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. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Fred Thompson's comment that McCain's years as a POW don't qualify him to be President, but say a lot about his character speaks volumns. When has Obama ever been faced with decisions like McCain had to make when turning down early release offered because his father was an admiral? Never. Obama took 20 years to figure out that his pastor was a an anti-American racist, and only dumped him when it became a political issue. McCain has more character than Obama will ever have.

    September 2, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  2. Obama all the way

    AnNd someone please explain why we should not change America, not apologize when we are wrong and not be the nation that eveyone fears.

    I am sick of the world looking at us like we think our poop doesn't stink and we have all the answers and that we are too good for everyone else in the world. We don't and we aren't!! We need to work together as a nation AND with the rest of the world.

    What a hot mess these Repubs are!!!

    September 2, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  3. Ed

    Same old, same old. Had no idea Thompson had grown so old, it really hammered in the fact that this is a bunch of old guys trying to hold on to power. If inspiring the people doesn't work, go ahead and bash the opposition. This clueless Republican party is playing right into the Democrats hands.

    September 2, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  4. Observer from MA

    Is it just me or does anyone else think that this party doesn't seem to represent the diversity of this great country? This image just reaffirms my opinion that the GOP party does not in any way represent me. It is a party for the rich few.

    September 2, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  5. LaVelle from Atlanta, GA

    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.

    September 2, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  6. Godfrey

    This convention is reminiscent of the last two Republican conventions-and we know the results of those!

    Any good American with an ounce of common sense and half a brain will reject this side show. It is time for new leadership with new ideas that reflect progressive America.

    The Republicans have simply nothing to offer this election cycle.

    Back to the drawing board.....

    September 2, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  7. Barbara

    Is Thompson a Constitutional Scholar? I don't remember him, except for his acting in L&A

    September 2, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  8. Worthy

    A nice change from the multi-million dollar Britney Spears set and the MTV, me-too, Botox Brigade who left the air in Denver a great deal thinner and a whole lot hotter!

    September 2, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  9. Voting for Change

    Fred Thompson completely lost me as he has not referred to something that is affecting all of us across the board. THE ECONOMY. If the republican are going to act as this is not a problem then I guess I will not watch anymore. I always like hearing the two side of the coin however I cannot listen to them talk about the war and foreign policy without them even acknowledging that the economy is the number one problem in USA.
    The Democrats talked in their convention about all the issues that are most present in americans minds even if its not what everyone wants to hear they still addressed them.

    September 2, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  10. JJ

    Who in their Right mind believes anything Fred Thompson said tonight. Was he acting or serious? because I could not tell.

    September 2, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  11. Marie-Lynn

    Too old for the job bye bye

    September 2, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  12. DJ in Colorado

    no country for old men

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

    Fred Thompson is a bad actor and a bad politician.

    September 2, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  14. Pam

    LMAO!! They must really be worried about Obama to blast him that much!

    September 2, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  15. Doug

    Fred Thompson is the most boring politician in the world and he is nominating McCain. That should say something in and of itself.

    September 2, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  16. Huffington

    Wow! Anyone that really thinks Obama is going to lower taxes for 95% of Americans is drinking way MORE than Kool-Aid!

    September 2, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  17. Proud American of African Descent

    I have not heard the case why a republican should be entrusted again with guiding the U.S.A. when we have lost millions of jobs, millions of homes, trillions of dollars and most importantly; tens of thousands of U.S. Military families destroyed by a war we were tricked into. Why?

    September 2, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |

    The only thing exciting about this convention was the Jazz Band they had playing earlier. Keep The Music playing

    September 2, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  19. james bowman

    Why do most if not all the people at that convention look the same?....and the tone i got from there is just the banging of military/war drums......i get no sense of any chance of unity if ANYBODY from that convention is elected!!!!

    September 2, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  20. Justin

    This election will be the first step in leaving old and outdated Republican's behind. Republican's are redneck racists and use Bobby Jindal and Sarah Palin as disguises to the fact. Republicans are highly contradictory. They are pro-life but yet support the death penalty. They are pro-life but do nothing about health care. You can't convince they value human life. I would choose an intelligent president over one with experience any day. Intelligent decisions not experienced decisions will save this country. I'm one of those people who are making in the top 5% of the country, and I would be more than happy to pay more taxes to have a democrat in power. My respect for Republican's has turned to disrepect. I was foolishly once an indepedent.

    September 2, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  21. Dave

    Fred Thompson = Lazy as a fox

    GOP = God Oil Party

    surprised they didn't have a baptism at the end...

    theme for the week: Give us one more chance we promise we won't screw it up

    September 2, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  22. Eric

    Obama is a centrist and his 12 years long public service show a balanced view: First lie. Obama has the same experience than Lincoln had when he ran for office: second lie. Obama clearly stated, and if Thmpson had ever read a book he could attest, that in religion (serious ones, not the evangelical nutcases) and in science, it is not definite when you can state that the embryo is firmly a distinct human being. He did say he would do whatever to lower the abortion rate. (forced marriage excluded, Palin-style). But hey, a President who can think.. no way.

    But the saddest is to see that after 35 minutes, Thompson could not come up with one policy that could lift the country up. Nothing. Only vague and personal accusations. No wonder his own campaign backfired before it started.

    September 2, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  23. Antonio, Colorado Springs

    Mike R –

    we all know who Palin is its what she represents that most people call into question. Maybe thats something you need to look at. She is AGAINST any kind of gay rights, she is AGAINST sexual orientation being considered a part of hate crimes, she tried to get books banned from a library becuase SHE thought they were objectionable, she was in FULL SUPPORT for the bridge to nowhere when running for governor than flipped when she got elected. Did she also fight corruption in the party in Alaska? Yes and MAJOR props for her becuase hardly anyone in politics today can do that successfully. Did she abuse her power? Who knows at this point. But to say she is the most qualified for a republican ticket is ludacris and you know it. She is a governor for 20 months. Ok, great. That doesnt mean she has more experience than Obama. The truth of the matter is that NONE of these people have been in a position of such absolute power how do we REALLY know that they will or won't do or even act? We dont. ZThe only thing we can go off of is what they believe in and what they want to do. And for McCain, although he is trying hard to seperate himself, his policies (that POLICIES not McCain himself) are too close to Bush's and the religious rights current policies. And look where that has gotten us.

    September 2, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  24. Pam

    Is there anyone at that convention under the age of 60?

    September 2, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  25. Logan, Huntington, West Virginia

    Republicans want small government so they can be in charge and leave everyone out.

    September 2, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
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