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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Yeah. He's to the left of Bush.
That's not encouraging.
But....he was on TV!
To me, absolutely nothing. My husband is 20 years older than me! I was directing my questioning to those here at FR who demand moral purity from anyone running with an R next to their name.
Thanks. And don't forget to sign up for the intern program.
It's not anything like that other intern program.
Unless that's what you're into.
This guy's your worst nightmare, EV; the rational people on this forum will get behind this guy and you and your creepy little friends won't be able to bully them:
"Fred Thompson is said to be considering a run for the presidency. Conservatives starved for another Reagan could do much worse. He is disarming and down to earth. His experience in the limelight has given him a perfect sense of timing. But most of all, he is experienced in public policy and brings to it a conservative worldview. He is pro-life, pro-family, pro-traditional marriage, pro-Second Amendment and pro-free enterprise."
Source on divorced? I read he was widowed.
FGS, that article is THIRTEEN YEARS OLD.
It's hilarious watching your heart flutter over a prospective campaign that is nothing but the McCain campaign with a different face.
"But he is a decent man with good qualities; I would vote for him were he the Republican nominee. However, I personally would prefer someone who will go for the kill."
The "Go for the kill" species seems to missing from the Republican gene pool. Just watch any dust-up btwn Pubs and Rats. The Rats play by a different set of rules and, for some reason, the Pubs just throw their chests out as if to say "bet you can't get this."
Trying to understand this just befuddles me.
Now, we have #157. Who is correct? Is he pro-life or "pro-choice?" Was National Review wrong in 1994?
Rubbish; absolute rubbish.
See my post #70.
Notice they've already started to trash Thompson.
if he gets into the race, we'll hear what he has to say himself. its all about the judges anyway.
Click on the link and see what you think.
It was written within days.
That made me chuckle. They're either IMing each other right now, or they have one of the anti-freep sites up in another window.
"*Giggle* I just called Rudy `Rudy the RINO.'"
"Yeah, you really got them!"
Well, well, if it isn't the little boy who cried wolf.
Your problem, EV, is that you've shot your wad on Rudy and Romney.
When you come on here trashing Thompson, it's only going to prove once and for all what everybody already knows: you're a paid operative that's here to divide the GOP.
"Never forget the 900 FBI raw data files."
Score a point for RavenATB.
Knowing the Democrat's thirst for fair play, would they take multiple cheap, underhanded shots? Of course, they would!
Not bad : )
The sad part about it, that's probably word for word what the Nancy boys are saying.
The columnist you linked has it wrong.
Can you show me where Fred Thompson has ever called himself anything but pro-choice?
When he was a Senator, and when he ran for office, every news article you can find calls him "pro-choice."
Or has he pulled a Romney?
You'll have to forgive me; I don't believe a word you say.
I'd believe Bill Clinton before I'd believe you; at the very least, he can be charming.
FR is still pro-life and against the trashing of the First Amendment, Howlin. Thompson fails on both points.
I keep saying the same thing. Any candidate whose best hope is to defend the 2000 or 2004 electoral map isn't going to win. Things could change on the political front, Iraq might be much closer to the promised end, but even with that, I don't see Republicans winning if the Democrats can take their blue states to the bank early and use their money to pick off a couple of red states.
Notice also that it is the same fifth columnist scum who are culprit. I swear, if Duncan were to catch fire these same weasels would degrade him, too.
For what its worth, Fred Thompson was one of ten Republican Senators to vote Bill Clinton not guilty of perjury in his impeachment trial.
He did vote Clinton guilty on Obstruction of Justice.
Question One: What's your position on illegal immigration?
I certainly hope he throws his hat in the ring. Will make my voting decision much easier.
" Is he pro-life or "pro-choice?"
If you go by his Senate voting record, it's been pro-life.
Google "Fred Thompson" and "pro-choice." You'll get hundreds of references to the former Senator as a pro-abort, notwithstanding a few good votes that they'll tout from here to kingdom come.
You are, quite simpley put, a known liar.
Wolf, wolf, EV!
Like I said; he's your worst nightmare: yet another candidate who we can all get behind and you won't;
"Was it Thompson or Dick Armey?"
Coulda been Dick Armey, I like him too!
Not surprising to see you jump on board with a pro-abort trasher of the First Amendment buddy of John McCain.
You idiot; he's been my guy all along.
Man, you are such a hater; and a loser. I love it!
You won't be happy no matter who is running.
"Fred served in the Senate so he's not exactly some dope off the street."
,...then he's somewhat unconventional.
Sure I will, when it's a conservative.
It's dated July 2006, so maybe he's clarified his views since then.
7/06/00 6:20 p.m.
Senator Thompson's office disputes NR.
By Ramesh Ponnuru, NR senior editor
The latest issue of NR includes a rundown of possible Bush running mates. In passing, it mentions that Senator Fred Thompson, the Tennessee Republican, has the drawback of being pro-choice. His office called today to say that Thompson is actually pro-life.
Thompson has certainly voted with pro-lifers almost all the time. The National Right to Life Committee counts votes for John McCain-style campaign-finance reform, which Thompson supports, as anti-pro-life votes, but otherwise he's been solid. The senator voted against the Harkin amendment, which put the Senate on record favoring Roe v. Wade. But when Thompson ran for Senate in 1994, he did so as a supporter of legal abortion, as several press clips from the time pointed out. NR has also obtained a copy of a letter Thompson sent to a constituent in 1997, which notes that Thompson supports various restrictions on abortion but also includes the line, "I believe that government should not interfere with individual convictions and actions in this area."
The upshot: Thompson is an ally of pro-lifers in all the actual fights that come up, but he's not one of them on the core issue. Unless, that is, he has changed his mind, as suggested by his current self-description as a pro-lifer. In that case, NR would be more than happy to print a corretion.
Vote AmishDude. I'll tell you whatever you want to hear.
Unless you want to hear something different.
John McCain II.
And you better watch who you call pro-abortion, you little weasel.
Mitt, is that you?
"He looks presidential but this isn't American idle."
In the "Information Age", that is EXACTLY what this is...
You're proving over and over what a hater you are; nobody even pays any attention to you.
Such a liar.