Fred Thompson: I want Obama's policies to fail
David Edwards and Rachel Oswald
Published: Wednesday March 25, 2009

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While Republicans dithered for some time on whether to agree or disagree with Rush Limbaugh's statement that he hopes President Obama fails in his efforts to right the economy, it now appears that some GOP leaders have come to a decision --- and they're with Rush.

Republican 2008 presidential hopeful, former Sen. Fred Thompson told CNN's John Roberts on Wednesday that he doesn't want Barack Obama to succeed as president.

"I want his policies, that I believe take us in the wrong direction, to fail," Thompson said.

Pressing him for further detail, Roberts asked, "Well, that's the same, saying you want him to fail, isn't it?"

"Well, you know, we're quibbling over words... you can put it any way that you want to," said Thompson.

Thompson was responding to comments made by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (a possible 2012 candidate) at a Republican fundraiser Tuesday night where he said it was acceptable for Republicans to want Obama to fail when they disagree with his policies.

As reported by CNN, Jindal said the premise of the question --"Do you want the president to fail?"--had become a "gotcha" game for Democrats.

"Make no mistake: Anything other than an immediate and compliant, 'Why no sir, I don't want the president to fail,' is treated as some sort of act of treason, civil disobedience or political obstructionism," Jindal said, adding, "This is political correctness run amok."

Jindal told the audience he would "not be brow beaten on this, and I will not kowtow to their correctness. My answer to the question is very simple: 'Do you want the president to fail?' It depends on what he is trying to do."

Said Thompson on the matter,"If [Obama] has polices that I think make us dependent on the Chinese for our welfare in the future -- I want that to fail. If he has policies… redistributing wealth –- I want that to fail... I want all of those policies not to succeed."

One area Thompson said he could agree with Obama on is entitlement reform. At his Tuesday press conference, the president said entitlements such as Medicare and Medicaid needed to be fundamentally restructured.

"I will join with him. I will do everything I can to make him succeed in that," Thompson said. "That’s the whole ball game."

The below video is from CNN on March 25.

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