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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Check out Fred Thompson's voting record on abortion. Thompson refused to affirmed Roe. He may not be as conservatvie as I like, but he sure is a heck of a lot better than what we have now.
No, no. He's competent and has experience.
You want a nobody who says all the right things.
Like Jimmy Carter.
Okay. I'll call them what they are. Abortionists.
I think your tag line helped figure out what your point was. I was making my point, not agreeing with anything you were saying.
"I'd vote for Fred before I'd vote for ANY - ANY of the current candidate names mentioned:"
Like it or not, Rudy Folks, this guy is Ronald Reagan, Part Deux...
And he is about the only candidate running that the Hillary Hate Machine cannot chew up and spit out with ease...
Oh, lord; actual facts; they are like kryptonite around here.
Thank you very much for that information.
The idea is to bring together all wings of the GOP.
Fred could do that. Giuliani NEVER will.
Yes, it means Republican In Name Only; I take that to mean people who are conservatives who aren't really Republicans, but are just using the GOP because they can't elect anybody in a party of their own.
Don't infer that I'm one.
Maybe i didn't keep real close tabs on the 2000 election...but i seem to remeber McCain had a lot of conservative support going into the elections...but the powers that be in the RNC decided GW was the man and he had huge backing behind the scenes...it took Limbaugh off guard (no, Rush was not a McCain supporter) also...i remember many callers and solid conservatives having reservations about GW....my point is that many solid conservatives were backing McCain in 2000....i don't fault Fred for that.
Am i wrong in this?...i don't have specifics but that is they way it played out in my memory.....i may be all wrong.
Is there anybody good enough to earn your support? I swear with your stated criteria, I'm beginning to wonder if George Washington himself would make the cut.
"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.
There are some "wings" of the GOP that have no intention of every coming "together."
""Fred Thompson" and "pro-choice."
Dumb, dumb, dumb. Dummer than a sack of rocks...
If you search "Fred Thompson" "pro-choice" you get 13K hits, if you search "Fred Thompson" "pro-life" you get 19K hits.
The fact is his voting record has been pro-life.
Wouldn't THAT be a hell of a ticket??
The very thought has to have Dem Washington Elitists quaking in thier Birkenstocks...
If Jesus himself was running, some on here would be posting about how he wore dresses and hung around with a bunch of men all the time.
McCain died among conservatives after NH. In fact, he depended heavily on Dem crossover votes in a number of key states.