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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: EternalVigilance; Howlin

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.


http://www.capwiz.com/nrlc/scorecard/?chamber=S&session=106&x=17&y=18#TN


201 posted on 03/08/2007 9:20:08 PM PST by Kuksool
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To: EternalVigilance

No, no. He's competent and has experience.

You want a nobody who says all the right things.

Like Jimmy Carter.


202 posted on 03/08/2007 9:20:30 PM PST by AmishDude (It doesn't matter whom you vote for. It matters who takes office.)
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To: Howlin
The ideologues out there are looking for Mr. Perfect and he doesn't exist. Anyone who even talks about running gets trashed around here. Yes, it is useful to identify candidates and their stands on issues but the venom is rather startling isn't it? Fred is already being called RINO and I'm not sure what that term means any more.

Do you?
203 posted on 03/08/2007 9:20:34 PM PST by misterrob (Jack Bauer/Chuck Norris 2008)
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To: Howlin
And you better watch who you call pro-abortion, you little weasel.

Okay. I'll call them what they are. Abortionists.

204 posted on 03/08/2007 9:20:59 PM PST by EternalVigilance (With "Republicans" like these, who needs Democrats?)
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To: Hildy

I think your tag line helped figure out what your point was. I was making my point, not agreeing with anything you were saying.


205 posted on 03/08/2007 9:21:20 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica

"I'd vote for Fred before I'd vote for ANY - ANY of the current candidate names mentioned:"

DITTO....

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...


206 posted on 03/08/2007 9:21:59 PM PST by tcrlaf (VOTE DEM! You'll Look GREAT In A Burqa!)
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To: Kuksool

Oh, lord; actual facts; they are like kryptonite around here.

Thank you very much for that information.


207 posted on 03/08/2007 9:22:16 PM PST by Howlin (Honk if you like Fred Thompson!!!)
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To: stuck_in_new_orleans

The idea is to bring together all wings of the GOP.

Fred could do that. Giuliani NEVER will.


208 posted on 03/08/2007 9:23:01 PM PST by Politicalmom ("Always vote for principle...and your vote is never lost."-John Quincy Adams)
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To: misterrob

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.


209 posted on 03/08/2007 9:23:40 PM PST by Howlin (Honk if you like Fred Thompson!!!)
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To: EternalVigilance

Don't infer that I'm one.


210 posted on 03/08/2007 9:24:00 PM PST by Howlin (Honk if you like Fred Thompson!!!)
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To: EternalVigilance

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.


211 posted on 03/08/2007 9:24:49 PM PST by chasio649
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To: EternalVigilance

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.


212 posted on 03/08/2007 9:24:49 PM PST by pollyannaish
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To: misterrob
Here's what's funny. They'll call somebody who reflexively supports the GOP a RINO. Follow me on this: How can a Republican in Name Only be someone who doesn't abandon Republicans for not being pure enough?!?!?
213 posted on 03/08/2007 9:24:49 PM PST by AmishDude (It doesn't matter whom you vote for. It matters who takes office.)
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To: Howlin
Oh, lord; actual facts; they are like kryptonite around here.

Like this?

"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.

214 posted on 03/08/2007 9:24:59 PM PST by EternalVigilance (With "Republicans" like these, who needs Democrats?)
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To: Politicalmom

There are some "wings" of the GOP that have no intention of every coming "together."


215 posted on 03/08/2007 9:25:07 PM PST by Howlin (Honk if you like Fred Thompson!!!)
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To: EternalVigilance

""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.


216 posted on 03/08/2007 9:25:40 PM PST by babygene (Never look into the laser with your last good eye...)
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To: beagle9

Thompson/Rice '08

Wouldn't THAT be a hell of a ticket??

The very thought has to have Dem Washington Elitists quaking in thier Birkenstocks...


217 posted on 03/08/2007 9:26:00 PM PST by tcrlaf (VOTE DEM! You'll Look GREAT In A Burqa!)
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To: pollyannaish

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.


218 posted on 03/08/2007 9:26:19 PM PST by Howlin (Honk if you like Fred Thompson!!!)
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To: AmishDude
LOL. I just noticed your tagline. Is it new?
219 posted on 03/08/2007 9:26:27 PM PST by pollyannaish
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To: chasio649

McCain died among conservatives after NH. In fact, he depended heavily on Dem crossover votes in a number of key states.


220 posted on 03/08/2007 9:26:34 PM PST by EternalVigilance (With "Republicans" like these, who needs Democrats?)
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To: EternalVigilance

221 posted on 03/08/2007 9:26:51 PM PST by Howlin (Honk if you like Fred Thompson!!!)
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To: chasio649
McCain was generally supported by people who liked his biography. Conservatives never liked his campaign finance stuff, but on average were going to give him a break, figuring that was his one quirk.

Then he thumbed his nose at conservatives in SC and MI and the bloom was off the rose.

The TrueConservatives™ were peddling endless conspiracy theories about the Bush family.

222 posted on 03/08/2007 9:28:11 PM PST by AmishDude (It doesn't matter whom you vote for. It matters who takes office.)
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To: EternalVigilance
Not surprising to see you jump on board with a pro-abort trasher of the First Amendment buddy of John McCain.

What is really not surprising is seeing you attacking another popular republican. Always the disruptor, EVie, always the fifth columnist, always dividing.

223 posted on 03/08/2007 9:28:19 PM PST by 68 grunt (3/1 India, 3rd, 68-69, 0311)
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To: babygene
The fact is his voting record has been pro-life.

Fact is, his supporters are floating three pro-life votes he made around. But he's always called himself pro-choice throughout his political career.

224 posted on 03/08/2007 9:28:19 PM PST by EternalVigilance (With "Republicans" like these, who needs Democrats?)
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To: Gelato

That's not my biggest problem with John McCain. It's just one of them. The biggest is that he is a bit "nutty", he doesn't seem to have the temperament to be President. He also had the gang of 14, and amnesty, and his opposition to reasonable interrogations, and other positions on the war on terror that are off-putting.

That said, I still rank McCain above Rudy, and if I decided not to vote for McCain in the general election it would be because I was so afraid he'd go nuts that I'd rather trust a democrat. Not likely to happen, but it is a real fear I have with McCain. If I have it, I've got to figure he'd have trouble winning the election.

I also find McCain to be very opportunistic, while Thompson's political life doesn't look like one which had votes based on gaining political advantage.

I'm no way sold on Thompson, we don't know nearly enough about him to sell me on him. But he seems intriguing, he certainly seems like he'd have the name recognition, he's got a pretty conservative record, he supports the war, and he's well-spoken and electable.

Of course, I still believe Romney is acceptable, something my fellow conservatives don't agree with me about.


225 posted on 03/08/2007 9:28:35 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: AmishDude
The TrueConservatives™ were peddling endless conspiracy theories about the Bush family.

That's bogus. Conservatives voted Bush after the McCain threat became real.

226 posted on 03/08/2007 9:29:28 PM PST by EternalVigilance (With "Republicans" like these, who needs Democrats?)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Fred Thompson's Lifetime ACU rating is 86%. Check out Thompson's other votes.


http://www.acuratings.org/ratingsarchive/2002/2002Senate.htm


227 posted on 03/08/2007 9:29:40 PM PST by Kuksool
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To: pollyannaish
LOL. I just noticed your tagline. Is it new?

Thank you for asking. It is old. I've vowed to keep it until November 2008.

228 posted on 03/08/2007 9:29:56 PM PST by AmishDude (It doesn't matter whom you vote for. It matters who takes office.)
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To: EternalVigilance
But he's always called himself pro-choice throughout his political career.

I just posted an article from 2000 from National Review that proves that's a lie.

If you continue to post that as fact, that will just be yet another nail in your coffin of lies.

229 posted on 03/08/2007 9:30:23 PM PST by Howlin (Honk if you like Fred Thompson!!!)
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To: Pyro7480

It was my congressman...Dick Armey -- who was a much better congressman than a former congressman...what the heck happenned to him? Money corrupts?


230 posted on 03/08/2007 9:31:09 PM PST by Froggie
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To: EternalVigilance; Miss Marple; deport; PhiKapMom
Conservatives voted Bush after the McCain threat became real.

OMG, you do live in another universe.

231 posted on 03/08/2007 9:31:21 PM PST by Howlin (Honk if you like Fred Thompson!!!)
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To: Howlin
LOL. Good point. Well...so far I like Fred if he gets in, but I'm still going to wait to commit. So...a preliminary honk from me.
232 posted on 03/08/2007 9:31:59 PM PST by pollyannaish
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To: AmishDude

I'm not defending McCain...don't get me wrong...you sound about right...McCain had a lot of solid support going in...then he kind of went unhinged if i remember correctly...I would say that most on here liked McCain in the mid 90's....i liked most everything he said when he was on a News show back in those days...now i wouldn't give a plug nickel for him.


233 posted on 03/08/2007 9:32:02 PM PST by chasio649
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To: Howlin

I think you are really going overboard with the "evil Christian" bit.

I am TOTALLY opposed to Giuliani, and will NEVER vote for him, but I am have been a Thompson supporter for years.

I don't expect a candidate to be a saint, but pro-life and
anti-homosexual agenda are non-negotiable. Fred has those, and is a strong 2A supporter. He seems to have become more stringent against illegal immigration after 2000.

If he gets in, he has my vote, much as I like DH.


234 posted on 03/08/2007 9:32:10 PM PST by Politicalmom ("Always vote for principle...and your vote is never lost."-John Quincy Adams)
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To: Howlin
I just posted an article from 2000 from National Review that proves that's a lie.

Link, please.

235 posted on 03/08/2007 9:32:15 PM PST by EternalVigilance (With "Republicans" like these, who needs Democrats?)
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To: Jotmo

I don't think the site does a good job ranking answers to questions to put you on that chart. It doesn't take more than a couple odd votes to move you around quite a bit.

I always recommend looking at the actual votes and deciding for yourself what they mean. the ACU ratings are more accurate I believe, as well as the rankings of the various special interest organizations on the left and right.

Thompson wasn't well-ranked by ANY liberal organization, and had a respectable but not stellar rating by the ACU.

I wish Hunter could do something, anything, to distinguish himself as a leader or to fall on his face, so either he'd jump into the top tier or go away so we could try someone else in his place. Right now, I'd put Gilmore above him, and I'm pretty certain Gilmore is unelectable.


236 posted on 03/08/2007 9:32:41 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Politicalmom
I think you are really going overboard with the "evil Christian" bit.

Where exactly did I do that?

237 posted on 03/08/2007 9:33:28 PM PST by Howlin (Honk if you like Fred Thompson!!!)
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To: West Coast Conservative

ALL-Hollywood, ALL-Fred!

Fred Thompson/Fred Grandy in '08!


238 posted on 03/08/2007 9:33:33 PM PST by incredulous joe ("...during a lull in the violence occurring at the end of the holy month of Ramadan,...")
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To: EternalVigilance

It is not my JOB to make sure you read what's posted on a thread; look for it.


239 posted on 03/08/2007 9:33:53 PM PST by Howlin (Honk if you like Fred Thompson!!!)
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To: tcrlaf

"Thompson/Rice '08

Wouldn't THAT be a hell of a ticket??"

That would be a great ticket, but I'm not sure it would be much better than AmishDude/Tancredo.


240 posted on 03/08/2007 9:34:20 PM PST by Rembrandt (We would have won Viet Nam w/o Dim interference.)
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To: AmishDude

It may not be a bad thing to keep forever. Very, uhm...pithy. It precisely and effectively takes out its intended targets.


241 posted on 03/08/2007 9:35:09 PM PST by pollyannaish
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To: cgk

A moderate populist conservative is better than what we've got in the White House right now, which is an open-borders, unlimited amnesty, globalist who-knows-what.


242 posted on 03/08/2007 9:35:15 PM PST by Deo volente
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To: Hildy

I don't get what you think is so "immoral". What exactly do you think Christians base their principles on?

The woman was 35 years old. If she had been 15, that would be a problem.


243 posted on 03/08/2007 9:35:34 PM PST by Politicalmom ("Always vote for principle...and your vote is never lost."-John Quincy Adams)
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To: Dolphy

any candidate we sent up, we need to be asking:

- what state could/can he win that Bush didn't win in 2000/2004?
- can he win Ohio?

if we can't accomplish any "takeaways" from the Dem column that Gore 2000 and Kerry 2004 got, and we have to place all our chips on Ohio again - that prospect scares me.


244 posted on 03/08/2007 9:36:24 PM PST by oceanview
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To: EternalVigilance
That's bogus. Conservatives voted Bush after the McCain threat became real.

This is just one blast-from-the-past. Shall I find another?

245 posted on 03/08/2007 9:37:12 PM PST by AmishDude (It doesn't matter whom you vote for. It matters who takes office.)
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To: incredulous joe

LOL! Whatever happened to Fred Grandy?


246 posted on 03/08/2007 9:37:59 PM PST by AmishDude (It doesn't matter whom you vote for. It matters who takes office.)
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To: Howlin

You posted a claim by a columnist that runs 180 degrees counter to the facts. Fred Thompson was known by everyone in politics as a pro-choice politician. If he's changed, I would say that you and his supporters need to provide the proof of that.


247 posted on 03/08/2007 9:38:19 PM PST by EternalVigilance (With "Republicans" like these, who needs Democrats?)
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To: icwhatudo

Don't know very much about him yet.. but I'm glad to see another candidate stand up.. We need some better choices than what seems to be heading the class right now.. who knows, there was once another actor who turned out to be a very good President..


248 posted on 03/08/2007 9:39:56 PM PST by SeaBiscuit (God Bless America..Duncan Hunter 2008.)
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To: Politicalmom; Hildy
The woman was 35 years old. If she had been 15, that would be a problem.

Yeah, and Hildy's model of a 20-year younger wife doesn't work for everyone. I, for example, am 33. You just can't do that sort of thing on this continent.

249 posted on 03/08/2007 9:40:00 PM PST by AmishDude (It doesn't matter whom you vote for. It matters who takes office.)
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To: incredulous joe
The all Hollywood, all Fred ticket would probably work out about as well as my Kemp/Largent all football all the time ticket from a few cycles ago. Sigh. I've given that up and am working hard for my new favorite...Snow/Pace ticket. I think that would be the "They'll make you look stupid in a New York minute, but seem so nice doing it ticket."

I better stop now. There are a few on this thread that take this stuff VERY seriously this far out—and here I am being shallow and irreverent. :-D

250 posted on 03/08/2007 9:40:01 PM PST by pollyannaish
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