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. keith Franklin, Tn

    Rove then kissed Thompson on the mouth....right after he kissed Lieberman's--

    Time to go nite nite Fred. You will need six months to recover from this.

    I am from Tennessee and Thompson was the LAZIEST Senator of all time

    September 2, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  2. Have to post Anonymously now

    Fred Thompson? These are their big guns? What bigger demonstration does America need to know this party is on the ropes?

    September 2, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  3. Part of the Angry Left

    If you aint angry, you havent been paying attention for the last 8 years...

    September 2, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  4. RNC Really Not Cool

    God they suck.

    boring polite applause and a lot of cowboy hat flag waving nonsense!

    September 2, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  5. AreWeThereYet

    Noticed everyone looked the same, should i say anymore?


    September 2, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  6. Felice

    I have to say wow to Joe Lieberman! I know a very close personal friend of Joe Lieberman for over 30 years! He is appealing to his Dems to "please vote for the right man for the job , and who will be feared when McCain or Obama takes office"! You need to listen AMERICA, if you have children in the Military then do the right thing and make McCain the one Man that the "WORLD WILL FEAR"!!! WAKE UP AMERICA, WE NEED THE TERRORIST TO BE ARAID OF AMERICA!!!

    September 2, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  7. Chris

    Did anyone notice how drunk some of the speakers looked on stage tonight?

    "Winnin' or losin' we're still boozin'"

    September 2, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  8. Wanda an Obama Supporter from MO

    This is the most boring convention that I have ever seen. Normally I have CNN all the time. This convention is putting me to sleep. It is so lame and uninteresting. Just look at last week, the DNC put on a more diverse, interesting, and full of life convention. The issues were put out there every night. The RNC have no life whatsoever. No wonder Obama is leading in the polls and will keep leading all the way up until Nov. 4th. And I'm sorry, Palin can not match up to Biden. She was not a good choice for McCain. Too much baggage. It's no wonder that the McCain camp had to send a delegation to Alaska for damage control. They don't know what the next story that is going to come out of Alaska regarding Palin. And she need to stop quoting Hillary, she can not come close to Hillary Clinton nor is she going to get her voters over to the McCain camp. Hillary supporters are more smarter than that.

    September 2, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  9. scott brookdale ca

    Hilarious- a grade B actor Thompson criticizing a brilliant mind like Obama. Hate to tell Fred but this fall Obama will be made a real president and Fred will continue his failed boob tube career. I don't watch TV but something tells me from what I've seen it isn't much of a performance.

    September 2, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  10. Kyle

    Fred Thompson is a liar and a man of no substance. I intend to vote for Obama

    September 2, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  11. Elizabeth B.

    CNN. Your ratings won't go up on this one!

    September 2, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  12. Doug

    Fred Thompson = One of the most boring politicians ever, nobody voted for him, major early disappointment for Rep. party.

    And McCain thinks his endorcement is of value? Get a clue!

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

    Is this his final act since he can run himself.

    September 2, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |



    September 2, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  15. Cecil

    A two Bit Actor, Go Back To Hollywood With Paris!

    September 2, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  16. doh!

    No...! Don't send Fred back to Hollywood!!!! WE DON"T WANT HIM!!!!'s been a couple there a new Palin scandal yet?

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

    And Palin's sooooo qualified, give me a break!!!

    September 2, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  18. Dale

    Hey Mike R in California. Thanks for the blowhard long winded post but you to realize that regardless of your misinformation that Obama will carry your state. BE AFRAID BE VERY AFRAID!!!!

    September 2, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  19. Lopez

    Same OLD stuff, from the past eight years. What can you expect from McCain supporters. Another 4 more years of the same OLD stuff.

    Obama/Biden 08 CHANGE!!!

    September 2, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  20. jh

    and now this from :

    A New Stitch in a Bad Pattern
    September 2, 2008
    A McCain ad wrongly claims Obama plans "painful tax increases" for working families. And who's talking about deficits?
    McCain's new ad puts another stitch in what we've called his pattern of deceit on Obama's tax plan. This one claims Obama and congressional Democrats plan to push forward "painful tax increases on working American families" and that they will bring about "years of deficits," "no balanced budgets" and "billions in new government spending."

    The ad is plain wrong about higher taxes on working families. In fact, Obama's economic plan would produce a tax cut for the majority of American households, with middle-income earners benefiting most. As for "years of deficits," exactly the same claim could be made about McCain's program. It's unlikely either Obama or McCain would balance the budget, and both are projected to increase the debt by trillions.

    We've already reported on at least three other ads, in both Spanish and English, from Sen. John McCain's campaign that distort his rival's tax policy. The ads claim that, for example, Democratic Sen. Barack Obama would raise taxes "on the sale of your home" and that he has a "history of raising taxes" and that he wanted to raise taxes on "families" making just $42,000 a year.

    Claims like these have led us to say that McCain's campaign is engaging in a "pattern of deceit" when it comes to describing Obama's tax plan. This most recent ad fits right into the template.

    September 2, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  21. Ronnie

    McCain is truely an American HERO. We should never elect a President that has never served in the military. McCain obviously stands tall as a patriot and is unyielding. The people of America seem to forget how we became FREE. I fought for my country! Did you! John McCain did!

    September 2, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |

    now you why gore did'nt even win his home state. lieberman, that who carvalle should have called judas do anything for a cabinet post.

    September 2, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  23. Tsk Tsk Tsk...

    CNN please post:

    Enough with this experience crap. Sarah Palin is unprepared to be Vice President. Talk about something else.

    September 2, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  24. JANE

    Are any of these speeches going to get a grade?I noticed grades were given for speeches last week for the Democractic speeches.I did not watch Fred Thompson's speech.I figured it would be a speech to spin the sorry job the Republicans have did,and bash Obama.This is no surprise.What I really want to know is where is Sarah Palin?I noticed Biden was there most nights during the DNC Convention.Why was Rudy Guliani speech cancelled.Is he going to be the real VP nominee?

    September 2, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  25. Troy

    Just checking in...yep...still filled with liberals whining.

    September 2, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
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