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TV Star, Former Republican Senator Fred Thompson Mulls '08 Presidential Bid
Fox News ^ | March 8, 2007

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008election; electionpresident; elections; fredthompson; giuliani
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To: zarf

You seem to be hell bent to smear him is all I'm saying.


101 posted on 03/08/2007 8:31:40 PM PST by Howlin (Honk if you like Fred Thompson!!!)
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To: WKB

My god, we may actually agree on something.


102 posted on 03/08/2007 8:32:16 PM PST by Howlin (Honk if you like Fred Thompson!!!)
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To: West Coast Conservative

I can live with Fred Thompson or Duncan Hunter.


103 posted on 03/08/2007 8:32:43 PM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: flashbunny

Pro-abortion.

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.

Nope.

All this is is one more sign that John McCain's goose is cooked.


104 posted on 03/08/2007 8:33:39 PM PST by EternalVigilance (With "Republicans" like these, who needs Democrats?)
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To: babygene
Oh, sorry, she's only 24 years younger than he is. My bad.

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.

105 posted on 03/08/2007 8:34:36 PM PST by Hildy (RINO=RUDY IS NUMBER ONE)
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To: CharlesWayneCT
He's not perfect. He's the kind of person where you would have to make some compromise, but it's what they meant when they defined the word compromise, not the "sacrifice all your principles" kind of compromise you'd have to do for Rudy.

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!

< /end rant>

107 posted on 03/08/2007 8:35:39 PM PST by HeartlandOfAmerica (Democrats: Best friends of America's WORST enemies!)
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To: cgk; flashbunny; Howlin; altura
"Fred Thompson is a Moderate Populist Conservative."

But he's also a Law and Order conservative

108 posted on 03/08/2007 8:35:54 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: Howlin

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.


109 posted on 03/08/2007 8:36:38 PM PST by rodomila
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To: lmr; doug from upland
If Fred had two terms as a Senator, then he's twice as qualified as Hillary, and six times as qualified as Barack.

Speaking of Barack, I wonder if a tune could be devised regarding his delinquent parking tickets, to the Beatles tune "Lovely Rita, Meter Maid"?

110 posted on 03/08/2007 8:36:41 PM PST by Night Hides Not (Chuck Hagel makes Joe Biden look like a statesman!)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

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!


111 posted on 03/08/2007 8:37:00 PM PST by Hildy (RINO=RUDY IS NUMBER ONE)
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To: Howlin
Name that tune:
"Miracles still happen now and then"
112 posted on 03/08/2007 8:37:35 PM PST by WKB (Fred "YES", Duncan "yes", Newt "yes", Mitt "maybe", Rino Rudy "no way")
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To: West Coast Conservative
Bears repeating!

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...

113 posted on 03/08/2007 8:38:42 PM PST by WestVirginiaRebel ("...Mindless pack of trained Maoist circus seals.")
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To: EternalVigilance
Pro-abortion.

Post #13 on this thread seems to contradict that assertion.

114 posted on 03/08/2007 8:38:42 PM PST by Pyro7480 ("Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, esto mihi Jesus" -St. Ralph Sherwin's last words at Tyburn)
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica
And I refuse to let that distract me from his stands on issues.

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.

115 posted on 03/08/2007 8:38:48 PM PST by EternalVigilance (With "Republicans" like these, who needs Democrats?)
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To: rodomila
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

See post #67.

116 posted on 03/08/2007 8:39:03 PM PST by M. Thatcher
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To: Howlin

You are so cool. I always said you were cool, even if your screen name does remind me of "An American Werewolf in London."


117 posted on 03/08/2007 8:39:44 PM PST by Richard Kimball (Why yes, I do have a stupid picture for any occasion)
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To: EternalVigilance

Can you confirm he's for abortion?


118 posted on 03/08/2007 8:40:05 PM PST by Pyro7480 ("Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, esto mihi Jesus" -St. Ralph Sherwin's last words at Tyburn)
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To: Pyro7480
Post #13 on this thread seems to contradict that assertion.

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.

119 posted on 03/08/2007 8:40:12 PM PST by EternalVigilance (With "Republicans" like these, who needs Democrats?)
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To: babygene
"And Rudy fruity..."

Hey, that's pretty good, if I do say so myself! RUDY FRUITY
120 posted on 03/08/2007 8:41:15 PM PST by babygene (Never look into the laser with your last good eye...)
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To: jellybean
I'd like to be added to the Fred ping list please ;)

TY

121 posted on 03/08/2007 8:41:15 PM PST by HeartlandOfAmerica (Democrats: Best friends of America's WORST enemies!)
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To: Howlin
I can't even remember when we started this, in a joking manner, can you jellybean?

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.

122 posted on 03/08/2007 8:42:14 PM PST by jellybean (FRED THOMPSON FOR PRESIDENT! Proud to be an Ann-droid and a Steyn-aholic)
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To: CharlesWayneCT
It's nothing like having to sell your soul, like you would for Rudy Guiliani.

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:


123 posted on 03/08/2007 8:42:15 PM PST by Gelato (... a liberal is a liberal is a liberal ...)
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To: West Coast Conservative

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.


124 posted on 03/08/2007 8:42:43 PM PST by Rembrandt (We would have won Viet Nam w/o Dim interference.)
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To: cgk
That same sight gives Bush a more conservative rating than Fred Thompson.

That's not encouraging.


125 posted on 03/08/2007 8:44:38 PM PST by Jotmo (I Had a Bad Experience With the CIA and Now I'm Gonna Show You My Feminine Side - Swirling Eddies)
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To: ABG(anybody but Gore)

Go Fred!


126 posted on 03/08/2007 8:44:54 PM PST by Shimmer128 (I can withstand everything except temptation...Oscar Wilde)
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To: digger48

Thank the good Lord for that.


127 posted on 03/08/2007 8:45:46 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Defeat liberalism, its the right thing to do for America.)
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To: West Coast Conservative

I like Fred Thompson, but his name sounds like the answer to a trivia question in the year 2040.


128 posted on 03/08/2007 8:46:09 PM PST by Graymatter
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To: Rembrandt

Was it Thompson or Dick Armey?


129 posted on 03/08/2007 8:46:23 PM PST by Pyro7480 ("Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, esto mihi Jesus" -St. Ralph Sherwin's last words at Tyburn)
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To: oceanview
Yep, waiting means that you don't get anywhere at all. As it is, he'd have to play a LOT of catchup and that is NOT easy to do.

Navel gazing, a la Newt is just someone playing coy.

130 posted on 03/08/2007 8:46:43 PM PST by nopardons
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To: oceanview

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.


131 posted on 03/08/2007 8:46:57 PM PST by justshutupandtakeit (Defeat Hillary's V'assed Left Wing Conspiracy)
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To: Pyro7480

"Can you confirm he's for abortion?"

From his voting record, he is not. Some people like to make thing up...


132 posted on 03/08/2007 8:47:30 PM PST by babygene (Never look into the laser with your last good eye...)
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To: jellybean

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?


133 posted on 03/08/2007 8:47:43 PM PST by Howlin (Honk if you like Fred Thompson!!!)
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To: zarf
LOL...just let him announce and the purists here will be screaming RINO on every single thread posted about him!
134 posted on 03/08/2007 8:47:49 PM PST by nopardons
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To: AmishDude

You are so funny! You'd have my vote! : )


135 posted on 03/08/2007 8:48:30 PM PST by MonTinaGirl
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To: Richard Kimball

What do you mean, "cool?" Cool in a good way, or frosty?


136 posted on 03/08/2007 8:48:30 PM PST by Howlin (Honk if you like Fred Thompson!!!)
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To: Pyro7480

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.


137 posted on 03/08/2007 8:49:23 PM PST by rstrahan
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To: rodomila

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.


138 posted on 03/08/2007 8:49:41 PM PST by Howlin (Honk if you like Fred Thompson!!!)
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To: West Coast Conservative
Fred Thompson would defiantly be my number one choice. He is conservative and very charismatic.
139 posted on 03/08/2007 8:49:45 PM PST by Greystoke
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To: stuck_in_new_orleans

"id like to see a Rudy/Fred ticket."

I'd like to see a Fred/Newt ticket.


140 posted on 03/08/2007 8:50:08 PM PST by Rembrandt (We would have won Viet Nam w/o Dim interference.)
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To: Paleo Conservative

http://www.moviesounds.com/redoct/outofcontrol.wav


141 posted on 03/08/2007 8:51:17 PM PST by Howlin (Honk if you like Fred Thompson!!!)
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To: Hildy

He looks like he's her father.


142 posted on 03/08/2007 8:51:35 PM PST by nopardons
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To: Howlin
You seem to be hell bent to smear him is all I'm saying.

Not in the least. He's human, however some on FR demand perfection so I'm curious as to the response.

143 posted on 03/08/2007 8:51:36 PM PST by zarf (Her hair was of a dank yellow, and fell over her temples like sauerkraut......)
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To: Pyro7480; Gelato
Can you confirm he's for abortion?

No Tennessee Waltz: can Fred Thompson make his race against Jim Cooper a referendum on Clinton Lite? -

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."

144 posted on 03/08/2007 8:51:59 PM PST by EternalVigilance (With "Republicans" like these, who needs Democrats?)
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To: Howlin

I've been throwing out some bait..but they aren't biting.


145 posted on 03/08/2007 8:52:45 PM PST by Hildy (RINO=RUDY IS NUMBER ONE)
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To: nopardons

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.


146 posted on 03/08/2007 8:53:28 PM PST by oceanview
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To: Gelato
"If McCain-Feingold passes, it will not have happened if it weren't for Fred Thompson," said McCain's chief of staff, Mark Salter in 2001.

Now THAT will leave a mark.

147 posted on 03/08/2007 8:53:54 PM PST by EternalVigilance (With "Republicans" like these, who needs Democrats?)
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To: EternalVigilance; Siobhan

UGH! to post #144.


148 posted on 03/08/2007 8:53:54 PM PST by Pyro7480 ("Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, esto mihi Jesus" -St. Ralph Sherwin's last words at Tyburn)
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To: Hildy

What's wrong with that?


149 posted on 03/08/2007 8:54:14 PM PST by maro
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To: CharlesWayneCT

He was also rolled, badly, by the Dems ( specifically by John Glen, of all people ), when he headed a Congressional Hearing.


150 posted on 03/08/2007 8:54:26 PM PST by nopardons
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