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Is Fred Thompson In?
Virginia Virtucon ^ | 3/22/2007 | Riley, Not O'Reilly

Posted on 03/22/2007 7:50:40 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT

Is Fred Thompson In?

That’s what I heard tonight from a Blue Dog Democrat Congressman who has close ties to some TN GOP members (and who even donated to Thompson’s senate races back in the ’90s.)


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It's a blog, but from a guy in Virginia who has ties to capital hill, who has yet in my recollection to report something certain that turned out to be wrong.
1 posted on 03/22/2007 7:50:43 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CharlesWayneCT

I certainly hope he is.


2 posted on 03/22/2007 7:52:30 PM PDT by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch (If MY people who are called by MY name -- the ball's in our court, folks.)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Snowballs, once big enough, rolling down mountains rarely stop. Look at Loving Husband Edwards -- not even for the mother of his children can he stop his snowball.


3 posted on 03/22/2007 7:54:17 PM PDT by bvw
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To: CharlesWayneCT

So, when does McCain quit the race, I wonder?


4 posted on 03/22/2007 7:55:08 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (To have your eco-sins forgiven, just buy Carbon Indulgences!)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

From your fingers to God's ears! :-)


5 posted on 03/22/2007 7:58:54 PM PDT by pillut48 (CJ in TX (Bible Thumper and Proud!))
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Here's something funny: as you all know, Fred Thompson has been the voice of Paul Harvey News each day recently. This has given him 3 or 4 minutes each day to promote his political and social philosophy nationwide, not only free of charge but while being compensated by the ABC radio network. Now the ABC Washington affiliate, WMAL, is playing "Hail to the Chief" before Thompson comes on in the morning! He hasn't even announced and they're considering it a foregone conclusion that he's going to be president. They may be right.


6 posted on 03/22/2007 8:02:55 PM PDT by Fairview ( Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.)
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To: Fairview
They may be right.

Yep.

7 posted on 03/22/2007 8:10:59 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (To have your eco-sins forgiven, just buy Carbon Indulgences!)
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To: pillut48

Out of the current crop of Republican candidates, I think the un-declared candidate Thompson would overrun the field.


8 posted on 03/22/2007 8:15:39 PM PDT by doc1019 (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: EternalVigilance
So, when does McCain quit the race, I wonder?

Probably a few days before Fred jumps in. He's gotta know by now that he can't win the nomination, and the RNC is probably starting to lean on him to get out. So he'll call a press conference, site "health reasons" and bow out gracefully.

My guess: it'll happen soon, because Rudy and Romney are sucking up all the big money, and I read last week that he's struggling to raise cash. Once Fred jumps in, you can also stick a fork in Romney. Conservatives who are lukewarm to him(like me) will jump on the Fred Thompson wagon, and the money will dry up. It'll come down to Fred and Rudy.

9 posted on 03/22/2007 8:17:48 PM PDT by ABG(anybody but Gore) ("We're Living In A Twilight World..."- Swingout Sister)
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To: EternalVigilance
Yep.

I would like to think so. My 19-year-old daughter has already made her own Thompson bumper sticker and her 18-year-old cousin is starting a line of Thompson tee-shirts.

10 posted on 03/22/2007 8:18:52 PM PDT by Fairview ( Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.)
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To: Fairview
I hate to say this, but what about the man's personal life? Are there skeletons there? This doesn't have to do with Fred Thompson and his positions, it has to do with media scrutiny. God knows that things like that can throw candidates for a loop. Remember all the mud slung at Dubya

I hope vetting is done early so the candidate we end up nominating can solidly weather it. Because dirt will certainly show up in ANY of them. This not to malspeak them but to point out the very real concern of media scrutiny and public perception. There's a quote from Horatio Hornblower -- "We each have a maggott in our past that would happily devour our future."

11 posted on 03/22/2007 8:19:41 PM PDT by Finny (God continue to Bless President G.W. Bush with wisdom, popularity, safety and success.)
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To: jellybean; Howlin

ping


12 posted on 03/22/2007 8:20:35 PM PDT by KoRn (FRED THOMPSON FOR PRESIDENT!)
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To: ABG(anybody but Gore)

I think your analysis is exactly on the mark accurate.


13 posted on 03/22/2007 8:21:05 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (To have your eco-sins forgiven, just buy Carbon Indulgences!)
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To: Fairview
WMAL, is playing "Hail to the Chief" before Thompson comes on in the morning!

That's just great.

Can you imagine Fred debating Hillary or Obama? It would make the Cheney v. Edwards debate seem like a fair fight.

14 posted on 03/22/2007 8:22:32 PM PDT by NeoCaveman (the earth has a fever, I'm totally cereal - Al "Manbearpig" Gore Jr.)
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To: Fairview
I've caught 3 of his Paul Harvey broadcasts this week. I really don't like the sound of his voice, his manner of speech, his dialect, or anything else I hear on his Paul Harvey radio gig.

What has this guy got?
What does he stand for?
Why should I not wish he goes away?

15 posted on 03/22/2007 8:23:14 PM PDT by skeptoid (AE, AA , MBS)
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To: ABG(anybody but Gore)

I agree with your analysis.


16 posted on 03/22/2007 8:23:53 PM PDT by NeoCaveman (the earth has a fever, I'm totally cereal - Al "Manbearpig" Gore Jr.)
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To: Fairview
Listen to this
17 posted on 03/22/2007 8:25:31 PM PDT by Kaslin (Fred Thompson for President 2008)
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To: skeptoid

As I've said a couple of times, I don't think radio is really Fred's strong suit, either. He's much better in front of a camera. His physical presence is what gives force to his words, I think.


18 posted on 03/22/2007 8:25:59 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (To have your eco-sins forgiven, just buy Carbon Indulgences!)
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To: skeptoid

I love the voice.

Fred Thompson has a lifetime ACU rating of 86. He's a fiscal conservative who is also pro-life and pro-right to keep and bare arms.

He has instant "face recognition" from his acting career.


19 posted on 03/22/2007 8:26:08 PM PDT by NeoCaveman (the earth has a fever, I'm totally cereal - Al "Manbearpig" Gore Jr.)
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To: skeptoid

What do you have against his southern accent?


20 posted on 03/22/2007 8:29:28 PM PDT by Kaslin (Fred Thompson for President 2008)
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To: EternalVigilance

A McCain-Thompson ticket would be unbeatable----


21 posted on 03/22/2007 8:33:31 PM PDT by middie
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To: middie

Nah. McCain's done.


22 posted on 03/22/2007 8:35:32 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (To have your eco-sins forgiven, just buy Carbon Indulgences!)
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To: doc1019
Out of the current crop of Republican candidates, I think the un-declared candidate Thompson would overrun the field.

I think you're right, but Rudy will stay in the race until Fred wraps it up. I think he'll cut a deal for Attorney General or Homeland Security director in exchange for endorsing him and campaigning for him in blue states and other areas where he's popular.

It's the same thing I believe Newt is really aiming for with this "Will he or won't he?" he's been doing. Waiting for September to announce, there's no way he'll ever raise the money he'll need for Super Duper Tuesday. But he probably already knows that and wants a cabinet spot.

23 posted on 03/22/2007 8:37:51 PM PDT by ABG(anybody but Gore) ("We're Living In A Twilight World..."- Swingout Sister)
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To: ABG(anybody but Gore)

Duncan Hunter for Defense Secretary? :-)


24 posted on 03/22/2007 8:40:09 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (To have your eco-sins forgiven, just buy Carbon Indulgences!)
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To: middie
A McCain-Thompson ticket would be unbeatable----

McCain is already falling farther behind Rudy in the polls and more importantly, fundraising. If I was a betting man, I'd bet he'll bow out by the end of April.

25 posted on 03/22/2007 8:43:01 PM PDT by ABG(anybody but Gore) ("We're Living In A Twilight World..."- Swingout Sister)
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To: middie

McCain? No way


26 posted on 03/22/2007 8:49:52 PM PDT by Kaslin (Fred Thompson for President 2008)
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To: EternalVigilance

Works for me! Make Newt UN Ambassador and John Bolton Sec-State. Maybe he can clean out the mess at Foggy Bottom. Plus, these appointments would drive the RATS over the edge.

No idea on who he'd go for as Veep, but it won't be McCain or Romney. My guess would be a Midwestern governor(Tim Pawlenty, maybe? Minnesota has been getting tougher for the RATS to hold, plus he'd practically assure that Al Franken will only see the well of the Senate from the visitors gallery).


27 posted on 03/22/2007 8:54:30 PM PDT by ABG(anybody but Gore) ("We're Living In A Twilight World..."- Swingout Sister)
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To: skeptoid
I really don't like the sound of his voice, his manner of speech, his dialect, or anything else I hear on his Paul Harvey radio gig.

Are you usually prejudiced against Southerners, or just this one? Senator Thompson has the beautiful and classic accent of the educated Southerner.

What has this guy got? What does he stand for? Why should I not wish he goes away?

Uh, because he seems to be the only front-running conservative in the race so far: small government, low taxes, anti-abortion, pro-war, pro-gun, etc. There are some websites that display his positions. If you're interested on where he stands, the sites aren't hard to find.

You should not "wish he goes away" because if he does we will likely be voting for either McCain, Guiliani, or Romney, none of whom are both (a) conservative and (b) likely to win. Duncan Hunter may be a conservative, but the chance that he can win a presidential election is not good. Thompson, however, seems to charm and intrigue people and could well defeat a Democrat.

28 posted on 03/22/2007 8:59:20 PM PDT by Fairview ( Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.)
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To: Kaslin

I heard that, thanks! He's pretty funny in a dry sort of way.


29 posted on 03/22/2007 9:02:16 PM PDT by Fairview ( Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.)
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To: Finny
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Fredipedia: Wikipedia's Fred Dalton Thompson bio

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30 posted on 03/22/2007 9:07:02 PM PDT by Josh Painter (Draft Fred Thompson: the grassroots "surge that will transform the Republican race." - The Hill)
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To: ABG(anybody but Gore)

"It'll come down to Fred and Rudy."

It'll come down to Fred.

Rudy is too liberal to be considered a contender if there is a REAL contender.


31 posted on 03/22/2007 9:08:48 PM PDT by Prost1 (Fair and Unbiased as always!)
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To: CharlesWayneCT
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32 posted on 03/22/2007 9:16:55 PM PDT by Doofer
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To: CharlesWayneCT

1) Has anyone heard anything more on the rumor that the Allen '08 crew is ready to jump on board Thompson's campaign? Particularly the steering committee members that were supporting Allen?

2) How many Blue Dog Dems do we have left on the Hill? There can't be that many. Just curious.


33 posted on 03/22/2007 9:24:33 PM PDT by RepublicanPOTUSin08
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To: ABG(anybody but Gore)

Perhaps these two headlines will appear on FR soon:

McCain Withdraws From Presidential Race, Citing Health Reasons

Fred Thompson: "Yes, I'm running."


34 posted on 03/22/2007 9:25:35 PM PDT by RockinRight (Chuck Norris wears Jack Bauer pajamas. Jack Bauer wears Fred Thompson pajamas.)
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To: RockinRight

Add a couple more:

Chuck Hagel: "I won't be running."

"Romney and Giuliani poll numbers drop like a rock."


35 posted on 03/22/2007 9:28:12 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (To have your eco-sins forgiven, just buy Carbon Indulgences!)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

That could shake things up.


36 posted on 03/22/2007 9:33:47 PM PDT by TBP
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To: CharlesWayneCT; Howlin; carlo3b; girlangler; KoRn; Shortstop7; Lunatic Fringe; Darnright; ...
Is Fred Thompson In?

I'll wait to hear it directly from Fred.

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Join the Draft Fred Thompson Bandwagon


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If you'd like to be added to the Fred Thompson list, let Howlin or me know.

37 posted on 03/22/2007 9:39:02 PM PDT by jellybean (FRED THOMPSON FOR PRESIDENT! Proud to be an Ann-droid and a Steyn-aholic)
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To: Sturm Ruger

Thank you!!! Fred just might be the de'man!


38 posted on 03/22/2007 9:44:40 PM PDT by RAY (God Bless the USA!)
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To: Finny
what about the man's personal life?

I have heard that there are some. Rumors. Don't know if they are true. But, good golly, none of them nearly as bad as Bill Clinton or Rudy G. It won't kill him as long as he let's his staff know what they are and they are ready for the questions.

39 posted on 03/22/2007 9:44:42 PM PDT by Tennessean4Bush (When you're flat on your back, everything is looking up.)
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To: Fairview
"Here's something funny: as you all know, Fred Thompson has been the voice of Paul Harvey News each day recently."

For anyone interested...

http://www.paulharvey.com/
40 posted on 03/22/2007 9:45:20 PM PDT by babygene (Never look into the laser with your last good eye...)
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To: NeoCaveman
also pro-life and pro-right to keep and bare arms.

Not only does he favor the right to bare arms, he also favors the right to bear arms, which excites me more than bare arms. :^)

41 posted on 03/22/2007 9:47:10 PM PDT by Tennessean4Bush (When you're flat on your back, everything is looking up.)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Hmmm, there once was this actor named Ronald Reagan -- just maybe Fred has it in him too!


42 posted on 03/22/2007 9:47:33 PM PDT by RAY (God Bless the USA!)
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To: ABG(anybody but Gore); EternalVigilance

Agreed and Thompson will run right over Rudy in the primaries.


43 posted on 03/22/2007 9:48:04 PM PDT by streetpreacher (What if you're wrong?)
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To: skeptoid
Why should I not wish he goes away?

Mitt? Is that you?

44 posted on 03/22/2007 9:48:55 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: RAY

Fred polled at 6% in a Q-poll in Ohio - which is rather impressive considering that it's the first "real" poll he's been in.

Give him three weeks and he'll be polling in third place. Once McCain drops out, Fred's neck and neck with Julie-Annie...and there ya have it.


45 posted on 03/22/2007 9:57:54 PM PDT by RockinRight (Chuck Norris wears Jack Bauer pajamas. Jack Bauer wears Fred Thompson pajamas.)
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To: RAY

I have to see if I can find it, but I saw a poll from about a week ago showing that Fred's positives are in the mid 60s. And negatives under 15%. Pretty impressive. Those are Reaganesque numbers.


46 posted on 03/22/2007 10:18:06 PM PDT by RockinRight (Chuck Norris wears Jack Bauer pajamas. Jack Bauer wears Fred Thompson pajamas.)
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To: PAR35

Darling, ...can you stay tonight? .... ?


47 posted on 03/22/2007 10:41:17 PM PDT by skeptoid (AE, AA , MBS)
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To: EternalVigilance

Let Hunter be Dep. Defense Sec. I want Rummy back! Sigh.


48 posted on 03/22/2007 10:48:09 PM PDT by ellery (The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts. - Edmund Burke)
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To: skeptoid

Here's what Thompson's got: he can potentially unite the currently warring (but overlapping):
-small government, small-l fiscal conservatives (because Thompson has a strong record of limiting government, defending RKBA and giving power back to the states)
-social conservatives (because Thompson has a strong record on pro-life issues and others)
-national security conservatives (because he has a strong pro-national-defense record)

I think the only other candidate who even has a chance at uniting these factions is Romney (and lots of people disagree with me on that).


49 posted on 03/22/2007 10:53:49 PM PDT by ellery (The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts. - Edmund Burke)
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To: RepublicanPOTUSin08

I've been watching for that, but I don't have any information.


50 posted on 03/22/2007 11:19:13 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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