced criticism during his own presidential run when a YouTube clip of a 1994 Senate debate showed Thompson declaring, "The ultimate decision on abortion should be left with the woman and not the government."

It was also revealed Thompson once lobbied for an abortion-rights group.

soundoff (382 Responses)
  1. Nick

    After watching that load, I guess he's a better actor then I thought...

    September 2, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  2. Pat M

    1) Fred Thompson hasn't much of a success story to be throwing stones. 2) The History making is being made by John McCain with his choice for VP. Never has there been a VP so lacking in Political Savy, Foreign Relations, National Policy, White House Protocal or Judgement. Let the phone not ring! 3) Re: Democrat controlled congress – no Republican should ever speak to or about accomplishments! Do they think all Americans and the world have been in an eight year comma? And unable to see, hear, and live through the horrors of the Bush Regime? 4) Just like a Republican to change his spots whenever they're the wrong color. Now we have another Pro Lifer before he was an Anti-Abortionist speaking out of both sides of his mouth like a true Republican! When are they going to get it? When are they going to realize we are able to discern between truth and fiction. And we do recognize Flip Floppers and unlike McCain our memories are still in tact! Shame on Fred for trying to swift boat Democrats again! Next –

    September 2, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  3. Andy

    Has anybody pointed out the enormous credentials that Mr. Thompson brought to the table during his campaign? His years and years of government experience? His, uh... oh. Well, isn't that hypocritical...

    September 2, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  4. young, gifted and black

    this is pathetic, how can the repubs continue to say that we are winning in IRAQ when we aren't...what is their definition of winning, the loss of more American lives, $10billion a month being sent over there while our economy is falling apart...


    September 2, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  5. jaberwokee

    Is it just me, or was this the same convention of 2000 and 2004? Why not just rerun the old tapes?

    September 2, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  6. S

    'Denis–Does anyone notice that the images of Republican party at the convention make up mostly old white men?
    It looks like the same old same old.'

    Denis, I couldn't agree with you more. Did you see how they all stopped to take a picture?!?!? You can't tell me that that is the picture of change. Cotton-heads, retired military folks, and cowboys....that's our future?? I think not.

    September 2, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  7. Melmarie

    This coming from a movie actor! Who is suppose to be the celeberty again?

    September 2, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  8. Hong


    September 2, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  9. Boring, Boring, Boring

    These republicans are the most boring bunch ever and they're old and tired, isn't it past their bedtime now. Fred Thompson ran the most pathetic campaign ever, didn't he drop out before we even knew he was in it.....good riddance all of you old crows, get off the stage.

    Obama '08

    September 2, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  10. Hong


    September 2, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  11. kg35

    Obama "the most liberal, most inexperienced nominee?" I thought that distinction went to another Illinois statesman with only two years experience in the House before becoming president. Or should we just ignore those little details about Lincoln after the moving tribute they played before Thompson's speech?

    September 2, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  12. Ana

    I cant help but notice that everyone in the GOP convention is white in their sixties and a guy. Same boring foolish party. Thompson's speech was so boring i cant believe the reps actually take him seriously......half-truths and WHOLE LIES... OBAMA/BIDEN 2008 AND 2012!

    September 2, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  13. francis

    Oh please....Barack has been tested and proved worthy by the millions of people who voted for him in what we called democracy. Apparently John McShame thought by selecting Palin as his running mate he would make history as well...too bad it has backfired and everyone knows. His choice may have made history, but not in the way he intended. Don't hate....Celebrate!!!!!

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 2, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  14. ChangeWeCanBelieveIN

    Fred Thompson further proved why Republicans are so out of touch with Americans. After saying Democrats act as if we are in the "Great Depression", someone should remind Fred how many millions of people do not have healthcare as well as jobless and suffering because of high gas prices because of a War that should not have taken place in the first place. This is one of the many reasons why I am voting for Barack Obama for President of the United States. We do not need 4 More Years of this.

    September 2, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  15. Stephanie Pugh

    This is a very boring convention, where are the young people, all I see is old people. John McCain is too old, let's keep it real, end of story.

    September 2, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  16. cnn junkie

    cnn pls save us from this torture.

    September 2, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  17. David

    Fred Thompson made a good case for the same man the GOP Stepped over to Elect George W. Bush in 2000. The Party owes him his shot because he was a "Prisioner of War". We never got the real skinny from his living POW's about his torture. The Suffering Fred Thompson Discribed about John F. McCain. He should have died several times over. I saw Fred work that crowd like a final episode of Law & Order. He really brought the drama. Joe Liberman will have to eat outside after January 09. Thank you

    No McCain No McBush No McSame

    September 2, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  18. Dready1rasta

    Mike R. California- obama has a 10 point lead and growing in most polls, and what's with your "be afraid" comment? Is fear mongering ALL your type can come up with?, pathetic. You sir, are irrelevant living in California which will certainly remain blue this November, so why don't you sit in a corner and quietly play with your littile green plastic army men like a good Repug war/fear monger.

    September 2, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  19. mel from Ohio

    When are the Repubs going to talk about something that THEY plan to do? All they do is criticize what Obama has planned without giving their own ideas....anybody noticed that or have they put you to sleep already? Very juvenile and baseless. The spin is not working this time for most of the "thinking" public.

    September 2, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  20. Carol

    McCain ticket,

    I was a POW,
    Drill here, drill nnow
    Palin hunts, fishes and is a lifetime member of the NRA
    Attack Obama
    Drill here, drill now
    I was a POW
    Attack Obama
    Drill here, drill now

    September 2, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  21. Carolyn

    Just take a good look at the RNC covention DOES NOT represent the average american people. These republican are a joke and a bunch of HOT area. They are stuck in the past. What's the definition of insanity.."Keep doing the same old thing but expecting a different result" this what the Republican represent.


    September 2, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  22. katmarie

    It's laughable that this is the party that has put our country @ such peril and risk, and they now say Country First?! Actually, it's not funny, it's very frightening! I hope that these Americans are smarter than that, but if putting a woman on the ticket with such low expectations is getting them so riled up, I do have to wonder...

    September 2, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  23. American

    Whatever this dude says is hate filled and meaningless, just like his Greasy Oily Party.

    September 2, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  24. Jeff, South Bend, IN

    Fred you ceded the high ground on this experience BS when McCain chose a podunk, scandal-ridden PTA mom with next to no national experience. This is a sick joke, and the sad fact is, 45% of American is stupid enough to believe you.

    September 2, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  25. Brandon

    i've never seen so many old ppl in one place!

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