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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Plus, face it, a Hunter-Thompson ticket would drive the Demonrats gonzo!
I wouldn't go as far as RINO - he's just more of an all-around, "regular" conservative, less ideological, has a basic disdain for the way things are done in Washington, loves America, and has a basic conservative viewpoint.
Duncan Hunter he's not...but he's a considerable improvement over just about anyone else out there who actually has a snowball's chance in hell of winning.
That doesn't matter to me.
You actually think a thread on FR with all of 10 posts was indicative of the entire Republican 2000 primary season?
I wouldn't say that. Thompson can come across as another beltway insider, however...let's not forget that the main reason he left Washington was because of all the BS that goes on there - he's in the position of being liked well by his fellow Senators but not being quite the "insider" that would make him a negative.
How is he to the right of Bush on the issues?
That's my 2 cents.
EV, would ya lay off the pro-abortion LIE?
He can't. He's going off a 13 year old National Review article - but all his votes in the Senate suggest a strong pro-life position.
Thompson is like McCain was about 10 years ago when most people still liked him.
And Fred's not a lunatic, either.
No, he won't.
Lie? It's what he ran for the Senate as. That's indisputable. If he's changed, I, for one, am going to need a lot more than an alleged phone call by a staffer.
But, he can't run from the fact that he was THE linchpin for McCain-Feingold.
Hey, it's delicate and imprecise work to find articles that old, you try it.
But it only took 3 checks, with my search criteria, to find one.
McCain-Feingold, and his rolling over for the Clintons are his two major negatives.
However, McCain has about 10 major negatives and Rudy has about 1,433 major negative points...
I have to laugh at that.
Can't argue with that. But, trashing the Bill of Rights is still a damned big hit to me.
Nevertheless, Thompson, should he enter, is going to destroy Giuliani and Romney. Stick a fork in 'em.
Oh, believe me, I'm no fan of McCain-Feingold, either.
If I could combine Newt's brain, Romney's personal life, and Hunter's politics, we'd have the perfect candidate...but, we can't.
Thompson in my book still ranks better overall than the others.
As far as the abortion thing...let's hear what HE has to say if he does in fact run...THEN we can argue. :)
Well...I can give him a pass, and here's why:
Neither of them were married at the time. She was attractive, and, let's face it, probably about as easy as a first grade math test. I don't think marriage was on his mind with her, quite honestly.
And so what. He was single at the time.
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