Skip to comments.TV Star, Former Republican Senator Fred Thompson Mulls '08 Presidential Bid
Posted on 03/08/2007 7:43:28 PM PST by West Coast Conservative
Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson is facing increased calls to get into the 2008 GOP nomination race.
Sources told FOX News that Thompson, 62, now one of the stars of the popular NBC prime time series "Law & Order," has not ruled out a presidential bid, and has authorized advisers and supporters to continue to gauge support.
Advisers are holding regular strategy sessions, investigating fundraising avenues and private polling to measure enthusiasm. Perhaps pre-eminent among a number of prominent Thompson backers working behind the scenes is former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker.
Baker has been a mentor to Thompson since before the Senate's Watergate hearings, for which Baker hired Thompson as majority counsel and for which Thompson earned fame for having Baker ask the key question that led to President Richard Nixon's downfall: "What did the president know and when did he know it?"
Baker ran for president himself in 1980. Thompson eyed the White House in the 1990s.
While Thompson, who also helped raise money and advise I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's legal defense fund, continues to mull a bid, sources said he has been inundated with calls from GOP donors and supporters urging him to run.
Thompson has a solid and consistently conservative voting record that his supporters said makes a stark contrast to Republican frontrunners Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and Mitt Romney.
This week, he told radio news host Mark Levin that he would have something to say about his plans, but not yet.
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You seem to be hell bent to smear him is all I'm saying.
My god, we may actually agree on something.
I can live with Fred Thompson or Duncan Hunter.
Joined at the hip with his best political friend, John McCain.
Origanal co-sponsor of McCain-Feingold-Thompson, the bill from whence came McCain-Feingold. The Thompson version was even worse than what was passed into law.
All this is is one more sign that John McCain's goose is cooked.
Hey, full disclosure, my husband is 20 years older than I am and I am about to tell you a huge secret....IT'S GREAT TO MARRY A MAN WHO SO APPRECIATES HOW YOUNG YOU ARE! But that's neither here nor there. More power to him. I'm just commenting what a dilemma this will be for the moralists here who demand complete moral superiority from the candidate they will vote for.
I gotta go with ya here.
I don't expect my candidate to go with me 100% of the time, but I DO expect them to go with me 80% or so. And that's FAR more than I'd get with a rudy/mccain.
I looked over that list of votes. The one on violent videos caught my eye - it's not the way I'd have wanted that vote to go. But who's going to vote with me on EVERY issue? I don't expect that.
But voting against my stands on immigration, gun-control, abortion etc is beyond the pale which is why I wouldn't vote for any of the top tier R's running currently and I WOULD vote for Fred.
No. Freds not perfect as far as my pet issues go, but he's FAR above the rest of the pack that are running to my way of thinking and i'd vote for him in a heartbeat.
As far as the women? Hey. The biggest problem with Clinton was that he couldn't hold to an oath whether it was his oath to his wife, his oath to a court, his oath to the military or his oath as President of the US.
I don't hear it said that Fred dicked around on his wife while they were married. I hear that there was a long stream of women AFTER his divorce and before the next marriage.
SO WHAT? I'd do that as well if I could. And I refuse to let that distract me from his stands on issues. As long as he's not doing anything truly revolting, immoral or illegal, his private life is his own and not ours to peer into.
Let the guy have a private life for cryin out loud people!
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But he's also a Law and Order conservative
Although I have always liked Fred Thompson it really stuck in my craw that, as head of the Senate Committee investigating the Clinton Chinese fund raising scandals, he let the Clintons get off so easy. They should have been indicted for treason and we wouldn't be facing the prospect of their return to power.
Speaking of Barack, I wonder if a tune could be devised regarding his delinquent parking tickets, to the Beatles tune "Lovely Rita, Meter Maid"?
You know what, I COULDN'T CARE LESS. Really. I want a President who will kick some Muslim ass. I was being sarcastic. And by the way, compared to him, she was young shen they married. Still 24 years younger than he is. Always will be!
How this might be explained on L&O:
Jack McCoy: You're leaving, Arthur?
DA Arthur Branch: I've been asked to work in Washington...
Post #13 on this thread seems to contradict that assertion.
Me neither. He's "pro-choice," one of the guys who gutted the First Amendment, and I'll bet you a buck you ain't gonna like what you learn about his stance on immigration. He's John McCain's best friend and political alter ego.
See post #67.
You are so cool. I always said you were cool, even if your screen name does remind me of "An American Werewolf in London."
Can you confirm he's for abortion?
He made a couple of good votes, yep. But he's always run as a "pro-choicer" as far as I know. Unless he's going to try to pull a Romney.
I don't remember the exact date, but it was sometime after January 9th. The idea came to me one day while listening to him fill in for Paul Harvey. I wrote an email to a FReeper friend the next day to get his opinion. He thought it was a great idea as well. So I probably mentioned it here on FR somethime that week or the week after.
That's an interesting point, but it begs the question: why not just support McCain?
Why not McCain, when when the biggest negative McCain has is one he shares with Thompson, as you mentioned? Thompson was so important to campaign finance reform that he has actually been given credit for its passage:
Fred Thompson laid out the best line ever in the House of Representatives --- "I will surrender the floor to the honorable Representative of the State of Massachusetts, Barny Fag."
Pandemonium ensued!! Hilarious.
That's not encouraging.
Thank the good Lord for that.
I like Fred Thompson, but his name sounds like the answer to a trivia question in the year 2040.
Was it Thompson or Dick Armey?
Navel gazing, a la Newt is just someone playing coy.
Bingo. Every dollar raised now cannot go to Fred. He certainly has a far better chance at the nomination than any of the current weak crop of those further to the right. ACU rating is probably similiar to McCain's.
"Can you confirm he's for abortion?"
From his voting record, he is not. Some people like to make thing up...
You said something to me and we just ran with it that night.
What can I say, we're so far ahead of the curve, aren't we?
You are so funny! You'd have my vote! : )
What do you mean, "cool?" Cool in a good way, or frosty?
Actually it was Dick Armey, my Rep from Texas.
BTW, there's a Run, Fred, Run website out there if you want to post your "Go, Fred" comments.
Well, be sure and hold on to that; let it stick in your craw and make you mad; then you can work against him should he get the nomination.
"id like to see a Rudy/Fred ticket."
I'd like to see a Fred/Newt ticket.
He looks like he's her father.
Not in the least. He's human, however some on FR demand perfection so I'm curious as to the response.
Tennessee Senate race between Republican Fred Thompson and Democrat Jim Cooper
National Review, June 27, 1994
"On abortion, both Thompson and Cooper are pro-choice."
I've been throwing out some bait..but they aren't biting.
did you see those polls - the Quinnipiac set in PA, FL, OH. Ohio is going to be a very tough state to win in 2008, no matter who the candidate. The electoral model Bush used to win in 2000 and 2004, we had better plan on branching out from that. and it takes time to build name recognition and favorable rating amongst independents.
Now THAT will leave a mark.
UGH! to post #144.
What's wrong with that?
He was also rolled, badly, by the Dems ( specifically by John Glen, of all people ), when he headed a Congressional Hearing.