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Frist Will Not Seek Presidency In 2008
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Posted on 11/29/2006 8:38:05 AM PST by Sub-Driver

Frist Will Not Seek Presidency In 2008 CBS News Interactive: The 109th Congress CBS News: 2008 Republican Hopefuls

(AP) WASHINGTON Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist will not run for president in 2008, Republican officials said Wednesday, as the field of White House contenders continued to shrink more than a year before the first convention delegates are chosen.

Frist's formal announcement was expected later in the day.

His decision caps a 12-year stint in electoral politics in which he rose from an underdog in his 1994 Senate campaign to the position of majority leader a mere eight years later.

The decision by the Tennessee senator leaves Sen. John McCain of Arizona, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani as the most nationally prominent contenders for the Republican nomination.

Other potential GOP contenders include Sens. Sam Brownback of Kansas and Charles Hagel of Nebraska, Gov. George Pataki of New York and Rep. Duncan Hunter of California.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 109th; 2008; frist; mccain; tn2008
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1 posted on 11/29/2006 8:38:07 AM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

What a coincidence, neither will Homer Simpson.

Looks like we are doubly blessed!


2 posted on 11/29/2006 8:39:41 AM PST by Paloma_55 (I may be a hateful bigot, but I still love you)
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To: Sub-Driver

I don't recall anyone asking him to.


3 posted on 11/29/2006 8:39:52 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: Sub-Driver

He never had a chance


4 posted on 11/29/2006 8:40:09 AM PST by Mo1 (Thank You Mr & Mrs "I'm gonna teach you a lesson" Voter ... you just screwed us on so many levels)
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To: Sub-Driver
Sen. John McCain of Arizona - Nope
Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney - Nope
former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani -Nope
Sens. Sam Brownback of Kansas - Nope
Charles Hagel of Nebraska - Never
Gov. George Pataki of New York - Nope
Rep. Duncan Hunter of California.- Nope
Rep. Tancrado of Colorado - Not ready for prime time.
5 posted on 11/29/2006 8:40:34 AM PST by Perdogg (I'm Perdogg and I approved this message)
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To: Sub-Driver
I don't understand Frist.

He doesn't seem the type to have an over-large ego.

He didn't do much at all as Senate leader.

Why the heck was the guy in politics?

6 posted on 11/29/2006 8:41:37 AM PST by what's up
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To: what's up

He had money, and wanted more. With a side dish of power, which he miserably squandered.


7 posted on 11/29/2006 8:43:52 AM PST by hotshu
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To: Sub-Driver

He was one of the most inept, incompetent and ineffective majority leaders in recent history, chose really bad advisors who were divorced from reality and is responsible for a lot of what happened in the election. He let the Dems run all over him. Part of the problem was that he had very little Senate experience when he was elected leader, and didn't know how the place operated. He was a huge contributor to the GOP losing the Senate. Give me Trent Lott, warts and all, any day.


8 posted on 11/29/2006 8:45:06 AM PST by 3AngelaD (ic.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Other potential GOP contenders include Sens. Sam Brownback of Kansas and Charles Hagel of Nebraska, Gov. George Pataki of New York and Rep. Duncan Hunter of California.

None of these guys stands a chance either. Frist was smart enough to duck out.
9 posted on 11/29/2006 8:46:30 AM PST by George W. Bush
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To: Sub-Driver

Maybe Frist and Ford can go into business together....


10 posted on 11/29/2006 8:47:15 AM PST by YaYa123
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To: Sub-Driver

Smart move...


11 posted on 11/29/2006 8:47:15 AM PST by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts!!)
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To: what's up

He has an ego the size of Mt. Everest. And is vain to boot.


12 posted on 11/29/2006 8:48:02 AM PST by 3AngelaD (ic.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Well, that's a relief.

Speaking for myself, I had high hopes for this guy when he took over as majority leader in 2002. But I've been underwhelmed with him, to say the least.

Now, can we get some decent candidates for president, please? I haven't found anybody I'm all that thrilled with.

MGY


13 posted on 11/29/2006 8:48:10 AM PST by TitanicMan2003 (This just in... Yasser Arafat, despite the rumors, is still dead.)
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To: what's up
"He doesn't seem the type to have an over-large ego."
This is by far the best thing one could ever say about a politician. May the Lord preserve and protect us against the over-ego'ed types in power. And as for him "not doing much at all" - that means that he has achieved enlightenment and fully comprehends the Tao of things [yet another positive].
14 posted on 11/29/2006 8:48:18 AM PST by GSlob
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To: what's up
Novel Idea I know but maybe to serve

I believe in his own way he is an honourable man and he wished to give back something to his country.

I think this was shown when he went NO and volunteered to help during Katrina.


15 posted on 11/29/2006 8:48:21 AM PST by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - BIG TIME))
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To: 3AngelaD
Give me Trent Lott, warts and all, any day.

Whatever. A pork barrelling pure politican is not what hte GOP needed. Give me Jim Inhofe or Tom Coburn.

16 posted on 11/29/2006 8:48:39 AM PST by Barney Gumble (A liberal is someone too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel - Robert Frost)
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To: Perdogg

Who do you think should run for the GOP? Who's your nominee? I don't think Frist was an effective Majority Leader. Too timid with the Demonrats. Unfortunately that's the story with many of our "leaders".


17 posted on 11/29/2006 8:49:03 AM PST by bushfamfan (DUNCAN HUNTER FOR PRES. 2008)
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To: Perdogg

Lynn Cheney 2008?


18 posted on 11/29/2006 8:49:50 AM PST by Niteranger68 (Big winners of election 2006: Democrats, terrorists, MSM, Hollywood, anti-war protestors, etc.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Where are our D-Student candidates? We will accept nothing more. Liberty, Equality and Mediocrity
19 posted on 11/29/2006 8:50:54 AM PST by raj bhatia
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To: Sub-Driver

I believe the saying is that every Senator looks in the mirror and sees a President.


20 posted on 11/29/2006 8:51:21 AM PST by bobjam
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To: Sub-Driver
Frist flopped...Fails Republicans.

This only proves that politicians are smarter than heart surgeons, as he was a much better surgeon.

21 posted on 11/29/2006 8:51:55 AM PST by muleskinner
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To: Sub-Driver
I know he has said he is not running but besides Dick Cheney I don't see anyone out there that I could reeeeely get enthusiastic about in 2008...
22 posted on 11/29/2006 8:52:14 AM PST by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots. Semper Fi)
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To: Paloma_55

Crushing news... crushing...


23 posted on 11/29/2006 8:52:24 AM PST by johnny7 ("We took a hell of a beating." -'Vinegar Joe' Stilwell)
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To: Paloma_55

LOL:-)


24 posted on 11/29/2006 8:52:25 AM PST by Cold Heat (We blew it..... So back to work we go........)
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To: Sub-Driver
The decision by the Tennessee senator leaves Sen. John McCain of Arizona, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani as the most nationally prominent DNC/MSM preferred contenders for the Republican nomination
25 posted on 11/29/2006 8:52:34 AM PST by ASA Vet (The WOT should have been over on 9/12/01.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I'm deeply saddened.


26 posted on 11/29/2006 8:53:35 AM PST by Redcloak (Speak softly and wear a loud shirt.)
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To: RacerF150; bushfamfan

Vice President Cheney. He won't run and he had been demonized by the press. But I like his style and conservatarian philosophy.


27 posted on 11/29/2006 8:54:27 AM PST by Perdogg (I'm Perdogg and I approved this message)
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To: Sub-Driver

Actually, he seems like a nice guy. But he had no business in politics and did a really lousy job.

This is not exactly a big news story. But the real problem is, we don't have a decent Republican candidate. That has been glaringly obvious for the past six years, and the resolution isn't getting any clearer.

The story of the past six years has been which party could screw up worse, the spineless Republicans or the delusional Democrats. A race to the bottom.

Ugh. America has seldom needed a great leader more. Where the dickens is he? About the only solution I can see to this mess is a prayer campaign.


28 posted on 11/29/2006 8:54:37 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Sub-Driver
Frist's formal announcement was expected later in the day.

An announcement to announce that he's decided that he's going to make a formal announcement announcing that's he's not announcing his candidacy?

29 posted on 11/29/2006 8:55:03 AM PST by isthisnickcool (If you can't light a fire in the vacuum of space what's the deal with the Sun?)
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To: Sub-Driver

Now if we can just get Rudy and McCain to do the same--maybe we can find someone that the conservative base will support.


30 posted on 11/29/2006 8:55:47 AM PST by stockstrader ("Where government advances--and it advances relentlessly--freedom is imperiled"-Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: Barney Gumble
Actually, McConnell would have been much better. He knows how to play hardball. But he has all the charisma of a Popsicle stick. The Republicans erroneously thought that Frist had charisma. Not. He just has good hair.
31 posted on 11/29/2006 8:55:52 AM PST by 3AngelaD (ic.)
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To: 3AngelaD

And his bill that killled internet gambling may have lost a lot of Republicans the election. Many races were decided by a small plurality of votes, and a lot of people voted against this big brother overseeing of personal gambling. Frist's goodbye smooch to the casinos and Indian gaming - I hope it was worth it to him...


32 posted on 11/29/2006 8:56:33 AM PST by Stone Mountain
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To: kellynla

I wish Cheney would run. Man, I hadn't even been thinking about him since he seems adamant that he isn't running. But, thinking of him as president compared to our current options is almost gut wrenching; milquetoast, the liberal mayor, the crazed senator, and a whole host of unknowns and not-known-enoughs.


33 posted on 11/29/2006 8:57:27 AM PST by kenth (There are three kinds of people in the world. Those who can count, and those who can't.)
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To: 3AngelaD

He probably was "hand-picked" by the Bush WH and did the bidding of same.


34 posted on 11/29/2006 9:01:21 AM PST by zerosix
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To: Sub-Driver

I'm not a big Frist fan, but he was the moderate conservative alternative to John McCain and leftist Rudy Giuliani. So now it's all Romney's in that area.

I thought he quit the senate for the sole purpose of running.


35 posted on 11/29/2006 9:02:22 AM PST by NapkinUser (Tom Tancredo for president of the United States of America in 2008!)
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To: zerosix

Actually, I don't think there was any love lost there. He made nice with the White House but never really did it any favors.


36 posted on 11/29/2006 9:02:28 AM PST by 3AngelaD (ic.)
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To: Perdogg

John Bolton.


37 posted on 11/29/2006 9:03:08 AM PST by onedoug
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To: Perdogg
LOL, as I said when voters surrendered power to the left on Nov 7th, who the hell would want run as a Conservative/Republican?

God help any fool who decides to run, his base of "supporters" will dump him with his first misspeak, wrinkled shirt or trip on the curb, or he could have mussed hair one day, an old friend in college who didn't measure up, a speeding ticket, a differing opinion on an issue or two, or he could like the color orange or something horrid.

No one in their right mind will run just to be thrown overboard at the first smear by the MSM giving him "baggage".
38 posted on 11/29/2006 9:03:15 AM PST by roses of sharon
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To: 3AngelaD
Perhaps but the WH folk definitely did NOT care at all for Trent Lott. Guess they thought he was "too independent."

Actually, I believe that Frist did exactly what the WH wanted even though it appeared not to be the case publically.

39 posted on 11/29/2006 9:04:17 AM PST by zerosix
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To: onedoug

I like his foreign policy views, but I have no idea what his social/domestic policy leanings are.


40 posted on 11/29/2006 9:04:49 AM PST by Perdogg (I'm Perdogg and I approved this message)
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Please FReepmail me if you want on or off my ‘miscellaneous’ ping list.

41 posted on 11/29/2006 9:10:06 AM PST by nutmeg (In 2008 we will crush the Democrats like the cockroaches they are! -- Mark Levin 11-8-06)
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To: zerosix
...the WH folk definitely did NOT care at all for Trent Lott.

He publicly celebrated and gloated over some of our defeats. Personally, I think the old Dixiecrat might have threatened to switch parties to the Dims if they hadn't given him the #2 slot. I'm not kidding. He's a snake. Well, a smooth political snake but still...

The White House was smart to oppose Lott.
42 posted on 11/29/2006 9:15:43 AM PST by George W. Bush
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To: Paloma_55

Thanks for the chuckle!!!


43 posted on 11/29/2006 9:20:51 AM PST by xowboy (My Parents were Right.......Love It or Leave It.)
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To: Perdogg

What a ridiculous, nihilistic post. What Republican do you think should run then?


44 posted on 11/29/2006 9:28:58 AM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Why can't Republicans stand up to Democrats like they do to terrorists?)
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IMHO, every current ostensible "leader" in the Republican party is a total disaster, from Bush on down. Both Frist and Hastert were losers from the get-go.

The ONLY Republican I would vote for right now as president is Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn. He's the ONLY Republican with principle, as far as I'm concerned.


45 posted on 11/29/2006 9:33:52 AM PST by Sooner1938 (Disgusted)
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To: Sub-Driver
What ever happened to Jack Kemp?

After the Dole Presidential fiasco--he dropped of the radar screen quicker than Monica could drop to her knees!

46 posted on 11/29/2006 9:58:19 AM PST by stockstrader ("Where government advances--and it advances relentlessly--freedom is imperiled"-Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: Perdogg

Im assuming that is your personal opinion, not what you think is probable, no?


47 posted on 11/29/2006 10:08:11 AM PST by HHKrepublican_2
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To: Paloma_55

Bill Frist - good man... great doctor... a complete disaster as a conservative leader


48 posted on 11/29/2006 10:14:18 AM PST by Derrymcfall
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To: 3AngelaD

The GOP senators let Bush get Frist in as his ally when they all appeased the Dims over Trent Lott.

And why Frist? He was so weak that no one had any objections and many others would have actually been leading a faction, like a Sensenbrenner or a faction of one, like a McPain.

Thus Frist was not so much the popular choice as a choice that didn't make waves. If they could have stepped back from the MSM and stepped forward in defense of Lott, he would have been a much more competitive GOP leader against the agressive Harry Reid. But, the GOP Senators have, most of them, either no backbone or too much personal ambition to lead their own party. Frist's selection created no quarrels among them, but with no experience and no will he was no leader.


49 posted on 11/29/2006 10:17:57 AM PST by Wuli
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To: Barney Gumble

Mitch Mconnell I would also include in that group. He seems like he does not back down

Trent is clueless and spineless- a dangerous combination when having to go at it with the schmuck from NY


50 posted on 11/29/2006 10:24:03 AM PST by slapshot (""USAF- when you absolutely, positively need it delivered on target, on time, right away)
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