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. Erni

    Did he really just say screw the alligators and drain the swamps? Republican environmentalism at its best. Maybe someone should explain to he and "kill the polar bears" Palin what happens when you take an apex predator out of an environment. But that would be science and who needs that?

    Hope over Fear 08

    September 2, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  2. Barbara

    I don't think no one in American rather Dem or Rep. questions John McCains patrotism, and his service of duty to America, but that doesn't make him Presidental. Just look his first act, and he picks Palin as VP and only met her once. Do we really want another president you acts first without forthought. I DON't. we need a change, not another bush four years.

    September 2, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  3. Obama/Biden 2008 from Nebraska

    That's all Thompson's campaign was....a joke. So he has to try and make everything else one as well.

    September 2, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  4. JB

    Donna B. is a joke – she is not in the booth to offer any objective analysis but rather to slash and cut the second a speaker steps off the dais – in this case Fred Thompson – she is a hack and joke. If the Pelosi/Reid democrats actually had a plan then why haven't they done anything since getting the majority ? The answer is they have been feeding America a line of crap designed by people like Donna and really don't want a better America for all but one that is better for just themselves.
    Shame on CN for allowing this to continue – it is wrong.

    September 2, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  5. Shelly from San Pedro

    This looks more like an AARP convention. And Fred Thompson??? Well the inexperienced guy ran a better campaign than he did. People VOTED for Obama.

    Where is Rudy "9/11, 9/11" G??

    September 2, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  6. Pam

    Gee Fred, aren't you just the two faced old wind bag we always knew you to be! Hmmm, yes I remember 1994. Sit down you old fart. Heaven forbid you keel over. I'd sooner give up my nursing license before I'd ever give CPR to you!

    Republicans we don't fear you and your unwatched convention. We're coming to get you and take back the White House! 8 years of inept leadership is enough. We don't need poor judgement from the likes of McCain or Barbie Palin.

    For everyone of you, there are hundreds of us.
    GAME ON!

    September 2, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |

    Fred Thompson is a loser. He couldn't convince republicans to put him on the ticket. Sour grapes

    September 2, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |

    Thompson and friends, when you start talking, check your videos.

    September 2, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  9. Lily

    Is there anyone at this convention under the age of 60 that isn't related to Palin? Anyone? ANYONE?

    September 2, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  10. Mindy Baker

    Personally, I like to think that I would never get an abortion. However, when my sister was pregnant and found out that she has cervical cancer, it made me think. There are boundaries that are just too complex to draw, such as the mother's health, rape and incest. If Roe Vs Wade is overturned, I will be devastated.

    September 2, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  11. Washington for Obama

    McCrazy now has received support from Bush, Thompson, and Lieberman. That means he has been praised by the worst president in U.S. history, a walking corpse, and a traitor.

    September 2, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  12. Matt

    Thompson's speech had plenty of rethoric tonight, but that's what conventions are all about – just watch the replay of the DNC last week if you aren't sure. Either way, Thompson's points were accurate. And it's very interesting that CNN would have Donna Brazile providing commentary on the speeches. Wolf might as well turn the microphone over to Obama's top media strategist to weave through the myriad of key messaging prepared prior to the event. CNN, please consider turning to objective analysts, we already know what Obama's group thinks about these speeches. Thank you!

    September 2, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  13. Kerry Chapman

    Well, Fred did outstanding. At least we did not have that Jesus Christ Superstar Halo as we did in the Democratic Convention, or like the Woodstock Convention in Denveer. As a Democrat now a Independent. The Republican Party is substance. Not remake of
    Jesus Christ Superstar or Woodstock as the Democrats did in Denver.

    September 2, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  14. KG

    What we need is a President who is willing to take a stand. At least Sen McCain has cast votes on the issues. What did we get from Sen Obama when his turn came to vote on the issues at hand? We got "present" something like 70% of the time. "Present." What the heck is that? Does Obama have no backbone to take a stand? Does he not care to educate himself on an issue in order to cast an educated vote? "Present." We do not need "present" in the White House. We need governance and action. We need someone who is willing to take a stand. That's what we get with Sen McCain. With Sen Obama, we get "present."

    September 2, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  15. Tony in Oregon

    America is looking for a President with sound judgment and the ability to lead. So far Senator Obama has shown us through his actions he possess both traits. That makes him well prepared to be President.

    On the other hand, the first important decision towards the Presidency by Senator McCain was the selection of Palin. What a huge mistake and it calls into question his ability to make sound decisions and think matters through before acting (instead it looks like he reacted to the positive outcome of the Democratic Convention and the embracing of Senator Obama even by those 18 million who voted for Hillary).

    September 2, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  16. Tsk Tsk Tsk...

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

    September 2, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  17. Miguel Filomeno

    Who is that guy that keeps screaming yeah yeah???? How much did they pay him to do that? You can't actually be excited about the Republican Party. As a matter of fact you could not pay me enough to be at that convention.

    Another 4 years of George Bush? Thanks, but no thanks!

    September 2, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  18. Cindy

    Sage advice from a man who recived zero support in the primaries, causing him to drop out *turns channel* Good luck with that acting thing, i guess...

    September 2, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  19. Obama 08

    Fred is a loser.

    September 2, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  20. Rodger

    So he's an idiot! What else is new.

    September 2, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  21. Marie

    I really do not understand these is not ok for a woman to choose what is right for her or her fetus.....but it is ok for them to send young men on suicide missions, based on false information and kill innocent woman, children and civilians.....???????
    What a bunch of hypocrites~~~~~~
    .....and the world laughs on at this so called "christian" party.....

    PS: guess God is on the Democrats side, with all the cursing Dobson and Hagee tried to pray down on the democrat convention......looks like the tables turned on them eh, or should we say "what goes around comes back around"?

    I dare CNN to post is time for this hypocritical republican party to reap what they have sown!!!!!!!

    September 2, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  22. Robin Wagner from ct

    OK well that no surprise . What you want from a Rep.....

    Well I'm not wanting A new Dick and Bush ..... 4 more of the same ,,,,,,,,,,,, NO way NO how No McCain ....

    September 2, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  23. Andrea

    How boring !!! Try attacking the problems that we face and not Obama, that truly would be a change for the RNC! No Way, No How, No McCain!!!

    September 2, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  24. Proud Dem in Ohio

    Great acting! Poor politics!

    September 2, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  25. deborah

    Did he REALLY say that Sarah Palin was a "breath of fresh air"?

    He must belong to the same senile club as McCain.

    What is really sad is that they THINK THAT WE ARE THAT STUPID!!

    What will really be a "breath of fresh air" is Nov 3rd and we have President Obama in Washington ACTUALLY doing something for the American people!!!

    September 2, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
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