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Breaking: FRIST WON'T RUN
Hotline (National Journal) ^ | 11/29/06

Posted on 11/29/2006 7:36:36 AM PST by areafiftyone

November 29, 2006

Breaking: Frist Won't Run

Sources close to outgoing Maj. Leader Bill Frist tell the Hotline that Frist has decided not to run for President.

He will make a formal announcement this afternoon, the sources said.

Frist made the decision in recent days after consulting family, friends and advisers.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: breakingiwonteither; drnobody; electionpresident; elections; frist; stockoptionsahoy
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1 posted on 11/29/2006 7:36:36 AM PST by areafiftyone
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To: areafiftyone

He's a has been.


2 posted on 11/29/2006 7:37:24 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: areafiftyone

YYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Worst senate leader in a generation - no one would vote for him.


3 posted on 11/29/2006 7:37:52 AM PST by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: areafiftyone

He never had a chance. No spine at all. He did help rid the senate of Daschle......and we thank him for that.


4 posted on 11/29/2006 7:38:07 AM PST by OldFriend (FALLEN HERO JEFFREY TOCZYLOWSKI, REST IN PEACE)
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To: areafiftyone

Hardly surprising......the guy is a total zero.....his announcement should be that he is finally admitting it. He stands for nothing.


5 posted on 11/29/2006 7:38:51 AM PST by Vn_survivor_67-68
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To: Brilliant

Presidentially?

I agree.

But if he plays his card right, there'll be Tennessee's governors race in four years. It'll be an open seat then.

Four years is a long time but if he keeps himself visible, he'd stand a chance.


6 posted on 11/29/2006 7:38:59 AM PST by MplsSteve
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To: Brilliant
He's a has been.

He's a never was.

7 posted on 11/29/2006 7:39:00 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: areafiftyone

There must be a lot of RINOs crying about now...


8 posted on 11/29/2006 7:39:43 AM PST by ConservativeMind
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To: areafiftyone

Good.


9 posted on 11/29/2006 7:40:01 AM PST by LachlanMinnesota
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To: areafiftyone

Good


10 posted on 11/29/2006 7:40:08 AM PST by processing please hold
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To: ConservativeMind

Frist was not very popular according to presidential polls. No great loss for RINOS!


11 posted on 11/29/2006 7:40:26 AM PST by areafiftyone (Politicians Are Like Diapers - Both Need To Be Changed Often And For The Same Reason)
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To: areafiftyone

I think it was the only thing he could do. You could have gotten his supporters in a phone booth. His tenure as the Senate Majority Leader confirmed that he was weak, and that he didn't have the leadership skills to lead the nation. He made NotaLott look like Daniel Webster by comparison.


12 posted on 11/29/2006 7:40:27 AM PST by AdvisorB
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To: areafiftyone

You mean his wife won't be Frist Lady?......


13 posted on 11/29/2006 7:40:55 AM PST by Red Badger (New! HeadOn Hemorrhoid Medication for Liberals!.........Apply directly to forehead.........)
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To: Red Badger

;-) cute!


14 posted on 11/29/2006 7:41:13 AM PST by areafiftyone (Politicians Are Like Diapers - Both Need To Be Changed Often And For The Same Reason)
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To: Mr.Smorch
He made NotaLott look like Daniel Webster by comparison.

He made NotaLott look like Everett Dirksen by comparison.

15 posted on 11/29/2006 7:41:56 AM PST by Red Badger (New! HeadOn Hemorrhoid Medication for Liberals!.........Apply directly to forehead.........)
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To: areafiftyone

Smart decision.


16 posted on 11/29/2006 7:42:00 AM PST by Txsleuth (Bolton/Cheney (that would be Lynne) 08)
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To: areafiftyone
A Republican senator hasn't been elected President since Warren G. Harding in 1920.

Good choice on his part.

Regards, Ivan

17 posted on 11/29/2006 7:42:00 AM PST by MadIvan (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: areafiftyone
Not that I was ever inclined to vote for him anyway.

Now we just have to reject the drive-by-media's choice of McCain vigorously.

18 posted on 11/29/2006 7:42:48 AM PST by lormand (I sell taglines such as this one - PayPal accepted)
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To: Red Badger

Good man. great doctor...terrible politician.


19 posted on 11/29/2006 7:43:07 AM PST by tennmountainman
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To: areafiftyone

Dear Frist,
Thanks for being a p*ssywhipped leader of the senate that squandered one of our best opportunities we have ever had.


20 posted on 11/29/2006 7:43:16 AM PST by Walkingfeather (u)
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To: areafiftyone

Good decision for him. One of the things he did right.


21 posted on 11/29/2006 7:43:24 AM PST by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: Red Badger

If a Mormon were to win, we'd have First Ladies...


22 posted on 11/29/2006 7:44:33 AM PST by ErnBatavia (recent nightmare: Googled up "Helen Thomas nude"....)
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To: areafiftyone

No surprise there. He has zero chance of winning and would draw very little support in the primaries. I agree that he is a has been.


23 posted on 11/29/2006 7:44:40 AM PST by SmoothTalker
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To: Vn_survivor_67-68

> the guy is a total zero.....his announcement should be that he is finally admitting it. He stands for nothing <


You're wrong. He's a very decent person, a great humanitarian, a committed Christian and an excellent heart surgeon.

But a great political leader? No way, at least not yet.

[Governor of Tennessee? Could be interesting!]


24 posted on 11/29/2006 7:44:47 AM PST by Hawthorn
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To: tennmountainman
...terrible politician

He was the perfect politician. That's his problem..........

25 posted on 11/29/2006 7:45:00 AM PST by Red Badger (New! HeadOn Hemorrhoid Medication for Liberals!.........Apply directly to forehead.........)
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To: lormand

A lot of Frist bashing. I agree it was wise of him not to run for President. He has no national constituency or issue to rally support so he would have been wasting time and money.

However, before we call him a RINO and other silly things we should remember that it was Bill Frist who came out a very successful medical practice in 1994 and beat the disaster that was Jim Sasser. A Carter Democrat who was a bumbling big government weak on national defense dolt. Frist rid the state and the nation of that hack sending him packing for China. It was Frist that helped recruit and campaign for the candidates who took the U.S. Senate back in 2002 he also rid us of Puff Daschle.

We should thank him for his service.


26 posted on 11/29/2006 7:46:46 AM PST by Patrick1
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To: tennmountainman

"Good man. great doctor...terrible politician."

This Tennessean agrees. And I voted to send him to Washington D.C.


27 posted on 11/29/2006 7:46:52 AM PST by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: Piquaboy
I hate this trend of holding a press conference to announce that a person is not running for president. Presumptuous fools to think that someone really cares.
28 posted on 11/29/2006 7:46:55 AM PST by Conservababe
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To: MadIvan

Then again, the only democratic senator elected in all that time was Kennedy in 1960. I keep telling folks that 2 Senators in 88 years is the entire catalogue of people going straight from congress to the White House but they don't believe me. There will not be a President Hillary, Obama, or McCain.

Odds are on a Governor. George Bush Sr, who was running as an incumbent VP is the only non Governor to win election since Richard Nixon.


29 posted on 11/29/2006 7:46:55 AM PST by dogbyte12
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To: ErnBatavia

1st, 2nd,3rd,4th..........


30 posted on 11/29/2006 7:47:22 AM PST by Red Badger (New! HeadOn Hemorrhoid Medication for Liberals!.........Apply directly to forehead.........)
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To: areafiftyone

As another FReeper put it, when he speaks he sounds like he's telling some woman she has cancer.


31 posted on 11/29/2006 7:47:28 AM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: MadIvan; Liz

How many mayors have been elected?


32 posted on 11/29/2006 7:49:29 AM PST by TommyDale (Iran President Ahmadinejad is shorter than Tom Daschle!)
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To: areafiftyone
Did anyone hear the buzz about W making him VP with Cheney stepping down? My mother told me; I think she heard it from the panel.
33 posted on 11/29/2006 7:49:39 AM PST by Miss Didi
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To: SittinYonder

Thank goodness.


34 posted on 11/29/2006 7:49:52 AM PST by eyespysomething
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To: ErnBatavia
If a Mormon were to win, we'd have First Ladies...

Actually, the joke I have heard is that you have McCain, Guiliani, Newt, and Romney. Romney, the mormon, is the only one in the crowd with just one wife. The other trivia thing is that there has been a Bush or a Dole on every ticket since 1976 on the GOP side. Will 2008 be the first time in over 20 years without one? VP candidate Jeb perhaps?

1976 Ford-DOLE
1980 Reagan-BUSH
1984 Reagan-BUSH
1988 BUSH-Quayle
1992 BUSH-Quayle
1996 DOLE-Kemp
2000 BUSH-Cheney
2004 BUSH-Cheney


8 elections in a row now.

35 posted on 11/29/2006 7:50:55 AM PST by dogbyte12
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To: eyespysomething
The only remedy...

is more cowbell.
36 posted on 11/29/2006 7:51:05 AM PST by evets (Beer)
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To: Moonman62
"As another FReeper put it, when he speaks he sounds like he's telling some woman she has cancer."

Yes, he has the personality of a cold bedpan. Must be the doctor thing.

37 posted on 11/29/2006 7:51:34 AM PST by TommyDale (Iran President Ahmadinejad is shorter than Tom Daschle!)
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To: MadIvan

I agree. He's a very nice man and a good doctor. I think he realized he just didn't have the support he needed to run. Governor would be good for him.


38 posted on 11/29/2006 7:52:03 AM PST by areafiftyone (Politicians Are Like Diapers - Both Need To Be Changed Often And For The Same Reason)
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To: areafiftyone

Who cares? It's not like he was going anywhere anyway.

That said, while he was only a so-so Maj. Leader and a poor Presidential Candidate, I still think he's a decent guy. Whatever R is elected next should appoint him Surgen General.


39 posted on 11/29/2006 7:52:25 AM PST by zbigreddogz
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To: areafiftyone

whet a tragedy.

a meaningless Bozo, not running for President


40 posted on 11/29/2006 7:52:52 AM PST by greasepaint
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To: areafiftyone; All

IMHO, the REAL reason is that he doesn't want to drawn attention to the deal his family just pulled off, selling their hospital corporation. Frist himself made more than $100 million, and the press would dissect it...


41 posted on 11/29/2006 7:52:54 AM PST by ken5050
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To: Miss Didi

God I hope not! I heard the buzz about Cheney stepping down - its all over the blogs but nothing about Frist. I like Frist but not for VP.


42 posted on 11/29/2006 7:53:10 AM PST by areafiftyone (Politicians Are Like Diapers - Both Need To Be Changed Often And For The Same Reason)
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To: Vn_survivor_67-68

He's a limp noodle....a weenie


43 posted on 11/29/2006 7:53:32 AM PST by Youngman442002
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To: areafiftyone

Great news! This significantly improves GOP chances in the 08 elections.


44 posted on 11/29/2006 7:54:01 AM PST by GregH
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To: areafiftyone

He is a fine Doctor.


45 posted on 11/29/2006 7:54:18 AM PST by Broker (Haddi Nuff)
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To: ConservativeMind
There must be a lot of RINOs crying about now...

I don't think it's so much that he's a RINO, I think it's that he's a heart surgeon and lacks the killer instinct that is required to be a majority leader. He'd make a fine governor though and would make Tennessee proud.

46 posted on 11/29/2006 7:54:22 AM PST by McGavin999 (Republicans take out our trash, Democrats re-elect theirs)
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To: areafiftyone

I hope he consulted the several faxes I sent him indicating his wimpy ways precluded him from real consideration.


47 posted on 11/29/2006 7:55:36 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. Rozerem commercials give me nightmares)
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To: areafiftyone

Oh thank god!


48 posted on 11/29/2006 7:56:22 AM PST by SouthernBoyupNorth ("For my wings are made of Tungsten, my flesh of glass and steel..........")
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To: Conservababe

Don't ever get caught between a congressman and a camera!


49 posted on 11/29/2006 7:56:54 AM PST by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: Patrick1
I agree it was wise of him not to run for President. He has no national constituency or issue to rally support so he would have been wasting time and money.

However, before we call him a RINO and other silly things we should remember that it was Bill Frist who came out a very successful medical practice in 1994 and beat the disaster that was Jim Sasser. A Carter Democrat who was a bumbling big government weak on national defense dolt. Frist rid the state and the nation of that hack sending him packing for China. It was Frist that helped recruit and campaign for the candidates who took the U.S. Senate back in 2002 he also rid us of Puff Daschle.

We should thank him for his service.

Agreed. He'd be a poor candidate, but he's a good man, and deserves our thanks.

I mean, I admit he wasn't great, but can anybody here name a Senate Leader we have EVER liked? The reason is our expectations are totally unrealistic. Did we like Lott? Dole? I mean, look at DU, they hated Dashle almost as much as we did, and for a lot of the same reasons.

Bottom line, their job is essentially hurding cats. Not a job that lends it's self to getting much thanks.

50 posted on 11/29/2006 7:57:07 AM PST by zbigreddogz
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