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. kasia

    The RNC would be excellent timing for a Viagra or Cialis commercial - look at the pasty old white men audience you'd be appealing to. That's a TMI visual - McNasty actually. Sorry people.

    September 2, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  2. Saul Teanuts

    Hey Mike R, nice rant! Such self-righteousness and vigorous anger!

    Feel better now?

    September 2, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  3. beth bump

    Illness strikes . New VP steps in... It1s 3am the phone rings. response Sorry I cant come to the phone now I am with the kids , My new baby, And I am helping my daughter with our grand child. Please call back or Borack!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    I must say that I couldn't stand watching another minute of the RNC. It's empty speeches that do nothing but talk about a war we are winning, winning what? Where is speeches about changes to AMERICA, economy, house foreclosures, jobs?

    And I've never seen so many older Americans at a convention in my life. A new generation has taken the stage for change my fellow Americans, and I am proud to say that Barack Obama is one of them.


    September 2, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  5. Terry Richmond, Va.

    Seems more like a seniors convention to me...

    September 2, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  6. Texico From Mexico

    My god...was that a set of falsee teeth i saw on the podium? Grandpa tell me bout them good ol days....

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

    Thompson truly earn the title of the laziest candidate ever. That is why he is on the sideline.

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

    Wow there;s a lot of nasty liberals on here. i guess all the hard working republicans are off to bed for there JOBS tomorrow, enjoy the welfare you loffers!!!

    September 2, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  9. Hillarysuporter

    Look somebody who was incapable to run his own campaign. Now is attacking the young and fresh man who is running is campaign superbly. We are all prepared to here three things in this convention.
    1. Country first (What is about people).
    2. Commandant in chief.
    3. Patriotism.
    4. Pro-live (But they are pro death- penalty).

    September 2, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  10. Mr.shine

    unborn child!! Right to life, what hypocrits when we have some of the worst school systems all over this country. they rather call for a troop surge then pay teachers more money and how about teaching SEX EDUCATION and PROTECTION. Then right to life wouldn't be an issue!!

    September 2, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  11. Dana from Las Vegas Nevada

    GOP for Obama, the African-American you saw was very rich!!!!! Enough said

    September 2, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  12. lisa

    Obama wasn't talking about 'newborn babies' Thompson you idiot, he was talking about the moment of conception.
    Funny how much repugs value an embryo but have no problem having our young men and women die in battle and kill others.
    McShame is a warmonger, the absolutely last thing we need. I didn't think anything could be worse than Bush, but McShame has done the impossible.
    shoot now ask questions later NO MORE!!! ENOUGH!!

    September 2, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  13. bobby

    More double talking, hippocritical pandering. He wears the Republican suit well.

    September 2, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  14. satori1

    So what experience does it take to be considered qualified to become the president of the United States of America?
    As chief of state, he conducts ceremonial affairs.
    As chief executive he is responsible for ensuring federal laws are enforced and nominating officials to serve the federal government.
    As foreign policy director, he shares the duties with congress but has the lead position in international affairs.
    As commander in chief he is responsible for national defense.
    As legislative leader, he proposes laws to be considered by congress.
    According to the constitution, to be qualified you must be native born resident for 14 years, and at least 35 years old.

    Does being old, and a former prisoner of war make a candidate more qualified? I did not get Thompson's reasoning for claiming that Mccain was a more qualified candidate from the information presented in his speech.

    September 2, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  15. Ralph

    The GOP has no shame – how the party of torture can come and talk to us about the horrors of that practice from John McCain's perspective is beyond human understanding. I guess the GOP thinks torture is only bad when the people being tortured look like us. SHAME ON THEM ALL!

    September 2, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  16. HeyMe

    Abortion is the Killing. Say No to Abortion. Say NO to Obama.

    September 2, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  17. Harriet Atkinson

    Fred Thompson's totally distorted what Obama said at Saddleback. Rick Warren phrased the question different for Obama and McCain – he asked him at what point is the unborn given human rights. Obama, knowing this was leading to the abortion-rights question then said, that's above my pay grade. He went on to discuss the law and that women making those decisions do so not capriciously but afted deliberations with their doctor, family and pastor.
    We can disagree based on our faith, but allow for the law to be upheld. The problem with the pro-life stance, is that it overlooks the law and promotes' ome's personal faith.
    Which is more egregious, allowing personal prescriptives to interfere with application of the law or separating your personal faith from other people's options.

    September 2, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  18. tim

    Just doing some research... McCain is never been a governor either, so he is just as inexperienced as Obama. In fact, Biden has not been governor either.

    So, lets tally it up, if according to the republicans, that being a governor means executive experience.

    Obama- no executive experience
    McCain- no executive experience
    Biden – no executive experience
    Paulin- 2 years executive experience

    Paulin wins, she should be President.

    September 2, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  19. No


    September 2, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  20. Chuck

    Wow, the Republicans are looking good tonight no matter what the vast liberals on this site have to say. The fact that BHO only got a small bump right after his speech was amazing. The timing and choice of Palin was perfect. Dems cry about change – choosing Joe was NOT change. If Dems are serious about change then they will vote the McCain/Palin ticket in Nov. I was on the fence and early on was moved by the speeches BHO gave. I have since come to learn the fact Republicans keep hammering home...those speeches are just empty words from a basically empty suit. I just wish BHO would show me where he is coming up with every "dime" to pay for all these government programs WITHOUT getting them from you and I. We all know taxes go up, but please spare me the empty promise of only taxing the wealthy. BHO has NEVER voted to Decrease taxes on anyone. 44 times he has voted for an increase in taxes. Quit writing checks your butt can not cash BHO! You liberals keep talking about fear tactics from Republicans, but you play the same game. Quit taking water out of our side of the bucket. McCain/Palin will be better for the US than BHO/Joe.

    September 2, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  21. TyWebb

    Fred, be sure to watch for the next TV script heading your way.

    September 2, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  22. Hispanic for Obama - Ricky

    Man I couldnt understand this man. I was so bored I changed the channel to Home Shopping Network for a little more entertainment. Republicans you're on National TV!!! How do you expect everyone else to get excited if even the delegates wont after a night of false Obama bashing. And why do Republicans keep on saying Obama is going to raise taxes? Only if you make over $250k you dimwhits! Everyone else gets a cut, and Warren Buffet agrees he should pay more!!!

    Is anyone watching this stuff?

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 2, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  23. Palin ROCKS

    Glad to hear Obama's complete dearth of experience vs. McCain put out there. Excellent speech by Thompson.

    Sorry, Bots, Obama just isn't qualified to lead the most powerful country in the free world - it's so bad, in fact, no one even bothers trying to compare him to McCain.

    I've never seen a presidential pick (Obama) in competition with a vice presidential pick (Palin)!

    September 2, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  24. Jan Patrick

    He lost me when he started going into gory detail about McCain's POW days. Sorry, but there were thousands of POWs in VietNam. None of them were treated nicely. Every one of those POWs are true heroes, and are to be honored and respected. But none of them are qualified to be President.

    September 2, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  25. Liberal Woman

    Let's see, according to the RNC, if I am prolife, have a pregnant daughter and think it's wonderful, and am a war hero, I'll make a great P and VP.

    Whatever happened to the issues?


    September 2, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
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