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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.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008election; electionpresident; elections; fredthompson; giuliani
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1 posted on 03/08/2007 7:43:32 PM PST by West Coast Conservative
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To: West Coast Conservative

Anybody have a list of his positions on the issues?


2 posted on 03/08/2007 7:44:21 PM PST by flashbunny (<--- Free Anti-Rino graphics! See Rudy the Rino get exposed as a liberal with his own words!)
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To: flashbunny

they are as good as we are going to get


3 posted on 03/08/2007 7:45:46 PM PST by Lib-Lickers 2 (Thompson/Romney 08)
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To: flashbunny

Rudy, he is not!


4 posted on 03/08/2007 7:46:11 PM PST by digger48
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To: West Coast Conservative

Thought to myself the other day after hearing about his rant on the Libby issue that this guy would make a good presidential candidate. I think he's Pretty darned conservative from what I recall.


5 posted on 03/08/2007 7:46:44 PM PST by Cosmo (Liberalism is for girls)
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To: flashbunny

Well, flashbunny, Fred Thompson's attitudes on the
issues just have to transcend Hillary Clinton's attitudes. Can you imagine that I would choose Hillary Clinton over Fred Thompson. I would hope that your imagination is not that shallow. Is it?


6 posted on 03/08/2007 7:47:37 PM PST by davisfh
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To: West Coast Conservative

I don't know his positions, but he is a well-spoken Conservative and definitely has more Charisma than the current crop of candidates. If his ideology is similar to Reagan's, we could have ourselves another "Ronaldus Maximus."


7 posted on 03/08/2007 7:48:05 PM PST by lmr (The answers to life don't involve complex solutions.)
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To: Lib-Lickers 2
This is interesting, very interesting.
8 posted on 03/08/2007 7:48:31 PM PST by Dominic Harr (Conservative: The "ant", to a liberal's "grasshopper".)
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To: Howlin; altura

fyi


9 posted on 03/08/2007 7:48:57 PM PST by silent_jonny ("... lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven" -- Matthew 6:20)
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To: flashbunny
Fred Thompson On the Issues

So their theory says he is:

"Fred Thompson is a Moderate Populist Conservative."

10 posted on 03/08/2007 7:49:03 PM PST by cgk (I am emboldened by my looks to say things Republican men wouldn’t. - Ann Coulter)
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To: West Coast Conservative

The more the merrier. The more choices we have the better off we are.


11 posted on 03/08/2007 7:49:17 PM PST by loreldan (Without coffee I am nothing.)
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To: West Coast Conservative
Fred Thompson/Melissa Hart '08

That's my 2 cents.

12 posted on 03/08/2007 7:49:50 PM PST by Siobhan (Pray, pray, pray,)
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To: flashbunny
----------------ABORTION------------------

* Voted YES on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions. (Jun 2000)
* Voted YES on banning partial birth abortions. (Oct 1999)
* Voted YES on banning human cloning. (Feb 1998)

----------------GUNS------------------

* Voted NO on background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
* Voted NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations. (May 1999)
* Voted YES on loosening license & background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
* Voted YES on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks. (Jul 1998)

----------------HOMOSEXUALITY------------------

* Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
* Voted NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
* Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
* Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)

13 posted on 03/08/2007 7:49:54 PM PST by icwhatudo (The rino borg...is resistance futile?)
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To: West Coast Conservative

A solid choice who happens to be the best chance for the Republicans in 2008, IMO.

Best choice of the current crop of those interested on the right.


14 posted on 03/08/2007 7:50:12 PM PST by Pox (If it's a Coward you are searching for, you need look no further than the Democrats.)
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To: flashbunny

I'm still not sure about Thompson. He looks presidential but this isn't American idle. (Misspelling intentional)


15 posted on 03/08/2007 7:50:30 PM PST by cripplecreek (Peace without victory is a temporary illusion.)
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To: West Coast Conservative

I find this interesting. Fred would be an attractive candidate, but I don't know much about his positions.

Does anybody?


16 posted on 03/08/2007 7:51:10 PM PST by altura
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To: icwhatudo

Fred Thompson sounds heck of a lot better than the other 1st Tier Candidates.


17 posted on 03/08/2007 7:52:16 PM PST by Kuksool
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To: West Coast Conservative

Right now, I'm leaning towards Romney, but if Fred jumps in, he's got my vote.


18 posted on 03/08/2007 7:52:27 PM PST by ABG(anybody but Gore) ("We're Living In A Twilight World..."- Swingout Sister)
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To: icwhatudo

That sounds petty good. Thanks for the rundown.

Okay, Fred, jump on in. The waters warm.


19 posted on 03/08/2007 7:52:38 PM PST by altura
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To: cripplecreek

in fact, it is. independents decide these elections, and you need candidates with name recognition and "face" recognition to attract voters who aren't plugged into politics.

my advice to Thompson - if you are going to get in, get in now - don't play games and wait it out. get in, get known, get money, get going.


20 posted on 03/08/2007 7:52:58 PM PST by oceanview
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To: West Coast Conservative

He's a Howard Baker conservative. A RINO light.


21 posted on 03/08/2007 7:53:41 PM PST by zarf (Her hair was of a dank yellow, and fell over her temples like sauerkraut......)
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To: altura

I have no opinion of Thompson one way or another, but for all the moral perfectionists here at FR, I must tell them that he is divorced and his second wife is nearly half his age. She's something like 34 years old now. Now, THAT would be interesting.


22 posted on 03/08/2007 7:53:50 PM PST by Hildy (RINO=RUDY IS NUMBER ONE)
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To: West Coast Conservative

He's a Howard Baker conservative. A RINO lite.


23 posted on 03/08/2007 7:53:58 PM PST by zarf (Her hair was of a dank yellow, and fell over her temples like sauerkraut......)
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To: icwhatudo

Sounds like a solid conservative to me.


24 posted on 03/08/2007 7:55:11 PM PST by doc1019 (Fred Thompson 08)
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To: flashbunny

Thompson said one reason he is hesitant about running is his longtime friendship with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Thompson was one of only four Republican senators to endorse McCain’s 2000 presidential campaign and was an important ally in McCain’s effort to pass campaign-finance reform in 2002.


25 posted on 03/08/2007 7:55:28 PM PST by PhiKapMom (Broken Glass Republican -- RudyforPresident2008@yahoogroups.com or http://www.rudygforamerica.com)
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To: Hildy
Lots of horn dogs running this year.

Too bad Ted Faggard isn't running. We need a clean cut religious guy to give us a choice.

26 posted on 03/08/2007 7:55:31 PM PST by zarf (Her hair was of a dank yellow, and fell over her temples like sauerkraut......)
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To: West Coast Conservative

I'd fall into Thompson's camp. Where do you go to tell him he's got support?


27 posted on 03/08/2007 7:55:43 PM PST by Richard Kimball (Why yes, I do have a stupid picture for any occasion)
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To: cripplecreek

I like Duncan Hunter, but Thompson would have the name recognition. Thompson's always played likable authority figures in the movies and TV, so that would give him a leg up.


28 posted on 03/08/2007 7:56:31 PM PST by FastCoyote
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To: altura

He is to the right of Bush.

He is absolutely acceptable to this Hunter fan.


29 posted on 03/08/2007 7:56:59 PM PST by JRochelle
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To: zarf

You have said that before.

Do you have a source, link?


30 posted on 03/08/2007 7:57:41 PM PST by JRochelle
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To: icwhatudo

Those would be good. How about his stand on illegal immigration?


31 posted on 03/08/2007 7:58:03 PM PST by Revel
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To: cripplecreek

Fred served in the Senate so he's not exactly some dope off the street.


32 posted on 03/08/2007 7:59:12 PM PST by misterrob (Jack Bauer/Chuck Norris 2008)
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To: JRochelle
You have said that before.

Google Lori Morgan. Nuff said.

33 posted on 03/08/2007 7:59:13 PM PST by zarf (Her hair was of a dank yellow, and fell over her temples like sauerkraut......)
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To: zarf

I know he dated her.

So what? He was not married. Nothing wrong with that.


34 posted on 03/08/2007 8:00:22 PM PST by JRochelle
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To: zarf

That didn't take long.


35 posted on 03/08/2007 8:00:39 PM PST by misterrob (Jack Bauer/Chuck Norris 2008)
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To: zarf
This is even getting better, here's a picture of him and his wife:


36 posted on 03/08/2007 8:02:03 PM PST by Hildy (RINO=RUDY IS NUMBER ONE)
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To: cgk

According to that graph he's pretty similar to the congressman we just dumped. (Joe Schwarz) However a graph doesn't really tell the whole story because Schwarz was a liberal and I know Thompson is no liberal.

In any case I'll keep an open mind but Hunter is still my first pick.


37 posted on 03/08/2007 8:02:10 PM PST by cripplecreek (Peace without victory is a temporary illusion.)
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To: flashbunny

So far, from what has been presented, his biggest negative is that he was a co-sponsor of McCain's Campaign Finance bill, and backed McCain in the 2000 election.

He also seems a bit weak on tort reform.

It's the kind of thing we really mean when we say we are going to need to make some compromises to find a good candidate. I think it's the kind of thing we COULD compromise on if we had to.

It's nothing like having to sell your soul, like you would for Rudy Guiliani.

The other wrap with Thompson is that he doesn't have a lot of "executive" experience, being only a Senator, and not having run a business.


38 posted on 03/08/2007 8:04:15 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: icwhatudo
I'd vote for Fred before I'd vote for ANY - ANY of the current candidate names mentioned: McCain, Rudy, Newt, Duncan, Mitt, ANY of them.

I would like to hear his record/views on immigration, but other than that, I've ALWAYS liked him and his stands as solidly conservative.

GO FRED GO!!!

39 posted on 03/08/2007 8:04:17 PM PST by HeartlandOfAmerica (Democrats: Best friends of America's WORST enemies!)
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To: West Coast Conservative
Position on the issues here
40 posted on 03/08/2007 8:04:33 PM PST by Pistolshot (Condi 2008.<------added January 2004. Remember you heard it here first)
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To: Siobhan

Fred Thompson/ Rick Santorum.


41 posted on 03/08/2007 8:04:52 PM PST by Eagles6 (Dig deeper, more ammo.)
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To: ABG(anybody but Gore)

smart minds think alike


42 posted on 03/08/2007 8:05:04 PM PST by Lib-Lickers 2 (Thompson/Romney 08)
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To: zarf

So a SINGLE man dates a lot of women.

And you have a problem with that? WTF are you?


43 posted on 03/08/2007 8:05:43 PM PST by JRochelle
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To: West Coast Conservative

id like to see a Rudy/Fred ticket.


44 posted on 03/08/2007 8:05:50 PM PST by stuck_in_new_orleans
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To: zarf

bwaa haaa haa haa


45 posted on 03/08/2007 8:06:55 PM PST by Lib-Lickers 2 (Thompson/Romney 08)
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To: JRochelle
There's many more. It's well known in TN. Fred a walking bimbo eruption.

Not that I care, I wish I had that kind of action.

However, to the ninnies it may be a factor.

I don't think he's the religious Jimmy Swaggart however.

46 posted on 03/08/2007 8:07:21 PM PST by zarf (Her hair was of a dank yellow, and fell over her temples like sauerkraut......)
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To: jellybean

Ping a ding.. :).. :)


47 posted on 03/08/2007 8:08:02 PM PST by carlo3b (Deja Moo: The feeling that you've heard this bull before.)
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To: zarf

Reagan had Nancy knocked up before he married her,, oh my heavens!!!!!!!!


48 posted on 03/08/2007 8:08:45 PM PST by Lib-Lickers 2 (Thompson/Romney 08)
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To: West Coast Conservative

I have heard Thompson speak a few times and I was always impressed. I was very sorry when he dropped out of politics.


49 posted on 03/08/2007 8:08:46 PM PST by Ditter
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To: Hildy

that will help him with men voters.


50 posted on 03/08/2007 8:08:52 PM PST by oceanview
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