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.
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.
What is really not surprising is seeing you attacking another popular republican. Always the disruptor, EVie, always the fifth columnist, always dividing.
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.
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.
That's bogus. Conservatives voted Bush after the McCain threat became real.
Fred Thompson's Lifetime ACU rating is 86%. Check out Thompson's other votes.
Thank you for asking. It is old. I've vowed to keep it until November 2008.
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.
It was my congressman...Dick Armey -- who was a much better congressman than a former congressman...what the heck happenned to him? Money corrupts?
OMG, you do live in another universe.
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.
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.
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.
Where exactly did I do that?
Fred Thompson/Fred Grandy in '08!
It is not my JOB to make sure you read what's posted on a thread; look for it.
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.
It may not be a bad thing to keep forever. Very, uhm...pithy. It precisely and effectively takes out its intended targets.
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.
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.
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.
This is just one blast-from-the-past. Shall I find another?
LOL! Whatever happened to Fred Grandy?
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.
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..
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.
I better stop now. There are a few on this thread that take this stuff VERY seriously this far outand here I am being shallow and irreverent. :-D
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