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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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To: Gelato

Thompson is like McCain was about 10 years ago when most people still liked him.

And Fred's not a lunatic, either.


351 posted on 03/08/2007 11:03:46 PM PST by RockinRight (My wish for Islam - The Glass Parking Lot Formerly Known As The Middle East.)
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To: RockinRight

No, he won't.


352 posted on 03/08/2007 11:04:23 PM PST by Howlin (Honk if you like Fred Thompson!!!)
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To: RockinRight

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.


353 posted on 03/08/2007 11:05:31 PM PST by EternalVigilance (With "Republicans" like these, who needs Democrats?)
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To: streetpreacher

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.


354 posted on 03/08/2007 11:06:32 PM PST by AmishDude (It doesn't matter whom you vote for. It matters who takes office.)
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To: EternalVigilance

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...


355 posted on 03/08/2007 11:07:24 PM PST by RockinRight (My wish for Islam - The Glass Parking Lot Formerly Known As The Middle East.)
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To: Howlin

I have to laugh at that.


356 posted on 03/08/2007 11:09:16 PM PST by RockinRight (My wish for Islam - The Glass Parking Lot Formerly Known As The Middle East.)
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To: RockinRight

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.


357 posted on 03/08/2007 11:12:04 PM PST by EternalVigilance (With "Republicans" like these, who needs Democrats?)
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To: EternalVigilance

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. :)


358 posted on 03/08/2007 11:14:00 PM PST by RockinRight (My wish for Islam - The Glass Parking Lot Formerly Known As The Middle East.)
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To: EternalVigilance
"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."

There have were very few senate votes regarding abortion while Thompson was in the Senate. On all of them, he voted the pro-life side...

It would be best if he said NOTHING about abortion at this point. Let it alone. The only way someone can be pro-choice is to be stupid. He doesn't strike me as stupid.
359 posted on 03/08/2007 11:14:45 PM PST by babygene (Never look into the laser with your last good eye...)
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To: notaliberal

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.


360 posted on 03/08/2007 11:17:24 PM PST by RockinRight (My wish for Islam - The Glass Parking Lot Formerly Known As The Middle East.)
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To: icwhatudo

Sounds great to me. Run, Fred, run!


361 posted on 03/08/2007 11:19:04 PM PST by Ol' Sparky
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To: notaliberal

"Wasn't she married about 8 times???"

He didn't marry her. The question is, was she HOT???


362 posted on 03/08/2007 11:21:30 PM PST by babygene (Never look into the laser with your last good eye...)
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To: Howlin

If there is, or there is going to be, a Fred Thompson ping list, please add me to it, or point me to it.

Thanks.

:O)

P


363 posted on 03/08/2007 11:23:29 PM PST by papasmurf (Join Team 36120 Free Republic Folders. Folding@Home Enter Name:FRpapasmurf)
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To: RockinRight

You bet.


364 posted on 03/08/2007 11:24:20 PM PST by EternalVigilance (With "Republicans" like these, who needs Democrats?)
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To: papasmurf
If there is, or there is going to be, a Fred Thompson ping list, please add me to it, or point me to it.

Look here
▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼

Join the Draft Fred Thompson Bandwagon


▲ Click the box to see where he stands on the issues. ▲

Let me know if you'd like to join the Fred Thompson ping list.

You've been added to the list! :)

365 posted on 03/08/2007 11:34:19 PM PST by jellybean (FRED THOMPSON FOR PRESIDENT! Proud to be an Ann-droid and a Steyn-aholic)
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To: Rembrandt
I'd like to see a Fred/Newt ticket.

so...you want to see a democrat president? cause newt will NEVER EVER EVER be elected....ever!

366 posted on 03/08/2007 11:36:27 PM PST by stuck_in_new_orleans
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To: EternalVigilance
"Unless, that is, he has changed his mind, as suggested by his current self-description as a pro-lifer."

I'm pro-life to a specific point. Science is solving that problem for everyone. If a lower tubular pregnancy will kill the mother, OK. If a deformed baby will have a terrible life, OK. Those are rare things.

I suggest every pregnant woman should have an ultrasound between 18 and 20 weeks and watch on the crt what is growing up inside of her. Its very clear. I had a physical a few years ago and saw the inside of my aeorta and all the little valves around my heart. The surgeon stepped out and I asked the nurse to stick the probe on my stomache to see what it's doing for a second (I was hungry). I could operate that analyzer because I watched everything!

367 posted on 03/08/2007 11:36:41 PM PST by BobS
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To: BobS
If a deformed baby will have a terrible life, OK.

We part ways there. Playing God is what got us to where we are.

368 posted on 03/08/2007 11:39:19 PM PST by EternalVigilance (With "Republicans" like these, who needs Democrats?)
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To: AmishDude
Whatever happened to Fred Grandy?

His ship has already sailed.

369 posted on 03/09/2007 12:17:54 AM PST by politicalwit (Freedom doesn't mean a Free Pass.)
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To: Pyro7480; Maeve; EternalVigilance
Thompson's votes -- more key than positions:

----------------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)

370 posted on 03/09/2007 2:37:29 AM PST by Siobhan (Pray, pray, pray,)
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To: papasmurf

If J.C. Watts were in the race as Vice-President, I would expect a Thompson/Watts ticket would be unstoppable and all others would fade from memory. (Rudy who? Mitt what? Hillary?....isn't she still in jail ...)


371 posted on 03/09/2007 2:47:34 AM PST by Siobhan (Pray, pray, pray,)
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To: zarf

He's a Howard Baker conservative.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

He reminds me more of Joe Don Baker.


372 posted on 03/09/2007 3:59:05 AM PST by RipSawyer (Does anybody still believe this is a free country?)
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To: papasmurf
Fred Thompson/J.C. Watts would really energize me! ...

Cool idea.

373 posted on 03/09/2007 4:04:47 AM PST by 68 grunt (3/1 India, 3rd, 68-69, 0311)
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To: stuck_in_new_orleans

"so...you want to see a democrat president? cause newt will NEVER EVER EVER be elected....ever!"

So...you want to see a democrat president? Cause Rudy will NEVER EVER EVER be elected...ever!


374 posted on 03/09/2007 4:09:36 AM PST by dmw (Aren't you glad you use common sense, don't you wish everybody did?)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Wow. He's only 62. Not bad, not bad at all.


375 posted on 03/09/2007 4:13:09 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: flashbunny
http://www.ontheissues.org/Senate/Fred_Thompson.htm
376 posted on 03/09/2007 4:15:05 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: gpapa

well, heck that far back i was even considered to soft be on illegal immigration.

GWB has since created a tremendous "compassionate conservative" problem for us

thanks


377 posted on 03/09/2007 4:23:21 AM PST by incredulous joe ("Silence is golden,...but duct tape is silver." -- anon)
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To: West Coast Conservative

BTTT!!!!!!!


378 posted on 03/09/2007 4:49:38 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Howlin

The good cool.


379 posted on 03/09/2007 5:19:27 AM PST by Richard Kimball (Why yes, I do have a stupid picture for any occasion)
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To: jellybean
for the ping list

register at www.draftfredthompson.com and vote on bumper stickers


380 posted on 03/09/2007 5:33:14 AM PST by APRPEH (id theft info available on my profile page)
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To: jellybean

Could you please add me to your Thompson ping list? If so, thanks much.


381 posted on 03/09/2007 5:34:48 AM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (Life isn't fair. It's just fairer than death, that's all.--William Goldman)
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To: cgk


Rudy Giuliani is a Moderate Libertarian.

Take these grids with a grain of salt, alright? They're overly simplistic at best. Every issue is given the same weight, and they aren't corrected for lack of data. This site's a nice idea, but no substitute to listening to doing your own research and using your own judgment.

382 posted on 03/09/2007 5:46:18 AM PST by The Pack Knight (Duty, Honor, Country. Gingrich/Bolton '08)
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To: The Pack Knight
Wow, I need coffee.
383 posted on 03/09/2007 5:48:32 AM PST by The Pack Knight (Duty, Honor, Country. Gingrich/Bolton '08)
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To: Pan_Yans Wife
Could you please add me to your Thompson ping list? If so, thanks much.

You've been added. :)

384 posted on 03/09/2007 5:52:03 AM PST by jellybean (FRED THOMPSON FOR PRESIDENT! Proud to be an Ann-droid and a Steyn-aholic)
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To: oceanview
and we have to place all our chips on Ohio again - that prospect scares me.

I don't know how much this means, but we have had a massive influx of Ohio expats down here in NC in the last few years. The preponderance seem to be from the northern half of the state, particularly from the Akron-Canton and Cleveland areas. When I moved down here from Ohio 10 years ago, I was the only Ohioan I knew down here. It's anecdotal, but it could be indicative of a population shift in Ohio since 2004. If northern Ohio is losing people faster than, say, southeast Ohio, then that works in our favor.
385 posted on 03/09/2007 5:55:14 AM PST by The Pack Knight (Duty, Honor, Country. Gingrich/Bolton '08)
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To: APRPEH; Howlin; carlo3b; girlangler; KoRn; Shortstop7; Lunatic Fringe; beyond the sea; Darnright; ..
Ping to #380

If I have to choose one right now, it would be:

Side note: I heard Paul Harvey say he will be gone for a few days for some family stuff. Fred usually sits in for him when he's gone, so he may be on next week. :)

386 posted on 03/09/2007 6:03:10 AM PST by jellybean (FRED THOMPSON FOR PRESIDENT! Proud to be an Ann-droid and a Steyn-aholic)
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To: The Pack Knight

Not good for NC though...


387 posted on 03/09/2007 6:06:16 AM PST by RockinRight (My wish for Islam - The Glass Parking Lot Formerly Known As The Middle East.)
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To: RipSawyer

388 posted on 03/09/2007 6:07:26 AM PST by RockinRight (My wish for Islam - The Glass Parking Lot Formerly Known As The Middle East.)
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To: RockinRight
Tell me about it.

"Waah, waah, Bush made the economy bad so we got laid off by the big mean corporations and had to move down here to live with you rednecks, waah, waah." Like a broken friggin' record.
389 posted on 03/09/2007 6:13:14 AM PST by The Pack Knight (Duty, Honor, Country. Gingrich/Bolton '08)
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To: babygene
Agreed babygene. I checked Thompsons record with ACU, on all life issues. He votes for the ban on partial birth abortions every time it came up for a vote in the Senate.

He may claim to be pro-choice but his record indicates that he is pro life.

Perhaps his choice is for LIFE.

390 posted on 03/09/2007 6:19:16 AM PST by mware (By all that you hold dear.. on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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To: The Pack Knight

Oh, I despise those people! I see them everywhere here in Raleigh.

I always remember a bumpersticker a friend of ours had: "We Don't Give A Damn HOW You Did It Up North."


391 posted on 03/09/2007 6:31:23 AM PST by Howlin (Honk if you like Fred Thompson!!!)
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To: icwhatudo

What about campaign finance reform? I seem to remember Fred Thompson supporting his buddy McCain in that effort if I'm not mistaken?


392 posted on 03/09/2007 6:54:36 AM PST by bushfamfan (DUNCAN HUNTER FOR PRES. IN 2008)
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To: PhiKapMom

Thank you. You answered my question on the campaign finance reform.


393 posted on 03/09/2007 6:56:07 AM PST by bushfamfan (DUNCAN HUNTER FOR PRES. IN 2008)
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To: jellybean
I want to thank you for making me aware of the Thompson ping list. For a long time I have toyed with the idea of Fred for Pres. but never saw any similar thoughts, so thought I might be just dreaming. Then a few days ago, I got on your list and it has been a ball since then.

I do like his stance on most of the issues and that means a lot, but in addition to that, his mien, intelligence and command of the English language would make him a very formidable debater and in this world of TV, a necessary attribute.

Also and very important to me, his well known image. I watch news and Fox talk shows entirely while the rest of my family watch what I call "junk". Mention Law and Order and they associate with Fred. Up here in the wilds of Maine, I guarantee the majority of folks have never heard of the other candidates (at least this is true of ALL of my family), but they have heard of Hillary, so if they even vote at all, they vote for name recognition and I know Fred has better name recognition than Hillary in these parts.

I originally favored a Thompson/Newt ticket, but either Watts, Rice or maybe Santorum sounds equally like a "winning" ticket and surely, that is what is important right now.

That said, unlike many others on this forum, I will vote for the chosen candidate, as whomever it is, it will be better than the alternative.
394 posted on 03/09/2007 6:58:11 AM PST by upcountry miss
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To: 68 grunt; jellybean; Siobhan

Thanks for your replies and the FT ping list.


:O)

P


395 posted on 03/09/2007 7:32:24 AM PST by papasmurf (Join Team 36120 Free Republic Folders. Folding@Home Enter Name:FRpapasmurf)
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To: bushfamfan

If Thompson ran, the group that syndicates Law and Order and SVU would not be allowed to do any more syndication with Thompson in the shows which would leave out a lot of programs and break contracts with the stations who are showing the current reruns.

When Pres Reagan ran in 1980 and again in 1984 none of his movies or TV shows could be showed on TV.

We are talking much bigger bucks this time and he is under contract for Law and Order and SVU including getting residuals from reruns.


396 posted on 03/09/2007 7:34:15 AM PST by PhiKapMom (Broken Glass Republican -- RudyforPresident2008@yahoogroups.com or http://www.rudygforamerica.com)
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To: Hildy
This is even getting better, here's a picture of him and his wife:

I'd hit that.

397 posted on 03/09/2007 7:34:25 AM PST by jmc813 (Rudy Giuliani as the Republican nominee is like Martin Luther being Pope.)
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To: CharlesWayneCT
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.

Very well said.

398 posted on 03/09/2007 7:35:03 AM PST by jmc813 (Rudy Giuliani as the Republican nominee is like Martin Luther being Pope.)
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To: jellybean

Please add me to the list, too. Thank you.


399 posted on 03/09/2007 8:22:21 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: flashbunny

He had a good record in Tenn. but I think by pulling out of another race, that weakens his stances. If his stances look good, and he polls well as a lower tier candidate, perhaps he is actually running for the VP slot. And that would be fine with me.


400 posted on 03/09/2007 8:29:48 AM PST by phillyfanatic
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