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. Obama all the way

    Nice diverse audience. NOT. Gotta tell you something!!

    September 2, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  2. john

    PATHETIC.................TERRIBLE........BORING........SHAME ON YOU FRED........SHAME ON YOU.

    September 2, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  3. mike brian

    Obama cannot even unite the former Democrate VP, what a joke! a uniter? LOL

    September 2, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  4. Elizabeth

    We need a President who also cares for his/her people once they are born.

    I heard a comedian last week said that Republicans love their country and hate half its people because they do not think or look like them

    September 2, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  5. Frank in NYC.

    There is no Depression. People who think the economy is bad are whiners.

    Did you guys hear that John was a POW?

    So says Fred.

    September 2, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  6. Think about it!!

    As far as the presidency is concern, American voters are 0-43!!!!


    September 2, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  7. Carolyn

    Gergen is use to Republican Conventions. After all he worked for three Republicans Presidents before. He just likes to tease when he says something nice about the Dems – (except for the Clintons of course as he worked on Bill's campaign).

    September 2, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  8. Mannie

    What a joke Thompson is. He actually thinks smart Americans are going to believe his speech. I did not feel it, old man old ideas

    September 2, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  9. GOBAMA!!

    I don't understand how anyone in their right mind could vote Mcsame. Why isn't Obama crushing him? Let's see...a majority of Americans are still stuck on race even though most people say they aren't racist...we all have a racist streak in us. Second...most of the younger voters and african american voters have cell polls are useless.

    September 2, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  10. Charla2inTexas2

    Sorry CNN... I support your network. But I refuse to turn on my TV until the nightly broadcast of the Republican convention is over. I do not want increase the viewing numbers.

    September 2, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  11. LT for Obama

    Thompson refered to teleprompter speeches which seemed to get great applause, but it seems to me that he has never actually seen Obama speak at one of his town halls where there are NO teleprompters. McCain on the other hand cannot seem to take a stage anywhere without his trusted note cards that he reads nearly every word from no matter where he is. Anyone notice that his intro of Sarah was mostly with his eyes down?

    Speaking of eyes down, how about going back and look at her acceptance speech on Friday and watch McCain and where his eyes wonder.

    September 2, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  12. Chris



    Is it over, please tell me that it is.....Please!

    September 2, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  13. michele

    they should go after bush because he the one that screw up this country. they don't have nothing to do with thier old boring convention .can they see that have a president as a joker. bush have such a funny face and mcain have such a old face that he drying up.

    September 2, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  14. Cecil

    Hey McCain Where's Paris!

    Does anyone at the RNC want to talk about the economy?

    September 2, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  15. Jerry in Los Angeles

    Hey Texico,

    although i share your view on this, leave the Golden Girls out. =) They are progressives. The thought of them attending a republican convention in any form sends chills up my spine.

    September 2, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  16. Sean Chong

    Fresh breathe.... with Orbit.... clean and fresh breathe... what a joke! God first, GOP! Your math is so bad!

    September 2, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  17. Fitz

    Great speech Fred Flintstone, fire up the dem's.

    September 2, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  18. JD Abroad

    Thompson please! You are just an Obama hater, a sad politician....and actor. Even when you speak you act like you are trying to desperately rehearsing for a spot on some low budget flick. Stop contradicting yourself and eat your own words you said about abortion in 1984.

    September 2, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  19. Meko

    This is the most boring convention I have ever watched!!!! No substance...just same ole tired jabs at Obama! Maybe tomorrow will be more interesting.

    September 2, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  20. Bewildered

    It's amazing how Thompson stopped the biography at the part when McCain came home from Viet-Nam Hanoi Hilton and began fooling around on his first wife.and eventually dumped her. McCain said himself "He takes full responsibility" I saw it in a CNN special "McCain revealed! Talk about character and family values!

    September 2, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  21. Marie in California

    Fred Thompson was good! And right on target!

    As for the lack of skin tone in the audience that someone above noted.....I think people of color need to make some changes in their political affiliations. The Republicans would certainly welcome them. Just as they did Condi Rice. And Michael Steele. And Governor Bobby Jindal. To name just a few.

    In any case, don't blame the Republicans for the lack of color among their convention attendees. The parties don't choose their people .... the people choose their parties.

    McCain-Palin – 2008

    September 2, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  22. Naomi P.

    Terrible speaking skills.....war war war. Any other qualification for McCain

    September 2, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  23. Rob F

    Let's vote for Obama – then we can watch the White House burn down with Biden holding the match. You lefties amuse me – you're all about pointing the finger and not into solving problems. Talk about yawning? How about what the Dems preach every four years. They hate the right, the world is all the right's fault, they are the devil. I'm sorry – kool-aid is for kids. You know why they drink it – they don't know any better.

    September 2, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  24. Ira Pollack

    From this day forward, I'm not watching any "Law and Order" episodes in which Fred Thompson stars!

    September 2, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  25. William Dixon

    I thought tonight was the most thrilling, exciting convention I have seen in years. Fred Thompson blew the Democrats out of the water!

    Our vote will be for McCain/Palin hands down!!

    September 2, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
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