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. patrick

    what about the economy or growing jobs thats what i want to hear everything else is bs.

    September 2, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  2. Jamie -- Asheville, NC

    All the lies put forth by the Republican party are absolutely staggering.

    Do they really think they can get away with twisting the truth like they have been doing?

    I fear for this country if McCain and Palin are elected.

    September 2, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  3. Darrell

    A speech from a celebrity,Wow.So far this is all about military.Is that all that this about.McCains war story is very compelling and that part was good exept for the planted idiot near the michrophone screaming yeah at every sentence.John McCain has been a celebrity ever since he was a POW but was good to hear it from another celebrity.Good thing Freddy mentioned that none of the military experience gives you the right for Presidency.So far this night is mainly about new wars and past wars and nothing about economy or health care.Have to think by the wires tonight Fred will be eating crow on Palin as there is alot of proof coming out about her bullying and taking earmarks.

    September 2, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  4. zt

    Thompson is a moron who needs to go back to his schtick on Law and Order.

    September 2, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  5. Kavita from New Jersey

    The Republican Convention is putting me to sleep....ZZZZZZZZZZ

    September 2, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  6. jaguar

    If John McCain wins the November Elections, the Democratic Party should disband.

    September 2, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  7. Just Saying

    Hey! It's "Viva Viagra Night" tonight at the RNC!

    (tip o the hat to James Wolcott)

    September 2, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  8. Joe

    Unfortunately, this speech was just rhetoric. We saw in the primaries how many people bought into Fred Thompson's view of leadership. He obviously knows more about how to act like a politician than to be one.

    September 2, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  9. Dem from AZ

    oooooh....come on Thompson...Put up your dudes..put up your dukes lol. Thompson flip flops like pancakes.

    September 2, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  10. Mike R. California

    All you liberals keep pumping yourselves up and trying to bring people down by reiterating naive statements over and over until you're blue in the face.

    Fact: W has extremely low approval rating, economy somewhat teetering, war in Iraq, etc., etc., etc.! Why the heck is Obama not crushing McCain? He should be but he's not.

    Be afraid.

    Sadly, women’s' activist groups are only activist for liberal minded women. So much for equality you hypocrites (you know who you are).

    For the same reason (sadly) many people will go to the polls, in the privacy afforded us as citizens of this GREAT country, and decide they just can't put an African American in office.

    Admit to yourselves that it is Obama who made the

    HUGE mistake by choosing an old school, run of the mill, pork barrel pushing, Washington Good Ol' Boy insider after he platformed himself on truly changing the way business is done.

    Also, remember that it is Obama and McCain who are the potential presidents here, not the VPs. Each of the VP prospects will more than likely serve their terms in relative obscurity like nearly every other VP before them. If the unusual takes place, likely they will have been in Washington and tasking around the globe long enough to be very familiar with what is going on.

    It's disgusting to cry and whine all these months about racism and reverse racism and all the ridiculous baloney that happened during the primaries (remember race issues and your dearly beloved Bill Clinton?), and then go on to instantly attack a person you really don't even know yet.

    You do it because it caught you and the dem chiefs off guard and you're afraid.

    Sarah Palin appears to be a person who has been quite successful at everything she has done in life thus far. You don't want to hear that because you are afraid she is, in fact, that person.

    Elen up above takes the cake for stupidity. She puts forth the argument that Sarah is a horrible mother for running for VP because it exposes her pregnant daughter to scrutiny. You're a real thinker, lady!

    I'd be willing to bet that each member of her family is overjoyed and proud for Sarah. They know her, you don't.

    September 2, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  11. CB

    Im sorry, Fred who? Oh that guy that didnt amount to much in the Primaries... Tell him to stick to television...

    September 2, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  12. No Way, No How, No George McCain!

    Since McShame and other repub's always say "Obama will raise your taxes" then I guess they are only talking to people that make over 200,00 a year.

    Repubs always seem to forget to tell people that Obama will LOWER taxes for 95% of us.

    September 2, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  13. Joshua College Station Texas

    His bucket analogy was compelling but wrong. Republicans want to lower taxes to get votes, but they don't want to pay for anything! Let's put it all on credit!

    It's sick sick sick!

    September 2, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  14. Tarrie

    Yawn. Typical boring republican talking points.

    September 2, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  15. Texico From Mexico

    Oh please....this race is so over! everyone can see right thorough this Republican god just look at the convention, it looks like 10 rest homes got together for a seniors dance...they might as well start showing "Golden Girls" up on the screen. Thompson is just another frustrated old man......

    September 2, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  16. Frank in Pittsburgh

    Fred Thompson ought to go back to Hollyweird.

    September 2, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  17. rumble grumble gurgle roar

    was watching the speech....Thompson did his job...too bad he couldn't have done this on the campaign trail. My only question is, when the networks pan the audience, there is certainly a lack of skin tone.

    September 2, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  18. ER P

    Pathetic! Shameless, pedantic sentimentality! No wonder the country and its friends have been in such a sad state for the past 8 years. Please, dear American neighbors, don't do this to yourselves and to your friends and neighbours again.

    ERP in Canada

    September 2, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  19. denniseC

    Appreciated the pow story, completely compelling. Some parts of his speech was absolutely pathetic. Please! Be a little be more genuine rather then use some of Obama's wording. It's alright, they will be taking swipes at this dude today and tomorrow.

    September 2, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  20. JPM

    Republicans are RESPONSIBLE for the mess of the last 8 years. This election is about DIRECTION. Where do we want the country to go? Stay the course? Or change direction?

    September 2, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  21. LT for Obama

    Much of what Thompson said were prejections of his own inadequacies.

    September 2, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  22. vote obama

    This is the most boring convention ever!!!! The republicans can not play the experience card anymore(all thanks to john mccain). Sarah is not worthy neither is john mcSame!!! Nice job mcSame you made it easier for the Democrats!!!

    September 2, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  23. Teddy

    Yeah... That's right... Exactly what we need. Another old out of touch white guy who thinks he knows what's best for the world. We should allow him and John to be roommates in the old folks home. I am not racist, but I am sick and tired of this "dominant" misperception.

    September 2, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  24. FactCheck

    Flip-flop... flippity flop-flop say one thing and do another. Also, Law and Order became a much better show once they got rid of this fool.

    September 2, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  25. HOORAH

    Oh me God ! your kidding, after all the Praise the demo's had about the Republicans last week? get serious ! wha wha wha 🙁

    September 2, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
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